...and at one point I thought Stephenson could be a very solid defense-first top 4 blueliner. Guess I was wrong but then again Stephenson is only 22, so it's not to late for him to pull a Finger. Lindstrom? - not so much. Dude's European bound.
Any Phoenix fan wants to chip in some information about how he looked in the AHL?
"Joakim Lindstrom" is actually code for "cash" since cash is no longer allowed to be included in trades. Player A and "Joakim Lindstrom" for Player B. Player A gets off the plane in his new city with a money bag that has "Joakim" scrawled across it in crayon.
Local beat reporter quotes Player A as saying, "Yes, Joakim and I really enjoyed the flight. Joakim loved the kosher meal".
Actually, its not that bad of a trade if you think about it. Lindstrom was behind several guys here (Ebbett, Miller, Belesky) on the call up list, not to mention we have a defenseman who can, and has, filled in as a forward (Montador). He probably has a better shot at the NHL in Phoenix. On the flip side, we've been having issues with injuries to defensemen this season, so Stephenson is a decent addition. Plus he replaces Festerling in Iowa if he doesn't get the call up. No harm, no foul.