If one was a speculative type one could surmise that this means they are intent upon moving Oduya (and/or perhaps another D as well), and are looking to replace Flood (and perhaps more) on the Ice Caps when he/they are needed as replacements with the big club.
I'm also guessing that Zinger saw something he liked in Negrin from both his AHL and WHL days. He is a d-man with some size, young, and with lower pairing (5/6) NHL potential down the pike.
Negrin is not a guy that has developed like Calgary was hoping. Big guy, but poor skater, he has regressed alot since he got into 3 games in 08-09 (Injuries were a big part of it). This is the final year of his ELC and he has spent time in the ECHL this season. TBH, I don't even see where he fits into the IceCaps blueline right now. Expect him to leave unqualified at the end of the year. Especially with O'Neill, Sol, Chiarot, Melchiori, McFaull, Owuya all looking to crack the IceCaps roster next year on the blueline (Owuya, O'Neill, Melchiori, McFaull are all UFA's if they do not sign this summer, I expect only 1-2 to be signed.)
The funny part about this trade is that for the Heat they just lost a guy for nothing (Aliu is already playing for the Heat, so the trade is just going to have Negrin go from Heat to IceCaps)
Negrin is a two-way D who was shaping up to be a quality bottom 3 to us. Injuries have really derailed his career. His knees have taken a huge beating and have slowed him down a lot...the last little while, the depth in Abbotsford has been looking better and a few players will be making the jump next year. Negrin would have been out of a job quick here.
I hope he can pick it up again though...I've liked him since his WHL days and it always bugged me when he started to regress into nothing special in the AHL. Aliu looks to be much the same (for different reasons), but I'm hoping he gets his head on straight and becomes an agitator. He hasn't been a bad bottom 6 player for the Heat so far.