We have a trade to announce: the New York Islanders have traded AHL defenseman Brett Skinner to the Atlanta Thrashers for right winger Junior Lassard.
This is per a NYI press release (below):
The New York Islanders have acquired right wing Junior Lessard from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Brett Skinner. Lessard will report directly to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
Lessard (leh-SAHR) has played in 41 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League this season, recording six goals and five assists for 11 points. The 28-year-old Quebec native has played in 27 career NHL games with Dallas and Tampa Bay, scoring three goals and adding one assist for four points during parts of three seasons. Lessard has also played in 298 career AHL games, recording 86 goals and 92 assists for 178 points in five seasons.
Lessard went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as Top United States Collegiate Player in 2004. Lessard played 45 games in that season, scoring 32 goals with 31 assists for 63 points. He was also honored as WCHA Player of the Year and was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, NCAA West First All-American Team and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. The Stars signed Lessard as an undrafted free agent out of college on April 15, 2004.
Nothing really major like I said, just a minor leaguer for a minor leaguer swap.
Played for Dallas and for Atlanta for awhile. But at 28 turning 29, can he get much better. Does anyone think it was worth it. I don't think Skinner can break into most NHL lineups, can this guy can possibly become a 4th line winger?
This move was probably made because Bport had 8dmen presently on there roster and not enough scoring.
Bport was rotating 2 defensemen out every game it was very annoying to not play based on merit but mostly on rotation.
I guess this is the move that will hopefully provide some secondary scoring for the STiger playoff push.
If i recall he has some speed and can put up some points.
Hasn't Andrew MacDonald been mentioned as being close to NHL ready? At least for this team! He'll probably be up before the end of the season if any other defensemen go down or are traded.
I suppose. I know Mac is having a great year, but I personally don't think he's ready yet, just based on the fact that he struggled so mightily in the AHL last year, he could probably use one more. But at the end of the year at won't really matter anyway, I can see him getting a taste.
Originally Posted by Law
That's like worrying about who's going to be the tallest midget in the room if the current one gets hurt.