Bergfors is finally starting to pull things together after years of floundering in the minors. I think he'll be a good addition for Atlanta as they begin the Post-Kovalchuk Era. Oduya and Cormier are solid, albeit lackluster pieces, but Oduya will at least give them the depth to move Kubina and Cormier could be a nice surprise if he could ever get it together and play hockey.
This is one of those trades that will take a couple of years to fully shake out, but I think Atlanta comes out about as well as they could have hoped to.
I'd say it's similar value wise to what we gave up for Forseberg. Main difference is Forsberg was almost certainly a rental. I'm sure NJ will do everything possible to resign Kovalchuk (still might not be good enough).
Oduya's not a sophomore. He's in his fourth full year, and he's nearly 29. Devils fans have been complaining about him for two years, even before he was signed to a three year extension.
And Bergfors HAS been disappointing. When drafted, it was thought he could be a "step right in" type of prospect. He's fifth in rookie scoring, but he also shot out to 13 goals in the first two months of the season, and has been stuck at that in a cold slump ever since. He's an average scorer that may or may not put it together. For Kovalchuk, I'd want a surer bet.
And as someone else posted, the Devils and Thrashers DID swap second round picks.
It's a bad deal, especially given the bidding war that supposedly took place. DW panicked and felt the pressure to get it done before the Olympics. If he held out, I'm confident someone would have beaten that offer.
As Dulzhok says, it is similar to what we paid for Forsberg...but Forsberg came with his own share of question marks at the time, and was already a shadow of the player he was before. The Thrashers got a similar return for one of the top 3 snipers in the entire league.
Dumont really is lost in the shuffle. The most obvious place to put him would be on legwands line. However if you do that they aren't really a shutdown line anymore. With Smitty actually being able to play semi competent in the offensive zone on that line and his tenaciousness all over the ice you have to wonder if he isn't a better fit there right now. I do feel like we are wasting Dumont because as a playmaker he needs good players to play with and more ice time. I just don't know where to put him.
That because of the headshot he gave to the Swede in the WJC?
No, actually in addition to that elbow, Cormier promptly returned to his junior hockey team and delivered one of the cheapest, most vicious elbows I have ever seen straight to the head of Quebec defenseman Mikael Tam leaving him convulsing on the ice...
Ah, definitely a great game last night. I got to sit 5 rows from the glass which is the closet I've ever been at a Preds game, so that made the evening all the better.
Was very happy to see our veterans score some goals, I really thought Arny had that hat trick but to be fair, it was an easy mistake for the people who were there. Paul had already announced two Arnott goals (one of which was later changed to Horny's) and when he slapped the third in, it was really difficult to tell that Horny tipped it. So yeah, a little premature, but easily mistakable from the actual arena.
Pekka made some beautiful saves and I was mighty pissed off with the third goal. We had less than two minutes left in the game and I guess our defense had already counted it as a win and decided to go to sleep. That damn Hamhuis put Pekka's GGA back to 3 again for the game.. I'd like to see that number creep back towards 2, dammit. It was a goal that definitely shouldn't have happened, but Pekka played well regardless. He's definitely stepping up to the plate and considering he's my favorite hockey player, I'm thrilled.
We definitely needed those two points and they were well deserved last night. The team seems to be getting their mojo back and I really hope the Olympic break only strengthens that.