Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NHL trade review: Stalberg traded from Canes to Sens

   The Ottawa Senators have acquired winger Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Let's get into details.
       The Canes have been rebuilding for years now. They are not the same team that won the 2006 Stanley Cup. Goalie Cam Ward has dropped off and former star Eric Staal is now a member of the Minnesota Wild. A winger like Stalberg, who can be a UFA on July 1, was definitely trade bait. Getting a 3rd round pick was an ok return, and the Canes did not lose this trade.
        The Sens' forward depth has been haunting them this season. Prospect Curtis Lazar has been a major bust, and might be traded in the next day. They went out and acquired forward Tommy Wingels in January. A day before this trade broke, the Sens acquired winger Alex Burrows from the Canucks. Adding another depth guy (Another rental guy too) in Stalberg is good. A 3rd round pick isn't a humongous forfeit. I think GM Pierre Dorion did a great job with this deal. Stalberg, 31, has 12 points (9 goals and 3 assists) in 57 games this season. He has 164 points (80 goals and 84 assists) in 470 career NHL games for the Canes, the New York Rangers, the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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