Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Coyotes GM Barnett Makes Bold Sideways Move

After weeks of rumors about impending bold moves, even one involving Jovocop for Nabokov, Coyotes GM, Mike Barnett, took a step sideways in today's deal of Mikael Tellqvist for Tyson Nash and a fourth round pick in 2007.

The Coyotes shed a little used grinder with consistent injury issues and a draft pick for yet another mediocre goalie. The Maple Leafs lose a goaltender they have lost faith in and gain yet another aged player to fill the Tie Domi role - just sans any scoring touch.

Yes, the loss of a draft pick here and there can be recovered in subsequent dealing, but the loss of a pick to a team on the verge of blowing things up and going young might not be such a good decision. Here is a list of late draft picks-4th round and beyond, who have gone on to become superior NHLers:

  • Nic Wallin (90th pick)
  • Pavel Datsyuk (171st pick)
  • Danny Markov (223rd pick)
  • Pavol Demitra (227th pick)
  • Martin St. Louis (undrafted)

I know I'm probably missing others, but you get the point. Pissing away picks when you are a franchise on the verge of re-inventing yourself could imperil to your next "decade in the desert."

In Other News:

TSN is reporting that Marty Gerber will get the start tonight in Raleigh vs. the Canes. Should make for some drama. If that doesn't motivate the former Cane, nothing will.

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