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.