Saturday, February 10, 2007

out with the old, in with the new

So there's movements in BeanTown.

Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau (both UFA at seasons end) have been traded to Calgary for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew.

Kobasew is a young, speedy winger that is improving each year. Last year he had alot of individual effort garbage goals, and this year he brings alot of energy, hitting, and is willing to go to the tough areas to score goals. Flames fans are nervous he will bite us in the behind like Savard and St. Louis have in the future.

As for Ference, as i said, hes very underated. He's extremely strong for his size, and is very intense. He is prone to the occasional hiccup in his own zone (although those have been very rare the past year), and can run the pp and distribute the puck at the point well. He also knows how to get the puck to the net, and is one of the best community guys on the team and the most down to earth guy on the team.

From HFBoards, the analogy of a Flames fan (one who actually took the time to be coherent amongst all the bruins fan's exclamatory posts and calling for Chiarelli or Chiapets head).

For the Flames, Stuart and Primeau are effectively rentals and while a myriad of Bruins fans are screaming blue murder (the belief we could have got MORE for Stuart) I think it's a reasonably fair trade. No team is going to part with a blue chip top quality defenseman for a guy like Stuart, because even though he is probably out number 2 Dman, there is no guarantee for the team that Stuart will in fact stay with them any longer than the end of the season. While Primeau has been valuable on the team's energy line Kobasew does bring a 20 goal season and the possibility to grow into a high quality winger.

The thing is does Lewis use them properly?? that'll be the real problem if any.


P.S. I'm majorly psyched though about Andy Ference coming to the team. As the Flames poster said, he's a huge team player, and I think he'll be great in the Bruins dressing room. His playoff performances have been huge, and he's definitely a come on guys follow me person. We need that.

1 comment:

Steph said...

Awww....the Flames trade off Andy the day before we're scheduled to play Calgary, and to an Eastern team? From a thoroughly selfish standpoint I am sad that I will never get to see him play!

As always though, trades are a little bittersweet and it's weird to think of any of those guys on different teams...but it does sound beneficial to both, and it's part of the game after all.