So I made my first ever hockey pool keeper pool trade.
And it was a doozy.
I traded Nicklas Backstrom (the goalie), Derrick Brassard and my fifth round draft pick to Nick for Carey Price, Joni Pitkanen and a fourth round draft pick.
I think this was a deal that worked out well for both teams. Nick had three goalies, two of who aren’t doing that great this year (Price and Mike Smith, he also has Miikka Kiprusoff). So he needed a goalie that could pull off at least 80 points. Backstrom can do that for him. Even though the Wild are off to a slow start, I still believe Backstrom can get 30-plus wins and five-plus shutouts.
Nick also gets a young potential superstar in Brassard, who should be good for at least 70 points a season if he can stay healthy.
I get overall youth. I had four goalies (Backstrom, Evgeni Nabokov, Marty Turco and Jonas Gustavsson). Getting Price gives me two young goalies. Plus, since only two goalies count in our standings, Nabakov and Turco will be leading my team in points this year. By the time they’re too old to do so, Price and Gustavsson will be able to carry my team.
As well, my defencemen were old. While I have Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, I also have Mathieu Schneider, Sergei Gonchar, Rob Blake and Scott Niedermeyer. And with Gonchar getting injured (and Schneider not back yet), I needed to get another defenceman. So grabbing a younger player was important. Pitkanen is 26, which means he’s about to enter his prime years as a defenceman.
I was worried about losing Brassard, but swapping draft picks helps alleviate that a little bit.
So Nick improves his team, I improve my team, and I move up the draft a little.
A win win on both sides, I believe.