So I made yet another trade in my keeper pool. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=steven+stamkos&iid=7420511″ src=”c/8/d/c/Tampa_Bay_Lightning_63b6.jpg?adImageId=9480280&imageId=7420511″ width=”234″ height=”270″ /]
And it was probably the biggest trade I will ever make.
The trade was I would give up Evgeni Nabokov, Marian Gaborik, Scott Niedermayer, Sergei Gonchar and Stephen Weiss.
In return, I get Steven Stamkos, Marty Turco, Matt Duchene, Ryan Whitney, Kyle Quincey and a first round pick in 2011.
First, a bit of background. I was in third place, but about 100 points out. The guy in second, Matt, needed a top goalie to catch up to first place, as he was about 55 points out. So he came up with this deal.
It put Matt into first place by a few points, and I get a team that is looking good for years. For forwards, I now have Stamkos, Duchene, Malkin, Semin, Cammalleri, Roy, Wheeler and Evander Kane. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Matt+Duchene&iid=7439781″ src=”6/7/6/9/Colorado_Avalanche_v_c718.jpg?adImageId=9480300&imageId=7439781″ width=”234″ height=”305″ /]
On defence, I now have Duncan Keith, Ryan Suter, Whitney, Quincy and Pitkanen.
And for goalies, I now have Turco, Price, and Gustavsson.
Overall, this helped both teams. But I am very happy with this trade. I have two young potential superstars in Stamkos and Duchene, and the potential to get another one next year with the first rounder.
Most of all is what I did with my defence. At the beginning of the year, I had Gonchar, Niedermeyer, Rob Blake and Mathieu Schneider. I plan on dropping Blake and Scheider during the offseason (we get to keep 15 players plus two rookies). My defence is so much younger now, and should be good to go there.
The only position I really need to improve on is goalie. I have two young good goalies in Price and Gustavsson, who should be #1 goalies next season for their respective teams, but I think I still need to get a great #1 goalie. So I’ll be looking to trade for one next year or see if I can pick one up in the draft.
So what do you think? Was it was a good trade?