Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cullen Goes South

Matt Cullen was dealt to the Hurricanes on Tuesday for Andrew Hutchinson, Joe Barnes and a 3rd round pick in 2008. Cullen had reportedly asked for a trade out of the Big Apple not very long ago and it wasn't long before he was actually moved. The Rangers were in need of some breathing room when it came to cap space and his $3.1 million he'll make this season will be gladly unloaded for a couple of depth players and a pick.

The Hurricanes picked up a Top 200 player who scored 16 goals last season in Cullen. He could end up being a very decent second or third-line player for the Hurricanes, who was in need of a little more depth up front. Cullen was a part of the Hurricane's Cup team in 2006 and had a big season there, so he should improve his numbers from 42 points last season. Stock is certainly up here.

The Rangers picked up a couple decent depth players... Hutchinson should be able to jump in as the sixth defenseman at the start of the season and greatly improve his numbers, be it the games played and then the points would come with more ice-time. Watch him in camp and see where he fits in. This could be a decent little sleeper in a deep pool as he did manage 14 points in 41 games.

Barnes didn't manage to get into a game last season and does join a team which is deep in young talent already. It will be a tough climb to make it to the big club, so don't really count on him for any pool value.

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