Monday, August 13, 2007

Hawks and Coyotes Deal

On Saturday, a deal went down between the Blackhawks and the Coyotes. Chicago sent forward Radim Vrbata to the desert for forward Kevyn Adams.

Vrbata, 26, joins the Coyotes as, quite possibly, the number two forward on the team. Vrbata's 41 points last season was only topped by Doan on the current roster, but Steven Reinprecht only played in 33 games last season. Vrbata was Chicago's number two scoring forward last season and should fit in as a Coyote calibre winger. Look for him to put in some solid minutes for Phoenix, but the stock doesn't really seem to be going up as it is a lateral move between teams.

Adams, 32, comes to the Hawks as an experienced pivot that will handle the third or fourth line centre duties, along with a lot of the penalty killing. With the youth movement occupying a lot of the Blackhawk expectation up front, it's no surprise that they took someone off the top lines to insert someone onto the checking lines. With Adams only playing 68 games last season, his production did drop off... so much so that he probably won't be in consideration for many pool teams. He ranked 342nd among forwards with 12 points and probably won't go up any lists after this move.

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