Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wild Add Defenseman from Anaheim

The Anaheim Ducks probably didn't surprise anyone when they moved Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in a deal that sent a third round draft pick for the Draft in a week and a half.

The Ducks are still in a tight spot when it comes to their salary cap space, as they now have 16 active players worth an approximate $49.2 million against a speculated $56 million salary cap for next season. They still want to open up enough space to re-sign Corey Perry, so this shouldn't be the only deal to go down in the coming weeks.

For the Wild, they get a mobile defenseman who has a very good offensive upside. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to mesh well with a lot of teams and doesn't have a great reputation as a defensive player, so there should be a fair amount of concern for Wild fans to see how he meshes with head coach, Jacques Lemaire. If all goes well, they should have themselves a good third defenseman in their line-up, especially for the power play.

To MinnesotaAgeGames/MINPointsContract (July 1st)
Marc-Andre Bergeron, D2755191 year, $1.2 million
To Anaheim
2008 Third Round Pick

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