Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Pahlsson for Wisniewski

A one-for-one trade between Chicago and Anaheim where Samuel Pahlsson joins the Blackhawks in exchange for James Wisniewski, who joins the Ducks. A pair of prospects went each way to even out the deal as well, but they certainly don't headline this deal.

2008-2009 Statistics20092010
To ChicagoPositionAgeGP/MINPointsCap HitCap Hit
Samuel PahlssonF315315$1.4 millionUFA
Logan StephensonD2300$785,000RFA

2008-2009 Statistics20092010
To AnaheimPositionAgeGP/MINPointsCap HitCap Hit
James WisniewskiD253113$900,000RFA
Peter KontiolaF2400$812,000RFA

If there was one knock on the Blackhawks going into the trade deadline, it would have to be that they were too young overall and they don't have a lot of important experience in the NHL. Well, the acquisition of Samuel Pahlsson was exactly what the Blackhawks needed down the middle to help anchor a good shutdown line, much like he did in Anaheim when they won the Cup. Pahlsson is battling mono right now, so he won't be an immediate impact for Chicago.

The price for Pahlsson was one of the Blackhawks' good young defensemen and James Wisniewski was the odd-man out (or in) in this case. Wisniewski has been good when he has been healthy for the Blackhawks and he'll join an already stacked blueline, which could only make the Ducks harder to play against. Not a bad move in this department.

Pool-wise, both players are only on the Sheet and neither are popular.

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