Thursday, February 24, 2011

Habs and Thrashers Make a Swap

2011 Season2011Remaining
To Montreal
PositionAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Nigel DawesForward269011$600,0000RFA
Brent SopelDefense3459257$2.3 million0UFA
To Atlanta
PositionAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Ben MaxwellForward220000$850,0000RFA
2011 4th Round Draft Pick

It's hard to imagine a day in this era when a guy like Brent Sopel becomes the centerpiece of a deal close to the deadline, but with the injury problems on the Canadiens' blueline, the pick-up of a veteran defenseman on the cheap looks pretty good.

The Thrashers ended up trading their number five or six defenseman to the Canadiens today, along with minor-league forward Nigel Dawes for another minor-league forward and a mid-round draft pick.

By the sounds of the things of what I've read on Thursday, it does sound like the Thrashers are high on Ben Maxwell and they figure he might be a player in their line-up for next season, but that's some incredible foresight, if that so happens to be the case.

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