Monday, February 27, 2012

Gaustad to Nashville

2011/2012 Stats2012July 1st Details
To NashvillePosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Paul GaustadF305671017$2.3m0UFA
2013 4th Round Draft Pick
To BuffaloPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
2012 1st Round Draft Pick

Going into Monday's trade deadline festivities, the going rate for Paul Gaustad was a 1st round draft pick and as the day wore on, it turned out that the price wasn't too high for someone, the Nashville Predators.  The Predators got a little bit more out of the deal, like a mid-round pick coming back with Gaustad, but they spent the most expensive pick in their artillery to get a little bit tougher and a little bit grittier.

In Gaustad, the Predators gain a winger than can just as easily play on the 2nd or 3rd line for the Predators and play their system well.  With only 7 goals scored on the season, it does look like the Predators have paid a little too much, but he should be a good fit with the team, so there is reason to believe that Nashville spent their futures asset well.

For the Sabres, spending a boatload of money in the off-season did not get them very far in the 2012 season, so getting a second 1st round pick for their off-season shows that spending money isn't going to be everything and they are going to be willing to get young players and be patient with them, in theory.

As for the hockey pools, there is a slight chance that Gaustad may figure into the playoff pool, but he won't figure into any of the regular season action down the stretch.

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