Playoff teams making a hockey deal in the week's lead up to the trade deadline. Plus, it's pool related, so that's a positive as well!
The Anaheim Ducks sent forward Devante Smith-Pelly to the Montreal Canadiens for rookie forward Jiri Sekac in a straight-up hockey deal.
|2015 Season||Cap Hit|
|Devante Smith-Pelly||F||54||5||12||17||$800k||1 year, $800k|
|Jiri Sekac||F||50||7||9||16||$925k||1 year, $925k|
On the surface, this looks like a pretty simple deal to wrap our heads around. Montreal was looking for a little more crash and bang, while the Ducks wanted a little bit more suave and skill in their lineup. Coming across in numbers, there really isn't a big enough difference to say that one team over-matched the other, cap space in either this year or next isn't necessarily going to make a difference.
Smith-Pelly is the only one of the two players that made it into the pool this year, even after a couple of Waiver Drafts, and he belongs to Ryan this year. Ryan picked up Smith-Pelly in the Preseason Waiver Draft, when one of his draft picks was injured early in the preseason.
I think this could be a good move for the 22-year old, as he has already had a bunch of NHL experience and a lot of teams have scouted him to see what he can do at this level. Obviously, the Canadiens can use a little bit more size and strength in their lineup and they really are not sacrificing anything in the speed department either. I think with a clear goal for his game, he could really excel in Montreal. It's a shame for Ryan, because he's down in 21st spot today.