Thursday, January 03, 2008

West to East Deal

Well, the Ducks are settling some defensive issues with the number of players they are housing these days. On Wednesday, they dealt Shane Hnidy (non-pool) to the Bruins for forward Brandon Bochenski (non-pool) in a minor deal that freed up a little bit of cap space, but more importantly, they have dealt a veteran defenseman that would count against the cap if sent down to the minors.

Hnidy has 3 points in 33 games for the Ducks this year before joining the Bruins. He's a well travelled blueliner, who can give some defensive stability to a team, which at times desperately needs it. He's not much of a pool consideration, as he is more of a fifth or sixth defender now in his career, so he may not be in your best interest.

Bochenski on the other hand is a much younger forward than his traded counterpart, who had some offensive upside when he joined the league with the Ottawa Senators. His contract is fairly minor and I believe it's still two-way, so the Ducks have some flexibility when it comes to their line-up or sending him down to the minors. With cap space being a bit of a concern in Anaheim, they could use all the flexibility they can get. Bochenski has 6 assists in 20 games this season, so his lack of playing time and lack of goals are a concern for anyone having a look at him for their pool team.

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