Wednesday, July 28, 2010

King for Della Rovere

2009-2010 NHL Statistics2011 Cap Info
To St. LouisPositionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
Stefan Della RovereForward2000003$570,000
To WashingtonPositionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
D.J. KingForward26120002$638,000

In a rare sign-and-trade deal, the Blues signed tough guy forward D.J. King to a new 2-year deal worth $1.275 million and then went ahead and traded him to the Capitals for prospect forward, Stefan Della Rovere. Both players have had more than their fair share of injuries so far in their careers, but a new start and a new outlook for each might be exactly what the doctor ordered.

King, a known pugilist, my fill a need for the Capitals as the resident tough guy, as the Capitals may have some toughness on their team already, but they really don't have the enforcer that King would bring to this side.  He will have to get a clean bill of health and likely will have to be able to skate well with his linemates to get a regular turn on the ice, but I think we'll keep him off the roster right now, assuming he'll be a bit player for the time being.

Della Rovere is a speedy, physical player that is a little shorter in stature than most, which seems to fit in well with the plan there in St. Louis.  His numbers in junior were okay, in terms of scoring, but there's a much better chance he'll fit in as a solid 3rd or 4th liner, good for the forecheck, possibly picking up points here and there.  This is a good chemistry move by the Blues.

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