February 20, 2008
Before the main event, yesterday, the Los Angeles Kings traded Jaroslav Modry to the Philadelphia Flyers for a third-round pick in this year’s draft. With the injuries to Braydon Coburn and Derian Hatcher; this was an insurance move by the Flyers to help keep their defense in tip-top shape in order make the playoffs.
For the Kings, it could be the start of an exodus from Tinseltown. Granted, the guys GM Dean Lombardi will give away won’t be any of their talented youngsters, but they will get some late-round picks in some draft for the next few seasons. The problem with the Kings is the lack of good, consistent goaltending. Though Jason LaBarbera has shown signs of consistentcy, it hasn’t been enough to get the Kings hopes up. Also, Jonathan Bernier could be yet another year away from becoming usurping the Kings’ throne in net. Yeah—I’m sure that hack joke bombed, but you do what you can.
Now, to the feature part of this article, this will dive into the low-risk trades that may not mean anything at the time, but has the chance to pay off big time. There’s plenty of promising players out there who, for one reason or another, don’t fit into their organization’s plans. After they get traded—they turn around and start their assent to star status. Pavol Demitra and Tony Amonte are two guys who come to mind when thinking about this. Without further ado, my picks for some names who could be moved and make waves after the fact.
Steve Eminger, Washington Capitals: Due to Mike Green and Shaone Morrisonn emerging as the top pair in Washington, Eminger’s stock has fallen greatly in the Capitals organization, often making him a healthy scratch. While he has the ability to be a great puck-moving defenseman, Eminger hasn’t been able to show it that often in the NHL, leaving many to believe we was rushed into the pros.
Robbie Schremp, Edmonton Oilers: It’s hard to make sense of Schremp’s demise with Edmonton. There was so much hype about how he’d be able to help the scoring woes of the Oilers, but year-in and year-out, Schremp has been passed up in the depth charts. With the amount of young talent in Oilers’ line-up, it may be time for GM Kevin Lowe to cut bait on Schremp.
Matthew Lombardi, Calgary Flames: It was suppose to be Lombardi’s break-out year in Calgary. However, the speedy center hasn’t been able to put up the numbers that the Flames’ brass wanted out of him. With Dustin Boyd, Brett Sutter, and Andrei Taratukhin moving up the depth charts; Lombardi’s departure almost seems inevitable.
Colby Armstrong, Pittsburgh Penguins: There was a lot of hoopla surrounding Armstrong when he played on the Sidney Crosby line, but he didn’t pan out as many had hoped and played himself off the line. With his decent upside and the hint of being a top-six forward, the Pens could dangle him out there for some immediate help and give them some breathing room in their restricted free agent blitz in the summer of ’09.
There’s plenty more players out there who could bring plenty to the table in a new organization, but we don’t have that kind of time. Our next installment will include some of the worst and best trades that have happened, thanks to the Hockey News’ ranking of all the trades by team.
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