Thursday, February 15, 2007

Peter The Pred

From TSN.ca:
The Nashville Predators have added a big weapon for the stretch run.

The Predators traded winger Scottie Upshall, defenceman Ryan Parent, a first round pick and a third round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsberg.
As a Canucks fan hoping for a good, long playoff run, I say, "Fuck". With Forsberg in the lineup, the Nashville Predators just got a heckuva lot better. Any lineup with Forsberg, Arnott and Legwand down the middle, and Sullivan, Kariya, Dumont and Erat down the wings is downright scary.

On the flip side, I'm glad Nonis wouldn't - and didn't - overpay for him. In Canucks terms, the Nashville Predators gave up Luc Bourdon, Ryan Kesler-ish, plus first and third round draft picks for Peter Forsberg. As good as this Canucks team has been, I don't think anyone would be upset that the Canucks didn't acquire him at that price.

James Mirtle provides his usual good analysis on the deal:
I like this move from the Predators' perspective. There are a handful of teams for whom this deal makes sense, and Nashville's one of them. With the best record in their conference and a good bet to hold home-ice advantage throughout the postseason, the Predators now boast an incredible seven players with 40+ points.

The biggest downside to the deal from Nashville's perspective is giving up Parent, who has been an integral part of Team Canada's blueline at the past two world junior tournaments. Still, he's not projected to make much of an offensive impact and he doesn't possess the size that would make him an impact defensive defender at the NHL level. At best, Parent looked to eventually slot into the No. 3 role on a Nashville blueline that was full of comparable players.
Also, more from Bob Mackenzie (TSN) and Eric Duhatschek (Globe and Mail).

[update: 02/16/07, 5:51 AM]

Tony Gallagher (Vancouver Province) throws in his two cents.

[update: 02/16/07, 6:03 AM]

Christy Hammond (Behind The Jersey) is compiling reactions from 'round the hockey blogosphere.

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