A hat tip to Bob Stauffer from Team 1260 for getting to this before everyone else.
The trade just happened so I think it’s important to take a look at it one item at a time.
Visnovsky: His contract is 7M, 7M, 6M, 5M, 3M and isn’t complete until the summer of 2013. The annual cap hit is $5.6M, effectively making him the highest paid player on the roster.
He is a skilled puck mover who should be better on the powerplay than he’s proven to be and this season was about as effective at EVs as Gilbert, Grebeshkov, Pitkanen and Souray. His pedigree is much higher and obviously the Oilers hope he delivers.
He is undersized and coming off a poor season by his own standards. His point totals in the last three years were 67, 58 and then this season 41. His 33 assists ranked third on the Kings this season. Los Angeles was “in the range” offensively with Edmonton (Oilers outscored LA 235-231).
Visnovsky is an excellent puck mover and passer, creative and intelligent. He’ll be 32 in August and is definitely going to be playing big minutes in Edmonton 08-09.
- It’s hard to imagine Joni Pitkanen being on the roster for much longer.
- I wonder if Sheldon Souray is going to retire. This trade means another financial shoe has to drop.
- The puck movers (Visnovsky, Pitkanen, Gilbert, Grebeshkov) now outnumber the muscle men so the next guy coming to Edmonton will resemble Jason Smith.
- Wade Redden isn’t coming to our town.
The Edmonton Oilers have traded C Jarret Stoll and D Matt Greene to Los Angeles. At first blush it is terrific news for Marc Pouliot and Ladislav Smid, but I think there are probably other moves to be made. Here’s a guess at the current depth chart on Lowe’s back wall in his office:
- I’m hoping it’s good news for Pouliot
- It could also mean Kyle Brodziak is going to step into the role.
- Marty Reasoner may be signed soon.
- Peckham’s development was a part of this in my opinion.
- Jason Smith or a player of his type might be in the mix.
- Ladislav Smid showed enough to gain clearance on Greene and so the UND defender is the guy who others (Gilbert, Grebeshkov) passed on the depth chart and left him jobless.
The Financial Show
- Pitkanen is likely a goner.
- Roloson might be too if they can find someone to take him.
- They REALLY need toughness now.
- They do have enough depth at center to absorb Stoll’s minutes but a veteran with size who can score goals has to be in the plans.
EDIT TO ADD: I’m moving this thread to the top of the page, there is a Salary/Cap Post below it I did this morning. I took today off so will be updating the blog as required. Thanks for coming, good discussion.