We’ve been talking about Viktor Fasth (pronounced, I believe, Faw-th) for years now and today he became a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Craig MacTavish moved out a roster spot for the deal by sending Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota at the same time. The currency in both deals is draft picks a 4th coming Edmonton’s way while a 5th and next year’s third are heading out of town.
It’s worth listing where Edmonton is drafting for 2014 at this time:
- #2 overall
- #91 overall (the Ilya Bryzgalov trade, this is actually Buffalo’s fourth rder)
- #116 overall (the Mike Brown trade)
- #152 overall
- #182 overall
TRADE DEADLINE VALUE TABLE
- Ales Hemsky: First-round draft pick (or a second and a fourth).
- Nick Schultz: A third round pick.
- Ryan Smyth: A fourth round pick.
- Corey Potter: A fourth round pick.
Anton Belov: A fourth round pick.
- Ilya Bryzgalov: A fourth round pick ***correctly predicted value***
- Jesse Joensuu: A fourth round pick.
- Taylor Fedun: A fourth round pick.
- Mark Fraser: A fourth round pick.
- Luke Gazdic: A fifth round pick.
- Ryan Jones: A sixth round pick.
- Denis Grebeshkov: A seventh round pick.
- Ben Eager: A seventh round pick.
- Oscar Klefbom: As part of a hockey deal.
I liked Viktor Fasth as a free agent and feel he’s potentially a good match for the Oilers. The dollars are high ($2.9M cap hit) for a goalie who is not proven and there is some risk in the acquisition. I’m also not certain of the 2015 3rd’s value, but it might be more like a second rounder in a normal year.
That said, I’m thrilled overall because this deal takes the club away from one of those Khabibulin-level risk signings or trades in the summer. Ken Holland has it right on goalies: if you’re not going to acquire one of the truly elite ones, get a good one at the lowest price possible. I would quibble about the cost (both in dollars and picks) but do like Fasth as an option and am pleased with the move.