by Jon Jordan on 02/28/11 at 02:40 PM ET
[Update: At it again! Although a few teams that actually don’t play in the Southeast have now made moves as well, the Panthers strike again within their own division, moving defenseman Bryan Allen to Carolina in exchange for forward Sergei Samsonov. Florida’s tearin’ it down alright and, if they didn’t simply need enough bodies to ice a full roster from this point forward, I’d wonder aloud as to whether or not they might actually try to flip Samsonov again in the next 35 minutes… -JJ]
All Southeast, all day?
So far, we’ve had two separate trades between Southeast Division clubs (Florida moving Radek Dvorak to Atlanta and Dennis Wideman to Washington) and three waiver claims, all involving – yep – teams from the Southeast.
Carolina defenseman Brett Carson was picked up by Calgary, Curtis McElhinney’s Tampa Bay Lightning career is over before it starts as he is claimed by Ottawa and the Thrashers get a little more forward help by plucking Rob Schremp from the New York Islanders.
The guess here is that the Hurricanes will get aggressive in trying to land some defense help now with Carson gone, even if that just means adding some lower level depth. Lookin’ a little thin on the back end down the organizational depth chart now.
McElhinney was never really in the plans in Tampa, as his acquisition from Anaheim was more about the flexibility added by shedding the remaining year left on Dan Ellis’ contract.
And Schremp, although enigmatic, is a supremely talented puckhandler that just didn’t have a spot on Long Island moving forward. To be effective, Schremp needs top-six minutes. We’ll see if he gets that chance in Atlanta but a low-risk, potentially high reward move for the Thrashers here in an effort to jolt the offense a bit makes sense.
Sure there’s more coming for most of these clubs…
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