Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/31/10 at 04:03 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Fact is, it was logical for Calgary to trade from its position of strength – a deep defence – in order to fill in gaps elsewhere. Just because the Flames rolled over Edmonton 6-1 Saturday night doesn’t mean they have completely righted the ship just yet. The pressure is on – to make the playoffs and then win some rounds when, or if, they get there. But this isn’t enough for a core asset, not nearly enough - and cannot be explained away as simply a move to shed $6.5-million worth of Phaneuf’s annual salary. On some levels, it looks like a panic move, borne out of desperation for a quick fix.
In the end, that Sutter would give up on Phaneuf at this comparatively early stage in his career is probably the most surprising part of the deal. That he couldn’t get more for him in return is probably the most disappointing.
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