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Entries with the tag: Tom Kostopoulos
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes pulled off a major trade with the Calgary Flames. When they acquired rugged forward Troy Bodie on Tuesday, it looked like a trade might be on the horizon, but I didn’t expect this. The Canes sent mercurial defenseman Anton Babchuk and reliable fourth liner Tom Kostopoulos to the Flames in exchange for defenseman Ian White and forward Brett (cousin of Brandon) Sutter. The new players are not available and defenseman Brett Carson has been recalled from Charlotte.
Brett Sutter, who is the nephew of Flames coach Brent Sutter and the son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter has been in the papers recently, but not for the right reasons. In his best imitation of Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, he was arrested for punching a cab driver in Arizona. Neither his assignment to the AHL nor this trade has anything to do with the incident. Apparently, this has been in the works since late October.
I like this trade. I like it a lot. Carolina gives up something to get something, and they end up taking on some salary cap, but I really like it.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes made a surprise announcement that I don’t think anyone in the world saw coming. They have agreed to terms with 30-year old right wing Tom Kostopoulos. The three-year deal will pay the veteran a total of 2.75M. He’ll start with $700k in 2009-10, then $950k in 10-11, and he’ll make $1.1M in the final year of the contract. I’ll go on record as saying that while I don’t know much about Kostopoulos, what I do know is good. Sight unseen, I like this acquisition.
While few will say that this is a bad signing, I think it might have ramifications for Tuomo Ruutu, or more likely, for Patrick Eaves. The Hurricanes haven’t been making much progress in the efforts to get Ruutu re-signed, and he’s scheduled for a July 30 arbitration hearing. Does this mean the Canes have given up on that and they’re planning on “walking away” from the arbitration hearing? Probably not. I think the more likely scenario is that they’re going to give up on Patty Eaves. Perhaps neither of the above.