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On Thursday, The Hurricanes acquired 2006 first rounder Jiří Tlustý from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the rights to Philippe Paradis, who was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Tlustý, who got famous for “accidentally” posting nude pictures of himself on the internet a couple of seasons ago, has spent the last three seasons going up and down between the Marlies and the big club in Toronto. The 6’ left winger has played in 74 career NHL games and has registered 20 (10/10) points. He’s obviously much further along developmentally than Paradis, who is still toiling away in the QMJHL.
Jim Rutherford has said that he thinks Tlustý could play in the top six next season. I don’t see this as a reality, but one thing that might help is that there’s some contracts expiring in July. I think some of the older veterans will end up elsewhere .
I was working all day and the only trade news I was getting was through the very slow NHL.com text message updates. When 3:00, then 3:30, then 4:00 rolled around, I assumed that the Carolina Hurricanes stood pat with what they had. Then a buddy called me and dropped a ten megaton atomic bomb on me. And it played out like a horrible game of fortunately/unfortunately.
Carolina sent one of my favorite Canes, Justin Williams (whose sweater I wear) to the Los Angeles Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. SCORE!!! Sad to see Willy go, but that’s a great deal. I’ve been watching him for a little while, partly because he’s the only player in the NHL who was born in North Carolina. Young kid on the rise, destined to be a 30 goal scorer, with two years of reasonable salary remaining on his contract. Of course that wasn’t the end of it. Of course it was part of a three-way deal, and my excitement quickly turned to nonplus, then instantly to anger. Lots of cuss words.
O’Sullivan was immediately dealt to Edmonton, and I didn’t need to wait for the rest. I knew who the other player was and I actually cringed. Not that I dislike Erik Cole, but I just don’t like this deal.