Happy Independence Day, suckers! OK, first off, here's the specific trade. In exchange for Chris and Lauren Pronger, the Ducks surrendered a 1st round pick in 2007 and a 2nd round pick in 2008. Per the OC Register, should the Ducks make the Stanley Cup Finals within the next three years (the length of Scott Niedermayer's contract), then the Oil gets another conditional 1st round pick in the following draft.
And of course, RW Joffrey Lupul and D Ladislav Smid.
- Joffrey Lupul is a Sykora-type, with a wicked shot that has high upside if used properly. He takes some tough hooking-type penalties at inopportune times. He is a pretty bland in-game interview, though he seems upbeat. He should be good for 25+ goals, maybe more if he gets to face Jose Theodore 8 times in a season.
- I've never seen Smid play, though all indications were that he was going to crack our lineup this year. He made Ruslan Salei expendable, in theory.
J. S. Giguere, I. Bryzgalov*
Two serviceable guys here, with the underlying question of "Who is #1?"
S. Niedermayer-F. Beauchemin
C. Pronger-V. Vishnevski*
S. O'Donnell-J. Dipenta
This could go all over the place, as Carlyle has many different possibilities now. What percentage of gametime will involve both SN and CP, I wonder?
C. Kunitz*-A. McDonald*-T. Selanne
T. Fedoruk- R. Getzlaf-C.Perry
D. Penner-T. Marchant-R. Niedermayer
S. Chistov*-S. Pahlsson-T. Moen
Carlyle likes to switch around left-wingers a lot, bringing Fedoruk out on different lines at times to 'give them more size'. Depth at center is very good. Bobby Ryan at this point is an outside possibility, but general consensus is 'too soon'.
* still unsigned