Friday, February 12, 2010

Hooray! Picard out, Cullen in!

Sens trade 7th defenceman Alex Picard and a 2nd rounder for Matt Cullen, according to This is great news as Picard has been a thorn in most of our sides all year. Also, I have a good buddy also named Matt Cullen, which should inspire a lot of bad jokes among my circle of friends.

This move puts us officially out of cap space and also takes us down to 6 NHL caliber defencemen, including Karlsson.

Cullen has 40 pts in 60 games with the Canes this season and should be a great addition to our lunch pail group.

In other news, Duff's nausea is subsiding now that Picard has been shipped out. Ironically, Picard will now reside in Duff's Carolina backyard.


Anonymous said...

second round pick too much ??

duff said...

We had two second rd picks (ours plus SJ) and they'll both be outside the Top 45 at least. Cullen is no slouch, he's a hard worker and was a huge part of their Cup team in 06. Plus, I hate Picard. Nobody believes that Cullen propels us to a contender any more than we were yesterday, but he's a nice piece to add for sure. Unless Cheechoo gets moved, he's our only piece to add.

Master Of Puppets said...

Now there's lots of forward depth to move for a D. I'd like to see Z Michalek and a Pick for Kelly. MMs bro is solid to play #3/4 minutes. Since clearly big splashes are not gonna be made. If Cullen works out down the stretch, he might be a good man to re-sign for a couple of years at 3M per or less. He is 33, so shades of a Stillman like deal.

Anonymous said...

Don't think Kelly is going anywhere. He is too important as a shutdown forward.

Master Of Puppets said...

True and he is signed for a couple more years. But some salary will have to be moved to re-sign or extend key players. I don't dislike Kelly as much as some but who else beside the man whose been discussed a lot lately for his 3M albatross contract, are you gonna move?

If you had a choice of Cullen or Kelly who would you take? Who else could you move to shore up the D?

I like the idea of sending Cheech to Bingo for Olympic break - take the chance on recall that someone will claim him on re-entry. Works two ways - A) he gets to continue playing during the break B) you may get "lucky" and have him plucked off waivers (but you still have to eat half of his remaining salary)

But then there is still a day or two to deal after the break.

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