Sunday, June 29, 2008
Well, didn't see that one coming.
Lubomir Visnovsky is a guy whose name was bandied about a year or so ago as someone who would fit nicely with the Oilers. And now he is an Oiler - so long Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene.
Quick look at Visnovsky - he is a good bet to stay healthy. A little bit of an offyear this past season but he was playing for a pretty poor Kings' team. Prior to last season he was a plus every season and put up some nice numbers - 58 points in 69 games two years ago, 67 points the year before that. Last season 44 points, half of that on the PP.
If I recall correctly he plays pretty tough minutes for the Kings.
He's a damn nice pickup, I would say, and here is the elusive quantity for quality deal we have been waiting for.
The big question is where does Lowe go from here. Here is the lineup up front presently:
No Glencross. No Reasoner. I would think Stoll being moved might be good news for Marty though.
At the back:
I think Joni is going going gone. I think that coming back is a top six forward or an experienced defenceman who can bring what Greene did (toughness/size/PK) but without the youthful mistakes or a young shutdown centre to play on that third line. If its option A then Cogliano is pegged as the third line centre. If its option B then I guess they go with Pouliot as the third line centre or they dip into the market for someone. If its C then its to the market for a veteran Dman to pick up the slack.
I liked Stoll and I liked Greene but I think this is a terrific trade. Even if it means Joni going I think that Vishnovsky is a proven player and that with him and the return from a Pitkanen trade this will be a better team next season.
Here is what Rudy Kelly at Battle of California thinks.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:55 PM