Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flames Trade Ian White

Calgary Flames trade Ian White to Carolina

At 2pm today the news broke that the Flames had traded Ian White and Brett Sutter to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos. What does the deal mean? Well to me it shows this team will not be rebuilding yet… We gain a cheaper, bigger and a massive shot in Babchuk (UFA 2011) for White who is also a UFA at season’s end. Then you upgrade Brett Sutter with a rugged fast skating experienced player in Kostopoulos, who should add some energy and character to our team. And in the end the deal saves the Flames 1.9 mill in cap space which will be valuable with Kotalik, Pardy and Ivanans close to returning from injuries.

Early opinion; I like the move. It shows to me that this team is not going to fold up and rebuild yet! Also this trade could improve both the power play and penalty kill, because Babchuk has a massive shot and Kostopoulos has his gritty hard working style of game. I feel we upgraded Ian White who was struggling hard this season, I know some fans felt White was a good asset but reality is that he hasn’t worked out so far with the Flames. I will say this; I do not believe this is the last trade the Flames make before deadline day. I expect another smaller move to follow shortly, if not two.

6’5” Anton Babchuk (Age, 26) from Kiev Ukraine’s best season:
2008-2009 72GP 16G 19A +13 16PIM
6’0” Tom Kostopoulos (Age, 31) from Mississauga Canada’s best season:
2009-2010 82GP 8G 13A +4 106pim

On a last note, many believe that Sutter was dealt because of his antics in Phoenix. But Darren Dreger from TSN said this deal has been in the works for weeks!

Good trade D. Sutter and Feaster?

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