I wanted to take a quick look at three of the minor moves made yesterday; none really warranted a full article, but all are interesting.
Ottawa Senators Extend Matt Carkner
Matt Carkner is 28 years old, and will turn 29 in November. The 2009-10 season is his ninth year of professional hockey. Prior to this season, he’s played 526 games of professional hockey; 524 of them in the minors. In 2006-07, Carkner won the Yannick Dupre award, given to the AHL’s man of the year for community service.
For the next two years, though, Carkner is guaranteed an NHL contract. The Ottawa Senators have given Carkner a two-year contract extension worth $700,000 per season. It’s a very reasonable price to pay for a sixth or seventh defenceman, particularly one who brings the aggressive edge that the Senators blueline lacks.
Silver Seven Sens points out that this makes next year’s blueline a very crowded place, but likes the signing. I agree with their take; this is a pretty low-risk move to make and the fact of the matter is that Carkner’s been a very decent AHL’er for a long time and should be okay (at worst) as the number seven option on the depth chart.
It’s nice to see a guy who has put his time in get rewarded.
Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Stephen Legein from Columbus
The Philadelphia Flyers, apparently bereft of troubled prospects since sending Steve Downie to Tampa Bay, added one yesterday, sending defenceman Michael Ratchuk to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Stefan Legein. Columbus is selling it as a needs-based move, and player development coach Tyler Wright had only good things to say about Legein, who returned from a brief retirement last season:
“I give (Legein) a lot of credit. He went through some difficult times. He straightened it out. When he decided to come back, I’ve had zero issues with him. The biggest point we wanted to make clear (to him) was (it was) needs going one way and needs going back the other way.”
Legein had three points through six games with the Syracuse Crunch. Meanwhile, Blue Jackets’ GM Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch what his group saw in Ratchuk:
“He’s a skilled defenseman. I don’t think he’s put up numbers yet where you’d say he’s an offensive defenseman. But he can certainly transport the puck, and he’s an excellent skater.”
Ratchuk recorded 17 points in 77 games last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms, his first year as a pro.
Atlanta Thrashers Make Peverley Rich
I’ve been talking about Peverley ever since I took him in the second-last round of my fantasy hockey pool, and he’s certainly been a different player in Nashville than he is now in Atlanta. Here are his splits:
- Atlanta: 44GP – 17G – 25A – 42PTS
- Nashville: 73GP – 7G – 13A – 20PTS
The Thrashers gave Peverley a contract extension yesterday, one which will see the centre earn $1.3 million per season over the next two years. It’s a nice gamble for the Thrashers; if Peverley’s scoring disappears he won’t be grossly overpaid and if he can keep scoring he’ll be a bargain. For a team that has difficulty attracting free agents, this must have been a no-brainer decision. It’s also a good choice for Peverley to make; he’s in a good situation in Atlanta and taking the guaranteed money isn’t a bad idea for a guy who was on the waiver wire just last season.