Sometimes, we forget that minor league hockey is a business. This morning, we got a nice reminder.
In what amounts to what is kind of a net neutral trade for Anaheim, Peter Holland (and Brad Staubitz) were sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Jesse Blacker and two 2014 draft picks. Breakdown:
Anaheim Ducks get:
D Jesse Blacker
2014 third-round pick (can become second-rounder)
2014 seventh-round pick (part of last year’s David Steckel trade)
Toronto Maple Leafs get:
C Peter Holland
BENCH Brad Staubitz
With the logjam at center and Rickard Rakell acquitting himself nicely at the NHL level in injury duty, Holland became expendable if a nice return was presented. Blacker’s presence is almost nominal, someone traded just to make a league-acceptable trade. Anaheim’s more interested in the draft picks, to use as leverage and to help develop the team going forward.
Norfolk loses a guy who is fresh off a 3-point night and is their leading scorer with 9 points (5 G+4 A) in 10 GP. In return, the Ads get a defenseman who has 1 goal in 5 games this season. Where do you even put this guy?
Last night’s pairs seem very likely to happen again, and Sami Vatanen‘s presence helped a helluva lot more than this trade probably will. Right now, the Ads need a lot of forward help. With Saku Koivu and Jakob Silfverberg still injured, guys like DSP and Rakell are still needed in Anaheim. Matt Beleskey‘s rehab is over after tonight, and at least that will bring someone back in time for next week.
To clean this up, a few other notes about this trade. If Peter Holland plays 25 games for the Leafs, it becomes a 2nd-rounder. Game 1 of that period is tonight, as he’ll be in the lineup for Toronto against the Sabres. Holland has been wearing an “A” as of late, and obviously that’s gone. I’d expect Chris Wagner or John Kurtz to get that designation tonight. Brad Staubitz was included in the trade and will be going to the Marlies where maybe he’ll play? Who knows.
Norfolk takes on Manchester tonight at 7:00 P.M.