Friday, December 14, 2007

Ducks' Weight is over
McDonald dealt to Blues to free cap space

Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald in a move that will free up enough cap space next season to allow Scott Niedermayer to make his return to the Ducks.
Well, that's not quite what I expected.

After back-to-back outstanding seasons, McDonald had struggled this year and is on pace for just 10 goals and 40 points. He was due $3.33-million both this season and next, and it's the 2008-09 figure that matters here.

As in, Weight doesn't have one.

Anaheim's tight against the salary cap next season and this frees up cash to sign Corey Perry, and barring a major renaissance from Weight, who has been awful so far this season, this is really just a dump of McDonald's contract. I'd thought Brian Burke would shuttle out someone of less consequence given he really didn't need to move much salary in order to accommodate Niedermayer's contract, but this does leave them some breathing space to add salary later this season.

A savvy move by the Blues, who pickup a speedy player coming off two 30-goal, 80-point level seasons for someone who really wasn't contributing a lot this season.

This definitely fits in the category of a "new CBA" trade, but you have to wonder if Burke isn't regretting signing Todd Bertuzzi to that bulky deal in the off-season.

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At 9:02 p.m., December 14, 2007, Blogger Keegan said...

It is going to be sad to see Weight in a Ducks jersey.
As for McDonald, I think he will probably make the Ducks regret it. Do you see him pairing with the 2nd line or would they consider bumping Tkachuk down & try him on the top line?
It looks like St. Louis is going to make the playoffs though.

At 9:02 p.m., December 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate Burke, but that's a great trade. No way the midget was worth $3.3M. No way.

At 9:04 p.m., December 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Weight had been playing with Kariya and Boyes at even strength, so I imagine that McDonald takes that spot to start.

Seems like a solid top line to me.

At 11:04 p.m., December 14, 2007, Blogger Steve Patterson said...

a classic great deal for both clubs scenario.

the blues get an upgrade at center with a speedy and younger center. i've never cared much for macdonald, but he should do pretty well in st. louis.

the ducks get a replacement for mcdonald for this year only, so that next year they can sign corey perry and go via free agency or trade in the summer to get another center. but way more importantly, they get to keep their defence core intact. they had by far the best defence core in the league last that they added schneider, they look real good to repeat. if they win the stanley cup again this year, mcdonald could score 100 points the next 3 years and im sure they wouldn't regret the deal one bit.

At 1:12 a.m., December 15, 2007, Blogger selfish crab said...

the old-mighty duck connection here is nice:
first, McDonald gets to set up Selanne.
now, McDonald can (presumably) center Kariya.

At 1:52 p.m., December 17, 2007, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

The Bertuzzi signing was a horrible deal, a straight up nostalgia signing by a GM who should know better. Who else was offering Bertuzzi anywhere near an $8 million, two year deal?

The phrases, "32 years old", "power forward", and "bad back" just don't go together in the same sentence. Age and injuries have combined to make Bertuzzi a perimeter player, and as a result he is now a $4 million a year "JAG" (just a guy). This was a low percentage gamble by Burke, and I'm surprised more media haven't called him out on it.

At 9:04 p.m., December 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media aren't calling out Burke over the Bertuzzi signing because no one wants to talk about Bertuzzi.

Can't say I blame them. But yeah, that is one ridiculous contract, and he was probably the only GM in the league willing to offer that.


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