Friday, July 04, 2008

Sharks shuttle out Rivet

The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.
My are we seeing a lot of salary-cap related trades this summer.

The Sabres get the veteran defenceman they're looking for, San Jose trims its overcrowded blueline by one (albeit for not much in return), and Rivet's $3.5-million salary with three years left is punted from one conference to the next.

Here's a deal that's related to the Sabres sending Steve Bernier to Vancouver for picks, and is definitely directly tied to the one earlier today that saw Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich end up in San Jose.

It's a game of musical chairs, really. I'm beginning to wonder if all analysis of teams' rosters might just as well wait until September.

UPDATE I'll be on The Team 1260 in Edmonton at about 5:50 p.m.

UPDATE Kevin Lowe was on next and upstaged me a bit.
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14 Comments:

At 5:35 PM, July 04, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

When do those magazine preview deadlines take place, anyways?

Yep, knew that one of Rivet or McLaren would be shipped out after adding 3 veteran d-men and a lot of salary in the past 24 hours. It's just lunacy because Rivet has more game left in him than Blake has at this point.

 
At 6:09 PM, July 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Just what I always wanted to see! Salary-cap-motivated trades.

That's hockey!

 
At 7:23 PM, July 04, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

This exhibits one of the major differences between good organizations and bad ones. A good organization has a plan, not a set of semi-random moves. If you see a team have to trade a good player because they signed or traded for other good players that play the same position, it means they don't have a plan.

Good teams don't engage in this sort of churn. They know what they want to do, and they acquire pieces that fit in with the things that they are already doing. On a rare occasion, they'll have a player that just doesn't work out for some reason. For the most part, though, they don't build in redundancies.

This is important both on its own, and as an indicator of the office. There is transaction friction, and you tend to end up with less than you had before. The other is that you aren't making progress towards anything, because you don't head in one direction.

Ask yourself when was the last time that Ken Holland made a set of transactions like this that didn't involve a goalie unexpectedly coming out of retirement.

 
At 9:52 PM, July 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, I have to say - ok, I want to say - that you do a great job with your blog.

This blog saves me so much time you can't even imagine. Keep up the good work/hobby.

Thanks.

 
At 12:02 AM, July 05, 2008, Anonymous cynical joe said...

You know, listening to Kevin Lowe reminds me of the ol' chestnut: 'its better to remain quiet and be thought a fool then to speak up and remove all doubt'. Is Burkie an a**hole? Yeah, he is and Lowe is right behind him. These two deserve each other. Stay classy Kevin.

 
At 12:58 AM, July 05, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

You know, listening to Kevin Lowe reminds me of the ol' chestnut: 'its better to remain quiet and be thought a fool then to speak up and remove all doubt'

I dont know, I thought his direct rebuttal of Burkes latest charge (disappearance of the second contract) was spot on; Kovalchuk, Bergeron and Nash had already started the ball rolling in that direction.

 
At 1:01 AM, July 05, 2008, Blogger Pinder said...

Kevin Lowe's response is spectacular in so many ways. It's fun to read it in a pro-wrestling Piper's Pit interview style.

For the record, I hope Burke falls flat on his face at "The Vatican" as well.

 
At 1:34 AM, July 05, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

James, I know this is off-topic, but I hope you post something on Jagr leaving the NHL. My memories of the NHL pre-Jagr are pretty spotty at best. It's really an incredible story that he's not going to be back.

 
At 9:25 AM, July 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess "Siberia on the St. Lawrence" would look pretty good now eh Craig-o?
Enjoy the balmy summer climes of Buffalo in Winter.

 
At 10:41 AM, July 05, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

James, I know this is off-topic, but I hope you post something on Jagr leaving the NHL. My memories of the NHL pre-Jagr are pretty spotty at best. It's really an incredible story that he's not going to be back.

Didn't want to rush anything, but yes, definitely will have something.

 
At 10:41 AM, July 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jagr? First ballot HHOF, one of the best players ever and yet so disappointing in so many ways.

He rarely looked like he enjoyed his life and this latest move just proves it.

You go to Siperia because you didn't get a three year offer from NHL due to a new CBA. Why not sign a two year deal and then another one year deal after that, Jags?

Jags also said that he is from Europe and Russia is close to his home which might be true but not in this case. Omsk is not in Europe and it's not near Kladno.

 
At 11:07 AM, July 05, 2008, Blogger usually frustrated caps fan said...

I thought Lowe's comments though caustic and confrontational were right on. Yes until this he had basically taken the high road, enough is enough. Burke is just wrong headed, a GM's job is to do whatever he can that is within the law and rules to imrpove his organization and team. Lowe is just living realistically in the here and now of the CBA; Burke has been whining about this for over a year now. Let it go. Hey though how about those Washington Capitals - Can't wait till next season. LETS GO CAPS!!!!

 
At 3:05 PM, July 05, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

It's a game of musical chairs, really. I'm beginning to wonder if all analysis of teams' rosters might just as well wait until September.

Really, as it should be. There's no need for preview rags to come out the last week of August when the season doesn't (really) start until early October.

 
At 3:27 PM, July 05, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Lowe can always stand on his record as GM: eight seasons, four playoff appearances, three first round exits. His greatest accomplishment is somehow keeping his job.

Burke is a big whiner, though - it's silly to blame Lowe for RFA offer sheets. Why does no-one ever mention Bobby Clarke going after Ryan Kesler the year before? Considering the draft picks Lowe gave up to get Penner, it was a questionable move anyway. GMs give out the big RFA contracts because they're afraid to be the one that gets burned.

 

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