Good Morning Hockey Bay-ers! Do you smell that in the air? Ah, it’s the sweet smell of terrible trades as the first truly grenade of a trade went through yesterday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars. The Pens sent defenseman Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars for James Neal AND Matt Niskanen. The only explanation for this astoundingly one-sided trade is that Ray Shero is in sole possession of a sex tape Joe Nieuwendyk made with a prostitute in Thailand.
This is like the U.S. trading its military secrets to Russia for a borscht recipe.
What this trade does do, however, is vastly overvalue Goligoski. This could be good or bad for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they continue to look at the trade market. It means that their assets could be over-valued too, giving them more return, but it also means that it will likely cost more for them to acquire a player they want.
Luckily for the Bolts, they aren’t looking for a big-name player. They got their goalie. They go their defenseman. Now the piece left to go after is depth scoring, and that likely isn’t going to involve a big name. Tampa can add their final pieces with low-profile trades, so this will likely not affect whatever trade plans they have in store.
An important question is starting to loom: will there be anyone left February 28th? Its been a long time since this many big-name trades have gone down before the actual deadline, meaning teams are jumping on offers quickly. If that’s the case, the Lightning are going to have to pick who they want to target quickly. For the first time in a while, waiting until teams get desperate at the deadline isn’t going to cut it. Most players worth having are going to be gone by then.
We will continue to keep an eye on the ever-changing market and Yzerman’s phone, but it’s doubtful the rookie GM is done dealing for the season. Expect at least one more somewhat low-level deal to come out of the Bay.
Who do you think would be the best player to fill a secondary scoring role for the Lightning?