Friday, February 9, 2007

Trade Rumors 2-9-07: Sopel or Berard


Here's a bit from the SP Times this morning:

"What will Feaster do?

No way to tell, really. But connect a few dots, and it seems Los Angeles' Brent Sopel and Columbus' Bryan Berard could fit best among available defensemen.

Both are mobile, have an offensive sensibility and move the puck. Both have salaries that fit Tampa Bay's $2-million cap space. The scuttlebutt suggests they can be had for draft picks or prospects, and both can become unrestricted free agents July 1, meaning Tampa Bay is not on the hook for next season."

A couple of solid veteran defensmen.

This year Sopel is a +1 with 20 points and averaging about 20 minutes of ice time. He's a big guy with a big shot from the point who can add some toughness to the Lightning defense.

Berard is a -2 this year with Columbus. He is a good skater and likes to jump up into the play, ala Dan Boyle.

Two good veterans with very different games. Either could help to solidify the Lightning D.

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