Monday, February 25, 2008

Boyle Locked Up - Prospal Traded

[Cross-Posted at Southeast Shootout by RJ]

Dan Boyle has re-signed a 6 year $40 million extension.

Vinny Prospal has been traded to Philly for defenseman Alexadre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009. Picard has only appeared in 4 games with Philly this year. He is regarded as a possible top 6 defenseman.


“Alexander Picard is a young prospect with good size and excellent hockey sense who has played in the NHL,” said Feaster. "We believe he has a significant amount of upside in his future. In moving Vaclav Prospal we wanted to add to our organizational depth, and by acquiring both a young defenseman and a future draft pick we were able to achieve that goal."

A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Picard has played in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season and ranks second on the team, first among defensemen, in points with 38. His eight goals and five power-play goals also lead all Phantom defensemen. Picard represented Philadelphia at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and recorded one assist. He has established AHL career highs this season in goals, assists and points.

So now it comes down to...where is Richie going to end up? I'm glad as hell a deal got done with Boyle. The difference between the team with and without him is like night and day.

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Marsha said...

Whew, we kept the Boyler man! I am sad about Brad leaving, but I've seen no joy on his face when he's out there on the ice this season. I think it's best for him to go elsewhere and recapture his spark. Too talented a player to waste away in a Hockey Bay slump, IMHO.

RJ said...

Yeah, it's time for Brad to make a change. If the report above is accurate, we will get a good return on him from Dallas.