(Source: CBS Boston) – Boston’s ask for Loui Eriksson was big. At least a first-rounder and another strong player/prospect. The Bruins know Eriksson fits well, so only a Corleone-style “offer you can’t refuse” was going to pry him loose. Given the return that other players have gotten for their teams the asking price was high but not necessarily out of control. Last year, Curtis Glencross fetched a second- and third-rounder, Braydon Coburn fetched an NHL D-man plus a first- and third-round pick, Antoine Vermette got Arizona a first-rounder and an NHL D-man, and Keith Yandle got Arizona an NHL D-man, a top prospect, a second-round pick and a conditional first-round pick.
The dust has finally settled on the NHL trade deadline with most fans having put their pitch forks and torches back in their sheds. Most new acquisitions have played for their new teams and in the case of the Bruins, Lee Stempniak and John Michael-Liles both had positive showings in their debut. Also, information on asking prices and what was offered for players league wide is starting to leak out. The price Sweeney was asking for Loui has surfaced and his demand was fair.
Just look at some of the prices last years trade deadline commanded. Vermette returned a first round pick. Curtis Glencross didn’t amount to much after he was nabbed for two good picks, and he eventually retired this past fall after not landing a new job with anyone. Hell, even this year Roman Polak was sent to San Jose from Toronto for two second round picks.
I think when we see what Winnipeg got for Andrew Ladd, primarily a first rounder and a top prospect who can play now, Sweeney’s demands were reasonable. Loui’s current production and career long consistent play in all areas of the game put him in the same, if not better, market as Ladd.
Teams were just more frugal than ever this year. Although I’m not convinced Sweeney wasn’t offered a first round pick with a lesser prospect either. I think the underlying motive to his demand was rooted in the Dougie Hamilton deal.
When Sweeney shipped Dougie Hamilton to Calgary (remember, Dougie wanted out) he didn’t get an NHL ready replacement in return. It happened to Chiarelli on the Boychuk deal, and you can look at Pittsburgh when they lost Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to Washington in the same summer with no plan B on-ice replacement. Had Sweeney traded Loui on Monday for a first round pick and a top prospect that couldn’t step into the lineup (even if most feel the team needs to hit the reset button anyway) it would have been a fail in his mind. The Bruins brass still thinks they can do some damage in the playoffs now and needed a real body in return for Loui to do so and to avoid a Dougie-esque deal.
Either way, his asking price was right in line with where the market was. It’d be kind of ironic if St. Louis and Minnesota both flop in the first round of the playoffs because they didn’t pony up for Loui’s offense that both teams desperately need. At the end of the day maybe all of their tee times, including the Bruins, will be at the same.