ehrhoff

 

San Jose announced that the team has acquired center Patrick White and defenseman Daniel Rahimi from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.

 

Vancouver gets: Some depth on defense and a decent puck mover in Ehrhoff.

 

San Jose gets: a stay-at-home rearguard in Rahimi and a disappointing pivot in White. Both prospects are a long ways off and neither are a guarantee. However, they are not so old that they should be written off. Far from it. White is a former first rounder who is not even 21. Coming up is his third year of college hockey and a breakout is not farfetched. The key here is unloading Ehrhoff. He is a $3.1 million cap hit and they took no salary back. Add in Lukowich and the Sharks just shed $4.6 million. Did they give up great players in return? Don't kid yourself. Ehrhoff put up solid fantasy numbers with 42 points, but the team clearly tried to cut his ice time but were unable to as a result of injuries and little depth. He was a minus-12 and he was also a healthy scratch on a couple of occasions. Canucks fans - do not overrate. He's a good No.4 when paired with a safe partner and he can co-run the second PP unit.

 

Fantasy Impact: Despite the negative words above, there is a potential for Ehrhoff to have a Dennis Wideman type of impact. Wideman is an example of a player who was scratched sometimes in St. Louis, scratched initially on occasion in Boston, but injuries thrust him onto the top power play. He's been a 50-point player ever since, thanks to that luck early on (hey - if Chara didn't miss a few games, and the B's didn't lose Alberts, Ference and Ward for so long, Wideman would never have tallied 36 points in 2007-08 - which in turn would have meant less of a role this past year, and thus no 50 points. Follow?).

 

If all defensemen in Vancouver are healthy, I think you will be surprised when Ehrhoff barely gets you 30 points. Given that Kevin Bieksa is a Band-Aid Boy though, I think the potential for the 'Wideman Effect' is there. He needs a bounce.

 

As for White, he couldn't have landed in a better organization. The Sharks lack offensive prospects up front and so a big year in college for White would put him near the front of the line to make the jump in 2011-12. A worthwhile risk for the Sharks who did well in shedding salary on a player who I really got the feeling they did not want.

 

So what will the Sharks do with an extra $4.6 million lying around? Let the Dany Heatley rumors begin anew.

 

 


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Mille Feuilles said:

MilleFeuilles
Vlasic... Blake will certainly have less ice this season 21:26 last year and going down every year. Vlasic will be the first to eat up more time. And yes tehy need more depth but I suspect that they think that Joslin may be ready to make the jump.
August 31, 2009
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kevinsrangers said:

kevinsrangers
... heatly is starting the season in ottawa...
August 31, 2009
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Cheechoo is an expensive gamble. I wouldnt touch him with a ten foot Northland!
Heatley for Kessel doesnt work for Boston salary wise, Heatley for Marleau is doable atleast,but Heatleys contract is a tuff one to swallow for most teams. The ones that want to spend to the cap- already have,so a similar caphit would have to return.
August 31, 2009
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Aaron Gaither said:

agaither2179
... Why deal with the Heatley headache when they could trade Cheechoo and a mid rd pick for Kessel, sign him for 4.0M, and still have 600K+ of wiggle room to improve down the stretch? Remember, Boston and SJ love to trade with each other and a 28 yr old Cheechoo makes for a great reclamation project locked in at 3.5M for the next 2 seasons in Boston...the same 3.5M Kessel turned down!!! Now whose with me on this???
August 28, 2009
Votes: -3

pudge said:

pudge
... Terrible deal, why free up cap space for a Western Team to acquire Heatley?

Vancouver doesn't have a problem with Defensive depth they have a problem with top end offensive D... this solves nothing and perpetuates a solid D core that costs them against teams with skill and speed.
August 28, 2009
Votes: -1

Irvin Penner said:

preacher0072007
... Kessel + draft picks for Heatley, or Marleau for Heatley two great opportunities for both teams. No matter which way it might go Heatley needs to be moved before the start of the season or that dressing room is messed up big time!!
August 28, 2009
Votes: -3

Stuart McDonald said:

Slantman
... It's amazing how few offensive prospects San Jose have in their organization. White was looking like a total dog but he's going to be given every opportunity to succeed in SJ. A match made in heaven and something of a re-birth for White's fantasy value. Someone in SJ sees hope for the kid.
August 28, 2009
Votes: +0

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Like I said, more to come.

- Edler won't be dealt. 100% untouchable.
- Bieksa will dip in pts. 1st unit = Salo/Schneider, 2nd = Edler/Bieksa/Ehrhoff
- Bieksa kicked off top unit with Salo. But Salo and Schneider are both injury prone.

- Canucks are over the cap, not significantly. Lots of options.
August 28, 2009
Votes: +3

fzusher said:

fzusher
... I put a fuller analysis in the thread about this deal in the forum; bottom lines:

Sharks are now missing a 4th top-4 D and Eric Daoust is absolutely right about their cap situation - they still need to move major salary if they acquire Heatley. If they don't sign a veteran bottom-3 D (Wilson in a press release, talks about this being a vote of confidence in the players in the system) Mike Moore could slot into the no. 7 frequent scratch D spot.

Nucks are now over the cap without counting Schneider, Hodgson, and Shirokov. Edler for forward trade wouldn't surprise me now.
August 28, 2009
Votes: -1

Kraftster said:

Kraftster
... @ Eric - but something would have to go the other way for Heater, no? I mean, I'll give you that if that something is not Marleau they'd have some work to do to get under the cap, but, freeing up $4.6 without taking anything back sure goes a long way towards making it work. Perhaps its Kessel they target. In any event, that's about as much cap room as we've seen opened up in a single transaction since the cap.
August 28, 2009
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nicky said:

sexymountain
... wtf.
salo,bieska,mitchell,edler,schenieder,lukowich,erhoff,o
brien

i see a lot of scratches for erhoff, but than again this is kinda smart with salo and bieska always missing games. but man did we have to take on 4.6 mil...
August 28, 2009
Votes: -1

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Tough deal to analyze right now to be honest as it has future implications for both teams. More to come.
August 28, 2009
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
... I doubt the Heatley stuff materializes. I looked over at CapGeek with the new changes in effect (assuming they re-sign Mitchell at his QO) and they have around 2.8 in cap space with 3-4 roster spots still needing to be filled. Could Chelios be their new #6 dman? But all-in-all, they'll either have a ton of young players filling in the last roster spots or they'll sign a few fringe vets for minimum contracts, but in either case there isn't a lot of wiggle room to bring in Heatley.
August 28, 2009
Votes: +1

Kraftster said:

Kraftster
... Well, geeze. Schneider too. What the heck does that do to this whole situation? Edler is the real unknown here. He has never been so offensive as he ended up being last year. There's some concern here in my opinion, that Edler might even fall short of last year's numbers, but, at best be in the 35-40 range again.
August 28, 2009
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Bill said:

Enormous
... Interesting how Heatley was paired with Joe T in yesterdays Team Canda game. I really think this opens the door to finally get the deal done.
August 28, 2009
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nuran said:

nuran
Vlasic
I think this trade really opens doors for Vlasic. Look for more PP time, increased role, and such. This should add about 3-5 more pts for Mr Pickles.
August 28, 2009
Votes: +0
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