(photo credit: Scott Paulus)
Still no signings….but here’s a second trade.
Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi have been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney.
Lebda has a Stanley Cup ring. So that’s nice, I guess. Blogger Emeritus and resident Red Wings fan/correspondent Eric Kent offers these thougths on Lebda: “Meh. Neither physical nor overtly skilled. When playing well, you won’t notice him. When off, he’ll turn the puck over and lose battles”
Slaney has split time the last two seasons between the Toronto Marlies and the Reading Royals of the ECHL. In his last year in juniors, he led the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in goals and points, and was second in PIM’s.
Since then, his pro career hasn’t been anything to jump for joy about. In the 09-10 season, he was a -20 defensively for the Toronto Marlies in just 34 games. Granted, the Marlies gave up the second most goals in the conference that year…but still… That number is an eyesore. Of the 1,152 players who played in the AHL that season, only 11 had a worse defensive rating, and they all did it over the course of at least 67 games. Yuk.
Last season Slaney spent only 9 games with Toronto, and the rest in Reading. In the playoffs, he stepped up a bit with a goal and three assists in four games.
Tough to say right now whether he’ll probably be ticketed to Milwaukee or Cincy.
But the $64,000 question is….why on earth did Brian Burke let the Predators off the hook for Lombardi’s contract?!?!?!