(photo credit: Scott Paulus)
Thanks to those who got this topic going in the previous post, while I was away from my computer yesterday…..
The Predators announced on Saturday that they traded forward Andreas Thuresson to the Rangers for Brodie Dupont — a 6’2 210 pound forward, who spent the majority of last season with the Hartford Wolfpack/Connecticut Whale.
Essentially…the teams swapped a pair of fourth year pros/RFA’s.
Feel free to disagree with me, but Thuressons ’10-’11 campaign was a huge disappointment. The 30 game goal-less streak sticks out to me, and he seemed very disinterested out there at times. We had seen him be a force on the ice in previous seasons, and the killer instinct didn’t seem to be there, for whatever reason. I know Coach Lambert expected more out of a 4th year player like him. But it had to be tough for Thuresson to sit back and watch all the other call-ups. Off the ice, he was a great guy and was a great hockey embassador to the community….but hopefully a change of scenery will help jumpstart his career.
Dupont, 24 years old, was 3rd on the team in points (14g, 31a), and made his NHL debut with the Rangers….one game, no counting stats.
For those of you pining for a more physical presence on the team, you may find Dupont to be an upgrade over Thuresson. Dupont looks like a guy that will drop the gloves to stand up for himself and to stand up for his teammates without any hesitation.
Again, he’s a restricted free agent right now, so he still needs to sign with the Predators before we start penciling him into the lineup down here. But then again, with the lack of movement the Predators have displayed in the free agent period, heck, he may end up on the 4th line in Nashville next year if he signs!
The Predators are the only team in the league that hasn’t signed anybody since free agent season started on Friday. Not true anymore! Niclas Bergfors signed today (Sunday).
So Roundtable….are you sad to see Thuresson go? Was the writing on the wall? Excited to see what this Dupont kid can do?