Monday, December 19, 2011

Turris for Rundblad and a 2nd

Quite the trade on the weekend.

There's been quite a bit of analysis of the trade already and I think it's fair to say that most in Sensland tilt a little to the side of concern. The feeling is that the upside on Rundblad might be higher and there isn't any baggage as Turris brings with him.

Suddenly, the offensive cupboard is getting nicely stocked in the Sens organization. As Steve Lloyd said in his blog, Jim O'Brien was the top center prospect at the end of last year. Yikes.

No doubt this helps the Senators in the short term. Rundblad was close to being sent to Bingo when Gonchar and Kuba returned to the lineup. What about long term? Way, way too early to know of course but I like the idea of having two strong centers (Leafs would love to have one) and with Turris we've got a really good chance of getting there.

Can you see the following lineup up front in a year or two?

Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Greening - Turris - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Silfverberg
Condra - Smith - Neil

That's without Butler, Winchester, Daugavins who is having a nice first season, prospects like Stone, Puempel, Noesen, Petersson, and Da Costa

At the back end the Sens seem to have Karlsson and Cowen as their future top pairing and taking up to 60 minutes a game with Phillips, Gonchar, Lee, Carkner and a guy like Borowiecki looking for a spot next year.

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