The Calgary Flames announced today the acquisition of defenseman Anton Babchuk and right winger Tom Kostopoulos from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Ian White and left winger Brett Sutter.
What the?!? Okay, let’s look at this logically.
We lose Ian White:
- This year (which is the last year of his contract) he will make $3M
- He is 26 old
- This season he has 2 goals, 4 assists and is a minus 10
- Height: 5-10 Weight: 195lbs
We lose Brett Sutter:
- He makes $500,000 (on a two-way contract)
- He is 23
- In four games this year is has one assist
- Height: 6-0 Weight: 192lbs
We gain Anton Babchuk:
- This year (which is the last year of his contract) he will make $1.4M
- He is 26
- This season he has 3 goals, 5 assists and is a minus 4
- Height: 6-5 Weight: 212lbs
We gain Tom Kostopoulos:
- He makes $1.1M
- He is 31 (oh good, we just got collectively older)
- In 17 games this season, he has 1 goal and 3 assists
- Height: 6-0 Weight: 200lbs
Okay, so the White for Babchuk trade is a wash. Sutter wasn’t doing anything here, and Kostopoulos will likely do nothing just as well as Sutter did.
Now Brett gets to play with Brandon, I wonder if the Canes will take Brent, Darryl and Duane as well?