Sunday, August 12, 2007

Blackhawks Get Adams From Phoenix

The NHL free-agent frenzy is now virtually done, and many teams got who they wanted. But some teams didn't really sign anyone good, so they have to trade. The Chicago Blackhawks were in that position yesterday.

The Blackhawks traded for forward Kevyn Adams in exchange for Radim Vrbata. The 32-year old Adams split his season last year with Carolina and Phoenix, piling up 3 gaols and 9 assists, while Vrbata at 26 years scored 14 goals and 27 assists last year.

''In Kevyn Adams we're getting a veteran player who is extremely versatile, is a good skater and is a very good face-off man,'' said Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon. ''Kevyn has won a Stanley Cup and is a proven leader.''

Even with all of those qualities, it seems Vrbata is a better player than Adams. At 32, Adams isn't very good offensively and Vrbata is young and a great forward. In his NHL career, Vrbata has appeared in 346 games scoring 75 goals while adding 95 assists fro 170 points with 104 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in nine career playoff games and has not scored.

This may be the start of a whole bunch of little trades in the NHL.

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