Friday, October 07, 2005

Fedorov Traded to Rangers

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Federov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jozef Balej and a conditional draft pick.

Wow, the Canucks actually got a body back in exchange for Fedorov. Not only did they get a body, but they got a pretty decent prospect and a conditional draft pick.

Jozef Balej(23) was drafted by Montreal in the 3rd round(78th overall) in 2000. In 2002 he was traded, along with a 2nd round pick, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Alexei Kovalev.

Balej is a right winger who has the potential to be a second line winger in the NHL. In his final year of junior he scored 51 goals in 65 games for Portland. In his somewhat injury plagued AHL career he has scored 51 goals and 73 assists in 185 games.

Like Fedorov, Balej has the talent it just remains to be seen whether he can be successful in the NHL.

This trade has to be consider a good one for Dave Nonis. The jury is still out on both players, but Nonis did a good job of acquiring a quality asset for a player who was unlikely to ever play for the Vancouver Canucks.

Bajel will report to the Manitoba Moose.

More info on Jozef Bajel

More on the Doig & Keane Contracts

Just wanted to clarify the Doig and Keane contracts.

The contracts are what's known as "pro-tryout" contracts which are for 25 games. At any point the contract can be voided by either the team or player. Once the 25 games are up they have to sign another contract.

So that means if either Doig or Keane receives interest from an NHL club they can cancel their deal and sign with the NHL team. - Info straight from Moose play by play man Kelly Moore on the Blake Price show(Mojo Radio).

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