I was out of town sans internet this weekend, so naturally the Jets saw fit to make two trades, one of which much bigger than the other. They traded a 4th rounder and Danick Paquette to the Capitals for Eric Fehr, and then traded Angelo Esposito to Florida for Kenndal McArdle.
First the Fehr trade. He is a bit injury prone: he only played 52 games last year, 69 in 2009-10 and 61 in 2008-09. He also started quite a few (55%, most for Caps RWs) shifts in the offensive zone and he played against the easiest competition amongst Caps right wingers last year.
Still, he will fill a big hole on the right wing, and is a reasonable gamble at 2.2 million for one year. He will be an RFA next summer, so if he does live up to his potential (Fehr is a former first rounder) the Jets could have nabbed a difference maker for cheap. Maybe the Caps draft a stud with their fourth rounder, but I don’t see Paquette ever being a regular NHLer. Furthermore, just for comparison’s sake, Fehr has a Corsi RelQoC equal to Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, whose cap hits are 6.5 and 4.2 million (thanks to capgeek).
As for the other deal, Esposito is a former first rounder with a ton of talent, but just has never gotten it going. There are a lot of rumors about some attitude and work ethic problems, but I usually don’t feel comfortable speculating on those fronts. As for McArdle, I don’t know a ton about him but amongst Florida forwards with 10 GP last year he had the best Corsi RelQualComp. Obviously it’s a small sample and I don’t see him shutting down top line guys (especially when he played under 10 mins per 60), but the potential is there and I don’t see Esposito going anywhere, so it’s a reasonable gamble.