According to TSN, the Bruins have traded winger Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild for Craig Weller, Alexander Fallstrom and a second-round pick in 2011.
The Wild get: a Band-Aid Boy winger who has so far underacheived, but is now entering his prime so you never know. Kobasew could be a 30-goal scorer, but he needs to stay healthy for 75 games – and reach his potential – to do it. The Wild desperately needed scoring help on the wing as a result of so many injuries.
The Bruins get: some salary cap room. Weller is currently in the minors, which gives the team depth for whenever they need some size and checking. Fallstrom is a prospect who is years away – and the B’s can afford to wait. His Shattuck St. Mary’s coach compares him to Tomas Holmstrom. The second round pick is icing on the cake. Beautiful move to shed themselves of $2 million bucks (which had so far paid for one assist in seven games) of an easily replaced asset. Peter Chiarelli has to be the best general manager in the league. Not for this deal, but for all of his deals to date.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Now there is room for Vladimir Sobotka to get some regular duty in the top nine and Blake Wheeler to see regular action in the top six. Those two Bruins will see the most noticable production change.
Kobasew will help a desperate Wild squad. He certainly can’t do any worse. Look for the change of scenery to give him a big pop for the next three weeks or so – say 10 points in 10 games, that sort of thing. After that, the only way this looks good on Minny is if Kobasew can stay healthy.