Today, the Hawks traded Nick Leddy and AHL goalie Kent Simpson to the Islanders for defensemen Ville Pokka and TJ Brennan and goalie Anders Nilsson. Nilsson’s in the KHL right now and Brennan’s likely headed to Rockford. Pokka could be worth watching, though. He’s only 20 and has some real potential. It will be interesting to see how he fares in America after playing the last four years in the Liiga in Finland.
While, at face value, this package may not seem all that great in exchange for Leddy, this was a move that needed to be made. The Hawks were over the cap, and my guess was that it was either going to be Leddy or Versteeg that got traded in order for the Hawks to get under the cap. Since Versteeg had such a good camp, it’s not surprising to see Leddy get traded, especially with so many promising defensemen in the system.
Go Hawks! (Only 5 more days)
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