Posts tagged ‘Lauri Tukonen’

November 30, 2008

Stars Trade for Hutchinson, Lose Tukonen

by Kristine

The Stars announced today that they have traded prospect Lauri Tukonen in exchange for Tamba Bay minor league defenseman Andrew Hutchinson.

The internets seem confused about this trade. What does Hutchinson bring to our team other than a body on the bench? According to Andrew’s, “Good size and long reach help him defend well, but he can struggle with positioning.” Doesn’t that pretty much sum up our D already? And shouldn’t we be getting somebody who is good with positioning, to fill in one of our team’s many gaps?

Another sore point is that we could’ve had Hutchinson for nothing as recently as Thursday or Friday – he was on waivers up until then. Instead, we waited until today and lost another prospect. Are monkeys running these things? We messed up with Janik way back in the beginning by losing a draft pick for somebody we originally got for free, we gave Crombeen away to St Louis for nothing, and we waited too long to get Hutchinson and end up having to make a trade instead of just picking him up off waivers. It doesn’t seem like the most effective way to build a hockey team, and I question whether or not any of these trades are really going to end up benefitting us. If there is a long-term plan in effect here, I’m not seeing it.

What this seems to come down to is desperation. We might be losing Zubie to injury again, so we need another defensemen in the line-up. That part makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is why we keep picking up other team’s rejects. Tampa had Hutchinson in the minors. Sydor was getting zero ice time in Pittsburgh. Parrish had his contract bought out by the Wild. Janik was on waivers for the Hawks when we picked him up the first time. Even way back in summer, Avery became a free agent because – to put it simply – the Rangers didn’t want him on their team enough to resign him. Have any of these players really bought a lot to our team? We’ve lost our voices talking about what Avery does or does not bring to the team, so I won’t get into that here. Parrish has been the most productive of the remaining four; I don’t see the other three becoming vital cogs in the Stars machine, at least this season. The only reason I can think of for why we’re adding people to our team who don’t make a big impact is desperation, a mindset of “we need somebody and we need somebody now, so who can we get ASAP?” This goes right back around to the long-term plan and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be one.

I’m doing my best not to judge Hutchinson without ever even seeing him play. I could be totally wrong about this. It just seems like a waste of time, energy, and prospects, and it’s frustrating to see the Stars Brass running things in a way that seems very haphazard.