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Eric Belanger Traded!

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Eric Belanger has been traded to the Washington Capitals for Washington's second round choice in the 2010 NHL entry draft. Frankly, I have absolutely no problem with this move at all. Belanger was an unrestricted free agent and would have likely walked on July 1. He's certainly not irreplaceable, and is a nice role-player on this squad, but is a good fit as a rental down the stretch for a team like the Capitals.

So, let's say good-bye to our second-line center. He was a very streaky guy. He'd have stretches of multi-point games, then vanish for two weeks. Frankly, looking at his numbers this year, his trade value has never been higher. Put him with a guy like Backstrom or Semin, and he's looking at a definite career high in points the rest of the way.

Belly, I'd like to thank you on behalf of The Team of 18,000. Now go get a cup.


Recent Career
Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2007-08 MIN 75 13 24 37 -6 30 7 7 1 0 3 115 .113
2008-09 MIN 79 13 23 36 -5 26 4 9 0 2 4 147 .088
2009-10 MIN 60 13 22 35 -1 28 3 6 0 0 3 120 .108
Career Totals (Full) 617 119 174 293 -24 279 26 40 8 4 17 1043 .114