With the Wolves bringing in John Madden to try and solidify the center position the team had been lacking, the Vancouver Canucks did one better when Madden didn’t come to terms on a contract.
Last night General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks Mike Gillis made a trade with the Florida Panthers. The trade details are below:
LW David Booth
C Steve Reinprecht
3rd Round Pick 2013 Draft
F Mikael Samuelsson
F Marco Sturm
Now on paper this a great deal not only for the Vancouver Canucks but it helps out the Wolves immensely. They have been looking for a true center since the season started with the only real position player being Kevin Doell.
Now with Reinprecht he has a 2 million dollar salary and that is guaranteed money no matter where he plays this season and it won't affect the cap hit if he plays in Chicago the rest of the year. Let’s break down his stats from last year with the Florida Panthers and Adler Mannheim.
You can get his complete stats here if you are interested. With Reinprecht being 35 years old he has had a few years in the NHL so he knows the game. Over the last few years he has averaged over 15 goals a year and I’m sure being in the AHL that number will be slightly higher.
But with this signing and him getting sent to the Wolves this will help not only the center position but help guys play their more natural position instead of guys shuffling in and out in the middle.
Reinprecht was probably not the main reason of the trade but more something Florida put together to get the trade completed.
He also went to University of Wisconsin where Mike Davies also attended. I’m sure the hot topic will be that Hail Mary from last night against their very own Badgers.
No matter the case the Wolves have a center that they desperately needed and the team gets that much stronger with the addition.