The key part of the trade is 22 year-old Joffrey Lupul, who tallied 53 points (28/25) last season, including 23 (12/11)power play points. He also scored 11 points (9/2) in 16 post-season games. The Ducks also give up their top prospect, a first round selection in 2007, a first and second round selection in 2008. It seems to be a pretty good deal. Lupul shows a ton of promise, and is still young enough that he can learn new tricks. The prospect, Ladislav Smid is a big lanky defenseman who still needs a lot of shaping. The three picks are good ones, so it might be that Edmonton got a good deal here.
Now that we know that, I can't wait to hear the other part. The "real reason" he and his family want to leave Alberta. If it's to get away from puck bunnies, he's making a terrible choice. Anaheim would be a step backwards in that regard. Maybe Lauren just didn't like the Edmonton Mall and wanted to be closer to Beverly Hills so she can get her shop on. I can't remember when that press conference is, but I thought it was scheduled for sometime today.
I haven't made a comment yet about either of the new logos scheduled for use next season, but I'll say that the train wreck that is the new Ducks logo is vastly superior to the jumbo jet crashing into a skyscraper that is the new
¹ Another reference to "Tuesday Morning Quarterback". Gregg Easterbrook always refers to the St. Louis Rams as "Les Mouflons" because those are the specific type of sheep that have the curved horns depicted in the Rams' logo. I'll do a more throrough comparison later, but the Sabres logo and the Rams logo are very similar.