Dec 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Matt Frattin (21) takes the puck into the St. Louis Blues zone in the first period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jackets Trade Deadline Wrap-Up


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The NHL was abuzz with trade rumors and news yesterday before the official trade deadline at 3PM EST. The Jackets were expected to be buyers and make some major moves, but that wasn’t what happened. Instead, the club looked more like a selling team, dealing Marian Gaborik to LA for right wing Matt Frattin and adding Nick Schultz on defense from Edmonton for a fifth round draft pick.

Was trading Gaborik the right idea? To get a better idea of how Matt Frattin has been playing this season, here are his stats compared with Gaborik and other CBJ players:

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

PIM

Matt Frattin

40

2

4

6

-6

11

Marian Gaborik

22

6

8

14

0

6

Corey Tropp

31

2

7

9

11

21

Blake Comeau

44

3

8

11

-4

21

(For comparison I chose to include the Jackets players on the active roster that have the best and worst +/- on the team this season.)

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As per the table above, Gaborik had over twice as many points as Frattin in half the games this season, so on the stat sheet the trade doesn’t make much sense. The main reason for the trade seems to be Gaborik’s injuries. It is likely that the team management saw Gaborik as an older, injury-prone player and traded him for a younger player that might be able to be on the ice more often. Gaborik is 32 and Frattin is 26, so the trade puts Columbus, already one of the youngest teams in the league, even lower in the average age rankings. The second part of the trade was draft picks. Jarmo seems to be fond of draft picks, and getting two of them for Gaborik must have been a pretty good deal.

The other trade the Jackets made yesterday was giving up a fifth-round draft pick to Edmonton for defenseman Nick Schultz. Since they got two picks from the Gaborik trade, giving up a fifth-round pick for some much-needed depth on the blue line was likely a good move. Here are Nick Schultz’s stats this season in comparison to current Jackets players:

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

PIM

Nick Schultz

40

0

4

4

-11

24

James Wisniewski

55

5

32

37

-1

47

Dalton Prout

31

1

3

4

4

33

(For comparison, I chose the defensemen with the most and least points on the Jackets roster this season.)

So in terms of offensive play, Schultz doesn’t compare to the Jackets’ top defensemen in James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson (25 points), but he could add some depth that the Jackets really need in the short-term with Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray out with injuries.

It remains to be seen if either Frattin or Schultz will join the Jackets in Chicago tonight, but if so we’ll get to see how they play against one of the better teams in the league, and an old rival of Columbus.

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  • RedStorm45

    It’s fairly obvious why they moved Gaborik:
    1) His cap hit of $7.5 million is nowhere near worth his production on the ice.
    2) He’s a free agent at the end of the year and it was pretty clear he wasn’t going to be re-signed – might as well get something for him rather than letting him walk in July.
    3) Injury-prone
    4) Age
    5) Not really producing – 6 goals in 22 games is not very good considering his salary
    6) This team has been fine without him – over 3 goals per game. They’ve played nearly all season without him and are doing well offensively.
    7) He doesn’t really fit the system or mold of the new team – he floats a lot, not all that physical on the forecheck, etc. And if he’s not scoring goals (and he wasn’t), then what was the point of keeping him?

  • Palm Tres

    Agree 100% with RedStorm45.

    Also, about the stats you have chosen. How many of Wisniewskis points came on PP duty? Something that I am sure that Frattin does not get the benefit of.

    I am interested in how many minutes Frattin logs per game compared to those you compared him to? Maybe he had 40 minutes in 40 games and Wiz averages what, 20 minutes a game? Wiz should have 20x as many points as Frattin in that scenario.

    Gabby is as likely to land on IR as score a meaningful goal. On top of that he was done after this season. In my opinion CBJ got something for nothing. I would have loved to have had Gabby…if we had gotten him in 2000 when we lost the coin toss to Minnesota and got Rusty instead *sigh*