Regier “Trades Up”
So, technically, Darcy Regier traded Paul Gaustad for Zemgus Girgensons.
This another way to define “trading up” (as in the like-named new reality show): in order to get something that you want, you trade something that you have for something of greater value, then swap what you got for something else of greater value, and continue until you’ve got what you want. Start with a rusty old Radio Flyer wagon and eventually wind up with a used Harley Davidson.
In this case, Regier sent Gaustad (and a 4th round pick in 2013) to Nashville for the Predators’ first round pick (which turned out to be the 21st overall selection, after Nashville’s season ended). Next, Regier traded that pick (along with the 42nd overall pick) to Calgary for the 14th pick, and turned that into Zemgus Girgensons.
After all of this, the Sabres still have a 2nd round pick. While trading away the 42nd pick, they still have the 44th, due to some more wheeling and dealing. The Flames’ initial 2nd rounder went to Buffalo when Regier “traded up” on June 25, 2011, when he sent Chris Butler and Paul Byron to Calgary in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and what is now the 44th pick in the draft.
As it all stands today, Regier took a “Goose” and traded up for a “Latvian Locomotive.”
Oh yea, he also had the good fortune to nab Mikhail Grigorenko with the 12th pick.
Not a bad day. Who said Darcy can’t swing a trade or draft well?
Click on the above links for full profiles of these two studs. If profiles are too much for you, then let’s talk NHL comparables. From said profiles, Girgensons’ NHL comparables are Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews. Grigorenko compares to a “Joe Thornton/Alex Kovalev/Evgeny Malkin mix.”
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