Cam Barker Traded to Minnesota Wild

Just prior to the NHL roster freeze, it appears the Blackhawks have shipped Cam Barker to the Minnesota Wild for a pair of defensemen, Kim Johnsson and 2009 1st round pick, Nick Leddy. 

Johnsson is no longer the player he was in Philadelphia where he scored over 10 goals for three straight seasons from 2001-2004, but at 34 years old is still a relatively reliable defenseman.  More importantly, Johnsson is in the last year of his contract.  Leddy is currently playing for the University of Minnesota.  He was selected with the 16th overall pick.

More thoughts to come, I’m sure.

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20 Responses to Cam Barker Traded to Minnesota Wild

  1. Dave Morris says:

    Actually surprised the Wild dealt Johnsson as I expected they would retain him as they presumedly are driving for a playoff spot. But good on Stan for landing K-Jo.

    This takes some pressure off DunkinSeabs…and adds power to the PP along with needed experience and ability to get the puck out of the d-zone.

    Leddy sounds like a Keith/Campbell type. He was ranked 25th by NHL Central Scouting.

    Barker will get a chance to develop into a Top 4 guy in Minny.

    Obviously, some cap relief for the Hawks.

    Looks like a win-win for both organizations.

  2. Patrick says:

    Looks like a fine deal – any more to come today? Any other needs to be addressed before March 3?

    Not sure I like Q giving the meatheads ammo for starting Niemi for the third in a row against Atlanta. I would have played him against C-bus…

  3. Dave Morris says:

    @Patrick>Even with Johnsson, StanBow still has the room to add a player(s) as a result of moving Barker.

    CapGeek projects the Hawks could take on an annual contract(s) worth up to $5MM without having to send money the other way.

    Stay tuned.

  4. josh says:

    Interesting little article I found on Leddy:

    Note this quote: “I’d say Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks because they’re both really good offensive defensemen and both are kind of my style.”

    (Question being “Who does Leddy like among the current crop of NHL defensemen?”)

  5. Patrick says:

    So, will the Hawks look for another D-man then, or what do they need? Any truth to Vokoun for Huet and a bunch of others?

  6. dominator says:

    I like the trade, get better now and add another defensive prospect where the pipeline is lacking. Leddy was a stretch when he was picked and hasn’t been that good for Minnesota from what I’ve heard but he could still turn it around. All that plus more cap space for next year? Good deal.

  7. Dave Morris says:

    @Patrick> I would think StanBow will keep his eyes open for another depth d-man and/or a forward or both, with toughness being a criteria.

    The Vokoun scenario is VERY interesting…not sure how that might play out. But the fact that Vokoun came out today and said he is ready to waive his NTC ‘for the right situation’ is significant.

  8. John says:

    Leddy was out with a broken jaw for over a month. Whether he was a reach at 16 or not, that’s awfully early for the Wild to be giving up on him.

  9. Dave Morris says:

    PS@Patrick> also, keep in mind Vokoun and Huet’s contracts have similar cap hits, this trade–IF it happened–would save the Panthers half a million in salary next year. Florida has Jakub Markstrom who they want to groom for the starting job over the next few seasons.

    But there are also other teams looking for goalies right now…Philadelphia and Washington with the most obvious shortcomings.

    The Panthers and Hawks also have other reasons to talk, and possibly to do business.

    There will be much to discuss over the next few weeks.

  10. Patrick says:

    Dave – thanks. Your d-man analysis was right on. Scotty and Son did a good job with this move. Let’s see what’s next…

  11. John says:

    I would probably say not to hold your breath. I feel like this will probably be their lone move until the summer arrives. Vokoun for Huet seems like an absolute pipe dream unless the Hawks seriously sweeten the pot with someone like Beach.

  12. Lou says:

    I like this trade. Leddy is an 18 your d prospect that we can let develop. Minnesota is an excellent program so he has to have some talent to get there.

    Could Booth be in the mix with FLA? That would be an outstanding addition.

    Now the question becomes who does Johnson pair with-Soup or Sopel?

  13. Dave Morris says:

    @John> Randy Sexton is serious about making changes. especially with new ownership in FLA.

    I’d say anything is possible between now and March 3rd.

  14. John says:

    Anything is possible, but I don’t see the logic in them saving 500k next year and taking a bath on 5.625 million the following year. The week after the Olympics will be fun, no doubt about that.

    Johnsson is paired with Sopel.

  15. Dave Morris says:

    I stand corrected on the above cap space number…CapGeek has now updated the figures which project by March 3 as being the equivalent of a $2.5 million annual contract.

    Still plenty of room to add another asset.

  16. Dave Morris says:

    @John> IF the Panthers traded Vokoun for Huet, they would have a solid 1/1A for the next two years at $5.6. And who knows, Huet might be successful in southern climes.

  17. Lou says:

    Who is niemmi’s back-up next year?????

  18. John says:

    Dave, I’ll tweet Stan and let him know you’re willing to head to FLA to open up negotiations with Randy Sexton.

  19. Dave Morris says:

    @John>thanks, you’re a pal. I’ll have a mai-tai for you while Randy and I are yakking on his yacht.

  20. Tony says:

    The first domino in the salary cap sacrificial wall falls.

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