Hawks Acquire Sbisa…

In their lone trade before the WHL Trade Deadline at 2:00 PST this afternoon, the Portland Winterhawks have acquired NHL First Rounder Luca Sbisa in addition to a 5th round bantam selection in 2011 and an upgrade in the 2010 CHL Import Draft for 17 year old defenseman Daniel Johnston and 18 year old import forward Jacob Berglund.

Sbisa was the 19th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008 and appeared in 39 games as a Flyer as an 18 year old last season.  He was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in the Chris Pronger deal and played an additional eight games for the Ducks this year before returning to Lethbridge.  He had 1-12-13 in 17 games as a Hurricane.

The Swiss-born d-man joins his countryman Nino Niederreiter on the Hawks roster and he was his teammate at the recent U20 Championships in Saskatchewan.  Sbisa is currently recovering from an abdominal strain suffered at the U20 tournament and may not be available until after he represents Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in February.

I’m sure that giving up Johnston and Berglund wasn’t an easy decision, and on a personal note, I will miss both players immensely as they are not only quality hockey players but quality people.   Both DJ and Bergy will be huge additions to the Lethbridge line-up and I wish them nothing but the best.

The trade also opens more ice time for Tyler Wotherspoon, Seth Swenson and Gasper Kopitar.

Lastly, what may be the biggest part of the future in this trade is the upgrade in the selection in the 2010 CHL Import Draft.  The swap of positions means the Hawks could select approximately 30 spots higher and that will hopefully turn into another impact Euro for next season.

Trades are never easy for anyone…GM’s, Coach’s, Hockey and Office Staff, Players and Fans…it is an emotional time and as Mike Johnston said last night it is a very hard day for everyone involved.

I welcome Luca to Portland and say so long to Dan and Jacob…the playoff push starts now.

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  1. Just an fyi, nice choice on that particular picture… Sbisa has had his right arm photoshopped out of the picture… Don’t worry Hawk fans, he does in fact have a right arm! :)


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