Some quick thoughts:
<li>The word out of Phoenix on Fred Sjostrom is he has been used by Wayne Gretzky mostly in a defensive role. He has good speed and some offensive ability, and was a popular guy in the Coyotes dressing room (including with reporters). I suspect he’ll be used on the fourth line to start, but we’ll see where that goes.
<li>Josh Gratton was the Coyotes’ enforcer for most of last season, but broke his finger during training camp and was eventually buried in San Antonio.
<li>In hindsight, Marcel Hossa’s sudden return rom Hartford in time for Sunday’s game was a classic example of a player being showcased.
<li>The Rangers indeed also got a conditional pick out of the Phoenix deal.
<li>I am down on these moves for the simple reason that Sjostrom and LeNeveu are hard words to type…
<li>As for Christian Backman, one can only hope he lives up to the standard of his father, former scrappy New York Mets second baseman, Wally Backman (not really). Backman, by the way, is signed through next season.
<li>Let’s see here, one trade with a former assistant GM, another with a former team broadcaster. You know, you ARE allowed to talk to other GMs, too….