Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:22 PM
I think dumping Loktionov is a positive to take out of this too though. We got our good games out of him last year, and this year it just didn't stick. If you're going to put him in the dog house, may as well get a decent player in return.
As for Rutuu himself, I like the trade, would've been nice if we could've done a little more, but this actually reminds me of the Ponikarovsky trade in 2012. He's a no frills player, but if he fits well (as he surely can, and as Poni did) it can be an under the radar move that really pays off.
"You know my boss, (Lou Lamoriello), we don't throw parades for second place"
-Pete Deboer on the Devils 5th Stanley Cup Final appearence