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Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 8:01 pm
 
Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

By: Adam Gretz


Outside of re-signing team captain Andrew Ladd to a contract extension earlier this week, the Winnipeg Jets' offseason has been a calm one. Perhaps even a little patient. The club hasn't jumped into a weak free agent class and has instead made only a couple of minor depth additions. On Friday, the club made a slightly larger move when it acquired forward Eric Fehr from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor leaguer Danick Paquette and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Fehr, who has to pass a physical by 5 PM Monday for the deal to become official, has had his career derailed by injuries since being selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 draft. In 52 games with the Capitals last season he scored 10 goals to go with 10 assists, after scoring a career-high 21 goals the previous season in 69 games.

Since making his NHL debut during the 2005-06 campaign Fehr has played more than 60 games just twice in his career. He is still only 25 years old and has enough ability that this is a worthy gamble by the Jets front office, especially given the relatively cheap price they had to surrender to make it happen.

The key aspect of the trade for the Capitals is getting Fehr's $2.2 million cap hit off the books for the upcoming season, as the club needed to clear cap space and still has to work out a deal with restricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner. This should help, and given the offseason additions of Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Jeff Halpern up front, shouldn't hurt the on-ice product. Even if the return isn't all that impressive.

Paquette, a third-round pick by the Thrashers organization in 2008, spent the 2010-11 season playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League where he scored 13 goals in 59 games. According to Hockey's Future, he has the potential "to be an effective energy line player and possible power play threat."

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:53 am
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Jets signed Rypien too, the toughest fighter pound for pound in the NHL and the dude that shoved that Wild fan
Im calling that little h o mo out right now.  Yes, I am 100% telling you Id whip his a$$.  That pissed me off to no end that gutless punk.  Dude wasnt even doing anything.



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:31 am
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Haha, Jets signed Rypien too, the toughest fighter pound for pound in the NHL and the dude that shoved that Wild fan.  Glad to see him back in the NHL
Ex Moose too, slump.
Have you been able to sign into our fantasy baseball league since your old account is gone?
Meech, Gregoire and now Fehr, lot's of MB boys comin in.
Toews next?  I would only be slightly surprised, or I guess I could say I can see it happening, but wouldn't bank on it.
Tigers .5 back, screw the tribe



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:20 am
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Sad to lose Fehr.  When he's healthy and determined, he's one of the best players on the ice.  But the guy can't seem to stay healthy and he costs too much to boot.  Reminiscient of Pat Peake, actually...

Good luck, Eric-!



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:28 am
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

What Karl Alzner has to offer is more important to the team than what Eric Fehr brings. Fehr is a good team player and he could get more ice time with the Jets. 



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Looks like the Jets are going with Size + Toughness! Jets didnt even give up much to land this L2/L3 RW. Danick Paquette was a 3rd rounder and not many 4th round picks make the NHL so WPG gave up very little to get this guy.

Fehr is only 25yo so plenty of time for the guy to round out into a scorer given his good hands. Maybe the WPG medical staff can keep the guy healthy + the training staff can keep him in shape all yr long.

Good move by the Capitals and the Jets!



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Good addition for The Jets. Cap space trade for the Caps. They probably would of preferred to keep him.

Jets not going to play like typical first season relocation team. Thrashers had a lot of good young players.

Haha, Jets signed Rypien too, the toughest fighter pound for pound in the NHL and the dude that shoved that Wild fan.  Glad to see him back in the NHL.



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