Breaking news - Karlis Skrastins has been dealt to the Panthers along with a 3rd round pick for Ruslan Salei. I don't remember much about Salei (he's the guy who had that big hit on Modano a few years back, right?). I don't care how good (or bad) Salei is, Skrastins was in a desperate need of a change of scenery. And I no longer have to hear the "Skrastins is a scratch" joke again!
I'm curious, though - I can't imagine there's any way Salei will make it to Calgary for tonight. The team was already down to 6 healthy defensemen. I wonder if they can recall Boychuk or someone similar in time to play tonight...
More on Salei:
He's a former 1st round pick (9th overall in 1996).
His salary is $3,025,000 and I believe he's signed for two more years after this one (meaning he makes about $600,000 more than Karlis).
He's listed as 6'1, 212 - almost identical to Skrastins.
The Sportsnet scouting report:
Assets: Plays a mean and nasty game from behind the blueline. Can hit with the very best in the game. Is well liked in the locker room.
Flaws: Does go overboard with his hits on occasion, resulting in discipline issues. Will occasionally make bad decisions with the puck in the defensive zone.
Essentially, a meaner, harder-hitting version of Skrastins. I'll take that.
Oh, and he has 23 points...which would tie him with Liles for tops on our team.
Salei is currently wearing #24 for the Panthers, and wore that with the Mighty Ducks as well. It should be available as it was last worn by Antti Laaksonen.