The Calgary Flames pulled the trigger on a minor deal today, acquiring defenceman Jim Vandermeer from the Flyers for a 3rd round pick in 2009.
I've said for a while now that the Flames need some better secondary D, as I have a distaste for Anders Eriksson and David Hale. To be honest though, this trade is puzzling to me.
This is the second straight year that Darryl Sutter has given up a 3rd round pick for defensive depth (last year he did the same thing with Hale). Vandermeer's stats seem to indicate he's better than Hale, but who isn't? He has three goals and 15 points with Chicago and Philadelphia. Admittedly I don't know a whole lot about the guy but I'm bound to be skeptical about a guy that has been traded twice in one season.
Phillyfan12 described Vandermeer to me as "a no. 8 or 9 defenceman on a crappy defensive team". Is this guy really worth a 3rd?
As I said, though, I don't know enough about the guy to make an independent judgement. Flames fans, are you as skeptical as I am?