Chipchura to Ducks for 4th-round pick in 2011

Kyle Chipchura (left) with Saku Koivu at practice last year. They’re teammates again, in Anaheim.
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Kyle Chipchura has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft choice in 2011.

Chipchura, a 23-year-old native of Westlock, Alberta,  was the Canadiens’ first choice, 18th overall, in the 2004 draft. He was taken two spots ahead of Travis Zajak, 10 spots ahead of Mike Green.

In last night’s 3-0 loss to the Leafs, Chipchura played 1:59 in the first period, long enough to be minus-2. He made a particularly egregious error in losing the puck along the boards to Phil Kessel, who fed it to Jeff Finger for Toronto’s second goal. Chipchura was benched for the second and third periods.

Chipchura has played in 19 games this season. He has no points, 16 PiM and is minus-10. In 68 NHL games over three seasons, he has four goals and 10 assists.

What this trade means:

Tom Pyatt and Ryan White made Chipchura superfluous to the organization.

And a player who ought to be nervous: Maxim Lapierre.

Very significant stat is time on the PK last night. Max was not used at all.

And if he can’t kill penalties or win faceoffs (he was 4-8), what use is he?

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Maxim Trunev, the Canadiens’ fifth round draft choice in 2008, has been named to the Russian pre-tournament roster for the World Juniors.

Danny Kristo made the American team. Mac Bennett didn’t.

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More on Marc Savard contract:

How do you sign a small, injury-prone 32-year-old for seven years?

By front-loading the contract. Savard will make $7 million for two seasons, then $6 million, $5.5 million amd $1.5 million. The end of the contract is two ridiculous annual payments of $525,000.

The cap hit averages out to an affordable $4.2 million.


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