FERNANDEZ TO BOSTON
The Boston Bruins acquired goaltender Manny Fernandez from the Minnesota Wild for winger Petr Kalus and a fourth-round draft pick in 2009.
What does it give the Boston Bruins
In Fernandez, the Bruins add a quality starting netminder--which moves Tim Thomas to the backup role, leaves prospect Tuukka Rask in the minors for the start of the season, and likely means the end of the line for Hannu Toivonen as a Bruin. Fernandez is a shade expensive but he should stabilize things in the Boston crease for the short term. He'll eventually make way for Rask. The Bruins should be able to replace Kalus, who was a decent bet to crack the lineup in '07-08.
What does it give the Minnesota Wild
The Wild had to move Fernandez, since Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding were ready to take over the reigns in goal. Therefore, they added a solid prospect in Kalus, as well as a future draft pick. Kalus has a good shot at winning a roster spot this year, and he could emerge as a top-six winger over time. The Wild also saved a lot of cap space with this transaction, which is the real motivation for the move.