Three weeks ago, the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers consummated an intriguing trade that generated a great deal of dialogue.
Vancouver acquired acquired forward David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round pick in 2013 for veterans forwards Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson.
When the trade happened, I wrote that Florida had won the trade. You can read my reasoning here, but the Cliff Notes is simple: Samuelsson and Sturm have expiring contracts and Samuelsson is the best player in the deal, whereas Booth is overrated and adds another contract onto the already-handicapped books of the Canucks in the coming years.
When you read that piece, please make sure to read the comments section, where individuals quite clearly point out that I'm dead wrong.
Well, it's been three weeks and almost a dozen games. How has the trade treated each team?
From Vancouver's perspective, the deal hasn't exactly been an overwhelming injection of energy and scoring like so many of the comments on my previous piece claimed it would be. Booth has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games, including an empty-net goal. He is also minus-five over those 10 games, in which the Canucks are 5-5-0.
Entering Wednesday night's game against the Blackhawks, Vancouver has 19 points in 18 games (9-8-1), and rests uncomfortably in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Florida, which has seen exactly zero ice time from an injured Samuelsson, has played Sturm in 10 games to date. He has one goal and one assist, and is minus-one in those contests.
However, since the removal of Booth from the lineup, the Panthers are 6-2-3. With a strong 6-0 win at Dallas in the books, Florida now has 21 points in 17 games (9-5-3) and sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Reports out of Florida are that Samuelsson could join the team in St. Louis and, once he has his legs under him, could begin playing for the Panthers.
So in the three weeks since the deal went down, who has won the trade?
If the season ended today, one team would be in the playoffs and would be wiping two contracts off their books when the postseason ended. The other would be at home watching the first round while still paying a player who has continued to underwhelm for a couple more years.
Sure seems like the Panthers are winning the deal right now.