So why the hell did Pittsburgh give up on this guy if he's actually as good as we saw in his Ducks debut?
Here's what Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said:
“When we looked at our defense, despite the fact that it’s played pretty well at this point, we were concerned about the experience. We were looking to upgrade, add more of a veteran presence. We felt to have a good run in the playoffs we needed more experience and that’s why we made these two deals. (Lovejoy)'s developed into a solid, consistent player. Our guys felt very strongly about reacquiring this player. (Despres is a) capable hitter. Clearly, the guy we traded was more aggressive on the fighting side than the guy we got back. But as we go along, I don’t believe down the stretch in the regular season there will be that many games, maybe a few, that we’ll need that. We’ll have to do it as a team unit, team toughness. But when you get to the playoffs it’s not as useful.”
I know it's hard (for some) to believe that Despres is a good player but he is and this was a very good trade for the Ducks. Very good. I think you'll all really like him when you get to see him more and that you'll believe for yourselves soon enough.
I'm still waiting on this one. I get jumped EVERY time I say it but there has to be a flaw in his game that we have not seen yet. Or in the locker room or something. There's no way he's THAT good and they traded him for Lovejoy.
This is why I play the "I know more about the rest of the NHL than you do" card, because I do. You clearly haven't seen this kid play and had never heard of him until Monday. I have heard of him, I have seen him play many times and I know more about him than you do. It's frustrating for me to know firsthand what kind of a player he is only to be told by you that I'm wrong.