Kings need help on d. Greene and Mitchell being out just changes the whole complexion.
Ellerby's certainly got upside so that should help a little but I'm not sure much helps replace Mitchell AND Greene... going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.
The guy has averaged 15:00+ ice time this season, so I think it's a good trade. He's essentially taking Scud's old place or Muzzin moves up to the second pair. I hope Whiskey gets a seat up high.
There, my contribution to this thread is done.
Just remember folks, defense man that can be had for a 5th are rarely superstars, regardless of their pedigree. Maybe there is still some upside left but this is more likely just a move to provide better competition for Muzzin.
1) the move isn't about acquiring a superstar. As I said in the other thread, the defensemen are, for the most part, playing out of their element, with different roles. The acquisition of Ellerby, who will be playing a role similar to Greene (defensive and tough), helps provide stability and should improve the corps as a whole. A fifth round pick is certainly worth that.
2) Even if it was for a singular player, you're right that teams don't usually let players go for a fifth, but this is slightly different as it's a numbers game. Remember the Kings acquired Quincey from waivers. The Islanders acquired Hickey from waivers (while many call him a bust, he's been serviceable on NYI). So... you may be right that superstars aren't usually traded for 5th round picks, complete duds aren't necessarily given away either; sometimes they are just victims of numbers.