Team Profile: Copenhagen Tridents

GM: Dylan Callow (only GM in team’s history)

Coach: Brent Sutter

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Last season: 2nd overall

Ins and Outs (Season 3 to Season 4)

Out: Roberto Luongo (trade), Colin Greening (trade), Mark Giodano (trade), Nikita Zadorov (trade), Charlie Coyle (trade)

In: Brian Elliott (trade), Dion Phaneuf (trade), T.J. Brodie (trade), Mason Raymond, (free agent, London), Nathan Gerbe (free agent, Frankfurt), Erik Gustafsson (FA), Nick Holden (draft), Paul Byron (draft)

In Place (Key players signed past Season 4)

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Alexander Ovechkin, LW; Shea Weber, D; Dion Phaneuf, D, Stephen Weiss, C; Brian Elliot, G

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Three Questions

1. Luongo traded? What? Copenhagen fans, while quick to blame Roberto Luongo for the team’s failure to win the Cup despite placing among the top 4 teams every season, have to be shocked to see the goalie traded. Lou has played in all but 45 of the Tridents’ games in their three-year history. True, he is 35 years old now, but he has been as much a fixture in Denmark as pastries and the Great Dane dog breed. Brian Elliott, the 29-year-old who Copenhagen got in the straight-up trade for Luongo, might get more scrutiny than other player in the league this season.

2. More penalty killing practice in the offing? Copenhagen GM Dylan Callow has always hated when his team takes penalties and they took more last year than they did in either of the previous seasons. The guy who accumulated the most PIMs last season, Colin Greening (95 PIM), was promptly traded out of town this off season. To compound the problem of having the penalty killers on the ice more often, the shorthanded units’ efficiency numbers dipped a little last season, going from best in the league in Season 2 to 11th best in Season 3.

3. Cap concerns? That damn league salary cap is a thorn in the side for Callow again this season. The Tridents are about $2 million below it right now with regulars Matt Moulson and Ville Peltonen still left to sign. That might have been part of the motivation for the Luongo trade. (Update: Neither Moulson nor Peltonen was resigned by Copenhagen on Monday, when Step 16 occurred.)

History

Season                 Place        PTS        PP %      PK %      SPG        SAPG     GPG     GAPG    PIM

Season 3              2               111           22.4      83.3    32.24       28.66   3.95    2.99    9.90

Season 2              1              114           18.2      86.3      33.13       27.65    3.72    2.59   8.89

Season 1              4              108         19.9      86.3    32.10       29.05    3.66    2.76    9.57

Top Draft picks

Season 1: Roberto Luongo, G, current age 35. Games played: 201; Save Pct. 91.1

Season 2: Kevin Dallman, D, age 27. GP 162, Pts 80, +19

Season 3: Nikita Zadorov, D, age 19

Season 4: Nick Holden, D, age 26

Trade History

Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)

Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Jimmy Howard) to Oslo for Round 5 pick (used to draft Andrew Ladd) and Round 7 pick (Alex Goligoski)

Traded Round 5 pick (Paul Stastny) and Round 12 pick (Marc Staal) to Helsinki for Round 4 pick (Stephen Weiss)

Traded Alexandre Burrows to Oslo for Round 8 pick (Andrej Meszaros) and Round 12 pick (Boyd Gordon)

Season 2

Traded Jonas Hiller and Darrell Powe to Stockholm for Mark Giordano and Matthieu Garon

Traded Andrew Ladd, Brandon Sutter and Kevin Dallman to Moscow for Alexander Ovechkin and Dave Bolland

Traded 2014 Round 1 pick (Jake Allen) to Dublin for Tomas Fleischmann

Season 3

Traded Dave Bolland and Dany Heatley to Munich for Brooks Laich and Tomas Zaborsky

Traded 2015 Round 2 pick (Julius Honka) to Minsk for Andres De La Garma

Traded Kevin Shattenkirk, Teddy Purcell and Carl Gunnarsson to London for Shea Weber

Season 4

Traded Roberto Luongo to Zurich for Brian Elliott

Traded Colin Greening to Stockholm for T.J. Brodie

Traded Mark Giodano, Nikita Zadorov, Charlie Coyle and 2016 Round 1 pick to Munich for Dion Phaneuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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