Flames Acquire Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond


The Flames announced this morning that the club has acquired PL Letourneau-Leblond from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth round draft pick.

"Who the hell is that?" is your likely response. Unfortunately, he’s a goon ladies and gentlemen. PL-LL played 64 games in the AHL last year and managed an amazing 338 PIM’s. His career high in terms of points in junior was seven. He brings nothing to the table outside of the ability to drop the gloves. 

I’ve made my feelings clear on pure enforcers in the past – I think they are detriments at best in the NHL. I also don’t understand the point of trading for goons since they are always readily available for nothing in the free agent pool, so this deal doesn’t make sense even if the price is as nominal as a fifth round pick.

If this is another AHL-move, I’m mildly unimpressed by the addition. If Feaster intends to replace Ivanans on the Flames roster with Letourneau-Leblond, then my opionion of the deal is much lower. The big guy is on a one-way deal worth $525k, so it’s possible he’s on the parent roster to stay. That means he will effectively be neutering what was actually a strength for the Flames last year – a highly functional fourth line – for 30 or 40 games this year.

Not a fan. At least he beat up Cam Janssen I guess.

  • Hey Kent… random question, have you ever examined the underlaying stats of guys commonly thought of as Goons/Enforcers? I’m just curious which one is “least bad” in terms of actual hockey skill?

    Considering that the Flames are going to be spending over a Million dollars this year on guys who seemingly offer no skillset beyond throwing punches (P3L & Ivanans) and are willing to throw away a draft pick to get one I’ve now given up hope that they’ll ever abandon their baby blanket and go without. That being the case I’ll now shift my hopes that if they must have a goon that they get one who is the least liability when he’s on the ice.

  • everton fc

    By no means do I love the deal, but:

    Whether you agree with them or not, the Flames brass aren’t complete retards. The fact that Feaster could have got an enforcer for free, leads me to believe they didn’t just want any enforcer. If the team is giving up assets for this guy, they must see something in him; more than we do in our YouTube clips. I’m not saying he’s the next Tim Jackman, but we had this response when Jackman was brought to CGY. He was a more effective player than we realized when he signed on July 1. The fact that a draft pick was given up leads me to believe that they didn’t want any of the FA enforcers.. they actually wanted this guy. Of course NJ isn’t going to be choked up over losing him… were we choked when we lost McGrattan or Godard? These are replaceable players, so if you’re looking to the reactions in NJ to make up your mind on the trade, you’re barking up the wrong tree. You think they’re genuinely pumped about getting a 5th round pick? No, it’s just easy to take that approach when you’re the team giving up a player.

    He’s not even close to an offensive threat, but seems to have decent speed for an enforcer. I’m hoping he’s more of an agitator that can drop-em, rather than a full-fledged goon. I think a fourth line of PL3-Bouma-Jackman would be decently competitive. As for the 5th round pick, methinks that won’t be difficult to re-acquire within the next calendar year. I’m not prepared to lose my cool over this move.

    • everton fc

      Well said. And I would like to see a 4th line of Kostopolous, Bouma & PL3
      then 3rd line
      GlenX Moss Jackman
      then 2nd Line
      Bourque Langkow Joker(sigh)

      then 1st line
      Tangs, Backlund & Iggy

      Take note of who I left out(Hagman & Stajan) & move those contracts. Maybe Hagman would be a great stop gap for Columbus to replace Huselius. Injuries will open opportunities for some of our young kids as well during the year.
      The above is a 6.5 mill cap hit we could sign a top forward. Why I was saying, Feaster is limited with trying to sort/balance $$$ spent to each line & balance our cap efficiently.

    • everton fc

      Desbiens may be the next Jackman. I have a good vibe about Desbiens. And a fourth line of Kostopoulos/Desbiens/Jackman, if one of the three can be converted to centre, may be interesting to watch, and difficult for other teams to play against.

      Being there is no evidence PL3 has any offencive tools whatosever, and strong evidence Desbiens does… I’ll take the latter. Note, too, Jackman was often in double-digits goals and assists in both the NCAA and the AHL.