It was a baseball-style challenge trade, though there were some contract considerations. Jack McInerney may still be in Philadelphia if he wasn’t approaching the end of the deal, but in striking a trade with Montréal, the Union found another team willing to shake things up. Give us your underperforming attacker, we’ll give you ours, and let’s see if we can solve each other’s problems.
On the team level, the deal has worked for Philadelphia, who’ve seen Andrew Wenger become a valuable part of their last summer resurgence. After today’s win at BMO Field, the Union are in the East’s top five, with the former number one pick earning consistent time amid an increasingly settled squad.
With his first half goal in Toronto, Wenger has now scored five times with the Union – one short of the total he amassed in two-plus seasons in Montréal. Add in four assists and the team’s surge up the standings, and Wenger’s half of the challenge looks like a winning one.
Not that McInerney’s been quiet in Montréal. Here are the two players’ numbers since the early April swap:
Wenger’s been the more productive player since the trade, but comparing the two directly isn’t the point. Montréal was looking for improvement on the Wenger they had, not the Wenger he’d be in Philadelphia. Before the trade, the 23-year-old had only one goal in 286 minutes (or 4.6 per 1340).
For Philadelphia, McInerney had only one goal in 312 minutes this season. Perhaps as important: He had no place to play. Even before Conor Casey was fully healthy, McInerney had one start in four appearances.
In that light, the trade has worked out for both teams, who’ve both seen their roster spot’s production increase since the high-profile swap. As for how each has impacted the bottom line, consider the teams’ records with and without their new players:
|Team||GP||W||L||D||PPG, w/||GP||W||L||D||PPG, w/o|
|Montréal, with McInerney||18||3||12||3||0.67||7||2||3||2||1.14|
|Philadelphia, with Wenger||21||7||8||6||1.29||6||2||1||3||1.33|
Both teams have preformed worse with their new attackers, but with only seven and six games played without the players, respectively, consider this measure meaningless … even if it is interesting to see how both sides have fared since this spring’s challenge.