After years of ducking out of class, texting friends that might be near a computer or faking illness to find out who went where in the hours leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline – I’m finally getting paid to keep my eye on all the wheeling and dealing around the rinks!
Last year the big deadline day deals were Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh, Brian Campbell to San Jose and Brad Richards to Dallas…who will it be this year?
Come back to this page throughout the day for my analysis of whatever deals go down (including the deals in the week leading up to the deadline), and you can participate too by commenting and letting me know what you think!
(Okay, so the day ends with 22 trades...I'm going to skip some of the trades that don't do anything for me)
TRADE - Oilers, Hurricanes, Sabres make a deal
-LA Kings trade Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for F Justin Williams. Carolina sends O'Sullivan and a 2nd round pick to Edmonton for Erik Cole. The Oilers then trade that 2nd round pick to Buffalo for Ales Kotalik.
The Edmonton Oilers get two players with 30+ points for Erik Cole, who has less than 30 points and would probably have left Edmonton on July 1st. O'Sullivan is a young forward who is under contract that could slot into the Oilers first line right away, Kotalik will be a great addition to the powerplay (but is a UFA after this year). I think Oilers fans should be happy with this two-for-one deal. Will it give them the boost they need to make the playoffs? Maybe!
TRADE - Sharks add depth with Moen and Huskins
-Anaheim trades Travis Moen and Kent Huskins to San Jose for for Prospects G Timo Pihlmeye, F Nick Bonino and conditional draft pick.
Travis Moen and Kent Huskins add some grit to a San Jose lineup that's dealing with a few injuries right now. When the whole team is healthy, they're not short on grit -- these two big bodies will only add to that.
TRADE - Christensen to Anaheim
-Atlanta Thrashers trade Eric Christensen to Anaheim for Eric O'Dell
Christensen went to Atlanta as part of the Hossa deal last year at this time. He's a good young sniper who, with a bit of development, could have pretty high potential.
TRADE - Morris to Rangers for three players
-Derek Morris has been dealt from Phoenix to the NY Rangers for Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes and Peter Prucha.
Wow! Three players for Derek Morris -- like I say a few posts down, the Coyotes did very well for themselves at the deadline. THREE players for a guy who asked for a trade and may have just sat out if he didn't trade. Nigel Dawes is a heck of a player, maybe one of the best secondary scorers in the league.
TRADE - Upshall to the 'Yotes
-The Phoenix Coyotes have dealt F Dan Carcillo to the Philadelphia Flyers for F Scottie Upshall and a 2nd round pick.
The Phoenix Coyotes did well for themselves at the deadline, maybe not for this year but who knows. Never say never I guess. I like Upshall, good Alberta boy. I see him fitting in well with the style of the Coyotes. Carcillo is a gritty forward that fits the Broadstreet mentality.
TRADE - Antropov to the Blue shirts
-The NY Rangers have acquired Nik Antropov from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2nd round pick and a conditional pick.
I like Antropov, he's a big body with nice hands around the net. He's one of those European guys that plays more of a North American style game. The Rangers can use the help up front, that's for sure.
TRADE - Pens add Guerin
-The NY Islanders have sent Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh for a conditional draft pick (a 5th rounder that could become a 3rd rounder depending on how the Pens do in the playoffs)
The Pens add some grit, some scoring and some leadership to their roster without really giving up anything. Great move. Guerin is a solid right winger that generally scores at least 20-odd goals a year. The leadership qualities are maybe the most important thing he'll bring to the Pittsburgh lineup, given all the scorers already on their team. I can't believe Pittsburgh only had to give up a conditional pick!
TRADE - Recchi traded at the deadline again
-The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent Mark Recchi and a 2nd rounder in 2010 to the Boston Bruins for prospects Matt Lashoff Martins Karsums.
Say what you want about Mark Recchi -- he's 41-years-old, has 45pts in 62 games, and set a Tampa Bay franchise record with five assists a few nights ago. Put him in a position to score, he'll make a play. It's the fifth time Recchi's been traded at the deadline, which tells you something about how valuable he is in the minds of GMs around the league. Good deal for Boston; Recchi could be the missing piece of the proverbial puzzle.
TRADE - Jokinen to the Flames
-The Phoenix Coyotes have sent Olli Jokinen to the Calgary Flames for Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust, 1st round draft pick.
Olli Jokinen will play in his first ever playoff run now that he's a member of the Flames. Most Edmontonians are hoping it's a short playoff run, but it'll be interesting to see HOW he plays when it counts. The Flames gave up quite a lot to get Jokinen, and will probably have to make another move to get back under the salary cap. I like Lombardi, he's quick with good hands.
TRADE - Leopold (back) to Calgary
-The Colorado Avalanche are sending Jordan Leopold to the Calgary Flames. Going the other way is Lawrence Nycholat, a prospect (Ryan Wilson) and a 2nd round draft pick.
Leopold has potential to be a strong puck-moving blue liner and had some of his best years in Calgary. He's out of the woods in terms of the injury problems he had earlier in his career, so this could prove to be a very big move for the Flames.
WAIVERS - B-Mo to Dallas
-The Dallas Stars have claimed forward Brendan Morrison off of 24-hour waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Stars add a bit of depth with this move...Morrison hasn't had a great season, but gives Dallas another guy to lean on when the going gets tough.
WAIVERS - Gerber to Toronto
-The Toronto Maple Leafs pick up G Marty Gerber off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators.
Why would they make this move? Not long after this move was made, it was announced that Vesa Toskala will be undergoing season-ending groin surgery. Surprise, surprise! Gerber is a good band-aid for now, I mean almost anyone associated with Ottawa has had a sub-par season. Might mean the end of the line for Cujo if the Leafs decide to bring up Justin Pogge in a backup role.
TRADE - Tellqvist to Buffalo
-The Phoenix Coyotes have dealt G Mikael Tellqvist to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round draft pick.
Is the injury to goalie Ryan Miller more serious than the Sabres are letting on? Perhaps that's why they made this deal. Tellqvist is a dependable backup, which is what Buffalo needs right now.
TRADE - Leclaire to the Sens
-Ottawa Senators acquire G Pascal Leclaire and 2nd Round Drat Pick from Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for C Antoine Vermette.
When Steve Mason took over the starting position in Columbus, it was inevitable that Leclaire could be moved. He's a solid goalie, and that's what Ottawa needs. In Vermette, the Jackets get some secondary scoring, and a guy that can win some draws. Good trade for both clubs.
TRADE - Havelid to the Devils (March 2, 2009)
-The Atlanta Thrashers dealt defenceman Nicolas Havelid and forward Myles Stoesz to Atlanta for defenceman Anssi Salmela.
Negotiations must not have been going well between Atlanta and Havelid, a soon-to-be UFA. The 35-year-old isn’t super flashy, but he’s good enough to have an Olympic gold under his belt as part of the Swedish national team. Salmela is young (24) and has potential.
TRADE - Begin to the Stars (February 26, 2009)
-The Montreal Canadiens sent forward Steve Begin to the Dallas Stars for defenceman Doug Janik.
Where do I Begin…Janik is a depth player for Montreal on the blue line. Begin is a hard-nosed gritty player that can take some of the load off a guy like Steve Ott with Dallas.
TRADE - Kunitz, Whitney switch teams (February 26, 2009)
-The Pittsburgh Penguins traded defenceman Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.
The Pens wanted someone to play with Sidney Crosby, the Ducks wanted a strong, puck-moving defenceman incase their blue line changes at the deadline/in the offseason. Kunitz has 5pts in 3 games since joining Pittsburgh (and Crosby’s been out that whole time). Whitney is playing 20+ minutes and is a +1 so far with the Ducks (including being even in a 6-0 loss).