NHL Trading Post: Wednesday

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Deadline Day.

3 p.m. today it all comes to a close and based on the weak dribblings we’ve seen so far, I’m just not sure how much action we’re going to see. Everyone is holding their cards close to their vests and the salary cap is, of course, no help toward fostering blockbuster trades. Still, there are teams out there with drastic needs, none more so than the Boston Bruins who celebrated the return from the Olympic break with a pitifully played 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Garden.

So much for picking up some momentum. It was their 10th straight loss at home. The last home game they won was two months ago and it was in a baseball park.

Peter Chiarelli, your time is now. Let’s see what you can do.

  • Canadiens, by the way, make a move sending RW Matt D’Agostini to St. Louis for Aaron Palushaj.
  • Yet another deal of little immediate significance. I will attempt to update as much as possible but there will be much hindrance during the hours most of the actual deals are going down this afternoon. I promise to keep as plugged in as possible and have a comprehensive list, riddled with shrill opinion, shortly after the cutoff.

    Okay, this got a laugh out of me. Puck Daddy’s new trade measure: The Milbury Scale.

  • The B’s have moved Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 4th round draft pick in 2011. They have also sent Byron Bitz and Craig Weller and a 2nd rounder this year to Florida for defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski. Some analysis on these moves and the utter futility of the Bruins efforts today a bit later on when I cool off.
  • The Rest of The Deals:

  • New Jersey grabs recently acquired D Martin Skoula from Toronto for a 5th round pick. Martin we hardly knew ye.
  • Anaheim picks up D Aaron Ward from the ‘Canes for G Justin Pogge and a 4th rounder. Carolina, super active today, then sends Scott Walker and Joe Corvo to Washington in separate deals, netting D Brian Pothier, F Oskar Osala and a 2nd and a 7th rounder in total. Aaron Ward will be happy to know he isn’t in danger of being sucker punched this year. They also ship Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for a 3rd round pick and send Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed to Colorado for F Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a 6th round pick.
  • The Caps weren’t quite finished either. They re-acquire D Milan Jurcina from Columbus for a 6th rounder and they pick up Eric Belanger from the Wild for a 2nd round pick.
  • Toronto’s busy deadline continued. They send F Lee Stempniak and D Matt Jones to Phoenix for 4th and 7th round picks. They send G Joey MacDonald to the Ducks for a 7th and grab D Chris Peluso from Pitt for a 6th.
  • Phoenix, in turn, remained very active as well. They acquire D Mathieu Schneider from the Canucks for D Sean Zimmerman and a 6th round pick. They swap F Chad Kolarik to Columbus for F Alex Picard. They send D Anders Eriksson to the Rangers for G Miika Wiikman and a 7th-Round Pick. They also snag F Petteri Nokelainen from the Ducks for an as yet unknown pick and, in a rather interesting one, get F Wojtek Wolski from the Avalanche for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.
  • Staying out west and moving north, Calgary was in on three deals. They trade G Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for G Vesa Toskala. They send F Dustin Boyd to the Predators for a 4th rounder. Then they get F Steve Staios from the Oilers for D Aaron Johnson and a 3rd round pick.
  • Another busy team who’s city starts with the letter “C” (bear with me, I’m losing it at this point) was Columbus. The Jackets send F Raffi Torres to Buffalo for a 2nd round pick and Nathan Paetsch. They send F Fredrik Modin to LA for a conditional draft pick. They then swap D Mathieu Roy to Florida for F Matt Rust.
  • The Oilers, who’s city does not begin with a “C” at all, finish up their dealing by picking up D Ryan Whitney and a 6th from the Ducks (them again) for D Lubomir Visnovsky.
  • The Rangers swapped F Jordan Owens to Detroit for F Kris Newbury.
  • The Kings nabbed Jeff Halpern from Tampa for F Teddy Purcell and a 3rd round pick.
  • The Canucks acquire F Yan Stastny from the Blues for F Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
  • Atlanta gets F Clarke MacArthur and a 4th rounder for a 3rd round pick.
  • And, in case I haven’t mentioned it, the Boston Bruins did essentially nothing. Squat. Nada.

    And I think that’s about it for the moment.

    Most active today: The Ducks, Hurricanes, Panthers, Coyotes and Oilers.

    The Winners: Well, I’ll need a moment to catch my breath but I like the improvements Washington has made to it’s defense. Phoenix, it seems, has made some quality moves. The Ducks made so many my head is spinning.

    The Losers: Fans of the Boston Fucking Bruins.

    But what else is new?

    More later after I stabilize.

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    5 Responses to “NHL Trading Post: Wednesday”

    1. KofC Says:

      It’s winding down…there was more Bruins news but I’ll let you report that. Nothing on Blackhawks yet today. I’ve been following on Twitter, but got soured on the whole thing after the Scott Walker trade prompted me to quote Scott Walker the musician and no one got the reference. (Lots of confused people seeing the name coming up as a trending topic…there’s also a Milwaukee politician and a soccer player by that name.)

    2. gonz Says:

      The Jackets were pretty active in the selling department: Torres, Jurcina, Modin, and Picard. The best of those was sending Jurcina back to the Capitals after just 17 games. WTF? Is Howson a 12 year-old playing NHL 2010?

    3. Ken Socrates Says:

      It’s a lot to digest to see if they got anything worthwhile in those deals. We’ll see when the dust settles. In the meantime, they helped out Buffalo’s chances immensely I think by sending Torres up there. It stings, I tell you, because I feel like the Bruins could have swung that one their way with a better package on got him to play right wing with Marc Savard which is what everybody, including Savard, wanted.

      I’m slightly annoyed. It seems they just quit on me.

    4. gonz Says:

      Perhaps, it’s me but this year’s trade deadline left me feeling wanting. There was no Big Trade, there was nothing keeping me tuned to the NHL Network or TSN.ca, it was all just sort of feh.

      Anyone else feel the same way?

    5. Ken Socrates Says:

      Absolutely. I mean, who were the biggest names that swapped teams? Wojtek Wolski and Torres at forward and Visnovsky and Whitney on D? Where were the big power plays from the top contenders? Washington made a couple nice moves but nothing earth shattering. Same in Pitt. Nothing out of San Jose or Chicago, really. Vancouver nibbled a bit.

      It seems the bigger moves were made before the break when Phaneuf and Kovalchuck found new homes.

      Perhaps the cap really has changed everything.

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