What a massive NHl trading deadline it was. No sport can match the excitement of deadline day in the NHL. Below is a review of some of the bigger trades of the day.
Carolina acquires Anson Carter from Columbus for a 5th rounder
This is the steal of the trade deadline and it was done days ago. I know Carter has struggled this year but he’s a solid player who should rebound nicely in Carolina.
Philly acquires Braydon Coburn from Atlanta for Alexei Zhitnik
I think Coburn is a lot to give up for Zhitnik, who’s purely a rental player. Nice steal by Philly.
San Jose acquires Craig Rivet and a 5th rounder from Montreal for Josh Gorges and a 1st rounder
An absolutely awful trade by San Jose, who mortgaged a lot of their future to try and win the Cup this year. Rivet is an NHL calibre defenseman but is he worth a 1st round pick? No way, (San) Jose.
Atlanta acquires Keith Tkachuk from St. Louis for Glen Metropolit and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder
St. Louis does quite well in getting three high draft picks for a guy they were going to lose anyway. The Thrashers certainly made themselves better in the short-term but really hurt their future with these two moves.
NY Islanders get Richard Zednik from Washington for a 2nd round pick
I like this deal for both teams. I think that Washington got exactly what Zednik was worth and he obviously improves the Isles offense.
Vancouver acquires Brent Sopel from LA for a 2nd rounder and 4th rounder
Another deal which helps both teams. Sopel has a decent chance to stick with Vancouver after this year and he’ll complete a dangerous defensive foursome with Bieksa, Ohlund and Salo.
Vancouver acquires Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a 2nd rounder
Another deal which is good for both clubs. Smolinski is a grinder who’ll score for the Canucks.
Detroit gets Kyle Calder, Chicago gets Jason Williams, Philly gets Lasse Kukkonen and a 3rd rounder
In a three way deal, I believe Detroit wins as Calder is the best of the three players. He’ll add depth to an improved offense. Williams hasn’t been the same since his injury earlier in the year, while Kukkonen might be a dependable blueliner one day but he isn’t yet.
Pittsburgh acquires Gary Roberts from Florida for Noah Welch
Pretty good trade again for both teams, as Roberts adds a veteran leader and toughness that Pittsburgh sorely needs, while Welch projects to be a pretty good blueliner in the future for Florida.
Philadelphia acquires Martin Biron from Buffalo for a 2nd rounder
This might be the strangest trade of the day. Biron is a decent netminder but why did Philly get him when he’s strictly a rental? And they didn’t get rid of Esche or Nittymaki? And Buffalo only got a 2nd rounder for Biron? I think if they waited a few more hours, they could’ve gotten more.
Pittsburgh acquires Georges Laroche from Phoenix for Danny Carcillo and a 3rd round pick
I like Laroche but is he worth this much? Especially when Roberts was already obtained earlier in the day?
San Jose acquires Bill Guerin from St. Louis for Ville Nieminen, Jay Barriball, and a 1st rounder
In my opinion, St. Louis did a great job of getting rid of their two big weapons and getting decent returns. The first rounder was a must for Guerin and they picked up a useful piece in Nieminen along with it.
Boston acquires Aaron Ward from NY Rangers for Paul Mara
I love this swap for the Rangers. Ward is alright but Paul Mara is a good young defenseman just coming into his prime. An absolute steal.
Ottawa acquires Oleg Saprykin and a 7th rounder from Phoenix for a 2nd rounder
Saprykin is a useful piece and the Senators didn’t really give up much for him. I like this trade for them.
Detroit acquires Todd Bertuzzi from Florida for Shawn Matthias, and 2 conditional draft picks
On the surface, this trade looks like a steal for Detroit but I really don’t think it is. Florida has protected themselves well by making both draft picks conditional. They’ll be cheering hard for Bertuzzi to do well and this move could potentially make Detroit a very, very dangerous out in the playoffs.
Toronto acquires “No Panic” Yanic Perrault and a 5th rounder from Phoenix for Brendon Bell and a 2nd rounder
I really like this acquisition for the Leafs, especially considering their young defensive depth. Bell is probably only the 4th best defensive prospect in the organization and in return, they get the resurgent Yanic. He’ll win a few big faceoffs for them this season, mark my words.
Buffalo acquires Danius Zubrus and Temo Helbling from Washington for Jiri Novotny and a 1st rounder
This deal is basically Zubrus for a 1st rounder, as the other two are a wash. Is he worth it? I think so, only because Buffalo will likely have one of the last few picks of the 1st round. He’ll add instant offense to the Sabres, who may be without several key players til the playoffs.
Dallas acquires Matthias Norstrom, Konstantin Pushkarov, a 3rd rounder and a 4th rounder from Los Angeles for Jaroslav Modry, Johan Frannsen, and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder
Theres so many picks involved in this trade, the winner won’t be judged for at least a few years. I don’t really see either team getting immediately better, as Norstrom is not a world-beater. I guess the best that can be said is that LA somehow got a 1st rounder out of this whole mess.
NY Islanders acquire Ryan Smyth from Edmonton for Robert Nilson, Ryan O’Mara and a 1st round pick
Let’s face it: The Oilers were not going to win the Cup this year. I love this deal for them, even though they are losing their heart and soul in Smyth. Why do I love it? Because I think it will allow Smyth to see how terrible playing in NY is compared to playing in Edmonton. This will lead him to resign with his hometown squad in the offseason and for losing a half season of Smyth, the Oilers will have 3 first rounders to show for it. Excellent deal by Kevin Lowe.
St. Louis acquires Brad Boyes from Boston for Dennis Wideman
Outstanding deal for St. Louis. Boyes is going to be a star in a few years. Wideman should be a pretty good offensive defenseman but I don’t think he’ll be anywhere near the quality of Boyes.
Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments.