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Trade-a-Palooza: NHL Trade Deadline Day Live Blog

March 3, 2010

And here… we… go:

3:05 pm: I think we’re done here, unless a really big deal comes along. Doubt that will happen, but this has been a pretty underwhelming day so far. Before anybody gets too disapppointed that the Hawks stood pat and did nothing today, remember the wise words of one Tom Waddle: “Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.” Anyway, there’s a game tonight, so check out the preview over here.

3:04 pm: Edmonton trades Steve Staois to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a 3rd round pick.

2:50 pm: Blue Jackets trade Alex Picard to Phoenix for Chad Kolarik. Dustin Boyd has been sent to Nashville for a 4th round pick to Calgary. The Penguins acquired a 2010 6th round pick from the Leafs for Chris Peluso.

2:33 pm: Lubomir Visnovsky and 6th round pick has been traded to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney.

2:24 pm: Blue Jackets trade Mathieu Roy to the Panthers for Matt Rust.

2:16 pm: Freddy Modin to LA for conditional picks. Leafs trade Joey MacDonald to Anaheim for a 7th round pick in 2011.

2:15 pm: Bob McKenzie tweets: Chicago closed up for the day. (Hallelujah!)

2:08 pm: Yep, more trades. Stempniak to Phoenix for 4th and 7th round picks. Joe Corvo traded to the Capitals for Brian Pother, Oskar Osala and 2nd rounder. Others traded with details pending: Stephane Yelle, Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for a 3rd round pick, Freddy Modin.

2:00 pm: Trade deadline. I wouldn’t go away just yet–some of the trades will need approval and what-not and they could be trickling in over the next hour.

1:53 pm: I’m still not sure I should put this up here, but Bob McKenzie says Washington has reacquired Milan Jurcina. Um. Okay.

1:46 pm: Thrashers acquire Clarke MacArthur from Buffalo for 3rd and 4th round draft picks.

1:26 pm: Just when you think it was never going to get going (and while I wait for my computer to restart, too), Buffalos acquired Raffi Torres from Columbus and the Ducks send Toskala to the Flames for McElhinney. I can only hope Calgary has something else planned because as it stands they’ve just become league laughingstock material.

1:05 pm: Back from the lunch break I didn’t say I was taking. Here’s what I missed: Canucks trade Matthieu Schneider to the Coyotes. The Lightning trade Jeff Halpern to the Kings for Purcell and a 3rd rounder. Canucks send Brad Lukowich down to the minors and his $1.6m cap hit clears waivers. Eric Belanger goes to Washington from Minnesota for a 2nd round pick. And now I’ve got to restart my computer.

11:55 am: Detroit sends Kris Newbury to the Rangers for Jordan Owens. Wow. Should we rename this post “Trade-a-Snooza”?

11:43 am: Wolski to Phoenix for Mueller and Kevin Porter.

11:40 am: Vancouver acquires Yan Stastny from the Blues for Cedric Labrie.

11:24 am: Hurricanes trade Scott Walker to the Capitals. No further details yet, but I’m sure it’s another mid-rounder something or other. (Ouch, not even that. 7th rounder.)

11:05 am: Oilers claim Ryan Jones off waivers from Predators. All others cleared.

10:44 am: Hurricanes trade Aaron Ward to Ducks for Justin Pogge and a draft pick.

10:35 am: Dennis Seidenberg and Bartowski to Boston. Craig Weller, Byron Bitz, and a 2nd-round pick to Florida.

9:58 am: Martin Skoula, acquired by the Leafs for Ponikarovsky yesterday, is now headed to the Devils as per TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Seems he got traded for a mid-round pick. (They’ve not said what round.) Oh, never mind. They got a fifth-rounder.

9:32 am: Bruins trade Derek Morris to Phoenix for a fourth-round pick in 2011. TheFourthPeriod thinks it’s to free up cap space so that the Bruins can go after Raffi Torres, Ray Whitney, or Joe Corvo.

I’ll be live-blogging the trade deadline events as they happen, so check back from time to time. Before that, though, here are a couple of things to note:

1. The Goalie Situation

After a stinker of a game last night, due in small part to a bit of a meltdown by both Niemi and Huet, I am sure many right now are chomping at the bit for Bowman to trade for a goalie. What worries me is that suddenly, more and more people are finding goalies like Roloson good enough for trades. It looks to me like people are taking last night’s game too seriously, and with the deadline being so close, it’s so easy to get swayed by any “good” goalie trade that comes along. (Look, remember when you last got dumped, and any single person that came along looked too good to pass up? Didn’t seem like as good an idea anymore the morning after, did it?)

I’m not saying our goaltending doesn’t need work. It does. Both Huet and Niemi need consistency. What I’m saying is that won’t change the fact that there are few available goalies out there who could actually be considered upgrades. So if Bowman stays put, trust that it was probably for the best. Sometimes the best option isn’t “anything but this” because “anything” can bite you in the ass later on.

2. Where We Stand at the Trade Deadline

We’re out of blockbuster deals, so don’t expect a lot. After Phaneuf went to the Leafs and Kovalchuk to the Devils, there’s really not a lot left. The Leafs sent Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Penguins for Luca Caputi (a prospect with a cool name) and Martin Skoula yesterday. Montreal traded Matt D’Agostini to the Blues for prospect Aaron Palushaj this morning. The Florida Panthers are having a firesale, and Vokoun may be the biggest name coming out of the sunshine state, but the Flyers just lost Ray Emery for the season and may be looking to acquire him more than the Blackhawks are.

Basically, we’re looking at a lot of minor deals and a couple of roster tweaks today. When the biggest names at deadline day are Dan Hamhuis, Ray Whitney, and Sheldon Souray, you can’t really expect plenty of fireworks or anything.

3. Other Trade Deadline Day Resources

– You can watch TSN TradeCentre live on all day over here.

– Follow this Twitter list of the most accurate reporting you can get on trades.

SecondCityHockey will also be live-blogging the events from 10am CST today.

– Mirtle’s list of buyers and sellers at deadline. Some of this is conjecture, in warning.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 3:55 PM

    Skoula and New Jersey were worldwide Trending Topics on Twitter today Just glad it had nothing to do with Snooki.

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