There was a total of 22 trades made today with 45 players changing locations. Here is a list of all the players aqquired by each team along with some notes.
Anaheim Ducks:F- Nick Bonino (SJ) F- Erik Christensen (ATL) F- Petteri Nokelainen (BOS) G- Timo Peilmeier (SJ) D- James Wisniewski (CHI) Conditional Pick (SJ) Undisclosed Pick (CHI)
The Ducks were more or less sellers, and received some decent pickups with Christensen and Wisniewski to add to their physical lineup. They got some good prospects and added some depth behind Pronger and Niedermayer.
Atlanta Thrashers:F- Eric O’Dell (ANH)
Boston Bruins:F- Mark Recchi (TAM) D- Steve Montador (ANH) 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick (TAM)
The Bruins added some Stanley Cup experience picking up Recchi and Montador, and didn’t lose any core players in the process. Boston is looking good as the playoffs near, and could make a definite run at the Cup.
Buffalo Sabers:F- Dominic Moore (TOR) G- Mikael Tellqvist (PHO) 2nd Round Draft Pick (EDM)
The Sabers added some strength down the middle with Moore. To replace the injured Ryan Miller they picked up Tellqvist from Phoenix. Buffalo is only 3 points out of 8th place, and need a strong push to get into the playoffs in a tight Eastern Conference.
Calgary Flames:F- Olli Jokinen (PHO) D- Jordan Leopold (COL) 3rd Round Draft Pick (PHO) 4th Round Draft Pick (CBJ)
The Flames might have done the best out of all the teams involved in terms of gaining another sniper and powerplay threat in Jokinen, and a solid defenseman in Leopold. They lost Lombardi who has 30 points this season but still have the same, if not more, offensive power.
Carolina Hurricanes:F- Erik Cole (EDM) 2nd Round Draft Pick (LAK) 5th Round Draft Pick (EDM)
Erik Cole makes his return to Carolina where he won a Cup in 2003. The Canes are currently in 10th place, but are only 4 points away from 5th.
Chicago Blackhawks:F- Samuel Pahlsson (ANH)
Colorado Avalanche:D- Lawrence Nycholat (CAL) D- Ryan Wilson (CAL) 2nd Round Draft Pick (CAL)
The Avs are last in the Western Conference and got rid of Leopold to make room for young defenseman Wilson and Nycholat who has been on 3 teams in the past week. Nycholat has only one assist in 14 games for the Canucks this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets:F- Antoine Vermette (OTT) G- Kevin Lalande (CAL)
Dallas Stars:F- Brendan Morrison (ANH)
Edmonton Oilers:F- Ales Kotalik (BUF) F- Patrick O’Sullivan (CAR) 2nd Round Draft Pick (CAR)
The Oilers picked up some huge offensive players and a nice draft pick for next season. They have been in a bit of a stint recently and look to hold onto a playoff spot. They are currently in 7th but tied with 2 other teams in points.
Florida Panthers:D- Steve Eminger (TAM)
Los Angeles Kings:F- Justin Williams (CAR)
New York Islanders:Conditional Draft Pick (PIT)
New York Rangers:F- Nik Antropov (TOR) D- Derek Morris (PHX)
The addition of these players for the Rangers, along with Sean Avery, will help the Blueshirts make the push they need to get into the playoffs. However, we might not see the effects right away because everyone will still be getting used to John Tortorella’s new system.
Ottawa Senators:G- Pascal Leclaire (CBJ) 2nd Round Draft Pick (CBJ)
Philadelphia Flyers:F- Daniel Carcillo (PHO) D- Kyle McLaren (SJ)
Philly added penalty minutes leader Carcillo who will bring a strong phsyical presence to an already tough Flyers squad. They lost a good forward in Upshall, but we’ll see how it plays out.
Phoenix Coyotes:F- Matthew Lombardi (CAL) F- Brandon Prust (CAL) F- Scottie Upshall (PHI) F- Nigel Dawes (NYR) F- Petr Prucha (NYR) D- Dmitri Kalinin (NYR) 1st Round Draft Pick (CAL) 2nd Round Draft Pick (PHI) 2010 4th Round Draft Pick (BUF)
The Coyotes were the busiest team at the deadline and are 9 points out of a playoff birth. Dawes and Prucha will add some speed to their lineup, along with the addition of Upshall. They also picked up some future draft picks that might turn out to be valuable, but the loss of Olli Jokinen could be costly.
Pittsburgh Penguins:F- Bill Guerin (NYI) D- Andy Wizniewski (STL)
Guerin will play well with all the premiere players around him in Pittsburgh. The Pens are still holding onto the 8th place spot in the East, and replaced some defensive skill after the loss of Whitney with Wizniewski. They also snatched Kunitz from the Whitney deal a couple days ago and it has proven to be a good decision after having 5 points in 3 games with the Pens, including a game-winning goal.
San Jose Sharks:F- Travis Moen (ANH) D- Kent Huskins (ANH) 6th Round Draft Pick (PHI)
The Sharks similarly to Boston only added depth for forward and defense without giving up any core players, or losing chemistry.
St Louis Blues:D- Danny Richmond (PIT)
Tampa Bay Lightning:F- Martins Karsums (BOS) D- Matt Lashoff (BOS) D- Richard Petoit (TOR) D- Noah Welch (FLA) 3rd Round Draft Pick (FLA)
Toronto Maple Leafs:D- Jamie Heward (TAM) D- Andy Rogers (TAM) G- Olaf Kolzig (TAM) G- Martin Gerber (OTT) Two 2nd Round Draft Pick (NYR)(BUF) 4th Round Draft Pick (TAM) Conditional Draft Pick (NYR)
Washington Capitals:No Trades
So there was no movement from the Caps and General Manager George McPhee today. There was a lot of talk before the deadline proclaiming that the Caps needed some goaltending competition for Jose Theodore and a big D-man. Here’s what Greg Wyshynsky of Puck Daddy had to say…“Completely conspicuous by their absence, and not because of the reason so many hockey pundits think. The Capitals weren’t trading for a goalie, and if they were it wasn’t going to be for anyone to compete with Jose Theodore. He’s their guy. They committed to him in the offseason, and then recommitted to him when he finally stopped giving up goals on his first two shots of the game. So forget the goalie stuff; it’s only what people with a narrow view of the team wanted to see. The defense … that’s a different story. I’ve been saying for months that the Capitals could use an upgrade, and evidently the team knew it, too. GM George McPhee spoke with Capitals Insider and revealed that the team had a casual pursuit of Derek Morris but was certainly in the mix for another big name: Chris Pronger. The price was too high:
‘For us to do anything, it had to be an upgrade on what we had, and based on what was out there, there were not a lot of upgrades we saw that we could do,” McPhee said. “Guys like Pronger and [Florida’s Jay] Bouwmeester, but the price to get into that game wasn’t something we were willing to pay. We had some discussions with Anaheim and it wouldn’t make sense to go after Bouwmeester and have the guy be a free agent.’ ‘We had talked to Anaheim a little bit,” he added. “But we got the sense that they probably were not going to trade [Pronger] and if they did, it was going to cost us prospects [Karl] Alzner, [Simeon] Valarmov and [John} Carlson, all these young kids that we’ve accumulated and that didn’t make any sense.’Good on McPhee for rejecting that price tag. But now the Capitals go to war with Jeff Schultz, Milan Jurcina and John Erskine as the blue line muscle. “