by Patrick Hoffman on 02/29/12 at 02:40 PM ET
Now that the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, I figured now would be a good time to reach out to someone who follows the NHL very closely as a fan and is someone who knows his stuff inside and out, Lee Snowden.
@SnowdenNHL was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts on the trade deadline, including his thoughts on what his favorite team, the Calgary Flames, did or did not do at the deadline this year.
PH: With the trade deadline having come and gone, which team (s) do you think improved the most? Why?
LS: You have to like what the Predators accomplished. First off, bringing in Hal Gill is looking great already. Obviously, Gaustad brings the big body and face-off skills, and if Andrei can elevate his game the way Sergei did when he arrived in Nashville, the Preds have to be happy. David Poile surely sending notice to Shea Weber and Ryan Suter that they will do what it takes to make the Predators a winner.
PH: Were you surprised that Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise player Rick Nash was not moved at the deadline? Why or why not?
LS: I’m surprised he didn’t go based on the rumored packages that were offered. Glen Sather offered up a ton for Nash and Howson didn’t run with it. That would have given the Jackets 3 first round picks, getting the re-build off to a quick start. Now they have to play the final month and a bit with a unhappy captain. What a mess.
PH: Do you think that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to end up paying the price for not getting in on netminder Ben Bishop and instead allowing him to go to their rival in the Ottawa Senators?
LS: I don’t think so. Bishop isn’t a proven #1 netminder. Burke might have his eyes already set on someone else this summer. Reimer isn’t the solution going forward if the Leafs want to try and make the playoffs. Also, wouldn’t surprise me if Gustavsson wasn’t qualified.
PH: What do you think of the decision by Calgary Falmes’ general manager Jay Feaster to stand pat at the deadline? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?
LS: As a fan, I was a little disappointed nobody was brought in. But, after looking at the big picture, I don’t know who was available that could have come in and made an impact. If there was, Feaster obviously felt the price was to high. I like the direction Feaster has the club going in. A lot of outsiders are screaming for the Flames to rebuild, but this is already happening. The Flames have already started bringing in the younger players (D. Smith, T.J. Brodie, B. Jones, R. Horak, L. Bouma), and I expect the team gets even younger next season as they have a bunch of vets heading towards unrestricted free agency.
PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
LS: I’d just like to thank you all for reading and following, hope you enjoy.
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