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From David Ginsberg at the AP via SFGate,
The Florida Panthers dealt two talented players before the trade deadline, then blew a three-goal lead against the Washington Capitals. So who could blame them for thinking the worst when the game went to a shootout? Florida was 0-7 in shootouts and 1-13 when extended beyond regulation, but all that changed Tuesday night.
Jozef Stumpel and Ville Peltonen scored in the extra session to back a three-goal effort by Olli Jokinen, and the Panthers salvaged a 6-5 victory.
From Pittsburgh Penguins site,
It’s not easy playing against your idol.
That’s what Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury faced against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at Mellon Arena.
Fleury, who grew up watching and idolizing the playing style of fellow French-Canadians Brodeur and Patrick Roy, remembers the first time he faced New Jersey goaltender during the 2003-04 season.
NEW YORK (Feb. 27, 2007)—NHL clubs made 25 trades, involving 44 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades matches the trading deadline high, set last year, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For the better part of a week or so, Burke repeated the same essential mantra to anyone who would listen — that the prices his colleagues were demanding for player rentals were laughably high and no matter how much a team was prepared to surrender for help in the present, there was still going to be only one Stanley Cup parade each spring.
Burke spoke a true fact that was clearly lost on the New York Islanders, the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars, all of whom joined the Atlanta Thrashers and the Nashville Predators in surrendering big parts of their respective futures in the hope they can win in the here-and-now.
Stan Fischler breaks down many of today’s trades…
RYAN SMYTH TO THE ISLANDERS
Nobody can laugh at the Isles anymore. So what if Snow gave Edmonton Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and a first-rounder. Smyth is the kind of dude who could turn Ted Nolan’s club into a Cup contender; provided, of course, that they get into the playoffs. And this without losing Jason Blake. Imagine the Uniondale forward wall once Alexei Yashin returns to the lineup.
It has been a long couple of days but well worth the effort.
We are going to take it a little easy tonight but back in action tomorrow morning.
A big thanks goes out to Alanah from Canucks and Beyond for much of the work behind the scenes. It was like she was next to me all day but actuallly she is about 3000 miles away.
Feel free to use this post to make any comments you have on Trade Deadline Day.
Over at Spector’s Trade Rumours, he’s got a number of minor trade details wrapped up nicely for you, in a handy list of player movement.
Check it out.
TSN reports Dennis Wideman from St. Louis to Boston for Brad Boyes.
added 4:34pm, from the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has traded defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Brad Boyes.
The Islanders are putting the finishing touches on a deal for Edmonton captain Ryan Smyth. In exchange, the Oilers will receive former Islanders’ first-round draft picks Ryan O’Marra and Robert Nilsson plus the Islanders’ first-round pick this year.
more to come…
(note: as a KK reader mentions in the comments, Smyth was not the Oilers captain)
Update 3:34pm ET:
TSN confirms the same information on the air, also mentioning another team was involved but lost out.
Update 3:40pm ET:
Bob McKenzie TSN mentions the trade is pending final approval from the NHL. Call to NHL in progress now apparently.
Update 4:00pm ET:
TSN updates online,
Unable to reach a long-term deal with their heart-and-soul player, the Edmonton Oilers instead traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for prospects Ryan O’Marra and Robert Nilsson and the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2007.
Update 5:07pm ET:
Greg Logan at Newsday hashes out the Smyth deal for Islander’s fans,
If you thought some of the Islanders’ wins lately were exciting, general manager Garth Snow’s buzzer beater at the trade deadline topped everything. Snow couldn’t find a taker for his own future unrestricted free agent Jason Blake, but he had no problem paying the price Edmonton asked for 31-year-old forward Ryan Smyth.
Spector at FoxSports,
The Colorado Avalanche wasted little time replacing Brad May, whom they dealt earlier today to the Anaheim Ducks, by bringing back tough guy Scott Parker from the San Jose Sharks for a draft pick.
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