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Slap Shot at the NY Times took the pulse of some of the hockey bloggers on the trades their teams made.
added Part 3 at 2:12pm.
from Ted’s Takes,
I think we helped ourselves without hurting our team’s future. We entered the sessions with a list of “must NOT do’s”:
1. Do not trade any young players in the lineup that we count as core.
2. Do not trade any first round picks.
3. Do not pick up any major salary requirements in the out years that make us NOT re-sign our young players. If we could add to the team without “blowing our brains out”, we would do so and we did.
from the Vancouver Province,
So the Canucks held on to their future, sacrificed the present and raised questions about their fate.
For this year, that will be in the hands of a star goalie, a potentially high end blueline and what general manager Dave Nonis dubbed “a middle-of-the-road” offence.
Is that enough to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup, considering a similar combination wasn’t enough last year, considering the significant improvements the Stars, the Sharks and the Avalanche all made Tuesday?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On a ver-r-r-ry interesting NHL trade deadline day, the youngest and most inexperienced of the general managers took the boldest steps.
Ray Shero, the second-year GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, outmanoeuvred the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins to land Marian Hossa and complete the most significant upgrade among Eastern Conference playoff contenders.
François Giguère, the second-year GM of the Colorado Avalanche, surrendered a significant package of draft choices to land Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei, improving his defence corps a day after Peter Forsberg provided additional help up front.
Then, in what was probably the biggest deal of all, that quirky Dallas Stars front office, consisting of steady Les Jackson and wildly exuberant Brett Hull, pried playoff-tested Brad Richards out of the Tampa Bay Lightning without giving up a core asset.
from Russo’s Rants,
Look, I don’t want to blast Simon. I barely know the guy. Quite frankly, he seemed like a nice enough fellow when he graciously answered my call at his house. And most the guys I’ve ever talked to that have played with him swear by the guy.
But the Wild might have been better off doing nothing.
The Wild may be bigger and stronger and tougher and yada, yada, yada.
But you know what? You have to make the playoffs for this anticipated physicality to matter.
from Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Fantastic Four is no more.
The quartet of pillars the Lightning built their franchise around is down to a trio after cornerstone center Brad Richards was traded Tuesday to the Dallas Stars in a five-player deal. In exchange, Tampa Bay received what it hopes will be a No. 1 goaltender in 25-year-old Mike Smith.
“I think it’s a good deal,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “And I hate saying that because Brad Richards is involved in it. But you put that aside and you think of the business part of it and how it helps your team.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN’s Internet platform was busy yesterday. TSN.ca had 11.855 million page views as of 6 p.m. EST (preliminary figures), the second largest total after the 13.9 million views on the 2006 deadline day. The streamed TV coverage received 1.270 million hits over 10 hours, more than double last year’s total of 607,000. The Sportsnet and Score numbers were unavailable.
more on the TV coverage from the stations mentioned above…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
There was no giant trade for the Maple Leafs. There was no Philadelphia Story. There was no garage sale reduction of salaries.
Trade Deadline Day was everything that is Maple Leafs these days: The production did not meet the promise.
But at least, and in fairness, consider the miserable circumstances Cliff Fletcher found himself in. Between the bad contracts, the no-trade arrangements, and the players of little value, this was at least a start for the Leafs.
from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
These are not the good old days of the Avalanche, but they are the good-news days for the Avs.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their Hole-in- the-Wall Gang are riding together again, some for the first time.
Nobody knows how the season will skate out, but the fun’s about to begin.
Get my swan costume ready. I feel the thrill.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Once considered a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Senators are looking like easy, first-round playoff fodder—if they manage to hang on and qualify for the post-season tournament.
Crazy talk? Don’t think so. They have a nine-point cushion now, but the air is leaking out.
Hence, the growing speculation that Paddock will be replaced behind the bench by GM Bryan Murray, who took the team to the Stanley Cup final last season.
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