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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just how bland was NHL trade deadline day in the Western Conference?
At the end, the most intriguing question revolved around a historical curiosity: How could the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, long-time bitter rivals in the Battle of Alberta, make a trade for the first time in history?
Is nothing sacred?
It took them until the 11th hour yesterday, but the Oilers finally began a much-needed overhaul of their roster, moving out two more defencemen (Lubomir Visnovsky to the Anaheim Ducks and Steve Staios to Calgary). Add in the transaction that sent Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators last Monday, and three of the team’s former starting six defencemen are now gone. (Sheldon Souray stayed behind, mostly because he developed an infection in his broken hand that reportedly will keep him out for the rest of the season.)
In all, the Oilers received a second-round pick for Grebeshkov, a third-rounder and defenceman Aaron Johnson for Staios, and defenceman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-rounder for Visnovsky.
In the end, Visnovsky was the best player traded in the Western Conference yesterday.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Judging from the reaction on our ESPN.com message boards, the angriest hockey fans in North America on Wednesday lived in Philadelphia and Boston.
And the puckheads in Chicago were a little disappointed the juggernaut Blackhawks didn’t improve in goal, which, quite frankly, was never going to be easy given Cristobal Huet’s massive contract.
Did the Blackhawks make a phone call?
“We talked to a lot of people about lots of things, not necessarily about that, but just nothing made sense,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening. “It takes two to tango. Sometimes you want to do something and they don’t, and sometimes they want too much and that’s why deals don’t get made.
“It never really got too heated up on any one front, to be honest,” Bowman added. “That’s just the way it went.”
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
A grand total of three reporters were at the Coliseum for the trade deadline today: me, Katie Strang of Newsday and Dan Martin of the Post. An hour after the deadline had passed with no Islanders moves, only Katie and Dan were invited together to speak with Garth Snow in his office while I was kept in a holding cell….
All I miss out on is presenting his quotes straight to you. Judging by what I read today, again I did not miss much.
There are plenty of other places to go for information, and plenty of stories, insights and actual facts (!) still to share. In fact, there is so much more to this story - but we’ll pour the whine a little at at time.
Garth and I used to be pretty good friends. I believe he would tell you I was fairly helpful to him for a few years in his transition from goaltender to GM.
In this salary cap world, when a team feels they have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup, they sgo for it and go for it hard.
Three teams that have this shot are Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington.
Are you surprised that none of these teams made a trade to improve their goaltending situation and is it a mistake that will cost them once the playoffs start?
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed have been traded to Colorado for C Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round pick, says Rutherford
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Edmonton trades Steve Staois to Cgy for Aaron Johnson and a third . Done
per TSN, Edmonton trades Lubomir Visnovsky to the Ducks for Ryan Whitney
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“Lubomir Visnovsky is a skilled defenseman with a proven track record,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We feel this is a major addition for us, not only for our stretch drive but going forward.”
Too many teams still in the race for an all-out sale, maybe next year.
added 3:28pm, I may have missed a few minor deals plus some minor details on the trades, so visit NHL.com to get the official trade report.
via Elliotte Friemdan tweet,
Modin to LA for conditional pick
via email alert,
Rogers Sportsnet announces that the Carolina Hurricanes trade Andrew Alberts to the Vancouver Canucks
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