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Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.
Who has the best chance of unseating the Red Wings as Stanley Cup Champions?
Bob McKenzie: I’m going to say the New Jersey Devils. I liked them from the beginning of the year, and I like them even better now that Zach Parise is having an MVP-caliber season….
Darren Dreger: The Calgary Flames. They will beat the Red Wings in the Western Conference, so Detroit won’t make it to the final.
Pierre McGuire: I think it’s the Devils for what Bob said, and for the fact they probably have the best coach in the NHL right now.
more questions & answers from the TSN experts…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
So who won, lost or sat on the fence at Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline?
• Calgary Flames: They acquired a first-line centre in Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes and a No. 5 defenceman in Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche — with surrendering any of their key players….
• Phoenix Coyotes: GM Don Maloney moved out four players and brought in six, along with first- and second-round picks, getting younger and faster by moving out Jokinen and defenceman Derek Morris. They will miss tough guy Daniel Carcillo’s fire, but if they can resign Scottie Upshall and get Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha going, they are loaded with kids up front in their rebuilding.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline was just as newsworthy for the players who didn’t move as for those who did find new homes.
And that’s because several playoff-bound teams did not want to give up young assets in this uncertain NHL economic landscape. Prospects and draft picks might be the most important assets right now as teams try to figure out what’s going to happen with the salary cap over the next few years.
There was perhaps no more telling sign of that than the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings’ standing pat on a day where they traditionally dominate the headlines.
Sure, Wings GM Ken Holland dabbled in a few forays for a gritty forward, including a phone call to Ottawa for Neil, but in the end, he chose to hold on to his draft picks and prospects … something he had predicted he would do in an e-mail to us the day before the deadline.
According to the ticker on TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired rights to Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward and a 4th rounder from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Richard Petiot.
According to TSN, Carolina’s Justin Williams goes to LA Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. Carolina then traded O’Sullivan to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole.
There are picks involved which will be updated later.
Update 4:07pm ET: A note from Sportsnet trade alerts (by email) indicates that the Oilers also got Ales Kotalik in the deal.
Update 4:21pm ET: As pointed out in the comments, Kotalik is (was) with Buffalo, which creates some confusion. I was simply noting the update we received from Sportsnet.ca at 4:07pm ET which read exactly like this—
Carolina Hurricanes get:
- LW Erik Cole
Edmonton Oilers get:
- LW Patrick O’Sullivan
- Ales Kotalik
As noted by Nate in the comments, Kotalik is apparently a feature of a separate transaction between the Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, exchanged for a 2nd round draft pick. [The Score]
On TSN and elsewhere, it’s being reported that Sami Pahlsson has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski
Update 4:03pm ET: Details available online now at TSN.
Per TSN, Kyle Mclaren has been traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 6th round pick.
According to TSN, Tampa’s Steve Eminger traded to the Florida Panthers for Noah Welch and a 3rd round pick.
Update 3:43pm ET: TSN has a link available now.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We’re told Atlanta has dealt Erik Christenson to Anaheim in exchange for prospect Eric O’Dell—the Ducks’ second pick, 39th overall, last year.
added 3:29pm, TSN confirms.
TSN reporting Toronto traded Moore but no team mentioned yet…
Update: Sportsnet reporting to Buffalo.
Update 3:12pm ET: TSN has the details—Moore traded for a 2nd round pick.
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