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TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
NHL clubs made 20 trades involving 38 players prior to Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Click here for a full list.
Among the more the notable deals:
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean after Ottawa's 4-1 loss to Calgary.
They just don't play hard enough....
"We found out, to our chagrin and surprise the other day, we had been told the cap was going to be $71 [million] and now with the Canadian dollar having tanked, that the cap could be as low as $68 [million]. That's a huge swing,"
-Dean Lombardi, GM ofl the Los Angeles Kings. More on the Kings including the Gaborik trade from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens wants this one back..
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The story isn't Ryan Kesler. Not at all.
The Penguins swung hard and missed on Kesler. So give 'em credit for stepping to the plate — general manager Ray Shero always does — and let it go. Move on. The story isn't the big fish they did not land or the shrimp they pulled in to play on the top line.
Honestly, it's not about the star they did not get.
It's about the stars they still have.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury are the Penguins' highest-paid players (along with injured defenseman Paul Martin). Isn't it about time those guys did something other than fall apart and fail to produce in the biggest games of all?
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Suddenly on deadline day in the National Hockey League, the cherished ‘C’ became all about ‘me’.
The captains of two teams were revealed to be nothing like captains at all, traded for each other in a mashing of egos, mirrors, contract negotiations, hurt feelings, pettiness and singularity.
It was almost enough to make Darryl Sittler tear the ‘C’ from his jersey once again, if that wasn’t bad enough the first time around.
This should have been the time of Martin St. Louis’ life. He just won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. The best shooter in hockey, Steven Stamkos, is set to return to the lineup of the much-improved Tampa Bay Lightning. If Jon Cooper isn’t coach of the year in the NHL, he is certainly on the ballot. How many goalies are playing better than Ben Bishop? And in an Eastern Conference devoid of a great team, somebody has to play for the Stanley Cup and that somebody just might be the Lightning, the team he has represented for 13 seasons.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
TEAMS THAT DIDN'T GET THERE
Actually moved the Bruins up and down on this list a couple of times but ultimately settled with a "didn't quite get there" ranking. The top team in the Atlantic Division didn't get the guy it wanted in Andrew MacDonald, who went to Philadelphia on Tuesday. So GM Peter Chiarelli went to Plan B and added Andrej Meszaros, trading a third-round pick to the Flyers in the deal. Meszaros, a member of the Slovak Olympic team, was expendable based on the MacDonald trade but will get a chance to play somewhere in the top six for a Bruins team that should provide a nice fit for him. He won't necessarily replace Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for the season, but he helps fill a hole. The question is whether he fills enough of that hole.
When you give up your starting goaltender in Roberto Luongo (the second in less than a year) for very little, you're going to continue to pay some of Luongo's salary, and you're still on the hook for the penalty when/if Luongo retires before the end of the deal, that's not good. Then when you fail to deal the top player available at the deadline in Ryan Kesler to immediately stunt whatever rebuild is underway in Vancouver, well, that's pretty disappointing. Kesler may still yield a pirates' treasure trove of assets at the draft, but it's been a disappointing and in some ways embarrassing few days for a Vancouver team that is life and death to make the playoffs.
more plust Teams That Got It Done...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This is the type of trade a team makes either if it is one piece away from winning a championship, or its management doesn’t place a premium on keeping its draft picks.
This is the type of trade the Rangers made on Wednesday, when they dealt the past and the future for the present in sending one first-rounder, one second-rounder that could become a first, and the remainder of Ryan Callahan’s season to Tampa Bay in exchange for 38-year-old Martin St. Louis — a dynamic, game-changing goal-scorer who, by the way, did we mention, is 38 years old?
General manager Glen Sather is all-in again on this season, maybe this year and next, with a flawed team that doesn’t appear big enough, tough enough or deep enough to take out the Bruins, even if the Rangers are likely a tougher out in the playoffs — if they get there — than they were before pulling off this trade.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was a trend around the league Wednesday, as the buyers at the deadline had a rare good day. Unlike past years, when teams often sacrificed valuable assets in the name of short-term gains, GMs collectively kept their sanity – with the possible exception of New York Rangers boss Glen Sather – and refused to pay exorbitant prices to rent assets that may or may not make a difference in the stretch drive and into the playoffs.
It was a fascinating dynamic to watch. As the 3 p.m. (EST) deadline approached, most of the high-profile rentals were still on the board.
Only the Los Angeles Kings acted early, acquiring winger Marian Gaborik (an elite goal-scorer when healthy) from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The price was a player they weren’t playing (Matt Frattin), plus a second- and a conditional third-round draft choice. It was a big win for the Kings, who badly needed to jump-start their slumping offence, and got the Blue Jackets to pick up a portion of Gaborik’s $7.5-million (U.S.) contract as well.
As the details of the final deals slowly leaked out, it became clear GMs acquiring assets knew what they were prepared to pay, didn’t overbid and ultimately played a series of winning hands.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Snow sent Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer and perhaps the most coveted forward on the rental market plus a conditional fifth-round pick, to Montreal for what appears to be a pretty meager return.
The Islanders acquired a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg in the deal, which pales in comparison to what they surrendered to land him in the early-season blockbuster with Buffalo. Looking to shake things up with his team, Snow sent heart-and-soul winger Matt Moulson, a first round pick and second-round pick to the Sabres. Compare the two returns and you can understand why Islanders fans are livid.
What’s more is that the Islanders won’t even get back that second-round pick if the Canadiens don’t make the playoffs -- a nightmare scenario which would mean all they get in the deal is Collberg. And suffice it to say, he’s not exactly lighting things up over in the Swedish Elite League.
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