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Quick Trade Deadline Analysis

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The trade deadline came and went today.  It was relatively uneventful.  That is not to say there were not a lot of spare parts changing hands, but no top flight players were traded.  I think it is clear that nobody in the top 75 players in the NHL today changed hands.  The biggest name player traded was Jaromir Jagr.  He is still good enough to lead a weak team like New Jersey in scoring.  At age 43 his NHL days are clearly numbered.  Perhaps the best player changing hands was Keith Yandle.  He is the tenth highest scoring defenceman in the NHL.  His defensive skills do not measure up to his offensive skills but he clearly has a value.  In terms of top prospects traded, there was nothing earlier than a late first rounder.  I think the best prospect traded was likely Anthony DuClair who went from the New York Rangers to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Yandle.  He was a top scorer in the QMJHL and a significant player in the World Junior Championships.  He hasn't succeeded yet in his 18 NHL games played before returning to the QMJHL this year.  He did have seven points in that time - in limited ice time. 

I usually list the team with the biggest improvement and dropoff in the short and long term in analysis of the trade deadline.  The New York Rangers made the biggest improvement with the biggest longterm cost from their Yandle trade.  Arizona has the biggest longterm gain and short term dropoff due to that same trade.  That makes for simple analysis today.

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Garrioch discusses Phaneuf dealing and more trade deadline ‘almosts’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you're not one for Nick Kypreos' take on, "Why the Phaneuf deal didn't happen," the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers the following...

Make no mistake the Detroit Red Wings had serious talks with the Leafs about Phaneuf but they couldn't make the deal work. The word is Jakub Kindl would have been in the trade and it's believed that the Wings would have insisted the Leafs take back Stephen Weiss as part of any trade.

The Leafs wanted a core player off Detroit's roster to make the deal happen.

Naturally, it didn't happen. Why? The cap hit of $7 million through 2020-21 is a big issue for every team and the Leafs were trying to make a hockey deal even if they're going to rebuild. The Ducks and Kings also investigated the possibility of bringing in Phaneuf but couldn't do it either.

That could have been the deal that saved the day. It, and a lot of others, didn't happen. Instead, fans had to be happy there was some small stuff to chew on.

And he continues, discussing non-Wings-related "Almosts" galore...

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24 Trades Made Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 2, 2015) -- NHL clubs made 24 trades involving 43 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

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This should be interesting: Jon Stewart to interview Slava Fetisov?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This might be one of Jon Stewart's more difficult interviews, per the Detroit News's David Guralnick:

Quoting the Daily Show's website:

Viacheslav Fetisov
Viacheslav Fetisov is a retired Russian professional ice hockey player who appears in the documentary "Red Army" (2014). During his hockey career, he played defense for HC CSKA Moscow, the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Wings. He won two back-to-back Stanley Cups and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

He will of course be promoting the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army:

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KK- A Light Night And Thanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just wanted to thank everyone for visiting KK for all the trade deadlines deals and news.

I also wanted to thank George for his hard work at The Malik Report and for helping me out too.

It will be a very relaxed night for both of us but we will return at full speed tomorrow.

Again thanks and enjoy the three NHL games tonight.

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Oh boy, Wednesday night’s a ‘Rivalry Night’ Wings-Rangers game, and Sunday’s B’s game’s on NBC, too!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In case you thought that the trade deadline yielded time to un-clench your rear end, NBC Sports wants to remind you that not one but


Rick Nash and Rangers Visit Pavel Datsyuk and Red Wings on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

Milan Lucic and Bruins Host Red Wings on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week Sunday at Noon ET

Jonathan Toews and Blackhawks Host Rangers Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Begins Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Steven Stamkos and Lightning Host Sabres

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 2, 2015 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBC and NBCSN features three Original Six matchups with teams jockeying for playoff positioning, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN between Rick Nash and the New York Rangers, and Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings will be featured on the NHL Game of the Week on NBC at Noon ET on Sunday, when they travel to Boston to face Milan Lucic and the Bruins. Sunday’s coverage also features an interconference Original Six contest at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Rangers visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between the Rangers and Red Wings. Emrick and McGuire will be on the call for Red Wings-Bruins on the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday.

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Video- Craig MacTavish Says The Jeff Petry Deal Was Harder To Make Than He Thought It Would Be

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Gene Principe caught up with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish to get his thoughts on his lone deadline deal, Jeff Petry to the Habs for two picks, and whether he was close on any others?


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Kypreos on presumptive Phaneuf trade, Mantha ‘ask’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Very interesting stuff...Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos says that the Red Wings didn't trade for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha:

Update: And at the other end of the spectrum, from the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere:

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Surgery For Mark Giodano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary GM Brad Treliving announces Giordano will undergo season ending surgery on a torn bicep tendon.

Recovery is 4-5 months.

You can see how the injury occurred below...

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Evening news: Sharp on the Red Wings’ modest moves; Wings trade videos of/quotes from KH, players

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 19x at 8:35 PM: For what it's worth, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported that the Wings weren't able to consummate a deal for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha in whatever package was being contemplated.

As such, the Free Press's Evil Drew Sharp has a point in suggesting that not "going big," and instead adding Marek Zidlicky and Erik Cole for modest prices, behooved Ken Holland and company:

The moves didn't dazzle. It didn't flutter hearts. But they were wise additions, done within a NHL economic framework that places the highest priority on first round draft picks and top drawer minor league prospects. It was a good day that the Wings got Cole and Zidlicky, but it was an even better day because Ken Holland came away from his shopping excursion with prime prospects Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha and this year's first round draft pick still in his cart.

That's the way it is in hockey. Overly cherishing high level prospects becomes a source of discontent in baseball where there are no limits to what teams can spend. But they're premium currency in hockey. Holland understands that and it's to his credit that he's resisted the temptation the last couple seasons to satisfy the still strong craving for big names regardless of the accompanying big financial risks.

Cole and Zidlicky are two month rentals. So what?

Phaneuf has six years at $7 million annually remaining on his contract. If the Wings could've gotten Toronto to accept the salary cap albatross that's become Stephen Weiss, it would've been nice. But the Maple Leafs are in full rebuilding mode and certainly would've demanded either Larkin, Mantha or future Wings' starting goalie Petr Mrazek and at least one first round draft pick.

The Wings did well with what they got.


Toronto apparently did demand Mantha, and I'd heard rumors of a 1st round pick or Brendan Smith as well, just as you did, while Kypreos suggested that a Kindl-Weiss combo should have gotten the deal done. I would imagine that the Wings and Leafs will talk again at the draft, but the Wings sure as hell aren't giving Mantha or Larkin to Toronto to ensure that Phaneuf doesn't become the next Larry Murphy-style acquisitrion.

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here's Ken Holland speaking to WXYZ and the media assembled at Joe Louis Arena today:

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