NHL TRADE DEADLINE NEWS: Clowe finally traded; other minor moves made.
- San Jose finally ended the speculation by trading veteran top 6 forward Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers for three draft picks:
-one 2nd round pick (2013)
-one 3rd round pick (2013)
-one conditional 2nd round pick (2014) – if Clowe re-signs with NYR or the NYR wins two playoff rounds, the pick remains a 2nd rounder; if neither occurs then the pick becomes a 5th round pick in 2014.
Hopefully for the Rangers Clowe can rediscover his scoring touch – he has 0 goals and 11 assists so far this year – but even when not scoring he has some value as a big, tough player with strong leadership. The Sharks gain some cap space and some extra draft picks to add some young players to a system devoid of much quality.
- Dallas continued its shift in personnel by trading depth winger Tomas Vincour to the Colorado Avalanche for depth defenceman Cameron Gaunce. Vincour is a big tough winger who has been a good soldier for Dallas since he was drafted in 2009, with 86 NHL games under his belt but is a 4th liner at best. Gaunce is a big two-way defenceman who can probably spot in here in there, though he only has 11 NHL games to his name since being drafted in 2008.
- Montreal traded a 5th round pick in 2013 for No.7/8 defenceman Davis Drewiske from the LA Kings. This is clearly a move for the Canadiens to acquire some depth for a playoff run, whilst the Kings evidently felt they could get by without him but wanted to get something for him. He has 1 goal and 4 points in 20 games so far this season.
- Tampa Bay acquired big left winger Philippe Paradis, 22, from Chicago for college defenceman Kirill Gotovets, 21. Paradis is a former first round pick of Carolina in 2009, but has done very little of note since turning pro with just 7 goals and 27 points in 102 AHL games. Gotovets is a former 7th rounder in 2009, and is a smooth skating offensive defenceman; the one problem being that in 80 games for Cornell over the last 3 seasons, he has just 2 goals and 15 points – including 0 points this season in 22 games. So yeah, this is basically a nothing for nothing trade.