NHL TRADE DEADLINE NEWS: Final flurry of moves roll in as deadline passes; Gaborik, Torres, Pominville among those moved.

  • Boston sends centre Maxime Sauve to Chicago for forward Rob Flick.
    -very much a minor league deal, with only Sauve having played an NHL game (just the one, mind), but this seems like an overpay by Boston – Sauve is at this moment in time by far the better pro player.  He is 2 years older however, so maybe Flick has more potential.
  • San Jose trades a conditional 7th round pick in 2013 to Nashville in return for former Sharks defenceman Scott Hannan.
    -the pick becomes a 6th rounder if Hannan plays even just one playoff game this season.  Hannan has played 29 games so far this season, but has just 1 point so far and is -11.  At 34 he is nowhere near the player he was with the Sharks the first go around, but he is experienced and a useful depth guy to have if needed.
  • Edmonton acquires center Jerred Smithson from Florida for a 4th Round Pick in 2013.
    -Smithson has 2 goals and 5 points in 35 games this year and is well above 50% in the face-off circle.  A pure depth move, it makes sense as the Oilers were weak at center.  The trouble is, they could have had Adam Hall, Mike Santorelli or Jussi Jokinen for much less (all have been on waivers in the last week or so).
    -Whilst the Oilers are being proactive to improve their bottom six, it’s troubling that they seem to believe marginal NHLers like Mike Brown, Mark Fistric and Smithson are worth as high as a 3rd or 4th round pick.
  • Speaking of Jussi Jokinen, a much much better player than Smithson, the Penguins acquired him for just a conditional 7th round pick in 2013 from Carolina.  Under the new rules implemented in the new CBA, Carolina is also retaining some of Jokinen’s $3m per year salary in the trade.
    -the condition of the pick is that it becomes a 6th rounder if Jokinen plays 50% of the Pens playoff games and the team wins the Cup; if the Pens win the Cup but he plays in 25% of the teams playoff games then it is a 7th round pick.
    -quality pick up for the Pens, who continue loading for bear, who give up virtually nothing in this trade for a decent NHLer.
  • Tampa Bay traded rookie forward Cory Conacher and a 4th rounder in 2013 to Ottawa for hot-topic goalie Ben Bishop.
    -a surprising move by the Lightning, as Conacher was (surprisingly) one of the top rookies in the league this year, but they desperately needed goaltending help and Bishop has been waiting for his opportunity to be a starter in the NHL.  This is his shot.
    -Ottawa get a quality young forward in return, although it will be interesting to see how Conacher plays without the likes of Stamkos, St Louis & Lecavalier helping him out, though he clearly isn’t without talent.
  • In the most hilarious move of the day, Philadelphia opted to trade for goalie Steve “Couldn’t Stop A Beachball” Mason from Columbus in return for third-string goalie Michael Leighton and a 3rd Round Pick in 2013.
    -this is quite a return for Columbus for a quite simply awful goalie.  Apart from his spectacular rookie season, Mason has been one of the worst goalies to ever grace NHL ice.
    -what’s even more strange is that Philadelphia, who have struggled to find decent goaltending since Ron Hextall left, believes that Mason can help them out.  It’s now quite easy to see why they’ve had bad goaltending for so long.  They can’t identify good goalies.  Bingo!
  • In the most surprising (for me at least) move of the day, the NY Rangers traded their star sniper Marian Gaborik to Columbus for a considerable package of truculent forward Derek Dorsett, young defensive prospect John Moore, and former high draft pick Derick Brassard, plus a 6th round pick in 2013.
    -26 year old Dorsett gives the Rangers some toughness as well as someone who’s not completely incompetent as a hockey player.  I’d even be comfortable with him on my team, which if you know my feelings on enforcers is saying something about Dorsett.
    -John Moore hasn’t become the stalwart defenceman the Blue Jackets were hoping for, not yet anyway, but he’s still only 22 and has appeared in 17 NHL games this year so far.  Potential to be at least a 3rd pairing guy, but likely won’t help the Rangers much this year besides from a depth perspective.
    -Brassard at one point looked like a future number one centre, but has struggled big time with consistency and at this point looks more like a OK number two or three centre.  Still he has 18 points in 34 games this year, which would put him on pace over a full season for about the same 40-50 points he’s managed in the last couple of years, not too shabby production.
    -Meanwhile Gaborik gives the BJs some much needed offensive stardom up front.  Whilst he’s not having a great season, with just 19 points in 35 games, and at 31 is likely past his peak, he scored 41 goals just last season and should electrify the fans at least as much as former Blue Jacket and current Ranger Rick Nash did. Has another year left on his $7.5m contract.
    -a very interesting trade, out of the blue in some respects given the Rangers’ Cup aspirations.  But they (and Gaborik) were not having a great season thus far, and perhaps they thought trading a one dimensional scorer who isn’t currently scoring for several potentially useful pieces might improve their team.  Crazy, I know.
  • Buffalo traded captain Jason Pominville for goalie Matt Hackett and forward Johan Larsson from the Minnesota Wild.
    -Pominville will further improve the Wild’s scoring depth, non-existent a year ago but now with Pominville, Parise, Koivu, Heatley, Setoguchi and Granlund amongst others, and helping them in their drive to the playoffs.
    -Buffalo gain an average to slightly above average goalie prospect in Hackett, although he’s been mediocre in the AHL this year so far.  Nonetheless he’s a bona fide NHL prospect with 13 games under his belt at the age of 23 – young for a goalie.
    -they also get Johan Larsson, a quality forward prospect who has 37 points in 62 games in his first AHL season.  Projects more as a 3rd liner than a scoring forward, but still a good pickup.
  • Columbus acquire forward Blake Comeau for a 5th round pick in 2013 from Calgary.
    -the exodus from Southern Alberta continues, as the Flames unload bottom six forward Comeau to the Blue Jackets.  Comeau has seen his scoring evaporate since he scored 24 with the Islanders in 2010/11, but he still does other things that make him useful such as driving possession.
  • San Jose gets crazy forward Raffi Torres from Phoenix in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2013.
    -Torres is a quality pickup for San Jose.  They get a tough as nails, slightly unhinged forward who can chip in on offence and has tons of playoff experience.  I’ll never forget Raffi completely changing the momentum of a playoff series in 2006 whilst with the Oilers, funnily enough against the Sharks, when he laid a hit so big on Milan Michalek that the whole arena seemingly moved!
  • Ryan O’Byrne has been traded by Colorado to Toronto for a 4th round pick in 2014.
    -O’Byrne is a huge forward who doesn’t offer much in the way of offence, but I suppose might offer some of that magical team toughness that Toronto loves.  He does play a fair bit on the PK though, so he does have some usefulness as a hockey player.
  • Wade Redden has been traded to Boston from St Louis in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in 2014.
    -the resurrection of Redden in the NHL has gone fairly well so far, with Redden contributing 2 goals and 5 points in 23 games so far this season in a depth role for the Blues.  He immediately will improve Boston’s depth on defence as they look to make a deep postseason run.
    -the condition on the pick has not yet been stated.
  • The Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Matthew Lombardi from Phoenix for forward prospect Brandon McMillan.
    -Lombardi should provide the Ducks with some decent secondary scoring and a bit of versatility.
    -Phoenix receive a middling prospect with 91 NHL games and 26 points under his belt, although a majority of those were 2 years ago and he has struggled since.
  • New Jersey traded a 7th round pick in 2013 for Steve Sullivan from Phoenix.
    -the 38 year old forward has had a tremendous career but is gradually slowing now, with 12 points in 33 games for Phoenix.  He’ll give the Devils some scoring depth and veteran leadership as they look to drive toward the playoffs.
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