By Stu Hackel
6:05 p.m. — All told, there were just 16 trades this year, the fewest number of deals since 2000 when there were 12 trades. By comparison, last year there was a record number of trades, 31. This year, 35 players (the lowest since 2004) and12 draft picks changed teams . Last year saw 55 players change teams, also a record. But, while this day was slower, between Feb. 9 and 22, there were 18 deals involving 35 players and 14 draft choices, so there was a lot of movement this month. And the real impact day was Feb. 18 (and 19) when some big deals were made. Anyway, that’s it for deadline day, and thanks for hanging with us. We had 10s of thousands of page views, so we hope you all like what we did today. See you tomorrow.
4: 33 p.m. — Pierre LeBrun tweeted: “Oilers never came off demand of Schenn for Hemsky so Kings shifted gears to Penner” and “Kings never spoke to Dallas re: Richards today. Felt they were out before today. They spoke to Fla about Booth but decided on Penner instead”
4:22 p.m. — From Michael Farber: The Vancouver Canucks have spent the past year basically telling their rambunctious lads — Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa – to zip it. Successfully, I might add. Now coach Alain Vigneault has another talker, Maxime Lapierre, acquired from Anaheim, as his fourth-line center. Vigneault knows exactly what he’s getting. He coached Lapierre in the QMJHL, where he gained notoriety for hounding Sidney Crosby. Lapierre can be an effective playoff player when he retires his clown act, like he did for Montreal last year. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
3:47 p.m. — Bob McKenzie says Jason Arnott of the Devils has waived his no-trade clause to go the Capitals …Sportsnet says the Devils will get David Steckel and second-round pick in return for Arnott …
From Michael Farber: Capitals GM George McPhee has tried to fill that No. 2 center hole before: Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Morrison, cast of thousands. Jason Arnott might be a short-term solution — big guy, big shot, not much speed. More importantly, maybe Arnott, a Cup-winner, can change the chemistry of a team so talented that it should never founder.
Sportsnet is confirming what Eric Stephens had hinted: Maxim Lapierre has been dealt to Vancouver for Joel Perreault and a third-round pick. Pierre McGuire reminds us that Alain Vigneault coached Lapierre in junior hockey. On TSN, Ray Ferraro said that Lapierre has “focus issues” and that he yells at Ferraro when he is between the benches doing games on TV. The Canucks now have Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler, who are also agitators, but they’ve been more disciplined this season than in the past in terms of taking bad penalties. Lapierre still takes them, so that’s an issue Vigneault will have to deal with …
TSN’s Gord Miller says Vancouver has acquired Chris Higgins from Florida for defenseman Evan Oberg and a third-round pick. Vancouver reunites Higgins and Max Lapierre, who were teammates (and running buddies) in Montreal …
Bob McKenzie says the Blue Jackets have traded center Tom Sestito to the the Flyers for forwards Greg Moore and Michael Chaput in a minor league deal … The Rangers have also picked up center John Mitchell from the Maple Leafs for a seventh-round pick …
Bob McKenzie adds that Freddie Modin has gone from Calgary to Atlanta … Pierre LeBrun tweets that Pat Morris, Brad Richards’ agent, confirms there was no trade and that the Stars did not ask them to waive his no-movement clause…
The Canadiens have acquired goalie Drew MacIntyre from Atlanta in return for defenseman Brett Festerling, who Montreal got earlier this year in the trade that sent Max Lapierre to Anaheim…
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News tweets that Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he didn’t make any further deals after acquiring Brad Boyes…
3 p.m. – And that’s it. The trade deadline has come and gone. The deals that will be reported from here on were completed prior to the deadline …
To confirm a previous rumor, it’s official that the Panthers made their third trade of the day, acquiring left wing Sergei Samsonov from Carolina for defenseman Bryan Allen … Rich Chere of The Newark Star Ledger tweets: “Arnott trade to Capitals could happen. Lamoriello and Lemaire may have a difference of opinion on whether to complete deal.”
2:57 p.m. — Only eight deals so far this year: 18 players and seven picks. Pierre LeBrun tweets: “Kings paid a lot but least they added a top-six forward without giving up (Brayden) Schenn _ and that was the goal.” The TSN Reporters question how the Dustin Penner trade improves the Oilers. Steve Simmons Edmonton has surrendered its top goal scorer and the player it got from the Kings may not become much (Teubert a number 4 defenseman in the AHL). Mike Farber counters that the gives the Oilers cap space. But Dave Hodge says that by acquiring picks, they have delayed getting better… From Michael Farber: The Kings probably could have used a center more than a winger, but GM Dean Lombardi needed to do something. He is getting a hard-to-motivate player, but didn’t give up anyone off his roster. He surrendered what figures to be a No. 20 or so pick in what is purportedly a weak draft.
2:47 p.m. — Arthur Staple of Newsday tweets: “Brad Richards still hasn’t been asked to waive his NTC, according to his agent. Still time to change that, but that’s the latest” … Darren Dreger tweets: “Hemsky and Smid not expected to be traded”
2: 42 p.m. — Dustin Penner to the Kings is the biggest name to move so far, and with less than a half hour remaining until the 3 p.m. (Eastern) deadline, it’s uncertain how the rest of the day will go. Of course, there is likely to be activity that takes place prior to 3 p.m. and does not get reported until well after. I think last year trades were still being reported more than an hour after the deadline. Teams call the NHL to say they have a deal, but the NHL’s Central Registry department has paperwork that needs to be completed before the announcement can be made. Sometimes the paperwork isn’t in order and I seem to recall a trade or two that was not approved by the NHL because proper procedures were not followed or they didn’t slip in under the deadline.
2:32 p.m. — TSN reports that Dustin Penner is going to the Kings for a 2011 first-round pick, defenseman Colten Teubert and an unspecified pick in 2112. The TSN panel, Pierre McGuire and Craig MacTavish, say the Kings surrendered too much for Penner because they coudn’t get Brad Richards or another skilled player, like an Ilya Kovalchuk. So now they are going to be more of a smashmouth team. MacTavish says he’d still like to see the Kings get more speed, but the Oilers did well waiting as long as they did and getting what they asked for in exchange for Penner.
2:24 p.m. – Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports a trade: “Ducks acquire Brad Winchester from St. Louis for 2012 third-round pick. Maxim Lapierre will be dealt and move should happen soon” … There’s a fake Nick Kypreos out there tweeting that Dustin Penner has been dealt to the Canadiens, but neither the guy nor the trade is the real thing … From James O’Brien of NBC Sports, who tweets: “Biggest winner of trade deadline is Chris Campoli” … Kevin Allen of USA Today tweets: “Ottawa GM may be best house cleaner in NHL history: he has moved out $13.7 million in salary”
2: 12 p.m. – Some tweets of note: Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: “Just had second NHL person tell me, based off what they’re hearing, not to be surprised if Pens pull a stunner. Interesting.” … TSN’s Dreger: “Contract talks between Calgary and Curtis Glencross hit a snag. Glencross was hoping for a 4-5 year extension.”
2:05 p.m. – Lo and behold, it’s a deal: TSN’s Gord Miller, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and Bob McKenzie say defenseman Chris Campoli and conditional seventh-round pick are going from the Senators to the Blackhawks for center Ryan Potulny and a second-round pick. Campoli will take the place of the injured Jordan Hendry in the Hawks’ lineup. … David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail tweets: “Campoli one of those players who tantalizes coaches and GMs into thinking they can unlock offensive potential” … Campoli, interviewed on TSN, says he learned of trade to Chicago by watching TSN. Guess the Sens are too busy cleaning house … Pierre McGuire says Chicago is looking at getting yet another D’man.
1:55 p.m — Two GMs on TSN. Boston’s Chiarelli says its quiet and he’s not planning on much other than perhaps a tweak. Toronto’s Brian Burke says about the same if the offers for Clarke MacArthur aren’t good enough, and that the deals came down early because teams make better deals away from the commotion of deadline day … Sportsnet discussing the possibility of the Capitals acquiring Jason Arnott from Devils. No deal yet.
1:43 p.m. – Bob McKenzie tweets: “The Brad Richards Trade Barometer is leaning towards him NOT being moved, but about 90 minutes to go. We will see.” … Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel tweets: “Panthers working on deal of d Bryan Allen to Carolina for vet. LW Samsonov according to source.” Fialkov added: ”As i said last week after talking to Tallon, he’s a Reasoner fan so don’t expect him to depart.”
1:25 p.m. — Sharks GM Doug Wilson on TSN said it’s unlikely that he’ll make moves today and that he made his moves earlier … Newark Star-Ledger‘s Rich Chere tweets: “Jason Arnott: ‘I’m not sure what will happen. Lou is still talking to teams.’” … Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review tweets: “With about 2 hours to go, the Pens are turning up the heat. Looking for D depth and still seeking an O upgrade.” … From TSN’s Dreger and McKenzie , a minor league deal: The Oilers trade Shawn Belle to the Avalanche for Kevin Montgomery in a swap of defensemen.
1:10 p.m. — Video of Brad Richards speaking to the media after he skated with the Stars this morning:
12:57 p.m. — Stop the presses! We have a trade! Sportsnet says defenseman Rusty Klesla and winger Dane Byers are going from Columbus to Phoenix for winger Scott Upshall and blueliner Sami Lepisto. On TSN, they’re saying Klesla has underachieved with the Blue Jackets and never developed his skating, but he’s still a big body. Pierre McGuire wonders if the Coyotes are making this deal because Ed Jovanovski has injury questions … From Michael Farber: Rusty Klesla is a superb pickup by Phoenix, which had been unable to replace Zbynek Michalek, now in Pittsburgh. The Coyotes now have a shutdown defenseman capable of 20-plus minutes.
12:50 p.m. – From Michael Farber: Jimmy Howard’s two-year deal – $4.5 million – is quintessential Red Wings: a below-the-market signing that allows GM Ken Holland to keep high-end players sprinkled throughout the lineup.
12: 47 p.m. — From the Bruins’ official Twitter account: “Just spoke to GM [Peter] Chiarelli: ‘We’re kind’ve sitting back…may do something depth-wise but we’re just working on a couple small things.’” … And some twitter action: Orange County Register‘s Eric Stephens: “If Ducks do get Konopka, it’s not a slam-dunk that Maxim Lapierre would be moved. But if so, figure on Lapierre going to a team in East” … Edmonton Journal‘s Jim Matheson: “Don’t know why but I hear Oilers might move ufa winger Ryan Jones who has 13 goals playing 12 min.” … David Shoalts of the Globe & Mail: “Sources say this is a good time for lunch.”
12:36 p.m. — Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas tweets, “Brad Richards said Stars have not presented him with any possible trade scenarios.” Richards skated again today, but there is no news about his possible return … Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal tweets, “Forget the Predators getting Hemsky. Not happening”
12:20 p.m. – Three waiver claims via Bob McKenzie on TSN: Brett Carson claimed from the Hurricanes by the Flames, Curtis McEIhinney from Tampa Bay to the Senators, and Robbie Schremp from the Islanders to the Thrashers … Others who have cleared waivers include Jason Jaffray (Ducks), D.J. King (Capitals), Nathan Lawson Islanders), Pascal LeClaire (Senators), Ty Conklin (Blues) and Tim Stapleton (Thrashers), as per Sporting News’ Craig Custance.
Andy Strickland in St. Louis tweets that “Nashville remains the frontrunner to get Oilers D-man Ladislav Smid” … Marc Antoine Godin of LaPresse tweets “Not trading [Brad] Richards, not resigning him & missing playoffs = absolute worst scenario for Stars. Habs lived it with Souray in 06-07″
12:12 p.m. – There were four trades at this time last year. Only two so far. Commenter Garey Ris linked below to the song Blue Monday by New Order. Sorry, Garey, but there’s only one Blue Monday…
12:05 p.m. — The Ottawa Sun‘s Chris Stevenson tweets “Wonder if Wideman acquisition means there is concern for Mike Green’s long-term health after getting hit in head the other night?” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Sean Rorabaugh tweets, “I know he’s on a poor Florida team, but Wideman is a minus-26. Oof.”
11:57 a.m. – Montreal radio Team 990′s Amanda Stein tweets “NHL sources telling me #Habs pushing for Penner/Smid. Don’t have what Edmonton asking for in return. Habs have wanted Penner for a while.” And Gord Miller on TSN says the Red Wings will hold on to Jimmy Howard. The goalie is out of a contract after this season. A new one will supposedly be announced later today. Sportsnet says it will be a two-year deal at $2.5 million per.
11:50 a.m. — Another trade by the Panthers, the second one we’ve seen so far today: Defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Capitals for a prospect and a pick. Wideman is a good backup for Mike Green. The Caps did the same thing last year by getting Joe Corvo.
11:45 a.m. – For those of you who are tempted to give up on dealine day early, this just in from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, who tweets: “Vast majority of trades generally come after noon ET at the deadline. Nearly 90% of deals were in final three hours last year.” Of course, last year it appears that I wrote about “Wednesday’s record-setting trade deadline (a record number of players switching teams). No big names changed addresses Wednesday and a good number of minor leaguers did, causing the always droll Dave Hodge on TSN to call it the “A.H.L. trade deadline.” On Montreal radio Team 990 this morning, co-hosts Elliot Price and Shawn Starr called it the “trade dud-line.”
11:36 a.m. – From Pierre LeBrun’s tweet: “Sens GM Bryan Murray says Jason Spezza NOT in play” Never thought he was.
11:28 a.m. – Vancouver Sportsnet guys were talking about the chances of the Canucks getting Marty Reasoner from the Panthers. One of them says Reasoner’s wife is pregnant and she doesn’t want him to move. Jeez…. Tweeted from Sportsnet: “‘We’re not close to a deal’ says #Leafs‘ Dave Nonis in an interview with @Tonyambrogio200″. Seems like 29 other teams would say the same thing.
11:23 a.m. – The Globe and Mail‘s James Mirtle tweets, “One of the issues for second year in a row is how few sellers there are. Oilers, Avs, Blues, Sens, Isles, Panthers – and that’s about it.”
11:20 a.m. — Reports from various places say the Islanders are seriously talking with the Ducks about trading Zenon Konopka. Sean Rorabaugh, who blogs for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, tweets “If the Ducks pick up Konopka, they would have him, Jarkko Ruutu, Lapierre and Perry. Pretty much the most despised team in the NHL.”
11:18 a.m – Gord Miller on TSN says the asking price for Oilers players is really high. From Michael Farber: Steve Simmons, on my TSN panel, just called the people of Edmonton “rubes.” Ouch. Guess he isn’t getting a good table at Jack’s Grill his next time there.
11:15 a.m. – Lots on Radek Dvorak for Patrick Rissmiller/Niclas Bergfors trade being tweeted (because nothing much is going on): Joe Yeardon of NBC Sports.com: “Dvorak a good guy on the PK and the Thrashers have been giving out PP goals like candy this year. David Shoalts of Globe and Mail “Question: Is Dvorak underachiever or bad pick? FLA took him 10th overall in ’95, only time he scored more than 20 G was 31 in ’01 for NYR.” Craig Custance of Sporting News: “Thrashers also get a fifth-round pick in the Bergfors trade.” Sean Leahy of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy: “Bergfors scored 6G in his 1st 8 gms w/ATL after Kovalchuk deal. How many fantasy hockey teams will pick him up hoping he does the same now?”
11: 10 a.m. – From Pierre Lebrun who tweets, “Panthers source says zero traction on Tomas Vokoun at this point…. still early though.”
11 a.m. — There’s been one trade so far in the three hours that the major outlets have been on the air. TSN’s streaming video is not available on their website in the U.S. for the first time. CBC is a new trade deadline televisor this year and their signal is not available in the U.S., either. Sportsnet is sneaking through. Don’t know what the legalities of this are , but blacking out video streams seems senseless…One of the Pittsburgh papers yesterday had a headline describing today as Manic Monday..
…(I always thought that sounded like Prince’s 1999), but you can’t trust Mondays…
10:55 a.m. — The Toronto Star‘s Kevin McGran tweets with a quote from Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ blog today: “We would like to add jump and difference to our team. Change can be good and it can be bad. ….I am hopeful we can add some vets to help us improve in the short term.”
10:52 a.m. – Pierre LeBrun of Hockey Night in Canada and ESPN tweets that he’s been told four or five teams are after the Devils’ Jason Arnott.
10:46 a.m. – A DEAL! Panthers trade forward Radek Dvorak to Atlanta for Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller. This looks like a trade that gives the Thrashers more reliable offense while Florida adds more young pieces. Dvorak is a pending UFA. Bergfors came to Atlanta in the Kovalchuk deal last year and his name has been mentioned in lots of rumors all season.
10:32 a.m. – The Mark Stuart deal is done according to both TSN and Sportsnet tweets: 3 years, $1.7 million per season.
10:31 a.m. – Bob McKenzie says Nashville is sniffing around the Oilers’ Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid.
10:30 a.m. – Elliotte Friedman of CBC tweets: “Dallas has been asking for four pieces (picks, prospects, roster players) for Richards. Big game of Russian roulette.”
10:21 a.m. – Great line by TSN’s James Duthie, talking a bit about the Oscars, when he said that Pierre McGuire is not the best guy to talk about movies. “He thinks The King’s Speech is a Dean Lombardi news conference.”
10:15 a.m. – Looks like the Thrashers will be extending defenseman Mark Stuart for four years (from USA Today’s Kevin Allen via Bob McKenzie). But the deal is not done just yet.
10:10 a.m. — Bob McKenzie of TSN tweets that the Kings have signed a contract extension with Justin Williams, who has had his best season in a while, largely because he’s relatively healthy. The deal is for four years, $14.6 million.
10:05 a.m. — How important is the trade deadline historically? Reviewing an analysis from two years ago at The New York Times Slap Shot blog, the Flames were thought to be the big winners and nothing much happened with them in the postseason. But that’s only one year. On the other hand, the Penguins made some huge moves in the ’90s that helped them win the Cup and the Rangers did, too, in 1994. George Johnson of The Calgary Herald had a good story yesterday on some of the great deadline deals, and that’s worth reading.
But looking again at last year’s deadline day analysis, the Capitals were active and toughened up for a Stanley Cup run that didn’t pan out. The Coyotes really turned over their roster and it didn’t do much for them. They got Wojtek Wolski from Colorado and I thought it was perhaps “the steal of the day.” A year later, Wolski is skating for the Rangers.
9:55 a.m. — The Brad Richards saga, which we wrote about on Friday, will be perhaps the biggest story today. There are reports out there that he will waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rangers, but I haven’t found or heard from any reliable source that he he would waive it ONLY for the Rangers. Still, it will be interesting to see what price Dallas extracts from New York if a trade happens. The Kings are said to be interested in Richards as well, but again the price was reportedly very high.
9:50 a.m. — Hello, Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland. From the gondola in my home office surrounded by my desktop, laptop, a TV, a satellite radio receiver, my house phone, cell phone and four little bottles of 5-hour Energy shots, (guaranteed to keep me sleepless until Wednesday), I’m ready to live blog all the activity — or non-activity — of the NHL Trade Deadline. This can be one of the most interesting days of the season, but there is some suspicion that because of all the player movement earlier this month, the trade deadline has transformed into a trading season and today might be a dud. It’s hard to think that will be the case, but that’s why we’re here.
And by we, I mean I’m not the only voice who will be on the blog today. We should have occasional contributions from Michael Farber, who is at TSN’s Trade Centre, and Adrian Dater, who will be weighing in from San Jose, where he is following the Colorado Avalanche. But feel free to submit your comments below and add your voice to the discussion. We’ve made some changes to the comments program lately and re-registration is required, and we encourage your participation.
There was some important news yesterday when the Blues traded right winger Brad Boyes, a former 41 goal scorer, to the Sabres for a second round pick. The Blues had recently acquired Chris Stewart, and with T.J. Oshie and David Perron (who is supposedly getting closer to returning), they had lots of right wingers. Boyes had really dropped off. The Blues are probably happy to get a second-rounder for a $4 million a year player who has only 14 goals this season, and the Sabres have to hope that a change of scenery will be good for Boyes. He’s got good hands, but he’s not a physical presence. The Sabres now have him, Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford on the right side and that’s some pretty good depth.
The other big news is that the Senators took Chris Phillips off the market by signing him to a three-year extension at $9.25 million. Lots of teams were looking for an experienced defenseman and Phillips was supposedly on a few target lists, but he had a no-trade clause, didn’t want to leave Ottawa, and is still a solid blueliner with some mileage left. It’s been a hard year for the Sens, and Phillips is a very ugly minus-25. Poor goaltending probably inflated that stat. He’s only 31 years old and wanted to be part of the solution in Ottawa. Now he will be.
In one other piece of early news, Toronto is strongly rumored to be looking for a defenseman to replace Tomas Kaberle, but TSN’s Maple Leafs correspondent says the team is no longer interested in the Avalanche’s John-Michael Liles.
From Michael Farber: There are reports that Florida’s Stephen Weiss will waive his no-movement clause to only to Toronto. Amazing. The Leafs are sexy again. With the last spot in the Eastern Conference wide open, Toronto – both seller and buyer this month –needs to do something today. GM Brian Burke’s recent comment that he wants to make the playoffs the right way, not finish eighth and get his butt kicked, is silly. The league is better off with the Leafs in the playoffs, and you can’t win a round unless you show up. See the 2006 Oilers….Chris Phillips never wanted to leave Ottawa. Looks like he’ll be one of the increasingly rare players to play in one city for his entire career, like Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson…The good news is Buffalo’s Darcy Regier actually had some leeway to make a deal. The bad news is that he spent a second-rounder on Brad Boyes, a former 43-goal scorer who falls quickly out of favor in all his stops.