Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Reported Trades & Quick Reactions...

We're going to use this space to mention trades and quickly react on them. Everything will be on this post. I also highly doubt that there will be as many trades as in the past 2 seasons (I think each one had 25 trades). Teams seem to be re-signing their players quickly (Filip Kuba also re-upped in Ottawa). The only "blockbuster" deal out there might be Jay Bouwmeester, if Florida - in the middle of a playoff race - decides to trade their best player.

3:17 :: BUF gets Dominic Moore. TOR gets a 2nd round pick.
- Bryan :: Must be nice to play for a Canadian team and be overvalued as a result. Moore was awesome for the Rangers in 2005-06 and had a resurgence this year, but a 2nd round pick? Come on. Guerin only fetched a fifth-rounder for the Islanders. And if you don't think this trade wasn't at all influenced by the pompous Toronto media, I don't know what to tell you.

2:45 :: PHX gets Scottie Upshall and 2nd round pick. PHI gets Dan Carcillo
- Zach :: A steal for Phoenix? I loved Carcillo... last year. This year he has no edge and isn't contributing offensively.

1:59 :: PIT gets Bill Guerin. NYI gets Conditional Draft Pick.
- Bryan :: It doesn't matter what kind of pick the Islanders get back. It beats the alternative of not getting anything back for Guerin, a supposedly unhappy player who will probably walk at season's end anyway. Good pick-up for Pittsburgh, who needs something resembling all the role players who helped them get to the Cup Final last year.
- Bryan :: Scratch all that. The pick is a fifth-round pick that becomes a fourth-rounder if the Penguins make the playoffs and a third-rounder if they reach the second round. A far cry from the second-round pick we were all expecting. Great to get Guerin off the books and get something back, but this is a severe let-down.
- Zach :: I think they should've gotten a prospect instead, but what do I know.

1:33 :: BOS gets Mark Recchi, 2nd round pick. TBL gets D Matt Lashoff and F Martins Karsums.
- Zach :: Not just a rental for Recchi because of the 2010 pick they received. Lashoff definitely has potential and was probably the sticking point here for Tampa Bay.
- Bryan :: This is a tremendous trade for both teams. Boston gets better over the short term, but gets a second-rounder. Tampa Bay gets Lashoff, a great defensive prospect. This the kind of trade the Islanders should be making today, but for some reason, they aren't.

12:42 :: BOS gets D Steve Montador. ANA gets F Petteri Nokelainen.

12:40 :: CGY gets C Olli Jokinen, 3rd round pick. PHX gets C Matthew Lombardi, F Brandon Prust, 1st round pick
- Zach :: Jokinen was rumored for years to be traded from FLA and never was, now he's been traded twice in 9 months. Lombardi is good but no Jokinen, but Phoenix had to get what they could on this upcoming UFA. Good for both teams.

12: 13 :: Eric Reitz claimed off waivers by TOR.

12: 10 :: DAL claims C Brendan Morrison. TOR claims G Martin Gerber.
- Zach :: Dallas re-fills their Brendan M. quota. This helps them a lot.

12:07 :: BUF gets G Mikael Tellqvist. PHX gets 4th round pick.
- Bryan :: Pretty obvious one. Phoenix gets to rebuild yet again, while Buffalo gets a nice option until Ryan Miller returns, not to mention insurance should Miller get injured again.

11:49 :: CGY gets D Jordan Leopold. COL get 2nd round pick, D Lawrence Nycholat, and D Ryan Wilson.
- Zach :: Originally traded to Colorado for Alex Tanguay (2nd round picks also exchanged hands), Calgary gets him back. Leopold is an improvment on Nycholat, who they plucked off waivers yesterday. Very interesting, it's like they picked up a dollar off the ground and then bought something with it (as in they took someone they didn't used to have and then got a player for it, even after the Avs could've taken Nycholat).
- Bryan :: Nycholat was actually sent to Colorado as part of this trade, along with defensive prospect Ryan Wilson. Calgary still wins this trade, though, as Leopold was a huge part of their Cup Finals run in 2003-04.

10:57 :: BUF resigns F Tim Connolly to a 2-year, $9M deal.
- Bryan :: Tim Connolly has played 79 games since the start of the 2006-07 season and has 67 points in those games. Not a bad point-per-game ratio. But $4.5M per year for a player who doesn't even play half your games is a lot. This is a deal only Buffalo would sign. Sabres fans are tired of seeing their players walk away via free agency, so this is a bone thrown to them... but I'm sure they'd rather have Chris Drury, Daniel Briere, or Brian Campbell.

10:12 :: CBJ gets F Antoine Vermette. OTT gets G Pascal LeClaire and 2nd rounder
- Zach :: Good for both teams. LeClaire has been hurt and is irrelevant now that Steve Mason is the future in Columbus. Vermette hates playing in Ottawa and was almost traded this year, so he should help the Jackets immediately.

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