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Friday, April 5, 2013

Puckmania: Trade Deadline Special

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Puckmania: Trade Deadline Special
By Wild on Sports NHL Analyst Josh Tarr

Christmas in April has passed for us Hockey fans. This years trade deadline, as always, was full of game changing deals that will make or break the chances of a Stanley Cup run. Here is my top three for buyers, sellers and duds at the trade deadline this season.

3: Minnesota Wild: Any time you pick up a player of Jason Pominville’s caliber, you got to assume that you’ve taken a step in the right direction. It might have come at a steep price, but now you have to assume the Minnesota Wild will be in the playoffs for a long time, partially thanks to that deal.

2: Pittsburgh Penguins: Iginla, Murray, Morrow and Jokinen. Those would be marquee players on a team even without Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Fleury, Letang and others. The one downside for Pittsburgh may be their lack of draft picks next season.

1: Columbus Blue Jackets: Never, and I mean NEVER, would I have ever dreamed of putting the Blue Jackets as deadline winners, but by gosh they are. I’m completely puzzled about the prospect of trading Marian Gaborik. In one game with Columbus, he has an assist and a game winning goal. Watch out for this team in the playoffs.

3: Dallas Stars: Somehow this team is still in the playoff bubble. The stars unloaded three of their biggest players this year (Ryder, Morrow and Jagr).

2: Buffalo Sabres: The Physical approach for this Buffalo Sabres team just did not work as planned, and it is obviously time to rebuild. Regehr, Leipold and Pominville are now gone but at least they will have plenty of high draft picks to work with this and next year.

1: Calgary Flames: Ah, my favorite team to pick on. A lot of GM’s agree with me too. Iginla, Bouwmeester, Comeau are gone and Kipprusoff basically told management he will ride his contract out and retire at the end of this year instead of allowing a trade and potentially helping his team. How in the world does Jay Feaster still have a job?

3: New York Islanders: I am pretty surprised that a team who is so desperate to make a playoff bid such as the Islanders didn’t make any moves at the deadline. Make no mistake, I truly believe JT will push New York into a surprisingly deep playoff run.

2: Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens always seem to be busy at this time of year but only made one very minor deal after acquiring Michael Ryder a few weeks back. It’s my personal belief that they we’re in the hunt for Jaromir Jagr, but Dallas Stars head of Personel Mark Recchi swayed him to accept a deal to Boston.

1: Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago made one trade at the deadline, but it was a minor league swap with Boston. Despite the fact that Chicago should of probably bolstered their lineup at the deadline, one might wonder how that’s even possible.

Incase you miss it, here are all of the trades that went down between April 2nd and 3rd:

TB: F Adam Hall
7th rd pick (2013)
CAR: D Marc-Andre Bergeron

Definitely a positive addition for the Hurricanes blue line for a low price. This trade proves that Steve Yzerman probably shouldn’t be running the show for any hockey team.

DAL: D Brandon Gaunce
COL: F Tomas Vincour

Basically a swap for prospects who haven’t been playing to their full potential. I’m not too surprised either team believes that this trade actually improves their depth chart.

TB: F Phillipe Paradis
CHI: D Kirill Gotovets (Rights)

Tampa receives a minor leaguer that bounces around from team to team, not much of a key addition. I had to do some research on Gotovets, he’s a 2009 7th round pick and a Cornell product. He is considered an ‘offensive defenseman’ even though his numbers don’t show for it. He has a very hard slap shot but lacks physique.

VAN: F Derek Roy
DAL: D Kevin Connauton
2nd Rd pick (2013)

I think a lot of people in Vancouver are giving Gillies some praise for once this year. This trade does about as good of a job filling the void of Kesler as possible. Connauton may serve as a good 7th defenseman for Dallas this year and there’s no questioning that a mid-late 2nd round pick can still provide a fantastic hockey player down the road.

BOS: F Jaromir Jagr
DAL: F Lane Macdermid
F Cody Payne
2nd rd pick (2013(turns to 1st if BOS makes ECF))

This trade compensates Boston for the (almost) Iginla deal, and will help bolster the Bruins abysmal power play. It may also pick up the speed of the Bruins game. Make no mistake though, Lane Macdermid is an extremely physical forward and Dallas will prove to be a good destination for the young forward who has spent most of the season on the Bruins bench. Not to mention the high draft pick the Stars received in this deal.

NYR: F Ryan Clowe
SJ: 2013-14 2nd rd picks
2013 3rd rd pick

Uh… A little bit awe struck that the Rangers would give up so many high draft picks for a guy who has produced virtually nothing all season long. The Rangers are in trouble and this trade, any way you look at it, does not help their woes. The sharks keep dumping players and find ways to win when it matters most. It’s as simple as that.

BOS: F Rob Flick
CHI: F Max Sauve

Another deal involving two minor leaguers, although Sauve may be closer to an NHL roster spot. Sauve has more offensive abilities of the two and Flick has a much heavier physical aspect to his game.

EDM: F Jerred Smithson
FLA: 4th rd pick (2013)

The only part of this deal that humors me is that Smithson had a baby born in Miami less than 24 hours ago and now has to move to Edmonton… Poor kid.

SJ: D Scott Hannan
NSH: Conditional 7th rd pick

If this trade were made in 2008, it would be catastrophically one-sided. In 2013, this is the kind of deal where you can just shrug your head and accept the fact that this deal is pretty even for both teams.

PIT: F Jussi Jokinen
CAR: Conditional 7th rd pick

Hey Pittsburgh, you could’ve picked up Jokinen a couple of days ago on the waiver wire for NOTHING. But I guess that’s the next best thing.

TB: G Ben Bishop
OTT: F Cory Conacher
4th rd pick (2013)

Not surprised Yzerman fished for a young goalie. Extremely surprised to see such a good rookie on the move in Conacher.

PHI: G Steve Mason
CBJ: G Michael Leighton
3rd rd pick (2013)

If Steve Mason wasn’t good in Columbus, he won’t be any better in Philadelphia. This is an all around bad trade for the Flyers when you consider they gave up the better goalie along with a 3rd rounder.

MIN: F Jason Pominville
BUF: F Johan Larsson
G Matt Hackett
1st rd pick (2013)
2nd rd pick (2014)

Minnesota’s lineup just got a lot more impressive. If they believe their roster will take them deep into the playoffs, then that might justify giving up two high draft picks for Pominville.

CBJ: F Marian Gaborik
D Blake Parlett
D Steve Delisle
NYR: F Derrick Brassard
F Derek Dorsett
D John Moore
6th rd pick (2013)

When the Rick Nash trade went down, I thought the Rangers won the deal in a landslide. That wasn’t necessarily the case. This time around, I don’t think there will be any question that Columbus got the better return.

CBJ: F Blake Comeau
CGY: 5TH rd pick (2013)

Somehow I think a 5th round pick is too low of a price for Blake Comeau. I am very sorry for all you Calgary Flames fans. When Jay Feaster finally gets fired, give this guy a chance. points thumbs to self

SJ: F Raffi Torres
PHX: 3rd rd pick (2013)

Are the Sharks buyers or sellers this year? Whatever they’re doing, it’s sure as hell working.

WSH: F Martin Erat
F Michael Latta
NSH: F Filip Forsberg

Despite the fact that Forsberg is regarded as a top prospect, I really do believe the Capitals got the better end of the deal. Erat is a quality forward that the Capitals will benefit from having in the short term.

BOS: D Wade Redden
STL: 7th rd pick (2014)

This is an interesting defensive pick up by Boston, who seriously needed to make a move to improve their blue line. Chiarelli was working in Ottawa when Chara and Redden were paired together in 2006, but I don’t believe we’ll be seeing that pair unless Redden seriously improves his game.

COL: 4th rd pick (2014)
TOR: F Ryan O’Byrne

For a team who hasn’t made the playoffs in two lockouts, this isn’t the kind of ‘improvement’ I’d assume Toronto was going to make at the deadline.


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