Good morning everyone and welcome to the carnage that is Trade Deadline 07-08. Now on to the latest trades that have happened. This will be edited and updated as the day goes on with analysis from some of the best The NHL Arena has to offer.
TRADES AND SIGNINGS THAT HAPPENED TODAY!!
— Mike Comrie resigned 1 year…4 million with the Isles.
— Actual Trade: Bryce Salvador to New Jersey and Cam Janssen goes to St. Louis.
— Wade Belak goes to Florida for a 5th round 08 draft pick.
— Defenseman Brian Campbell to San Jose for Steve Bernier and a 2008 first round pick.
— Brad Richards goes to Dallas…also going with him will be goalie Johan Holmqvist…Tampa gets goalie Mike Smith, center Jeff Halpern and winger Jussi Jokinen and a 4th round pick.
— Goalie Cristobal Huet has been traded to Washington for a second round pick in the 09 draft.
— Andrew Ladd has been traded from the Canes to the Blackhawks for Tuomo Ruutu.
— The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Ruslan Salei from the Panthers for Karlis Skrastins and a third round pick.
— Chicago has moved Martin Lapointe to Ottawa….Chicago return a 6th round 2008 pick.
— Colorado acquires Adam Foote from Columbus…for a first round conditional pick and more.
— Sergei Fedorov has been traded to Washington…..for defenseman Ted Ruth.
— Rob Davison has been traded to the Isles from the Sharks for a 7th round pick in 08.
— Washington traded Matt Pettinger for Vancouver’s Matt Cooke.
— Toronto trades Hall Gill to the Pens….. for a 2nd rounder and 5th rounder in 09.
— Backman to the New York Rangers….Blues get a 4th rounder in return.
— WOW! The big one. Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Pens….for Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito, and a first round 2008 pick.
— Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a 6th round pick.
— Brad Stuart has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings…Kings get back a 2nd and 4th rounder.
— Chad Kilger has been traded to Florida for a third round draft pick.
— Sjostrom, Leneveau and Josh Gratton going to the New York Rangers for Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa.
— Marc-Andre Bergeron has been traded to the Ducks for a 3rd round pick.
— JS Aubin has been traded for a 7th round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks.
— Joe Motzko has been traded from the Thrashers to the Caps for Alexandre Giroux.
— Jan Hlavac was moved to Nashville for a 7th round pick.
— Brandon Bochenski traded to Nashville for future considerations.
— Anaheim acquired Jay Leach from Tampa in exchange for Brandon Segal and a 2008 7th round pick.
ANALYSIS OF TRADES:
— Devils bolster their defensive depth with stay at home defenseman Salvador while Janssen goes home to St. Louis to add some grit to the Blues lineup.
— Florida finally gets a fighter that they need to add some physicality to the mix.
— Campbell does indeed get dealt and the San Jose blue line gets that much stronger with a QB on the Power Play. Buffalo gets a good forward with upside and a much coveted first rounder in this year’s draft.
— Dallas gets the center of attention they feel they need and a decent backup in Holmqvist…they do give up on Smith and Jokinen though. But you have to give to get something in the trade deadline.
— This is a precursor for bigger things in Montreal but you have to give major points for Washington in securing a #1 netminder with very good upside. And they only gave up a second rounder to boot.
— Carolina wanted more grit well they got it and Ladd provides Chicago with a little punch.
— The Avs get bigger on defense but they do get a little slower while the Panthers make a pretty smart trade in getting a vet like Skrastins.
— Ottawa gets a little stingier with Lapointe and for next to nothing…not bad.
— Colorado gets the old boys together as Foote helps them out on the defensive end….but pays for it with a conditional first rounder. An 08 if Avs make playoffs and an 09 if they don’t…plus Columbus gets another pick if Foote resigns with Avs…not as good of a move as it first looked to be.
— Fedorov provides a bit of veteran leadership to Washington as they try to win the Southeast…and trade not much for him.
— Isles needed defenseman help….and get a bit here. Just some depth to help the injuries mounting on the D side.
— Cooke provides the Caps with a little grit…it makes me wonder why the Canucks would do such a deal.
— The Pens get a big physical d-man but for a couple picks…a curious price to say the least but he will help in his own end.
— Rangers get a pretty good one with some upside….and the Blues get a decent pick.
— The Pens make 2 trades..the second one being an even bigger risk than the first one will be interesting one way or the other for Shero. Hossa will provide them with undeniable offensive punch…but trading away some of these character guys may hurt the Pens in the long run. A very curious move and if you are Montreal, why trade Huet now? But that is second guessing.
— Why Minnesota why? That is all I will say. I do not get it at all.
— Stuart gives the Wings some much needed defensive depth given all the injuries the Wings have sustained.
— A bit of a curious move for a third rounder but Florida does get a pretty good vet.
— Maloney had to give up a bit to get Montoya…hopefully he thinks it is worth it because I think Sjostrom could be pretty darn good.
— Isles did not like Bergeron of late but maybe the Ducks can turn him around…Bergeron will help some on the Power Play.
— I don’t get this one at all Burke….I just don’t.
— Another trade that seemed just a trade for trade’s sake.
— Hlavac will help the Preds just a little bit but the Preds seemed content to stay out of the fray on this trade deadline.
— I guess Bochenski was just interchangeable parts for Burke.
— Burke was too busy talking to TSN to realize the trade needed to go in or….the people at the NHL office went out for dinner.