When the smoke cleared today on NHL’s trading deadline there had been 22 trades made. Several high profile players were sent from bottom feeders to teams who were gearing up for a run to the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps the biggest news, though, were the players who stayed with their original teams to finish out the year.Calgary made the biggest splash on the day, acquiring Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold in separate deals. Jokinen immediately adds some scoring depth for the Flames, who are currently third in the Western Conference. Jokinen has 21 goals and 21 assists on the year.
The New York Rangers also swung some deals at the end of the day. They acquired both Nik Antropov from Toronto and Derek Morris from Phoenix right before the 2 PM CST deadline.
Pittsburgh got Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick and Mark Recchi is headed to Boston from Tampa Bay.
To me, the bigger story was the players who weren’t traded. Chris Pronger will play his next game as an Anaheim Duck and Jay Bouwmeester will end the year with the Panthers. Pronger was rumored to be sought after by the New Jersey Devils and the St. Louis Blues. In the end, the asking price was too high. Earlier today, it was believed that the Vancouver Canucks had a deal in place for Bouwmeester, but it fell through in the end.
In the end, teams like the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, and Detroit Red Wings pulled off no deals at all. It seemed like teams were very unwilling to take on any extra salary during the economic times.
All in all, it was a low-key deadline day, I think. The only team that got significantly better was the Calgary Flames. The Phoenix Coyotes, on the other hand, were the only team within a shouting distance of the playoffs who waved the white flag.
Keep an eye on the Western Conference standings down the stretch. Only 9 points separate spots 6 through 12. It’s going to be a wild finish.
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