February 26, 2008

NHL Trade Deadline Aftermath Thread:: Hossa to Phoenix! Hossa to Pittsburgh! Huet to Washington! Leafs dump everyone without a no-trade clause for draft picks! Minnesota now consists entirely of goons! The Ducks get better! The Panthers give up!

posted by chicobangs to gametime at 03:02 PM - 32 comments

Ottawa doesn't unload either of their virtual #1 goalies! Fedorov is a Capital! I didn't even know he was still alive! Personally, I was hoping the Leafs would load up on draft picks, and so I'm happy with today's festivities.

posted by chicobangs at 03:04 PM on February 26, 2008

...or should this discussion be out front?

posted by chicobangs at 03:12 PM on February 26, 2008

Ottawa misses the playoffs! On the plus side, Roll Up The Rim has started!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:16 PM on February 26, 2008

I was hoping the Blues could get a backup goalie. Who was available, chico? Grahmme and Emery? I'm interested to see if Carey Price works out in Montreal. And will Huet get time in Washington? (He's on my fantasy team.)

posted by BoKnows at 03:34 PM on February 26, 2008

Front page worthy, no?

posted by mkn at 03:38 PM on February 26, 2008

Minnesota fans are very, very upset today. The Wild desperately needed a center, and instead we get Simon. But, for a team that was out-muscled by Calgary this week, and Anaheim in last years playoffs, having some extra punch might be a good thing.

posted by emoeby at 03:41 PM on February 26, 2008

The Crystalball Huet trade is a huge shock to me, it seemes like he was the future of the Canadians. Nice move by Dallas, picking up Richards and not giving up too much. Just because he was having an off year and his upcoming free agency they were able to get a sweet deal.

posted by HATER 187 at 03:41 PM on February 26, 2008

Lou did exactly what I hoped he would do, nothing. Well he did trade Cam Janssen but I'm not going to miss him. And every team could use nine defenseman this time of the year. Right? Thanks, Chico. I don't care what page this thread is on, as long as it exists.

posted by MrFrisby at 03:51 PM on February 26, 2008

Grahmme and Emery? I meant Gerber and Emery. MrFrisby, You're getting a solid blueliner in Salvador. He's been a favorite in St. Louis for years. He doesn't score much, but his +/- was always good, even on a Blues team that has been through the ringer. I hope he gets time in NJ, he'll impress for sure, especially knowing you gave up just Janssen in the swap. As far as Janssen is concerned, I'm not sure. He's a native St. Louisian, but the Blues already have a tough guy in DJ King.

posted by BoKnows at 04:15 PM on February 26, 2008

I'm with you Mr. Frisby. Can't hurt to have another blueliner with some experience, especially when you look at Colin White's aches and pains, but why not leave well enough alone? There isn't a team in the league right now playing better hockey (by that I mean winning games) than the Devs, and it seems to be coming largely from chemistry. There isn't a single marquee player outside the crease on that team, yet they just took over tops in the East from loaded teams like the Senators and Penguins. That success coming with Janssen a healthy scratch most nights, so, no big loss. Strikes me as a character trade similar to the Grant Marshall one in '03, and we all know where that went!

posted by tahoemoj at 05:27 PM on February 26, 2008

Oh, yeah, and thanks a bunch for the post, chico. I was so busy burning CD's, I forgot all about the trade deadline!

posted by tahoemoj at 05:28 PM on February 26, 2008

From the looks of it the only move the Wings made was to accquire Brad Stuart. They are in serious need of depth at defense though, especially with Kronwall, Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Chelios all injured (geez that is painful to look at). Hopefully it can give the Wings a spark, however small it may be. Anything to get them out of a 1-7-1 slump. As for the other moves, the Richards accquisition by the Stars was a good move. Richards is a skilled center who will definitely improve the Stars. Losing Mike Smith doesn't hurt the Stars either as they recieved Johan Holmqvist who will give them some goaltending depth for the playoffs. The Hossa trade makes the Penguins offense scary. Yes Crosby and Malkin are both centers but there is not a team in the league who would want to see Crosby, Malkin, and Hossa on the ice at the same time. Not to mention one of the league's best offensive defensemen in Sergei Gonchar.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:17 PM on February 26, 2008

The Penguins look to be going for broke with that Hossa trade. Colby Armstrong is one one of those pesky SOB's that you hate (and I do hate him with the fire of a thousand suns) unless he's on your team, add some Esposito blood and a first round pick in this years draft, just seems like an awful lot to give up for a rental. Their offense was scary enough already, they should have beefed up their defense, and I just don't see Hal Gill as the final piece to that puzzle.

posted by MrFrisby at 06:46 PM on February 26, 2008

Stuart should help out immensely. As of Sun. night, the most experienced blue liner on the ice for the Wings was Lilja with something like 350 games under his belt. Tough with 5,000+ in street clothes.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:27 PM on February 26, 2008

I'm still trying to figure out the Huet trade. Do the Habs have some super stud in their farm system just waiting to take over? And I take it that Kolzig is playing his last season with the Caps? I'm still turning over the Andrew Ladd for Tuomo Ruutu trade in my mind. Ladd was going to be the 'Canes' power forward, camping in front of the net. However, whenever he did that, he got hurt. At the same time, he was really starting to find his game over the past month or so. On the other hand, the 'Canes got a two-way forward that can play both the left wing and center positions. Ruutu's got a bit of a snarl to his game as well, so that's nice. Ruutu is only a few years older than Ladd, so it's almost a wash when it comes to age. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised that Erik Cole is still a Hurricane. I really, really thought he was going to go straight up for a defenseman or a goalie (to back up Cam Ward). I'm happy he's still a 'Cane though. I love his speed and how he crashes into every loving thing within his own zip code.

posted by NoMich at 08:32 PM on February 26, 2008

Doesn't Hossa disappear during the playoffs? And if offense really the issue the Pens needed to address? They paid a high price considering those questions. Has Forsberg really helped anyone lately? I remember dreading his move to Philly, but they ended up picking 3rd in the draft. I still consider him one of the best players of the last decade, but he hasn't live up to hype following his last few moves. For those that haven't seen it, here is Cliff Fletcher giving his players both barrels as he recaps the deadline from the Leaf front office perspective. His response to the McCabe question is particularly pointed. I'm glad the Rangers didn't part with any of their needed youth. That's the most important thing to me. Montoya was obviously expendable, and apparently hadn't been playing too well anyway. And The Other Hossa's upside is limited. No real loss there. I like picking up a draft pick and Sjostrom seems like he has decent potential. Christian Backman, on the other hand, I'm worried about. Defensemen with size who hate body contact don't do well in MSG (see Poti, Tom & Malik, Marek). Ugh.

posted by 86 at 09:02 PM on February 26, 2008

In my protection league pool, I had Armstrong, Christensen and Esposito. I picked them to complement my Crosby selection from a couple of years ago. I figured that getting as many young Penguins as possible would help when they all mature into a scoring dynamo. Whoops. Do the Habs have some super stud in their farm system just waiting to take over? Carey Price is now the starting goaltender for the Habs, and he's the real deal. I think it was a bad deal for a team in the running for a long playoff haul to deal one of their starting goalies, but if they have that much faith in Price, it's a great deal for them.

posted by grum@work at 09:29 PM on February 26, 2008

Thanks for the Montreal goalie situation, grum.

posted by NoMich at 09:32 PM on February 26, 2008

I thought Montreal could've gotten more for Huet. He has better numbers this year than Olaf Kolzig. I also see Carey Price as the future for the Habs, but Huet was worth more than a 2nd round 2009 pick.

posted by BoKnows at 09:48 PM on February 26, 2008

I'm a little disappointed by the Richards deal. The Big Three in Tampa are now no more, and the Lightning lost a great center. However, they picked up some talent that can MAYBE put them back in the running next year. Of course, they do play in the Southeast, so anything is possible.

posted by boredom_08 at 09:22 AM on February 27, 2008

I think San Jose did okay getting a top defender from the Sabres for a young forward who wasn't really living up to his promise. Los Tiburones have been losing too many games to late goals, this should be a big help.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:16 PM on February 27, 2008

Ottawa makes a three-way trade between their front office, their coaching staff, and the unemployment bureau. Off to get Roll Up The Rim!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:50 PM on February 27, 2008

Tuomo Ruutu got a visit from the Eastern Conference welcome wagon last night:

posted by NoMich at 08:56 PM on February 27, 2008

Holy fuck, Batman! Did Elias have a razor blade on the toe of his stick or something?

posted by MrFrisby at 09:16 PM on February 27, 2008

I like how Tuomo still has a shit-eating grin. Goddamn Finns.

posted by NoMich at 08:49 AM on February 28, 2008

I hate it when that happens.

posted by MrFrisby at 08:43 PM on February 28, 2008


posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:49 PM on February 28, 2008

Hossa's only supposed to be out for a week, no big deal.

posted by fabulon7 at 08:03 AM on February 29, 2008

Mr. Ruutu got another visit from the Eastern Conference welcome wagon the other night:

posted by NoMich at 08:03 AM on March 01, 2008

Looks like Roszival got the worst the of it. I think that was the elbowing/charging/interference call that wasn't made.

posted by goddam at 09:46 AM on March 01, 2008

The bald guy is making a hilarious face.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:54 AM on March 01, 2008

He's not really smiling, that's just gas.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:11 PM on March 01, 2008

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