- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy31 mins ago
The St. Louis Blues needed to find a veteran defensive defenseman for the blueline. The Arizona Coyotes had one in shot-blocking specialist Zbynek Michalek. The problem was, he’s damaged goods.
GM Doug Armstrong was willing to take the chance. The Blues traded forward 19-year-old Maxim Letunov for Michalek and a conditional third-round pick. Michalek hasn’t played since Feb. 14 due to an “upper body injury” that sounds like a concussion.
According to Bob McKenzie, there's a condition on the pick on whether or not Michalek plays this season.
“He’s well on the road to recovery and there is significant interest in his services,” said GM Don Maloney on his conference call on Sunday night, and there was.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy39 mins ago
12:25 p.m. ET: Bob Hartley was on his phone during Flames morning skate at Philadelphia. This is an image you never see in general. I can't remember the last time I saw a coach bring his cell on the ice. But it is trade deadline day. Here is the photo courtesy of TSN's Jermain Franklin. Looks like Bob isn't ordering pizza.
12:13 p.m. ET: Sportsnet's Sean Reynolds just said that while trade deadline is like Christmas for most hockey fans, it has been like Hanukkah for the Jets. The reference having to do with the fact that the Jets have been picking up players long before the deadline -- kind of like the eight nights of Hanukkah instead of the one big day like Christmas? Gotta give kudos to Reynolds for having some fun with deadline day and making an out-there comment that made sense and was humorous -- especially during a slow, slow day in regards to major trades.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
11:49 a.m. ET: There are no trades going on at the moment. So Sportsnet currently has Nick Kypreos, Glenn Healy and Neil Smith reminiscing about the 1994 trade deadline where the Rangers acquired Stephane Matteau, Brian Noonan and Glenn Anderson and others. This feels like a frat reunion. Also Smith recalls a story of how when he traded Todd Marchant for Craig MacTavish, then Oilers GM Glen Sather didn't realize that Marchant was short. Ha! Also, friend of the program Jeff Marek is being one heck of a moderator.
11:36 a.m. ET: Trade target Chris Stewart is on the ice for the Buffalo Sabres for their practice in Tampa. Will he be yanked off? Will he complete the practice? Anything is possible on trade deadline day!
11:14 a.m. ET: So this happened at Penguins practice today:
Crosby has left the ice at Southpointe. Not sure if he will return for 11:30 practice
Not that we thnk Crosby is getting traded, but that's an interesting situation to note on deadline day.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Today is the trade deadline and there's probably not a lot that's going to happen. Most of the big names are already off the board, and the price to acquire those remaining might be so prohibitive that contending teams largely avoid getting involved in bidding for them.
But one thing you're going to hear a lot today, and have heard for much of the last week, is that, “The price for [Player X] is too high.” Which is something I wonder about a lot. What constitutes “too high?”
Here's a quick example from the weekend: Saturday night it was announced that the Blackhawks traded for Antoine Vermette, giving up up their first-round pick this year and D prospect Klas Dahlbeck to do it.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It’s been more like NHL Trade Deadline Week rather than Day, huh? All the excitement has occurred in the days leading up to today’s 2 p.m. ET deadline. Who knows what kind of action we’ll see over the next few hours, but the excitement sure seems to have been sucked out of today.
While you either sit at home skipping work or school or are slacking off at work or school waiting to see who’s moving where, we felt like injecting your day with a bit more fun by bringing back out world famous drinking games.
We hope this helps and please do add your own submissions in the comments. We suspect that'll be more fun than these next several hours.
Take One Drink When ...
• Any trade is announced.
• Anyone on the TSN or Sportsnet panels looks down at their Blackberrys for more than a 5-second count.
• A player acquired is called "the last piece of the championship puzzle."
• The phrase "what we're hearing" or "according to sources" is uttered.
• They throw to reporter on location in a Canadian city.
• Tim Murray, Peter Chiarelli, Dave Nonis or Ron Hextall are mentioned.
• The phrases "Buyers" and/or "Sellers" are used.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
10:50 a.m. ET: Minor deal involving Tim Murray and the Sabres: pending RFA winger Bryan Flynn heads to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick, according to Bob McKenzie.
Back on the Phaneuf front, The Hockey News' Ken Campbell reports that Brendan Smith may be a sticking point in any deal involving the Red Wings.
10:35 a.m. ET: DRINK!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Jeff Petry of the Edmonton Oilers is one of those players whose name becomes three sizes too large at the trade deadline as a defenseman with an expiring contract. Seriously, how much mind have you paid Petry before the last few weeks? Edmonton excluded.
But Petry’s a solid stay-at-home type, and his contract is off the books after this season. Add in the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers have added significantly to their defenses, and the Montreal Canadiens decided to make a move for Petry.
The Habs traded a second-round pick and a conditional fifth rounder for Petry. The fifth becomes a fourth-rounder if Montreal makes the second round; it becomes a third if they make the conference finals.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 2, a.k.a. today. Does that mean Steve Yzerman and Ron Hextall can’t pull off a trade at 2 a.m. that stuns everyone as they reach for their morning coffee (or settle in for the night on the west coast)? Apparently not.
Many big names have moved, but some surprises no doubt remain.
The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Trade Deadline's rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the day for quick chats.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
It's 2:00am on the East Coast on what's now officially trade deadline day. Do you know where your favorite team's players are?
Well, if you don't, then you might want to look in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, and/or Tampa Bay because all three teams were involved in late night trades. Tampa Bay was the catalyst for two separate, yet significant deals.
Let's start with the first deal to go down: Tampa Bay trades forward Brett Connolly to Boston for a second round pick in both the 2015 and 2016 drafts.
Boston needs a jump start to their at times stagnant offense. They're hoping Connolly can provide that; however, it's not like Connolly was tearing up the Lightning this season. He's got 12 goals and 3 assists in 50 games played. Now that's at the NHL level. Prior to this year, Connolly spent two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) where he racked up 120-points in 137 games played. The potential is there, but can Claude Julien bring it out of him?
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks had no business winning the game against Dallas. After the first period, Anaheim played sloppy, while the Stars turned it up. Gibson faced 40 shots and stopped all but one of them in the 3-1 win. Here's Gibson making a desperation move to rob Vern Fiddler of a sure goal:
No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Just another 3-point night for Geno. Including Sunday's 5-2 victory against Columbus, he's scored 9-points over his last 3 games. For his second goal of the evening, Malkin connected on a tic-tac-toe feed from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang on the power play.
No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin appears to have been reinvigorated under Barry Trotz. Sure he's still putting up numbers like before, but he's back to having more fun on the ice. In Washington's 4-0 beat down of the Maple Leafs, Ovi scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season. Here's the 40th - scored 33-seconds into the game - with a not-so-slick-but-totally-Ovi-like celebration: