- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr 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 Daddy1 hr 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 Daddy1 hr 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 Daddy1 hr 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 Daddy3 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 Daddy7 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 Daddy8 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:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
New York Rangers GM Glen Sather decided to keep churning out the moves on the eve of the trade deadline. Just a few hours earlier, Sather pulled off a deal that brought defenseman Keith Yandle to the Big Apple. He followed up with two more trades.
The first sent Rangers forward Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg in exchange for AHL forward Carl Klingberg. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been so active during the trade deadline that he made this deal during his team's game against the LA Kings.
Klingberg, 24, has spent much of his career with the St. John's Ice Caps after being selected by the then-Atlanta Thrashers in the second round of the 2009 draft. He has 12 games of NHL experience over four seasons with exactly one goal scored during that time. His impact is made with the AHL team. In 256 regular season games played, he has 133 points. After his entry level deal expired this past off-season, he signed a 1-year contract with Winnipeg for a $650,000 cap hit.Mon, Mar 27:00 PM ESTNashville at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney doesn’t call what his team is enduring a “rebuild.”
He calls it a “reset.”
Rebuilds tear things down, and it takes years and years to build them back up. Resets are more of a quick push, even if the reboot also takes some time to take hold.
Maloney has traded away his two top scorers in the last two days in Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks and Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers. He’s amassed two first-round picks, a solid defensive prospect in Klas Dahlbeck and a blue-chip offensive prospect in Anthony Duclair. Combined with a high lottery pick for his team's struggles, and the Coyotes are in a potentially great position.
“It fast-tracks us back to respectability,” he said. “The one benefit of having such a miserable season is that there’s a pretty big reward being a bad team this season, at the top of the draft. We know that.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill knows the Detroit Red Wings quite well. He knows their general manager quite well. So Stars fans, in theory, should take a measure of solace in knowing that the two prospects Dallas is receiving in exchange for Erik Cole are ones their general manager is confident will blossom.
The Wings sent Mattias Backman, a defense prospect who quit Grand Rapids to go back home to Sweden this season, along with forward Mattias Jarnmark, a third-round pick from 2013, and a second-round pick to Dallas in exchange for Cole and and a third-round pick that reverts to Dallas if the Wings make it to the Eastern Conference Final this spring.
Cole, 36, is in the last year of a contract making $4 million this season. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, he adds size to the Wings' forward corps, and buys them some leeway should any of their young players be as quiet as they were in last year's very brief playoff run.
Mike Heika notes that Nill drafted Backman and was influential in scheming out the draft in which they took Janmark-Nylen.