March 03, 2010
(Ed. Note: We're live blogging every hour of the NHL trade deadline until its completion at 3 p.m. EST. Older time-stamped entries are found at the end of the post. Visit here for a primer on our Milbury Scale for rating trades.)
10:45 p.m. EST: (LEAHY) We get our first deal of the day as the Boston Bruins have dealt defenseman Derek Morris(notes) to the Phoenix Coyotes for a fourth-round pick in 2011. It's the second tour of duty in Phoenix for Morris, who was signed by the Bruins to a one-year, $3.3 million deal over the summer. Isn't it nice to see the
NHL Coyotes be buyers at the trade deadline for a change?
Both teams are helped here. The deal opens up cap space for Boston GM Peter Chiarelli for a possible move later today and Phoenix adds depth with a veteran defenseman as they continue their push for a playoff spot.
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10:29 p.m. EST: (LEAHY) There won't be a big name acquisition in Detroit today with their salary cap situation, but that's fine for Ken Holland and company. Getting Johan Franzen(notes), Andreas Lilja(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) back healthy are acquisitions that won't cost the Red Wings draft picks. Sitting eighth in the West with 20 games to go, Detroit now becomes one of the dangerous teams as we head toward the playoffs. If they finish as one of the 5-8 seeds, you can bet the top teams like San Jose, Chicago and Vancouver will be very scared of facing them in the first round.
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10:22 p.m. EST: Our first bit of trade deadline-instigated hilarity today, as Michael Russo of the Star Tribune tweets "Robbie Earl on his way to Calgary" with regard to the Minnesota Wild AHL player. As in "called up to the Wild, who plays in Calgary."
Naturally, this Twitter news was quickly turned around by "insiders" as being a trade. Which it wasn't. Which makes this the kind of thing we'll see about 10,000 times before the end of the day.
Best news of the morning with regard to a possible blockbuster: Darren Dreger of TSN reports that Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray(notes) "has softened ... won't go to a Canadian team, but will waive for 19 other teams."
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10:05 a.m. EST: Good stuff from Miami Herald Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards on their deadline plan:
But that's because I believe Randy and Cliff and Stu when they say they want to build for the future and want to get top assets. I don't think they can get the top assets for Vokoun today. But they could dump a big chunk of their payroll by trading Vokoun. And with the team losing money almost as quickly as they are losing games, that fact cannot be discounted.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun said the interest in Vokoun has been "moderate," which we guess is to say somewhere between Hockey Barney Frank and Hockey Tea Baggers.
Tim Panaccio of Comcast Sports Net has been on the Philadelphia Flyers goalie hunt for the last 24 hours, and reports that Scott Hartnell(notes), Simon Gagne(notes) or Scott Hartnell would have to waive their no-trade clauses to open up space for Vokoun.