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.)
Well that put the dead in deadline. The biggest news during the 2010 NHL Trade Deadlineageddon was who wasn't going to move: Dan Hamhuis(notes), Sheldon Souray(notes), Tomas Kaberle(notes), Ray Whitney(notes). The biggest moves were made before the Olympics -- like the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) and Dion Phaneuf(notes) deals -- leaving trade deadline day for a collection of role players, draft picks and near-busts changing sides.
Maybe the networks doing round-the-clock coverage on the NHL trade deadline can find one in Al Capone's vault ...
We'll update here with any late trades, and offer our report card later. Right now, TSN is going over trades that happened roughly a month ago and counting them as "Deadline Trades." Which is like saying that Newark, N.J., has lovely beaches because it's an hour and a half away from the shore.
3:48 p.m. EST. The Edmonton Oilers were surprisingly quiet all day and late word has it that they've dealt Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) to the Anaheim Ducks for Ryan Whitney(notes). Anaheim's blue line just got a bit more offensive with Visnovsky, who has two more years left on his contract with a $5.6 million cap hit per season. Whitney, who has struggled since he left Pittsburgh a year ago, has three more seasons on his deal at a $4 million cap hit.
Unless Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is still stuck in the trade call queue at the moment, this appears to be it for Edmonton. The news of Sheldon Souray's hand infection will likely keep him out for the rest of the season really hindered Tambellini at making a bigger splash. One Milbury for this one.
3:10 p.m. EST. The Washington Capitals made an interesting move to end their day: Brian Pothier(notes) and Oskar Osala(notes) for Joe Corvo(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes. He's a better puck-mover than Pothier and will help on the power play. Pothier's been on the brink for a while, never having recovered after a massive rehab from a concussion and become superfluous after the acquisition of Tom Poti(notes).
Corvo isn't want they needed on the blue line, but he's an upgrade in talent. Two Milburys.