3:35 p.m. ET: The Bruins have traded defenseman Jordan Caron to the Avalanche for Max Talbot. Sort of a minor move in general for both teams. Boston was done with Caron, and the Avalanche needed some defense depth. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to feel the desire to get a playoff-tested gritty forward like Talbot, who has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. 3:20 p.m. ET: Sven Baertschi goes from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick, according to TSN. The 22-year old Swiss forward has spent most of this season in the AHL where he's scored eight goals and recorded 21 points in 34 games. He'll reunited with Travis Green, who coached him in Portland. The move won't make Flames Nation happy, as Baertschi showed tremendous scoring ability in junior and is still young. It feels like Calgary is giving up on the forward, feeling he's moved in the wrong direction on their organizational depth chart. UPDATE : Trevling told reporters that Baertschi was unhappy with his role and had asked to be traded, citing his unwillingness to re-sign with the organization. 3:10 p.m. ET: The deals keep trickling through: Torrey Mitchell and Joey MacDonald head to the Montreal Canadiens in separate deals. The Pittsburgh Penguins re-acquire Ben Lovejoy from the Anaheim Ducks for Simon Despres. Both players are signed through next season. You might remember Lovejoy from his grossly-swollen face on 24/7 :
Former NHL coach Ron Wilson was a panelist on TSN’s NHL Trade Deadline coverage, and dropped a bomb during a discussion of teams throwing their seasons for high draft picks: While coaching in the NHL, he was asked by a former general manager to tank. Which team and general manager? Wilson left a trail of breadcrumbs that would make Hansel and Gretel blush. The clues: - It was a team that was a former Stanley Cup finalist. The only time Wilson made the Cup Final was with the Washington Capitals. - It was a season that had several high-profile injuries that caused the team to struggle, to the point where a tank was considered. - The player the team drafted “didn’t play in the NHL.” Our guess: The 1998-99 Washington Capitals. The Caps made the 1998 Stanley Cup Final, losing four straight to the Detroit Red Wings. The following season, the Capitals saw significant man-games lost from Peter Bondra (limited to 66 games), Sergei Gonchar (a holdout plus an injury cost him 29 games), Adam Oates (59 games) and others. In total, the Capitals had 511 man-games lost to injury that season. By March 20, 1999, the Capitals were seven points out of the No. 8 seed and 10 behind the Southeast Division leader. From that point on, they went 2-11-0. Wilson said he was approached by his general manager – at that time, George McPhee – to tank the season. As he said on TSN, it was “harder to try to lose” than attempt to win, because the coach would have to do what he could to facilitate the tank without his players catching wind of it. Then there was the fact that no tank is safe from a hot goalie, which is why the Buffalo Sabres have traded two of them this season. In hindsight, the 1999 draft was full of landmines. The Vancouver Canucks secured the Sedin Twins, but No. 1 pick Patrik Stefan, No. 4 pick Pavel Brendl and No. 5 pick Tim Connolly didn’t pan out. The Capitals' pick, Kris Beech, did in fact play in the NHL, here and there for 198 games. But he’d become most well-known for being a part of the Capitals’ acquisition of Jaromir Jagr in 2001. Was Wilson proud of being asked to tank? “I said I would never do that again,” he said. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
2:57 p.m. ET: The Canadiens got forward Torrey Mitchell just under the deadline from Buffalo, who seems to have gotten rid of all tradeable NHL-ready parts -- except Chris Stewart. The Sabres have tanking down to a science, and they took the Coyotes' deals from a day before and raised the bar. TSN's Darren Dreger indicates it's a prospect and a pick going to Buffalo for Mitchell. 2:56 p.m. ET: Cam Atkinson has re-signed Cam Atkinson for a three-year $3.5 million per-year contract according to the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline . So four minutes before the deadline, he gets re-signed and goes off the market. To be honest, the Blue Jackets are set up quite nicely for next season, even if this year has been destroyed by injuries for them. 2:50 p.m. ET: This photo of a letter by Jordan Leopold's daughter Jordyn asking for her dad to be traded to Minnesota has been making the rounds online. S/t to KFan in Minnesota: Leopold is from Golden Valley, Minnesota.