12:51 p.m. ET - The Montreal Canadiens have added a little goalie insurance with Carey Price on the shelf, acquiring Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators for future considerations. How long is Price going to be out?
12:47 p.m. ET - Vancouver remains an interesting team to watch, as there are conflicting reports about whether or not Mike Gillis has permission to trade Ryan Kesler now or he's bound to wait until the summer so the Canucks can try to make the playoffs. As I said yesterday, if the ownership wants to lose this fanbase completely, a doomed, last-ditch effort for the playoffs and a little bit of extra ticket revenue is the way to do it. From PITB:
I understand that the Canucks aren’t out of it, and I understand there’s a little money to be made in even getting two playoff home games. But if ownership in this city wants to win back the trust of a fanbase that’s grown cynical and bitter towards them over the past few years, they’ll trade Ryan Kesler within the next 24 hours.
[...] Own it. Tell the fans you’re done, and that you’re willing to sacrifice a few extra dollars next month for a better shot at winning next year and thereafter, by sparing us another drawn-out trade saga and getting the best package you can get right now.
Nothing has changed. Strange as it sounds, if Kesler remains with the Canucks past noon pacific, a lot of fans are going to be furious.
12:45 p.m. ET - Prospect move, but a move nonetheless. The Buffalo Sabres have traded 23-year-old defensive prospect Brayden McNabb and two second-round picks to the LA Kings in exchange for prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicholas Deslaurier.
12:40 p.m. ET - The Tampa Bay Lightning have released a statement on the St. Louis trade. From the Lightning:
"The Lightning are very excited to have Ryan Callahan join the organization and help us in our quest to make the playoffs," Yzerman said. "Ryan is an outstanding player and leader who we look forward to seeing on the ice tomorrow night."
"We'd like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay. He has been one of the greatest players in the organization's history but in the end we honored his request today. We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York."
In the end we honored his request. In case there was any question that this was St. Louis' decision, and not Yzerman's. Your beef is with the little guy, Tampa.
12:24 p.m. ET - Ales Hemsky is on his way to Ottawa for a third-round pick in 2015 and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. (Maybe they should have traded for him yesterday, before he scored two goals on them?) That's a pretty good deal, and it's even sweeter when you learn that the Oilers are retaining half of Hemsky's salary for the rest of the year.
That's a low-risk addition for Ottawa, and it would be high-reward. Hemsky is a skilled player that's simply looked a little unenthused to be in Edmonton. A change of scenery and he could re-find his game in a hurry.
12:14 p.m. ET - Here's Wysh's lengthier take on the captain-for-captain trade that sent Martin St. Louis to New York for Ryan Callahan. It's a three-Milbury dinger! Will anything else we see today top that on the wackiness scale?
12:13 p.m. ET - There were rumblings that the Boston Bruins were sniffing around longtime Senator Chris Phillips, but it would appear longtime Senators Chris Phillips will remain longtime Senator Chris Phillips:
Boston did add Corey Potter on waivers. But are they still out for a veteran d-man?
12:07 p.m. ET - It's after noon, which means the waiver transactions are finalized. As previously reported, Cory Conacher has been claimed by the Buffalo Sabres, and Corey Potter has been claimed by the Boston Bruins.
12:05 p.m. ET -- Did you know that if you search for "St. Louis to New York", Google recommends flights? Google doesn't care about us.
Anyway. While the world reacts to the Martin. St Louis trade, and rightly turns on the now-former Lightning captain for stamping his feet out of town after failing to be named to the Canadian Olympic team the first time around (even though he still got to go -- but I guess it's the principle), let's talk about a trade that happened yesterday: Andrew MacDonald to the Flyers.
Looks like MacDonald will get a little power play time, as he was practicing on the second unit on Wednesday morning. And at even-strength, he'll be paired with Luke Schenn to begin. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that this pairing is disastrous and ill-fated.
Don't forget, we'll be grading the deals using our patented Milbury Scale.