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A Look At The NHL Trading Frenzy

Joe CorvoI for one was disappointed in this year’s NHL Trade Deadline. Don’t get me wrong; it was the busiest trade deadline in NHL history. 30 trades were made. Some came the day before, on March 2nd. I was surprised by some of the trades. Edmonton and Calgary making trades with each other blew my mind. This is something as rare as gas being below $1.50 a gallon. Some teams didn’t make any trades at all; The Philadelphia Flyers being one of the teams. They were by far one of the biggest losers of the deadline. They were in need of a goaltender, but had no assets to trade away. In previous years’ moves they traded away multiple draft picks, which left them hanging dry during trade talks. There talks for New York Islander goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

The next set of rumors surfaced of Florida Panther goaltender Tomas Vokoun being shopped around for Philadelphia Flyers forward Jeff Carter. This move was a no brainer for Flyers Fans. The reality of picking up Nashville Predator’s defenseman, Dan Hamhuis almost became real. He could have been a great move for the blue line, and most likely would have seen Ryan Parent leave. The lack of picks though ended those talks after some time of negotiations. Another team that made a move I didn’t understand was New York Rangers making move for depth defensemen. They were in more need of a winger that could put up some points to help newly acquired forward Olli Jokinen.

There were a few winners I feel in the deadline. The Capitals who are my favorite to win the East, and go to the Cup Finals made some great moves. Bringing in defenseman Joe Corvo, who I feel is mediocre at this point in his career, but does add great Veteran presence. Adding another Center in Eric Belanger is a great move too. He has decent skill and great upside. Also receiving defenseman Milan Jurcina is great. He is a great depth player who can add some fire power to the blue line. Pittsburgh added forward Alexei Ponikarovsky who could start with the line of Malkin. This is another winger who can make some plays, and score at will. Pittsburgh also made a move for another defenseman who can add depth in Chris Peluso.Buffalo added depth in forward Raffi Torres who was highly sought out by many teams. Below is a list of moves made from March 2nd, till March 3rd. Enjoy!

March 2nd, 2010.

Pittsburgh: Acquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula.

Ottawa: Acquired defenseman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2010.

Edmonton: Acquired forward Matt Marquardt from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Cody Wild.

Chicago: Acquired defenseman Nick Boynton from Anaheim Ducks for future considerations.

Boston: Acquired the rights to defenseman Steve Kampfer from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional fourth-round draft pick; acquired defenseman Cody Wild from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Matt Marquardt.

March 3rd, 2010.

Washington: Acquired center Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft; acquired forward Scott Walker from the Carolina Hurricanes for a seventh-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft; acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2010 conditional draft pick; acquired defenseman Joe Corvo from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Brian Pothier, forward Oskar Osala and a 2011 second-round draft pick; recalled defenseman John Carlson from Hershey (AHL).

Vancouver: Acquired center Yan Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie; assigned defenseman Brad Lukowich to Manitoba (AHL); acquired defenseman Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in the 2010 draft.

St. Louis: Acquired forward Matt D’Agostini from the Montreal Canadians in exchange for forward Aaron Palushaj.

Pittsburgh: Acquired a 2010 sixth-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Chris Peluso.

Phoenix: Acquired left wing Wojtek Wolski from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter; acquired defenseman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins for a conditional choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft; acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft; acquired forward Lee Stempniak from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Matt Jones, a fourth-round pick and seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft; acquired forward Petteri Nokelainen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2011 sixth-round draft pick; re-assigned forward Joel Perrault to San Antonio (AHL).

NY Rangers: Acquired defenseman Anders Eriksson from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Miika Wiikman and a 2011 seventh-round draft pick; assigned defenseman Corey Potter to Hartford (AHL).

New Jersey: Acquired defenseman Martin Skoula from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.

Nashville: Acquired forward Dustin Boyd from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2010 fourth-round draft pick; reassigned defensemen Alexander Sulzer and Cody Franson to Milwaukee (AHL).

Los Angeles: Acquired center Jeff Halpern from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Teddy Purcell and a third-round draft pick; acquired forward Fredrik Modin from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in 2010 draft; recalled forward Scott Parse from Manchester (AHL); assigned forwards Oscar Moller and Marc-Andre Cliche to Manchester.

Edmonton: Claimed forward Ryan Jones off waivers from the Nashville Predators; acquired defenseman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky; acquired defenseman Aaron Johnson and a third-round draft pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Steve Staios.

Detroit: Acquired forward Jordan Owens from the New York Rangers for forward Kris Newbury.

Columbus: Acquired the rights to forward Matt Rust from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Roy; acquired forward Chad Kolarik from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Alexandre Picard; recalled forward Mike Blunden from Syracuse (AHL); assigned defenseman Grant Clitsome to Syracuse.

Colorado: Acquired forwards Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cedric McNicoll and a 2010 sixth-round draft pick; signed goaltender John Grahame.

Carolina: Acquired goaltender Justin Pogge and a conditional fourth-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward; recalled forward Zach Boychuk and defenseman Jay Harrison from Albany (AHL).

Calgary: Acquired defenseman Andy Delmore from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for right wing Riley Armstrong.

Buffalo: Acquired a third and fourth round pick in the 2010 draft from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Clarke MacArthur; acquired forward Raffi Torres from Columbus in exchange for defenseman Nathan Paetsch and a second-round draft pick.

Boston: Acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and the rights to defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Byron Bitz and Craig Weller and a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Anaheim: Acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Calgary Flames for goaltender Vesa Toskala; acquired goaltender Joey MacDonald from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2011 seventh-round draft pick.

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Eric G.

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