Monday, February 28, 2011

Trade Deadline Wrapup

Well folks, the trade deadline has come and gone! Time for a wrap up of all the trades that went down today.

- Florida Panthers trade F Radek Dvorak and 5th-round pick (2011) to the Atlanta Thrashers for F Niclas Bergfors and F Patrick Rissmiller

- Florida Panthers trade D Dennis Wideman to the Washington Capitals for F Jake Hauswirth and a 3rd-round draft pick (2011)

- Columbus Blue Jackets trade D Rostislav Klesla and F Dane Byers to the Phoenix Coyotes for F Scottie Upshall and D Sami Lepisto

- Edmonton Oilers trade D Shawn Belle to the Colorado Avalanche for D Kevin Montgomery

- Ottawa Senators trade D Chris Campoli and a conditional 7th-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for F Ryan Potulny and conditional 2nd-round pick

- Florida Panthers trade D Bryan Allen to the Carolina Hurricanes for F Sergei Samsonov

- St. Louis Blues trade F Brad Winchester to the Anaheim Ducks for 3rd-round draft pick

- Edmonton Oilers trade F Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings for D Colten Teubert, 1st-Round pick (2011), and conditional 3rd-round pick (2012)

- Toronto Maple Leafs trade F John Mitchell to the New York Rangers for a 7th-round draft pick

- Columbus Blue Jackets trade F Tom Sestito to the Philadelphia Flyers for F Greg Moore and F Michael Chaput

- Atlanta Thrashers trade F Fredrik Modin to the Calgary Flames for a 7th-round draft pick

- Florida Panthers trade F Chris Higgins to the Vancouver Canucks for D Evan Oberg and a 3rd-round draft pick (2013)

- Anaheim Ducks trade F Maxim Lapierre and F MacGregor Sharp to the Vancouver Canucks for F Joel Perrault and a 3rd-round draft pick (2012)

- New Jersey Devils trade F Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals for F David Steckel and a 2nd-round draft pick

- Atlanta Thrashers trade G Drew MacIntyre to the Montreal Canadiens for D Brett Festerling

- Minnesota Wild trade G Anton Khudobin to the Boston Bruins for D Jeff Penner and F Mikko Lehtonen

The deal of the day without a doubt was the Dustin Penner deal, where the LA Kings finally got their top line winger, and the Oilers received good value for their rebuilding team in Colton Teubert and a middle-late first round pick. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seabrook re-signs with Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks locked up another piece from their 2010 championship team Sunday, signing defenceman Brent Seabrook to a five-year contract extension.
The 25-year-old blue-liner is having a career year with four goals and 29 assists in 61 games. He’s also averaging a career-high 24:25 in ice time per game.
“The Blackhawks are the only organization I’ve ever played for, and I’ve been a part of something very special in Chicago over the last six seasons,” Seabrook, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2003 NHL entry draft, said in a news release. “I’m excited to continue being a part of this group, playing in the United Center and making our fans proud.”
The new deal, which comes into effect after the current season, is worth a reported $5.8 million US per season, bringing the total value of the deal to $29 million.

In other NHL news, rumors are flying around Clarke Macarthur of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with Nashville offering prospect defenseman Ryan Ellis in exchange. The Leafs seem to be in a waiting mode, unsure of whether to throw in the towel or try and make the playoffs. I guess we'll find out tomorrow!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Big Trade in the Eastern Conference! NYR - FLA

Bryan McCabe is now a member of the Blueshirts! The NY Rangers picked him up from the FLA Panthers in exchange for Tim Kennedy and a 3rd round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Wow, I am completely surprised that McCabe went for that poor of a return. Kennedy is a decent depth forward, but McCabe is the sort of player who can anchor a top defensive pairing on most teams in the NHL. I think the fact that McCabe is set to become and unrestricted free agent, as well as the fact that he has a no-trade-clause (that he would only waive for a few teams) lowered his trade value significantly.

Friday, February 25, 2011

TSN 3/4 Season Awards

I came across an article on TSN starting that these are the players that they would give awards to if the season ended today.

Hart: Stamkos
Norris: Lidstrom
Vezina: Thomas
Selke: Toews
Calder: Crawford
Jack Adams: Boucher

I have a bone to pick with a couple of their awards. In my opinion, the Selke belongs to Ryan Kesler, arguably the most complete forward on the first place Vancouver Canucks. Additionally, the Calder should go to either Jeff Skinner (my personal choice) or Logan Couture. Skinner is a scoring phenom at the young age of 18, who even made the all-star team. Couture (who is 21) leads the Sharks in goals scored at 25. Crawford (who is having a good season) is 26 years old and is only a rookie in name. If we are picking older goaltenders for this award, I'd nominate Cory Schneider of the Canucks instead.

Legends of Hockey - Gerry Cheevers

A great video about one of the greatest goalies of all time. 

LA trade speculation

Some sources are saying that Dean Lombardi may be dangling a trade package of Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn for a top - 6 scoring winger. That is an intriguing package...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Interesting article:

You might have caught that poll released earlier this week that showed a majority of Canadians surveyed by IPSOS Reid - 54 per cent to be exact - felt that fighting should be banned in the NHL.