Wed 4 Mar 2009
While the 3pm trade deadline has passed, TSN reports that the NHLâ€™s Central Registry still has a backorder of trades that they are reviewing and approving.
One deal that was announced ahead of the deadline just happened to break at the same time as the Rangers Nik Antropov deal. The Philadelphia Flyers traded forward and RFA Scottie Upshall and a second round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo â€“ which will bring up some interesting Ranger-Flyers battles between Carcillo and Sean Avery.
The Flyers added some depth to their defense in a trade that was announced after the 3pm deadline. Philadelphia acquired Kyle McLaren from San Jose for a sixth round draft pick. The Sharks assigned McLaren to the AHL in order to receive salary cap relief.
Toronto GM Brian Burke continued to stockpile draft picks by sending center Dominic Moore to the Buffalo Sabres for a second round draft pick.
Anaheim continued to shuffle their roster with minor trades. They sent center Sami Pahlsson to Chicago for defenseman James Wisniewski. The Ducks sent forward Ryan Oâ€™Dell to Atlanta for forward Erik Christenson and TSN just reported that they have traded physical checking left wing Travis Moen and reserve defenseman Kent Huskins to San Jose goaltender Timo Pielmeier, forward Nick Bonino (Boston University captain) and a conditional draft pick.
The Florida Panthers, as expected, traded a defenseman. However, it was Noah Welch and a third round draft pick going to Tampa Bay for defenseman Steve Eminger.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who began the trade deadline doings, added some organizational depth in goal by acquiring netminder Kevin Lalande from the Calgary Flames for a fourth round draft pick. Lalande was a fifth round draft pick in 2005 (128th) and has split time between the AHL and ECHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings were involved in a trade that basically sees Patrick Oâ€™Sullivan go to Edmonton, Justin Williams to Los Angeles, and Erik Cole back to Carolina. TSN reports that draft picks will be changing hands. While it isnâ€™t a three-way in reality, for all intents and purposes it was.
In another that deal that may or may not be part of the above trade sees the Oilers send a second round draft pick to Buffalo for Ales Kotalik. With all of the draft picks involved in the “three-way” deal, it is possible that one of those picks went to the Sabres.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were involved in one of the more bizarre trades of the day. Brian Burke sent defenseman Richard Petiot (a 26-year-old “prospect” who makes $500,000) to the Tampa Lightning for goalie Olaf Kolzig, defenseman Jamie Heward, defenseman Andy Rogers (an injury-prone former first round draft pick) and a fourth round pick. The impetus of this deal is that the Lightning get a pro-rated salary cap break from the injured Kolzig and Heward (about $500,000) in exchange for a draft pick – with the swap of prospects helping the trade pass the NHL’s sniff test. Burke declined to comment on the trade when speaking to TSN because he was still waiting for league approval.