NHL: Trade Deadline Recap

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In what can only be described as one of the worst Trade Deadlines in recent memory, most NHL teams looked like they would rather sit with what they have rather than take a chance on any big contracts before the playoffs.

In the end, it was Carolina and Washington that made the most moves.  But, there was not one single team that had any chance of pulling off a "blockbuster" trade.

Most of the trades revolved around second and third line players.  The biggest deal came out of Toronto's camp yesterday evening that moved Alex Ponikarovsky to the Penguins. The Visnovsky trade for Ryan Whitney isn't a bad one either. The Ducks needed someone on the blue line and now they've got it.

The other trade that sparked my interest was Colorado's decision to move Wojtek Wolski to the Phoenix Coyotes.  Colorado is having an incredible season that few sports critics saw coming.  They're a young team that are running on the same youthful energy that the Chicago Blackhawks have used to get back into the Stanley Cup picture. I really don't understand this move. Why would you trade a player that is improving every year and take a chance at screwing up your teams chemistry for a player that is under-performing as poorly as Peter Mueller has been playing for the Coyotes?

Overall... I think this is a day that the Canadian sports stations would like to forget.  In Canada this is a big day for hockey fans, and you have to wonder - if these lackluster moves continue - how much longer will they keep on throwing this much coverage and attention on the annual event?

Here is the breakdown of what happened around the league:


- Boston traded Derek Morris to Phoenix a fourth round pick in 2011.

- Toronto traded Martin Skoula to New Jersey for a fifth round pick in 2010.

- Florida traded Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski to Boston for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a second-round pick in 2010.

- Carolina traded Aaron Ward to Anaheim for goaltender Justin Pogge and a fourth-round draft pick.

- Carolina traded Scott Walker to Washington for seventh-round pick.

- Vancouver traded Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the St. Louis Blues for Yan Stastny.

- Colorado traded Wojtek Wolski to Phoenix for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.

- Detroit traded Kris Newbury to the New York Rangers for Jordan Owens (minor league trade).

- Vancouver traded Mathieu Schneider (from the Manitoba Moose) to Phoenix for Sean Zimmerman and a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

- Tampa Bay traded Jeff Halpernto Los Angeles for Ted Purcell and a third-round draft pick.

- Minnesota trades Eric Belanger to Washington for second round pick.

- Calgary trades Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala.

- Buffalo trades Nathan Paetsch and a second round draft pick to Columbus for Raffi Torres.

- Buffalo trades Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for third round pick and fourth round pick.

-  Washington acquires Milan Jurcina from Columbus for a sixth round pick.

- Maple Leafs trade Lee Stempniak to Phoenix for a fourth round pick and a seventh round pick.

- Washington trades Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala and a second round draft pick to Carolina for Joe Corvo.

- Toronto trades Joey MacDonald to Anaheim for a seventh-round pick in 2011.

-Carolina trades   Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for a third round pick.

- Columbus trades Mathieu Roy to Florida for Matt Rust.

- Columbus trades Fredrik Modinto Los Angeles for a conditional draft pick.

- Edmonton trades Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney.

- Calgary trades Dustin Boyd to Nashville for fourth round pick.

- Pittsburgh trades Chris Peluso to Toronto for sixth round draft pick.

- Edmonton trades Steve Staios to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a third round pick.

- Hurricanes trade Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed to Colorado for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round pick.


via www.tsn.ca

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