Just FYI: All the times will be Central Time 🙂
9:38 am – I woke up a little later than planned this morning. I was actually so tired that I fell asleep during the postgame show last night and woke up at 2 am to some sort of weird infomercial playing on FSN. I’m sure the interviews were great last night, and I’m sad I missed them. So someone fill me in if you saw them!
So far there’s only been one trade today. Ottawa picked up Pascal Leclaire from Columbus for Antoine Vermette. I don’t know much about Vermette, but Leclaire is a pretty good goalie. I believe he led the league last year in shutouts, but he lost the starting job in Columbus this year to another rookie goalie who’s leading the lead in shutouts (Mason). Leclaire had ankle surgery this year, and will be out for the rest of the season. Since Ottawa won’t be making the playoffs, this is definitely a move to improve next year.
Tradecentre says that Vermette is saying goodbye to his teammates in Ottawa right now. That’s one part I hate about the trade deadline – I feel so bad for all of these guys who have to pack everything up and move to a new city. On the upside though, Vermette should make the playoffs with Columbus this year.
Officially, Pronger has been taken off the trading list for this season. I bet it’s because his wife doesn’t want to move to a new city.
9:47 am: Tim Connolly has agreed to a 2-year, $9 mil contract. It’ll be a good deal for the Sabres if Connolly can manage to keep himself from getting strange and serious injuries for the next 2 seasons. *yawn* I feel bad that he has to live in Buffalo for another 2 years.
10:25 – Well I went to take a shower, but nothing happened in the 40 minutes I was gone. This is one of the most boring trade deadlines in history so far. Maybe the Stars and Lightning are diligently working on how to get Jeff Halpern back to the Stars.
OOH we have rumbles! TSN reports that Calgary and Phoenix are working on getting Olli Jokinen to go to Calgary. No news on who the Flames would give up for Jokinen. I don’t think Jokinen would be overly helpful since he’s never made the playoffs and has the reputation for being kind of a baby.
10:31 – TSN is interviewing Antoine Vermette on the phone. He says it’s a weird feeling to be traded and he doesn’t really want to leave the Sens locker room. This is the only team he’s played for, so I think the first trade makes it extra hard on the player. He seems happy to be going to a team that might make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Good luck in the West… it ain’t like the East out here, buddy.
10:39 Jordan Leopold headed to Calgary from Colorado for 2 prospects and a draft pick. Leopold is on the phone with TSN and sounds pretty excited to go back to Calgary. I guess the air is always better in 3rd place than it is in 15th.
10:51 – Pittsburgh gets Andy Wozniewski from St. Louis for Danny Richmond. This is when I stop, scratch my head, and say “huhh?” Blockbuster trade deadline day, guys!
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10:55 – They say Vancouver needs a checking line center and they all mention that Jeffy would be the best bet. DON’T GO TO VANCOUVER JEFFY!
11:04 – WAIVER PICK-UPS
The Stars picked up Brendan Morrison. I guess Razor can have his brother-in-law on the same team now. This further lowers our chances of getting Jeffy (sad face). I also don’t like that we now have Brenden Morrow and Brendan Morrison. That’s way too similar for me. Here’s to hoping we also don’t pick up Ethan Moreau! And we got another left-handed forward. Great job, Hulljack.
Martin Gerber got picked up by Toronto. There are rumors that Toronto is going to shut down Toskala because of his groin problems.
A bunch of the other guys didn’t get picked up and cleared waivers. They’ll probably be moved today.
Mikael Tellqvist went to Buffalo for a 4th round draft pick to Phoenix. Since Miller is hurt, he should get a chance to play some in the near future.
11:19 – I’m going to go out and grab some lunch. Hopefully, they won’t make any more blockbuster deals while I’m gone.
It’s rumored that the Stars are talking to Tampa to get Mark Recchi. Can we just talk about Jeffy instead? I don’t want another old grouch.
11:37 – Well I hurried to lunch and back, and nothing happened. Whew! And the minute after I get back, there are deals. Good timing on my part!
11:38 – Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first round draft pick to Calgary for Olli Jokinen from Phoenix. I’m not sure this guarantees the Western Conference to Calgary as the TSN announcers seem to think.
Anaheim gets Petteri Nokelainen from Boston for Steve Montador. Poor Finn has to go to Anaheim.
11:55 – The Martin Gerber mystery has been solved. The Leafs have officially put Toskala on IR for the rest of the season so he can have surgery on his groin and hip and have plenty of time to get well for the beginning of next season.
12:02 pm – We are officially 2 hours away from the trade deadline. I’m still waiting for the flurry of big names.
12:07 – The Flyers and Canucks are rumored to be leading the race for Jay Bouwmeester, but there’s no definite deal done yet.
Calgary has to get rid of someone because they’re still a fair bit over the cap. I’m not sure who else they’re going to get rid of, but someone else has to move today.
12:25 – Mark Recchi has been traded to the Boston Bruins. No news on what the Lightning get. At least he won’t be going to Dallas. Recchi and a 2nd round pick in 2010 go to Boston for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.
They’re talking to him on the phone now, and he sounds really excited to get out of Tampa and go to a contender. I don’t blame him for wanting to leave Tampa. That place is a circus.
The Kings signed Erik Ersberg to a 2-year extension.
Chris Neil has stopped talking to Ottawa about a contract extension so it appears that he will be going somewhere today.
12:40 – They’re talking to Vesa Toskala after the Leafs practice. He says he’ll be having his surgeries next week and will be out the rest of the season. Finnish players are just so damn cute – it’s ridiculous. I hope he’ll be able to bounce back after the surgery next season; I think he’s a good player who has the potential to really help Toronto if he’s healthy.
12:50 – Dominic Moore is rumored to be going to Chicago, but the Leafs haven’t confirmed anything. The Leafs are also rumored to have gotten a few offers for Nik Antropov, but nothing is official yet.
Peter Forsberg is in Denver tonight, and is expected to announce his retirement before the Avs/Wings game. I never liked Forsberg when he played (I am a Stars fan), but it’s sad that he hasn’t been able to come back from his injuries. I’m sure he’ll be entering the HHOF soon. Apparently that’s not true. The Avs say Forsberg isn’t in Colorado.
Bill Guerin is rumored to be going to Pittsburgh. I hope they don’t mind a baby who needs to be the center of attention all the time.
12:57 – I love the crazy activities in Edmonton this morning. They’ve definitely won for most entertaining attempts to freak out the media. Horcoff missed practice today, and after many phone calls, they realized he was just tired and missed the optional practice. Fernando Pisani and Erik Cole appeared to leave practice early and Craig MacTavish went after them. After many, many phone calls to the Oilers PR staff, the TSN announcers find out… that practice had ended.
12:59 – Bill Guerin officially goes to the Penguins. I’m glad that miniseries is over. Hopefully he’s not rusty from sitting out the past week. The Islanders get a 5th round pick, but that draft pick goes up depending on how well the Pens do in the playoffs. If Pittsburgh wins a round in the playoffs, then the Islanders will get a 3rd round pick.
1:12 – They showed a clip of Tortorella and Avery talking at practice. It looked like Avery was actually participating in practice – that’s a step above anything he did with the Stars this season. They said Avery went through mindfulness and meditation training in his program. They should have looked into brainwashing.
1:30 – Only 30 minutes left and still not much news. If the trades don’t pick up in the next 30 minutes, this will be the slowest deadline day in over a decade. I expect to see a lot more trades in the last 30 mins since there are still several guys who are rumored to go.
1:42 – Philly and the Rangers are both in the running for Derek Morris.
The Leafs are rumored to have been offered 2nd round draft picks for Antropov and Moore, but nothing definite.
1:45 – Daniel Carcillo from Phoenix goes to Philadelphia for Scottie Upshall and a draft pick. Wow, I’ll be glad to get that little shit out of our division. And I don’t mean that in a bad way towards Carcillo, but it’ll nice to see him annoy the other conference for a while. Too bad the only team he ever scored against was the Stars.
Nik Antropov goes to the New York Rangers for a 2nd round draft pick and conditional draft pick. He had been playing well for the Leafs lately, but I guess Burke still wanted to get rid of him. I guess the Leafs are just trying to finish out the rest of the season with losses and build up for next year.
1:55 – Bill Guerin is on the phone. He doesn’t sound too happy about sitting out the entire last week because of trade rumors. He’s excited to go to Pittsburgh – of course, he might make the playoffs this year. Blah, blah, blah.
1:59 – One minute left and only 10 trades.
Panthers say Jay Bouwmeester won’t be going anywhere this season. They might actually make the playoffs, and they don’t want to risk giving him up. If they can get into the players, they may be more likely to get him to sign this summer when he’s a UFA.
Derek Morris goes to the New York Rangers from Phoenix. Phoenix gets Dimitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes, and Petr Prucha.
2:00 pm – The trade deadline is officially here. There will probably be a few more trades trickling in after the deadline, but it appears that Deadline Day 2009 was pretty slow.
2:04 – Dominic Moore has been traded to someone Buffalo for a 2nd round pick.
2:08 – The Eric(k) trade: Anaheim sends Eric O’Dell to Atlanta and receives Erik Christensen.
2:31 – Tampa Bay sends Steve Eminger to Florida and get Noah Welch and a 3rd round pick. TSN is making fun of Tampa… no kidding. That means that, through a lot of other trading, Tampa basically traded Dan Boyle straight-up for Noah Welch. (cue head scratching again)
I’m not really pleased with the Stars picking up Brendan Morrison. I think he just takes away opportunities for other young players who can step up with the current injuries. I would have liked to get Jeff Halpern back, but I guess that’s not an option unless there was some sort of last minute deal. Jeffy deserves to play for a Cup contender, not a #1 pick contender.
I think that’s about it for today. I’m off to actually get some work done today and then head off to class to take a test. Seriously, I bet they don’t have tests in school on deadline day in Canada.
It appears that there were a LOT of last minute trades. As of 3 pm, here are the most recent ones to squeak in past the deadline.
Columbus gets Kevin Lalande from Calgary for a 4th round draft pick.
Philadelphia gets Kyle McLaren from San Jose for a 6th round draft pick.
Chicago gets Samuel Pahlsson from Anaheim and James Wisniewski goes to Anaheim. I’m not sure I could dislike Chicago’s team anymore.
San Jose gets Travis Moen and Kent Huskins from Anaheim for Nick Bonino, Timo Pielmeier, and a conditional draft pick. It appears that Moen has recovered from his terrible eye gouging incident and will be able to play some time in the near future.
AND in the most confusing trade of deadline day (stay with me here) – Los Angeles sends Patrick O’Sullivan to Carolina for Justin Williams. Then Carolina sends Patrick O’Sullivan to Edmonton for Erik Cole. So, in 2 minutes Patrick O’Sullivan went from LA to Carolina to Edmonton. Whew.
Edmonton gets Ales Kotalik from Buffalo for a 2nd round pick.
Tampa Bay sends injured players Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward, Andy Rogers (not injured), and a 4th round pick (hopefully not injured yet) to Toronto for Richard Petiot. So basically, Tampa is just sending injured players to Toronto so they don’t have to pay them. If Tampa gets their salary low enough, they can get extra money from revenue sharing.