So this would seem to be my first blog post. I will talk about pro hockey, mainly the show with the occasional look into the minors and a story about a goalie here and there (I am a goalie myself, just finished my college career, so I feel the need to show some love). Hopefully you’ll enjoy this first post and will check back frequently as I plan on updating with new posts as much as I possibly can.
So today, well yesterday now, was the trade deadline and it definitely was quieter than most that I remember in the past. The biggest deal seeming to be Dustin Penner going back to Cali to play for LA. He should have a positive impact for the Kings playing on the top two lines and putting in time on the power play. His point production should increase playing alongside Anze Kopitar. The Oilers received a nice return for Penner. They got a promising prospect defenseman in Colten Teubert who put up solid points for a d-man in major-junior and plays a tough game and once he’s fully developed could possibly throw his weight around. They also have a 1st round pick this year and a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2012. These acquisitions could greatly benefit the young and developing Oilers team.
Out of the 16 trades on the deadline, the fewest number over the past decade, the Capitals two moves look like they will help them in their playoff push. They received a veteran center they needed in Jason Arnott from the Devils. He will definitely have a great contribution to the team and has a lot or veteran leadership and knowledge he will bring to the team. They gave up a second round pick in 2011 and David Steckel. He was expendable as they have a number of forwards that can fill in for him; the second round pick seems to have been the deal breaker for the Devils and their future. Steckel, and his faceoff winning ability, will help Jersey in their miracle run towards the playoffs even though it is unlikely they will make it in. If he was with the team for their last loss to the Bolts he might have won one of those two faceoff losses in a minute during the second period that lead to both goals against in a 2-1 loss. Then the Caps trade with Florida, who were major sellers yesterday, for Dennis Wideman adds depth for their defenseman and could mean Mike Green is worse for wear. And if Green is healthy Wideman won’t see as many minutes but will still contribute. Even if he does not play much they did not give up too much for him.
Florida is definitely moving towards a rebuilding stage. They received a project prospect in Jake Hauswirth who has only logged minutes in the ECHL and a Third round pick from the Caps in 2011. They also made deals with Vancouver, Atlanta, and Carolina and the Rangers two days before the deadline. The deal with Vancouver gives them a prospect d-man in Evan Oberg who put up decent points for a defender in the AHL last year and they also received a 3rd round pick in 2013. The Panthers gave up Chris Higgins as he was not part of the team’s future plans and the Canucks were searching for a lower 6 forward. The trade with Atlanta brings Florida a promising player in Niclas Bergfors. He is in his 2nd full year in the NHL (and his 3rd team) and has a very promising future. The Devils gave him up in the trade for Kovalchuk. The Panthers also got Patrick Rissmiller who will probably play out the remainder of his contract this year and not be resigned by Florida. They did give up a fifth rounder this year and Radek Dvorak who was expendable as he was not part of the future in the team. Finally the Panthers got Sergei Samsonov from Carolina. He is a veteran that could contribute this season and may be back after July 1st but there is a possibility he could be trade bait during the draft. The Panthers got rid of salary by moving Bryan Allen back in return, which gives the Canes’ a defensive d-man.
The trade deadline has come and passed and there seems that there were fewer deals this year due to GM’s making more calculated trades prior to the 28th. The rest of the season will tell whether these were good deals for the teams looking to get into the playoffs or make the GM look like a dope. I’m not pointing any fingers but Mr. Sather has looked pretty dumb in the past but maybe this year’s moves will work out fine, but then again you couldn’t seem to acquire the key player needed (Brad Richards). Only time will tell.