- From NHL.com:
NHL clubs made a record 25 trades, involving 40 players, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET Thursday. The number of trades eclipses the previous trading deadline high of 24, set in 2003, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003.
A complete chart
of the NHL deadline transactions.
- Poll on OLN: Which team is most likely to trade for a Goaltender?
Poll Results: 39% Edmonton Oilers, 24% Vancouver Canucks, 23% Colorado Avalanche, 12% Ottawa Senators.
86% of the answers were correct. Edmonton traded for Dwayne Roloson, Vancouver traded for Mika Noronen with Cloutier out for the season, Colorado swapped David Aebischer for the Canadiens Jose Theodore, and the Ottawa Senators picked up Mike Morrison on the waiver wire to back up Ray Emery.
- TSN's Jay Onrait blogged the trade deadline day as well. Click here
for part 1, or here
for part 2. Complete list of all the trades from TSN here
- Leafs silent on deadline day, Toronto was the only Canadian team not to make a deal Thursday
- A press release from the San Jose Sharks on roster moves for tonight's game with the Edmonton Oilers:
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and
General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has activated
Scott Parker from Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Nolan Schaefer
from the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the
American Hockey League.
Parker has missed the last 26-games on his latest Injured
List stint. He has missed 56 games this season in total, all related to
a head injury suffered in training camp. He has appeared in three games
this season, totaling one goal and six penalty minutes...
This will mark Schaefer's third recall to San Jose this season. In
seven NHL games this season, he has posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.88
goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He was victorious in
his first five appearances, becoming the first Shark to begin his career
with five consecutive wins. Schaefer also posted his first career
shutout in a 1-0 overtime win against Anaheim on Nov. 4.
Sharks goaltender Vesa Toskala was named the San Jose Seagate Player of the Month today. Toskala earned a 4-0-1 record in February, registering a .929 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average.
Toskala is expected to start in net across the ice from brand new Edmonton Oiler goalie Dwayne Roloson. Newly acquired forward Villie Nieminen will also make his first start for the San Jose Sharks tonight.
Oilers vs. Sharks: Line-up Card & Statistics
Oilers acquire Sergei Samsonov from Boston
- More late trades breaking across the wire: The Pittsburgh Penguins send defenseman Ric Jacman to Florida for center Petr Taticek, the NY Islanders traded forward Oleg Kvasha to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 3rd round pick, the Calgary Flames pick up center Jamie Lundmark from Phoenix for a 3rd round pick, the Minnesota Wild trade defenseman Willie Mitchell and a 2nd round draft pick for Dallas Stars defenseman Martin Skoula and Shawn Belle, Chicago Blackhawks trade center Jim Dowd to Colorado for a 4th round pick, and the Vancouver Canucks trade defenseman Steve McCarthy to Atlanta Thrashers for conditional draft pick.
- Some players react
to being traded differently than others.
- Vancouver picked up another veteran defenseman, Eric Weinrich. Tomas Mojzis and a 3rd round pick were sent to the St Louis Blues. Someone take away Dave Nonis's Vancouver Canucks credit card, he is on a blueline shopping spree at the trade deadline.
The Canucks picked up a trio of defenseman in Sean Brown, Keith Carney, and Eric Weinrich. Mika Noronen was added to back up Alex Auld, with Dan Cloutier out for the season. The Canucks needed to shore up their defensive corps with Ed Jovanovski, Mattias Ohlund, and Sammy Salo on injured reserve. The Canucks filled holes that needed to be filled, but the Edmonton Oilers reloaded an already stocked team for a playoff run. It is close, but I still have to give this deadline day to Edmonton.
[Correction] The Ottawa Senators picked up second line center Tyler Arnason from Chicago for right winger Brandon Bochenski. Puzzling trade by Chicago. Arnason is a young player that the team could build around. But the rich get richer.
- Larry Wigge is one of the regular columnists at Stlouisblues.com
NIKO DIMITRAKOS - SHARKSPAGE FILE PHOTO
- Sharks right winger Niko Dimitrakos was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round draft pick according to TSN. Confirmed from SI
Dimitrakos had 4 goals and 12 assists in 45 games played for the San Jose Sharks this season. The photo above was Niko Dimitrakos's OT game winning goal to open the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 win over the St Louis Blues.
- Audio from Cory Cross, Luke Richardson, Dwayne Roloson, Marty McSorely, and Tomas Kaberle is available from Toronto FAN590
. It would be nice if TSN
, and ESPN
added a half hour or hour podcasts of their trade deadline recaps.
- Assorted musings before the NHL trade deadline lowers its boom on fans
- Jim Kelley.
Miikka Kiprusoff last week became the first goalie to hit the 30-win mark this season and he has a good shot at breaking the franchise record for most wins by a goalie. That honour currently belongs to Mike Vernon, who notched 39 regular season wins the year the Flames won their only Stanley Cup.
As someone who has been able to watch Miikka Kiprusoff's athleticism, and Evgeni Nabokov's confidence and anticipation firsthand for several years, I went out on a limb in 2003 and said San Jose backup goaltender Vesa Toskala might have the best career potential out of all three. Kiprusoff went on to reel off the best regular season goals against average in the modern era, and Nabokov threw 3 shutouts in the 2006 Olympics, but that is a statement I could still stand behind.
- More on Edmonton, 2 of the 3 major goaltending controverseys seeing significant movement [Fernandez-Roloson in Minnesota, Miller-Biron-Noronen in Buffalo, and Nabokov-Toskala-Schaefer in San Jose], and any trades I missed coming up later today.
- Not only did Edmonton pick up Chris Pronger in the offseason, and take two of the brightest offensive-defenseman options off the table long before the trade deadline [Jaroslav Spacek and Dick Tarnstrom], but the Edmonton Oilers acquired Sergei Samsonov from the Boston Bruins for Marty Reasoner, prospect Yan Stastny and a 2nd-round pick.
Along with the trade for Minnesota Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson yesterday, Edmonton wins the Sharkspage trade deadline title hands down.
Who do the San Jose Sharks face tonight? The Edmonton Oilers
. It will be interesting to see who suits up for Edmonton tonight, who is on the plane departing Silicon Valley for parts unknown, and who will be called up to fill in until newly acquired players can arrive. This could be shades of the Detroit Red Wings
missing 5 Swedish Olympians and getting pummeled by the Sharks 5-1.
The Edmonton Oilers (32-21-9) face off against the San Jose Sharks (28-23-9) tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose (8:30 p.m. MST, Oilers PPV). The Oilers will have a new look between the pipes as Dwayne Roloson will make his debut with Edmonton.
Tonight's game has huge playoff implications for the Sharks as they sit eight points behind the Oilers with two games in hand. A win could move them within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference but a loss would almost assuredly eliminate them from playoff contention.
- Edmonton Oilers acquire speedy forward Sergei Samsonov from Boston
- Edmonton Sun.
- Mark Recchi
traded from Pittsburgh to the Carolina Hurricanes for Niklas Nordgren, Krys Kolanos and a 2nd-round draft pick. Carolina President and GM Jim Rutherford on the acquistion of Recchi:
"Mark is an accomplished goal scorer and playmaker who will be an asset to the Hurricanes forward lines," said Rutherford. "His playoff experience will provide added leadership for our team as we look forward to the postseason."
This trade deadline pales in comparison to one of the largest salary dumps in NHL history by the Pittsburgh Penguins in February of 2003
- If you wanted Olli Jokinen from the Florida Panthers, you were going to have to pull a Mike Ditka, put on a wig and trade your entire team for him. Mike Keenan, NHL's version of Mike Ditka, signed Jokinen to a 4-year, $21-million contract extention
Florida Panthers radio announcer "Goldie" Goldstein's trade deadline blog
- James Mirtle's 2006 trade deadline recap
. But who wants trade news in such an easy to read, detailed, succient format?
- The busy Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded veteran defenseman Keith Carney
to the Vancouver Cancucks for prospect Brett Skinner and a second-round pick originally from the Islanders.
Earlier in the day the Canucks traded for defenseman Sean Brown
from the New Jersey Devils for a 4th round draft pick, and acquired goaltender Mika Noronen
from the Buffalo Sabres. More on Noronen later.
The Canucks took the biggest hit at the Olympics, losing defenseman Mattias Ohlund and defenseman Sammy Salo to injuries. The SF Chronicle's Ross McKeon laid out the injury toll
from the international competition:
The Canucks' top defensemen, Mattias Ohlund (ribs) and Sammy Salo (shoulder), the Senators' No. 1 goalie, Dominik Hasek (groin), the Flyers' leading goal scorer, Simon Gagne (knee), the Kings' fourth-leading scorer, Alexander Frolov (shoulder), the Devils' top offensive threat, Patrick Elias (ribs), and the Blues' second-leading scorer, Petr Cajanek (wrist), all got dinged during the tourney.
The Canucks were already without the services of defenseman Ed Jovanovski, on IR after abdominal surgery. So the Canucks respond by adding the veteran Keith Carney, and a solid Sean Brown. The freefall in the playoff standings some were predicting for the Canucks down the stretch may not materialize.
- The Phoenix Coyotes traded
defenseman Sean O'Donnell to division rival Anaheim for center Joel Perrault, and traded a 7th round draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Jamie Rivers
- The internet is sluggish right now. Blame Canada. TSN and Sportsnet are down. Feel for their systems administrators right about now.
- The trade deadline is technically up, but trade news usually filters in for 30 minutes to an hour after the deadline. More on the rest of the moves today coming shortly.
- The New York Rangers acquired Sandis Ozolinsh
from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a 3rd round draft pick. Ozolinsh looked solid
against the Sharks on Tuesday.
- In addition to his Prince of Pucks
column, and personal trade rumors website
, Lyle Richardson [aka Spector] has a new blog
up on Fox Sports. Latest trades: Red Wings acquire Cory Cross from Pittsburgh Penguins, Brendan Witt traded from Washington to the Nashville Predators for a first round draft pick and Kris Beech.
- Breaking Up is Hard to Do
- Ted's Take. Link via Eric McErlain at Offwing
, who gives Captials GM George McPhee an "A" for his deadline moves.
JEFF FRIESEN - SHARKSPAGE FILE PHOTO
- Jeff Friesen was traded by the Washington Capitals to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a 2nd round draft pick according to TSN
Friesen has struggled to get up to speed after suffering through injuries this season, and has scored 3 goals and 4 assists in only 33 games played. Jeff Friesen was initially traded to Anaheim in 2001 along with Steve Shields and a second round pick as Selanne went to the San Jose Sharks.
Earlier this eason I asked Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis
about Friesen's struggle with injuries this year:
[Q] What do you think of the play of Jeff Friesen, who went down with a groin injury?
[TL] I have always admired his game. I thought he would be fabulous for us. He has always been fast and worked very well defensively. And he never was injured. He really struggled because of his health. He has a severe groin injury, and he has not played for around 20 games.
I have gotten to know him personally. He is really happy here. He likes the guys, he likes the coaches, he likes the building. He is itching to get back out there. He is another reason our power play is struggling. He was on our second power play unit.
A transcript of Jeff Friesen's postgame comments
to reporters in 2001 from his first game in San Jose after being traded to Anaheim. Friesen has since played with the Devils and Capitals before returning to southern California.
- Kukla's Korner
is flexing his bionic posting skills today as he covers the NHL trade deadline reports that come across the wire.
- The Philadelphia Flyers
sent two 2nd round draft picks and minor league forward Josh Gratton to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Denis Gauthier. The Flyers needed to shore up the blueline with Johnsson and Therien out, and Derian Hatcher going down with a knee injury Wednesday night against Carolina. Broadstreetbully.com
should be happy with this acquisition. Opposing forwards need to know where Gauthier is on the ice at all times.
- Highlights from trade deadline eve:
The Montreal Canadiens traded goaltender Jose Theodore to the Colorado Avalanche for David Aebischer. Colorado GM Pierre Lacroix first brought Patrick Roy to Colorado, and with this trade the Avalanche are betting that Theodore will return to form and become a franchise goaltender for many years. The Canadiens remove a player who has been a magnet of controversy for the team, and find a solid backup who could challenge Cristobal Huet for the starting job. Theodore is expected to be out until late March with a heel injury.
The San Jose Sharks traded a third round 2006 draft pick to the New York Rangers for winger Ville Nieminen. The price is high, but no players or prospects were given up in the deal and Nieminen could provide a spark that the Sharks desperately need to get back into the playoff hunt. More on Nieminen here.
The Minnesota Wild finally made a move to break up one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL. The Wild traded Dwayne Roloson to the Edmonton Oilers for a first round pick in the 2006 entry draft. Manny Fernandez is now the uncontested #1 in Minnesota, but the Wild could suffer the effects of dealing Roloson to a conference rival 7 points ahead of them in the standings for the last playoff spot.
Edmonton waived goaltender Mike Morrison, who was picked up by the Ottawa Senators today. Morrison will back up Ottawa's Roy Emerey while Hasek is out with an injury suffered at the Olympics. The Oilers sent Ty Conklin down to the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and will go with a rotation of Jussi Markkanen and Dwayne Roloson in net.
Leafs Nation made two deals: Defenseman Ken Klee was traded to the New Jersey Devils for right wing Aleksander Suglobov, and acquired Luke Richardson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional draft pick. Richardson was initially drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987, and logged time in Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Columbus before returning to the Leafs at the 2006 deadline.
The last notable trade on trade deadline eve saw defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, left wing Jeff Tambellini, and a conditional 3rd round pick go to the New York Islanders with right wing Mark Parrish and defenseman Brent Sopel going to the Los Angeles Kings. A few pundits are predictably labeling this a lopsided deal in favor of the Kings, but Grebeshkov is a smooth skating offensive-minded defenseman, and Tambellini is a blue chip offensive prospect. Kings get fire power now, Islanders get two players who could provide significant contributions in the future.
- NHL trade deadline at 12 noon PT today.