Open Mike Night - 3/9/09
After a fairly sluggish start to trade deadline day that caused many to become flustered and impatient, the potentially tumultuous Wednesday afternoon ended up being quite active. I gave a full-fledged preview and now comes time for the corresponding review.
The deal – Senators acquire: Pascal Leclaire ($3.8 mil/yr until 10-11 -> UFA) and a 2nd round pick
Blue Jackets acquire: Antoine Vermette ($2,762,500 until 09-10 -> UFA)
The breakdown – Pascal Leclaire has the potential to be a number one goalie, but injuries are a major concern. He hit the big time last year with Columbus, pitching nine shutouts in his 24 wins (54 games) before succumbing to injury. A tandem of Leclaire and Elliott in the future will be a formidable one, in time. The Jackets get a lot of speed and some untapped scoring potential in Antoine Vermette who plays better on the wing than he does at center (the Jackets wanted a center). Vermette was off to a bad start this year and Leclaire is hurt, but the Sens managed to wrangle a second rounder out of it (likely around 45th overall) which will be pretty valuable in this coming draft. This deal is fairly even, but the mid-second rounder might tip it in Ottawa’s favor.
The deal –
Flames acquire: Jordan Leopold (UFA)
Avalanche acquire: Lawrence Nycholat, prospect Ryan Wilson and a 2nd round pick (MTL)
The breakdown – Leopold is a solid two-way defender that bolsters the Flames blueline; he’s also a familiar face to the Calgary organization. The Avs only get spare parts in terms of players. Nycholat, who was just claimed off waivers a couple days prior, is no more than a very talented AHL offensive defenseman – a number 7 at best at the NHL level. Ryan Wilson, also an offensive d-man, turned pro this season. He doesn’t project to be an impact NHLer, however. Montreal’s second round pick holds the most value to Colorado and it projects to be in the 50 area at this point. The deal is pretty even as it stands. If Leopold re-signs with Calgary it’s a sizable advantage to them.
The deal –
Bruins acquire: Steve Montador (UFA)
Ducks acquire: Petteri Nokelainen ($850,000 until 09-10 -> RFA)
The Breakdown – The Bruins add some very solid depth in the form of swingman Steve Montador. He’s been very good defensively this year, he has chipped in offensively and he brings a lot of toughness to the table. He’s a player that was thought to have plateaued years ago but has progressed into a solid NHLer in the last year or two. When this trade went down, I realized that Samuel Pahlsson was gone because Nokelainen figures to grow into a similar role player. Nokelainen is a smart defensive player and excellent on draws. He might develop a bit of a goal scoring touch in due time.
The deal –
Flames acquire: Olli Jokinen ($5.25 mil until 09-10 -> UFA) and a 3rd round pick
Coyotes acquire: Matthew Lombardi ($1,816,667 until 09-10 -> UFA), Brandon Prust ($500,000 until 09-10 -> UFA) and a conditional 1st round pick (Flames choice whether it is 2009 or 2010)
The breakdown – Another pretty even deal as the Flames add the big time forward that they need and the Coyotes get younger and add a big piece with that first rounder. Another main goal of the Coyotes was to shed salary, which they do in this deal. Lombardi is a talented and extremely fast center (maybe the fastest player in the league). He’s still developing a scoring touch, but he’s having an excellent year (33 points in 53 games). Jokinen is quite the opposite, he might be looking at scoring lows he hasn’t seen in five or seven years. Although, he’s looking at a major turn around playing with Michael Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla. Prust brings a lot of energy to the table, but not a lot else. He’s likely to top out at a 12th or 13th forward. If I had to choose, Calgary wins the deal, but the Coyotes still accomplished their goal.
The deal –
Bruins acquire: Mark Recchi (UFA) and a 2010 2nd round pick
Lightning acquire: Matt Lashoff (RFA) and Martins Karsums (RFA)
The breakdown – The Bruins get what they need in terms of a time-tested vet who has shown he still has a little something left in the tank. He looks even more rejuvenated since joining the Bruins. The 2010 second rounder, at the rate things are going, will be top 35 or so – good value. The Bolts get an offensive defenseman in Lashoff who struggles at times defensively. Karsums is a scrappy but talented potential third liner. He plays a decent all-around game, but maybe his talents would be best showcased in a lower level league. The advantage in the deal will not be known until we see where the Bruins end up in the playoffs and where the Lightning finish next season – not to mention the two prospects. If the ‘Ning use Karsums and he sticks around, they’ll more than likely to win the deal, as Lashoff can already play in the NHL.
The deal –
Penguins acquire: Bill Guerin (UFA)
Islanders acquire: A conditional 2009 draft pick (5th rounder if the Pens fail to make the playoffs, 4th rounder if the Pens make the playoffs, 3rd rounder if the Pens win a playoff round)
The breakdown – Ray Shero steps to the plate and takes advantage of a situation (a deal with Washington fell through that is rumored to include a roster player and a 2nd). The Pens swoop in and pick up a veteran winger that will at the very least go to the front of the net. He has had some let downs in playoffs past, but now he’s finally playing on a relevant team again and maybe it’ll wake him up a little. Compared to market value, the Pens get a good deal, a veritable bargain basement sale price on the old vet. Advantage Pens, and I don’t even care for Guerin.
The deal –
Flyers acquire: Dan Carcillo ($893,750 until 09-10 -> RFA)
Coyotes acquire: Scottie Upshall (RFA) and a 2011 2nd round pick
The breakdown – The Flyers get a typical Flyer player, Carcillo is the closest thing we have to a Hanson brother in today’s NHL. Arguably, he’s more of a deterrent than your average enforcer because he lacks discipline and doesn’t abide by the “code” at all times. The Coyotes move him because, well, 324 PIMs in 57 games as a rookie shows not only a major per game but also a severe lack of discipline. He’s scaled it down by 150 PIMs so far this year but the Coyotes no longer need to kill off nine minutes power plays. Scottie Upshall was having a strong year before he was dealt and brought a lot of energy to the Philly lineup. Will he ever come around offensively to justify his sixth overall selection in 2002? Who knows, but two goals in three games with Phoenix is a good start. Upshall is a better all-around player AND the Coyotes scoop up a mystery second rounder (who knows where the Flyers will finish two years from now) – it’s a big win for Phoenix.
The deal –
Rangers acquire: Nikolai Antropov (UFA)
Maple Leafs acquire: 2nd round pick and a conditional 2010 draft pick (conditions are not yet confirmed, but believed to be a 3rd round pick if the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Finals, otherwise a 4th round pick)
The breakdown – The Rangers get size down the middle with Antropov. He’s a skilled player for sure, but he doesn’t always use his size to his advantage. How Tortorella will use him and motivate him will determine his success. The Leafs didn’t get the first rounder they were looking for, but a 2nd and a 4th isn’t terrible.
The deal –
Rangers acquire: Derek Morris (UFA)
Coyotes acquire: Nigel Dawes (RFA), Petr Prucha (RFA) and Dmitri Kalinin (UFA)
The breakdown – This deal is fairly lopsided in Phoenix’s favor. Dawes is an undersized forward that has excellent offensive potential, he’s also a very hard worker. Prucha has 20 or 25 goal potential and also has a scrappy side. A couple of young forwards with decent potential outrank the perennial underachiever and unrestricted free agent that is Derek Morris. Morris adds some good defensive ability to the Rangers and adequate puck moving skills. Kalinin is merely a warm body, he’s been (approximately) one of the worst five defensemen in the league this season.
The deal –
Blackhawks acquire: Samuel Pahlsson (UFA), Logan Stephenson (RFA) and a conditional 4th round pick
Ducks acquire: James Wisniewski (RFA) and prospect Petri Kontiola (RFA)
The breakdown – The Blackhawks get a top defensive center and playoff performer for their postseason push and a gritty defensive defenseman that has paid his dues with four years of junior and three years in the minors. For Pahlsson, he’s been average by his standards this year. And I don’t think Stephenson will be an NHL regular at any point. In Kontiola, the Ducks get a player that has been a tremendous scorer at the AHL level. He’s an excellent playmaker that projects to be a second liner, but only if he commits himself to the game more and doesn’t return to Europe. Wisniewski is a decent two-way defenseman that brings physicality to the blueline. There are concerns about knee injuries slowing Wisniewski down though. I’d give the Ducks the win here because they get two potentially strong future components and Stephenson is a non-issue.
The deal –
Hurricanes acquire: Patrick O’Sullivan ($2.925 mil/yr until 10-11) and a 2nd round pick (CGY)
Kings acquire: Justin Williams ($3.5 mil/yr until 10-11)
Oilers acquire: Patrick O’Sullivan ($2.925 mil/yr until 10-11) and a 2nd round pick
Hurricanes acquire: Erik Cole (UFA) and a 5th round pick
The breakdown – Patrick O’Sullivan is so talented, but he’s got some emotional issues and his hockey sense isn’t all there either. He has the highest ceiling in the deal, but how far will he continue to progress? Cole is unrestricted and was having a bad season in Edmonton but astonishingly he reeled in O’Sullivan (still under contract) and a 2nd rounder. The Kings get a good, speedy two-way winger in Justin Williams but this is now the third major injury he’s sustained and the second in as many years. Cole might be on his way to resurrection in Carolina – five points in two games. Edmonton wins this deal in terms of value though.
Penguins acquire: Andy Wozniewski (UFA)
Blues acquire: Danny Richmond (RFA)
Even trade, a couple offensive defenseman that won’t be NHL regulars. Neither can play defense. Wozniewski is so bad at defense that he drew foul language from a television analyst on live TV. Minor league deal.
Sabres acquire: Mikael Tellqvist (UFA)
Coyotes acquire: 4th round pick in 2010
This trade favors Buffalo because they fill a need in net and they get a quality netminder. Tellqvist is an above average backup goalie in this league and provides a better option than Lalime in net. He’s unrestricted, but is probably auditioning for the job of Miller’s backup.
Sabres acquire: Dominic Moore (UFA)
Maple Leafs acquire: 2nd round pick (CAR)
I can’t explain what brought on Dominic Moore’s hot streak – he’s traditionally a defensive center. I don’t expect him to bring a lot to the Sabres, I can’t imagine a situation where he scores points in two out of every three games again either. Toronto wins the deal because they don’t have to give $2.5 million to Moore and they get a decent pick.
Ducks acquire: Erik Christensen (RFA)
Thrashers acquire: Prospect Eric O’Dell (unsigned)
Christensen doesn’t bring a lot to the table besides a shot that rarely hits the net. It seems that he’d be better suited to a lower level league at this point. Eric O’Dell was the Ducks second round pick in 2008. He’s put up 93 points in 88 career OHL games with Sudbury and has been one of the best players on the team this year. He’s got the hockey sense, but does he have the wheels and the size?
Panthers acquire: Steve Eminger (RFA)
Lightning acquire: Noah Welch (RFA) and a 3rd round pick
The Lightning actually win a trade! Eminger for Welch is kind of a wash, both bottom-pairing defenseman with a little higher potential. Welch has battled some injury troubles though. The third round pick seals the deal for Tampa Bay. Getting Noah Welch adds to Tampa Bay’s collection of former Penguins.
Blue Jackets acquire: Prospect Kevin Lalande ($587,222 until 09-10 -> RFA)
Flames acquire: 4th round pick
The Blue Jackets fill a need in terms of organizational depth in goal. Lalande is an athletic goalie that has done well in the ECHL and in a short stint in the AHL. Whether Lalande makes any impact at the NHL level is still up in the air, but the depth is still valuable at lower levels.
Sharks acquire: Travis Moen (UFA) and Kent Huskins (UFA)
Ducks acquire: Prospects Nick Bonino (unsigned) and Timo Pielmeier ($791,667/yr until 10-11) and a conditional 4th round draft pick
The Sharks get a depth d-man in Huskins and a replacement defensive, physical winger in Moen to replace the injured Grier. The Ducks get Nick Bonino who is second to the highly-touted Colin Wilson in scoring at Boston University. Questions about his skating are a big concern. Timo Pielmeier plays for Shawinigan (QMJHL) where he’s 30-8-2. He has quick legs, good lateral movement and reflexes. Even trade, advantage Ducks if a prospect pans out.
Oilers acquire: Ales Kotalik (UFA)
Sabres acquire: 2nd round pick (CAR)
Kotalik is a pure sniper that bolsters the Edmonton lineup upfront and on the point of the power play. Other than that, he doesn’t bring a ton to the table but Edmonton doesn’t need him to do much more than convert Hemsky’s dishes. The 2nd round pick is pretty good value for him.
Maple Leafs acquire: Olaf Kolzig (UFA), Jamie Heward (UFA), Andy Rogers (RFA) and a 4th round pick (CAR)
Lightning acquire: Richard Petiot (UFA)
Kolzig and Heward are out for the year and Rogers will soon be out for the year (injury prone prospect that may never make it). Petiot is slated to be a group VI free agent, besides that he’s a 6-foot-4 defensive defenseman. Essentially, the Lightning sell a fourth round pick for roughly half a million dollars.