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Diary of a Trade Deadline live blog -- 2013

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 3:30 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Diary of a Trade Deadline live blog -- 2013
Live blog, featuring commentary and analysis of the NHL trade deadline.

Hectic day wrapping up

3:45 PM ET

Man, a whole lot of stuff happened at the end of the day here, huh? After Gaborik and Pominville were traded, a few other deals went down.

The Devils grabbed forward Steve Sullivan from the Coyotes for a seventh-round pick. The Leafs acquried Ryan O'Byrne from Colorado for fourth-round pick. The Bruins traded for Wade Redden and only gave up a seventh-round pick to the Blues. The Sharks picked up Raffi Torres from the Coyotes for a third-round pick and Matthew Lombardi was dealt to the Ducks.

All of those deals have been reported by multiple sources. Also, the Capitals are expected to annoucne a deal shortly.

Flyers acquire Mason from Jackets

2:10 PM ET

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the Philadelphia Flyers were among the finalists for Ben Bishop's services, so they went with Plan B -- Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.

Columbus receives draft picks in return for the goaltender who won the Calder Trophy in 2009 but became expendable with Sergei Bobrovsky establishing himself as the No. 1 goaltender.

Mason will likely replace Michael Leighton as the Flyers' backup goaltender behind Ilya Bryzgalov.

Gaborik to Columbus; Pominville to Minnesota

2:45 PM ET

As expected, things have gotten really interesting over the last 10 minutes with two huge reported deals coming through.

First, the New York Rangers sent Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.

Second, the Minnesota Wild acquired Jason Pominville from the Buffalo Sabres and shipped away goalies Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson.

Flyers acquire Mason from Jackets

2:10 PM ET

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the Philadelphia Flyers were among the finalists for Ben Bishop's services, so they went with Plan B -- Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.

Columbus receives draft picks in return for the goaltender who won the Calder Trophy in 2009 but became expendable with Sergei Bobrovsky establishing himself as the No. 1 goaltender.

Mason will likely replace Michael Leighton as the Flyers' backup goaltender behind Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bishop headed to Tampa for Conacher

2:10 PM ET

We've finally got something to report. The Lightning have reportedly sent Calder Trophy contender Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop.

This moves come on the heels of last offseason when Lightning GM Steve Yzerman gave up two second-round picks and third-round pick to get goaltender Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators. Lindback has struggled this season while also dealing with injury in his first season as a starter.

With 24 points, Conacher becomes Ottawa's leading scorer. This should be a deal that's beneficial to both sides.


One hour to go!

2:00 PM ET

One hour to go!

So yeah, nothing has happened since the Jokinen trade. But Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told TSN that he think the team will stand pat today and not add a goalie or deal Tyler Bozak. So there you go. Sure, it seems selfish that Nonis would put doing his job responsibly ahead of my need for something to write about it, but what can you do?

The deadline usually finishes with a flourish. If I recall correctly, the Kassian-Hodgson deal last season wasn't revealed until after the deadline, so stick around. Or don't. Whatever.

Jokinen packing bags for Pittsburgh

1:30 PM ET

After going unclaimed on waivers last week, Jussi Jokinen has found a new home with the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Jokinen was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes for a conditional draft pick.

Jokinen has just 11 points in 33 games this season. He is known as shootout star, but he's just 4-for-16 in shootouts over the past three seasons but has no attempts this season. Carolina has gone to the shootout just once in 2012-13.

Ribeiro thinks he's staying put

1:20 PM ET

Perhaps the best offensive players available (that we know about) doesn't think he'll be going anywhere today. Mike Ribeiro told reporters that he'll be sticking with the Washington Capitals through the trade deadline, but he said he also doesn't expect to sign a contract with the club, either.

Ribeiro is headed toward unrestricted free agency and has 11 goals and 35 points in 36 games this season.

So if anyone was hoping to land a No. 2 center who can help the power play, it won't be Ribeiro.

Smithson wins faceoffs, heads to Edmonton

1:00 PM ET

Oh man are we rolling now. Florida has sent Jerred Smithson to the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round pick, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Smithson brings a big body, a deft ability to win faceoffs and a first name that looks like Jared but is actually Jerred. The Oilers need him, as they rank 30th in faceoff win percentage and could use someone to support Magnus Pajaarvi in the Names That Could Be Hard To Spell category.

Something? Something!

12:50 PM ET

We have a trade to announce! The Sharks have acquired defenseman Scott Hannan from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a seventh-round pick that will turn into a sixth-round pick if the Sharks make the playoffs.

That news come via multiple reports, and marks our first NHL trade of the day. And I don't know about you, but I'm downright giddy.

I'm not saying this is Luongo for Kadri, but when you've been trapped on a deserted island for four hours and someone gives you a warm glass of dirty tap water, you guzzle that down and enjoy it because you never know when the next warm glass of dirty tap water is on the way.

Perhaps the dam is breaking. Or perhaps this will be known as the Hannan Deadline.

Nothing? Nothing.

12:20 PM ET

Well, we are about 2.5 hours until the deadline, and here we are. Nothing has happened. It's like a Seinfeld episode without any of the laughs. It doesn't seem like Roberto Luongo is going anywhere. Miikka Kiprusoff appears off the market.
Hang on. Hold on here. Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins have traded Maxim Suave to the Chicago Blackhawks for Rob Flick. I'm not even looking that one up.

I think we are all just biding our time until the Buffalo Sabres unload their guys and Ben Bishop finds a new home. Until then, I don't know. Scroll down and join the chat. Ask some questions in there. Stuff will happen eventually. I swear.

Kiprusoff likely to stay in Calgary

11:30 AM ET

So it's been nearly 90 minutes since we kicked off this rollicking, entertaining, fast-paced live-blog and....hold on....I'm being told there hasn't been a single, solitary trade today. Not a one. Not even draft picks for draft picks. But, nothing is happening, and now that is something!

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that Miikka Kiprusoff is likely to stay with the Calgary Flames through the trade deadline. That's right -- a player not being traded is our first trade news of the day.

The Maple Leafs were rumored to be interested, but why they would acquire an aging goaltender with bad numbers when they have a young, cheap goaltender who is proving this season he can be a No. 1 is beyond my scope of intelligence. Yes, Kiprusoff has had playoff success, but what he did in 2004 seems pretty irrelevant to the NHL nine years later.

No, seriously. I'm asking. Will that stuff happen? I have no clue and it'd be great to know.

So we've got something. Sort of. Stay tuned and when that blockbuster trade of AHL players comes down the pipeline later, we'll have it here.

Welcome to the live-blog, everyone

9:45 AM ET

It's a new year, a new trade deadline but the same old live-blog that will be your guide through this hectic and crazy day. What can you expect here? Glad you asked. You can expect to find the latest news, rumors floating about the NHL and links to some well-written, insightful stories on NHL.com and some less insightful, poorly written stories from me.

But mostly, you can expect to find myself filling time with jokes that are going to make you want to read someone else's live-blog by about 11:30 today. But definitely stick around for the breaking news and analysis too.

What will the Toronto Maple Leafs do today? Trade for Miikka Kiprusoff? Acquire Roberto Luongo? Stand pat and go with James Reimer? What's going to happen with the New York Islanders and Mark Streit? A contract extension? A deal? Absolutely nothing? Will the Columbus Blue Jackets be buyers? Will the Philadelphia Flyers be sellers? Will there be a surprise player that no one considered who gets dealt today?

No, seriously. I'm asking. Will that stuff happen? I have no clue and it'd be great to know.

So stick around, keep refreshing, and here are some links to enjoy throughout the day:

Here's a link to our live chat which will be going on all the live long day.

Here's a link to our trade tracker which will track trades all the live long day.

Here's a link to Dan Rosen's story on the trade deadline's big questions.

Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic