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2012 Trade Deadline

Deadline Snapshot: Incoming, outgoing team assets

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:49 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The trade market has closed for another season, and with it teams' last chances to either upgrade for a playoff push or start the rebuilding process for next season.

How did your favorite team do? takes a look at a busy February on the trade market and analyzes what they did and what it could mean going forward. 

Stars' win streak factored into deadline strategy

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:35 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- With the Dallas Stars (33-26-4, 70 points) currently on a four-game winning streak and just three points behind current Pacific Division leader Phoenix, the team chose not to make any moves prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline.

Dallas did trade defenseman Nicklas Grossman to Philadelphia on Feb. 17 for two future draft picks, a move the Stars made because GM Joe Nieuwendyk felt his club had sufficient depth at the blue line. But other than that, all was quiet at the team's headquarters on Monday.

Trade request complicates Nash's stay in Columbus

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:26 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The question for days among Columbus Blue Jackets fans was where former All-Star forward and franchise icon Rick Nash might go in a trade they didn't want to happen.
Now that the NHL Trade Deadline has passed and Nash's trade request hasn't been fulfilled, a different question is being asked.
Will he stay?

Bruins' Chiarelli adds depth at deadline

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:25 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON – The Stanley Cup championship his team captured last June didn't turn Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli into a complacent introvert as this season's trade deadline approached.

"I probably made, in the last three or four days, I probably made the most phone calls to other GMs than I've ever made in that period of time or the time leading up to the deadline," Chiarelli said Monday during a TD Garden press conference to discuss his two trades.

Preds, Canucks early winners with deadline deals

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:18 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Trade deadline day included 16 trades involving 19 teams. You can argue only one was truly of the blockbuster variety, but several teams fared well enough to end the day with high hopes for both their short-term and long-term futures.

Here are five teams considers "winners" on deadline day 2012:

Nashville Predators

Predators GM David Poile knew he had to accomplish two things at this year's deadline:

1) Bolster his team for what they believe can be a long playoff run.

2) Convince star defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber that the organization will do all it can to win.

Poile did all he could on Monday to get a high grade on both. He paid a price in draft picks, most notably a first-round pick this year and a second-round pick in 2013, but he brought in scoring depth and size in Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad to help the Predators' offense.

Hodgson-Kassian highlighted late flurry of activity

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:02 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For weeks the conversations were all about what would get done and who would be on the move by 3 p.m. ET Monday. As it turns out, we all had to wait just a little bit longer.

Most of the excitement on NHL Trade Deadline Day 2012 came after the clock moved past the hard deadline for teams to get their deals into the NHL for approval. A flurry of trades, including a shocking blockbuster between the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres, came to light after 3 o'clock, turning what was looking like a relatively quiet deadline day in the NHL into a far more interesting one.

"Nothing was happening until an hour and a half before the deadline," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said, "then things started to pop."

No, Rick Nash didn't move out of Columbus despite Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson saying he was the one that asked for the trade. Neither the Rangers nor the Maple Leafs made any significant moves to bolster themselves for a playoff push. And, in that regard, no goaltenders were moved and some teams that were rumored to be active remained quiet.

Busy Lightning solidify defense with three trades

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 7:00 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Lonnie Herman - Correspondent

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lightning GM Steve Yzerman expected a quiet Trade Deadline day. Things didn't quite turn out that way, though. But Yzerman expressed that the activity, which amounted to three separate trades, was worth it.

"Defensemen are hard to find," he said.

So when he found three of them available Monday, each at the right price, he moved.

Yzerman added veteran Mike Commodore from Detroit, former first-round selection Brian Lee from Ottawa and highly regarded prospect Keith Aulie from Toronto.

Hurricanes GM 'more than OK' with quiet deadline

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:47 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent

RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes remained quiet at the NHL trade deadline on Monday, in part because they didn't have many players they wanted to move.

Jaroslav Spacek
Defense - CAR
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 12
SOG: 35 | +/-: 3
The Hurricanes had a pair of pending unrestricted free agents, defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek, but both will remain with Carolina.

"I'm more than OK with it," said general manager Jim Rutherford, who noted that both players have been a strong influence in the team's dressing room.

Allen, who was acquired from Florida at the deadline and has a no-trade clause, has expressed interest in remaining with Carolina next season, so staying put wasn't a negative for either party. But unlike veterans Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason, who were signed to extensions in recent weeks, Allen was not offered a new deal before the deadline.

Flyers' Holmgren stands pat after pre-deadline trades

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:43 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

It wasn't too surprising that Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren opted to stand pat by the time Monday's trade deadline rolled around.

Holmgren is confident the acquisitions of defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman in the week leading up to deadline day is just what coach Peter Laviolette required to keep the team on course for a fifth straight postseason appearance.

"We just felt more comfortable with our team the way it is, and quite frankly, since we've added the two defensemen, we've all felt that way," Holmgren said in a conference call from the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees, N.J., on Monday afternoon. "We believe we have to play better, but all the coaches like our team, too, so we're happy to move forward. It's a crazy day for us here and for all the players around the League to go through that, because you never know what's going to happen. But now that it's over, I think you just march ahead and get on with winning some hockey games."

The Flyers are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with 34 wins and 75 points -- two behind fourth-seeded Pittsburgh. They finish a four-game trip swing in San Jose on Tuesday after sandwiching wins in Winnipeg and Calgary around a 2-0 loss at Edmonton. 

Wild retool defense for now and build for future

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:43 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL -- After a busy 72 hours, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher reflected on the moves he made to completely reshape his defensive core.

Fletcher traded away 35-year-old Marek Zidlicky to New Jersey on Friday, then dealt two more veteran defensemen prior to Monday's trading deadline, sending Nick Schultz to Edmonton for Tom Gilbert and moving veteran Greg Zanon to Boston for youngster Steven Kampfer.

Tom Gilbert
Defense - MIN
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 17
SOG: 50 | +/-: -4
"Our ability to transition the puck from the defensive zone to the offensive zone is an area we wanted to improve," Fletcher said. "We feel we are better at that today."

Fletcher said he's been intrigued by the thought of adding Gilbert for several years, saying he first spoke with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini three summers ago. It's believed Gilbert's offensive abilities are what attracted the Wild to him in the first place, but Fletcher said he believes Gilbert has more to offer.

"He does have an offensive component, but I don't know that I'd characterize him purely as an offensive defenseman," Fletcher said. "I don't think that's fair to his talents. I think Tom is a strong puck-mover and certainly has the ability to contribute offensively, but I feel he has a very solid two-way game."
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