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2012 Trade Deadline

Preds hope big push helps them keep star d-men

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:41 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- David Poile recounted a brief history of the Nashville Predators on Monday, as he is the only general manager to have run that franchise since it entered the NHL in 1998.

They built up the franchise and then when it started to reach a peak, the Preds were forced to part with some of their top players -- Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Tomas Vokoun -- as they could not afford to keep them.

Fifth in the NHL in points entering Tuesday, the Predators are facing that crossroads once again. All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.

Deadline Day dealings by the numbers

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:28 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

John Kreiser - Columnist

Wayne Gretzky holds dozens of NHL records. One that he was never a candidate to own is the mark held by Alan May.

May, a former enforcer, is the only player in NHL history to be involved in four of the 458 trade deadline deals since 1980. May was twice dealt at the deadline in back-to-back years; in 1988 (Boston to Edmonton) and '89 (Edmonton to Los Angeles), and again in 1994 (Washington to Dallas) and '95 (Dallas to Calgary).

Four other players have been dealt three times at the deadline. The most notable was Hall of Famer Mike Gartner, who was swapped at the deadline three times in a five-year span -- he went from Washington to Minnesota in 1989, from Minnesota to the New York Rangers a year later, and from the Rangers to Toronto at the deadline in 1994.

Gretzky was never traded at the actual deadline -- Los Angeles sent him to St. Louis on Feb. 27, 1996, a couple of weeks before the deadline, which was later in the season than it is now. In addition to Gartner, other Hall of Famers who've been moved at the deadline since 2000 include Ray Bourque (2000; Boston to Colorado), Doug Gilmour (2001; Chicago to Buffalo) and Joe Nieuwendyk (2002; Dallas to New Jersey). Bourque and Nieuwendyk went on to win Stanley Cups with their new team, though not in the year they were acquired.

Avs duo provides Sharks with depth and grit

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:23 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks were due for a shakeup Monday at the NHL Trade Deadline after their discouraging 2-6-1 road trip that sent them plummeting to seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race.

The only question was, how big?

As it turned out, there were no earth-shattering deadline deals involving San Jose, or any other NHL team as Rick Nash and the rest of the League's elite players stayed put. But Sharks GM Doug Wilson swung a deal with Colorado for wingers T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik, two players he expects to play key roles in San Jose's  Stanley Cup Playoff push.

Burke willing to stick with current group of Leafs

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:20 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Despite his team's recent slide in the Eastern Conference standings, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is confident the group he has in place is the one capable of making a last-ditch effort to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"In my mind, there is nothing we could have done (Monday) that would have made us better now. It was all stuff that would have made us better down the road and our fans have lived through that. We have to see if this group is good enough to win and keep our assets." -- Brian Burke

"We're sticking to the blueprint here," Burke told the media following Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

"In my mind, there is nothing we could have done (Monday) that would have made us better now," he added. "It was all stuff that would have made us better down the road and our fans have lived through that. We have to see if this group is good enough to win and keep our assets."

Burke and Dave Nonis, Toronto's senior vice president of hockey operations, reiterated in the days leading up to the trade deadline that the organization wasn't interested in rental players and wouldn't deal a promising prospect for an experienced player.

Burke reminded the media of that Monday afternoon when he was asked if he found it difficult to stand pat considering the 1-7-1 slump that has dropped the team to 10th in the East -- three points behind eighth-seeded Winnipeg -- heading into Monday's action.

After much speculation, Blue Jackets retain Nash

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:17 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets wound up pulling off the NHL Trade Deadline deal involving the biggest names. Only it wasn't THE trade.
Rick Nash
Right Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 21 | ASST: 22 | PTS: 43
SOG: 236 | +/-: -23
Rick Nash, you're staying put. At least for now. Even if you asked to be traded elsewhere, and even if you might be moved before next season.
On a day of anticipation, hesitation and, finally, introspection for the struggling Blue Jackets, general manager Scott Howson's phone rang and rang Monday. He listened to multiple offers for Nash, a premier power forward who could bring enough in a blockbuster trade to accelerate a franchise's rebuilding effort by several years.
Howson talked, he said, to every team in the NHL during the past few weeks.
Still, Howson wasn't sold. So Nash wasn't, either, even though Nash -- no doubt weary of the losing he's experienced in Columbus -- asked to be traded about a month ago, according to Howson in his comments Monday.

Jets retool defense, but ultimately happy with roster

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:16 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets management team spent their first NHL trade deadline retooling the club's blue line.

The Jets shipped out veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya, due to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, to the Chicago Blackhawks for second- and third-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 30-year-old Oduya played in the Jets' top-six after a shaky start, registered 2 goals and 13 points in 62 games.

To fill Oduya's spot on the blue line, the Jets went to the NHL waiver wire again and added defenseman Grant Clitsome from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Clitsome, 26, played 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season and put up 4 goals and 14 points.

The Jets did not make Oduya available to the media, and Clitsome is not scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg until Tuesday. But general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke to reporters about his first NHL trade deadline experience.

"We're happy with the outcome today," Cheveldayoff said. "Certainly it's tough when you see a player who leaves your organization, your family, but I wish Johnny the best. I just can't say enough about him as a person and his contributions to the organization."

Stunning run has Ducks standing pat at deadline

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:14 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

It sounds odd for the general manager of a team five places removed from a Stanley cup Playoff berth to be perfectly content with his roster, but Bob Murray was sitting pretty on the NHL's Trade Deadline day.

The impressive turnaround by Anaheim made Murray's phone rather quiet on a day most had pegged as one of major activity for the Ducks.

Murray said he largely made up his mind weeks ago not to make major changes. Specifically, the Ducks players made up his mind with an NHL-best 17-4-4 record since Jan. 1 going into Monday's game at Colorado.

Transactions completed prior to NHL trade deadline

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 6:00 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

NEW YORK -- NHL clubs made 16 trades involving 32 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

Feaster feels Flames' answers will come from within

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 5:14 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

"As we approach here the last 21 games, we like this group, we believe the answers are still in that room. We feel we've had a number of productive conversations with quite a few of our guys over the last two, three days. We're ready to get going here and chase this playoff spot." -- Flames GM Jay Feaster

CALGARY -- The answer is in the Calgary Flames' dressing room.

That's the message sent by general manager Jay Feaster, whose inactivity at Monday's trade deadline spoke volumes about his belief in the club's ability to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in three years.

"As we approach here the last 21 games, we like this group, we believe the answers are still in that room," Feaster said. "We feel we've had a number of productive conversations with quite a few of our guys over the last two, three days. We're ready to get going here and chase this playoff spot."

In other words, selling was not in Feaster's vocabulary Monday with the Flames just three points behind the Dallas Stars for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Vets Knuble, Hamrlik still with Caps, hoping to play

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 5:00 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Ben Raby - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Shortly after signing with the Washington Capitals last July, Roman Hamrlik spoke of the chance to win a Stanley Cup for the first time in his 19-year NHL career. Nearly eight months later, Hamrlik's goals, and perhaps those of the team he plays for, have become far more modest.

With the Capitals standing pat at the NHL trade deadline Monday, Hamrlik is simply hopeful of a return to Dale Hunter's lineup.

The 37-year-old defenseman has been a healthy scratch in three straight games and was thought to be on the trading block as the deadline approached.

Ditto for 39-year-old Mike Knuble, a healthy scratch in two straight games and in five of the past nine games overall.

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