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2013 Trade Deadline

How Rangers, Jackets measure up after blockbusters

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 12:28 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have engineered two blockbuster trades in a span of about eight months, featuring superstars, role players, young talent and draft picks.

With the dust settling, are these teams better off after all these moves? Did one come out farther ahead than the other?

First, let's take a look at all the assets that have changed hands in these two trades:

CBJ NYR
Marian Gaborik Rick Nash
Artem Anisimov Derick Brassard
Brandon Dubinsky Derek Dorsett
Tim Erixon John Moore
2013 first-round pick 2013 third-round pick*
Steven Delisle** 2014 sixth-round pick
Blake Parlett
*Should the Rangers reach the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Blue Jackets retain the pick
**Delisle was sent to the Rangers in the Nash deal, but returned in the Gaborik deal

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Rangers didn't see Gaborik deal coming

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 11:11 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It was just one game, but the New York Rangers started the post-Marian Gaborik era about as well anyone could have hoped.

New acquisitions Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore combined for four goals and four assists as the Rangers blew away the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The six goals were the most for the Rangers in a game this season, and they came mere hours after Gaborik was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brassard, Moore, Derek Dorsett, who is out with a broken collarbone, and a sixth-round draft pick.

The deal was first reported at about 2 p.m. ET and wasn't made official until 5:15 p.m. That didn't give the Rangers much of a chance to digest the news before their 7:30 p.m. ET game.

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NHL teams were busy right up to trade deadline

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 10:41 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman and John Kreiser - NHL.com Staff Writers

The NHL's trade market is closed after a flurry of 17 deals on Wednesday -- including a couple of major trades that went down in the final hour before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Some teams were looking to upgrade for a push at the Stanley Cup Playoffs; others sought to add young assets or stock up on draft picks.

How did each team do? NHL.com takes a look at all of the moves since the start of February and analyzes how things could shape up going forward.

ANAANAHEIM

Incoming Assets: Ben Lovejoy, Kyle Wilson, David Steckel, Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Lombardi, future considerations

Outgoing Assets: Dan Sexton, Ryan Lasch, Jay Rosehill, 2014 fifth-round pick, 2014 seventh-round pick, Brandon McMillan, Jeff Deslauriers

Analysis: Lovejoy has been solid on the Ducks' third pairing and Steckel has helped immensely in the faceoff circle, winning more than 52 percent of his draws since his acquisition. General manager Bob Murray's real job leading into the deadline was getting Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry signed to long-term contract extensions so he wouldn't have to list either as an outgoing asset. Lombardi could get a shot as second-line center, a hole the Ducks need to fill.

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Kiprusoff appreciative to stay with Flames

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 8:56 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Miikka Kiprusoff's heart wasn't in Toronto.

Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster, meanwhile, didn't have the heart to ship out the franchise's winningest goaltender.

After trading Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, Feaster kept Kiprusoff – who was wanted by the Toronto Maple Leafs -- in Calgary at the keeper's request.

"I was doing lots of thinking the last few days," Kiprusoff said. "It was up and down. This morning, I come to the rink and I talk to Jay and I said I'd really like to finish the season as a Flame and I don't think its fair to the other team if I don't feel 100 percent in going to go anyways. It's been tough thinking, for sure, the last few days."

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Luongo laments fact contract likely prevented trade

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 8:53 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- An emotional Roberto Luongo made it clear he wasn't upset to still be a member of the Vancouver Canucks after the NHL Trade Deadline passed Wednesday.

The reason he hasn't been traded yet is another matter.

"My contract sucks," Luongo said bluntly of a 12-year, $64 million deal that still has nine seasons remaining after this one. "That's what the problem is, and unfortunately it's a big factor in trading me and it's probably why I am still here."

Asked if he'd trade all those millions for the chance to be a starter again somewhere else, Luongo barely hesitated.

"I'd scrap it if I could right now," he said.

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Gaborik looking forward to challenge in Columbus

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 8:47 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Marian Gaborik's decision to waive his no-trade clause Wednesday afternoon was ultimately a pretty easy one to make.

The Columbus Blue Jackets coveted him and wanted him badly; the New York Rangers no longer did.

So Gaborik told Rangers general manager Glen Sather that he'd go and the trade was finalized with minor-leaguers Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle also heading to Columbus with Gaborik in exchange for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett, defenseman John Moore and the Blue Jackets' sixth-round pick in 2014.

Gaborik expects to play Thursday night against the Nashville Predators.

"I wasn't having any fun this year," Gaborik said shortly after he was traded to the Blue Jackets in what was arguably the biggest blockbuster on trade deadline day. "I'm looking forward to a new challenge."

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Ribeiro happy to be staying with Capitals

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 8:28 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have spent the better part of four years trying to find a second-line center. Now that they have one in Mike Ribeiro, the Capitals aren't ready to let him go.

The NHL Trade Deadline passed Wednesday, and much to Ribeiro's relief, the 33-year-old is still with Washington. Ribeiro is in the final year of a five-year, $25 million contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"The relief is more about staying here [this season]," said Ribeiro, the Capitals' second-leading scorer with 11 goals and 24 assists (35 points) in 36 games.

"My contract -- I don't think I'm worried if I'm going to sign for next year's season -- that will happen. It was more about knowing whether I'd be staying here or not. Obviously with the last two weeks or so, you can see our potential and what we can do. I'm happy here and hopefully we can keep winning and make the playoffs."

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With Erat aboard, Capitals feel they can make playoffs

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 8:20 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals are confident their recent stretch of winning hockey is a sign of things to come and they have the pieces in place for a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Those pieces now include veteran forward Martin Erat, whom the Capitals acquired from the Nashville Predators just before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline.

Erat waived his no-movement clause before joining Washington, along with minor-league prospect Michael Latta, in exchange for 2012 first-round pick Filip Forsberg.

"It's about trying to be a good team now and in the future," Capitals general manager George McPhee said.

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Canadiens GM refuses to mortgage future to keep up

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 7:21 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Davis Drewiske
Defense - MTL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 20 | +/-: 3
BROSSARD, Que. – When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin looks at the teams around him at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, he sees the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Those teams made significant moves prior to Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline to load up for a deep Stanley Cup Playoff run, but that did not compel Bergevin to follow suit as the Canadiens simply added depth defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

"We are always trying to improve the Montreal Canadiens," Bergevin said an hour after the deadline passed. "But with a record of 23-7, I think we can all agree we are satisfied."

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Rangers coach Tortorella on Gaborik: 'I'll miss him'

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 7:18 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORKNew York Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn't surprised Marian Gaborik was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. That's because Tortorella was part of the internal talks that led to Gaborik being shipped out in exchange for forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, along with defenseman John Moore.

"I was involved in the discussions with it," Tortorella said about 90 minutes before the Rangers were to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. "It is a situation that for us … listen, he's a good player and his game's beginning to come, but it gives us some flexibility going forward. We're filling out the middle of our lineup with that deal. We get some good players there with some grind, with some skill."

The trade came less than 24 hours after the Rangers acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for three draft picks. Clowe, Brassard and Moore were in the Rangers' lineup against the Penguins; Dorsett is out with a broken collarbone.

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