|6:20 PST – It's much to early and there's no action yet - anywhere. As always, it'll probably be a wait and see until the final hours. || |
|6:25 PST – Good morning Canucks fans. You can scratch Burrows of your "will he stay or go list" but there's still plenty of questions. With Nycholat leaving for the Flames (*spits*) does that reduce the chances a guy like O'Brien could be on the move? What about struggling wingers Raymond and Pyatt along with Wellwood? Would Gillis make a trade to bolster the third line now that Kesler and Burrows are reaching new heights on the top two? Or will our GM stand still, let his counterparts go nuts and keep his guys focused on the post season run? |
Should be a fun day. Hope you're awake (or at least near a caffeine source. I understand Red Bull gives you wings. Start there)
|7:00 PST – First trade of the day: Leclaire and pick (CBJ) for Vermette (OTT)... not some of the names thrown around recently but interesting move with Columbus in a good position to make a push for the playoffs with Steve Mason solid in net lately, will that be enough for their first playoff bid? |
|7:11 PST – This is a pretty hefty price the Jackets have paid for an underachieving forward. This is a good trade for the here-and-now for Columbus seeing as how they won’t get any help from Leclaire down the stretch anyways, but it may be one of those deals somewhere down the road that they look at and regret. For Ottawa, they get a great young goalie which is something that franchise arguably has never had and the second round pick is just gravy. Both have contracts beyond next season so there will be a longer grace period in terms of judging a winner although my early pick would be Ottawa.. |
|7:13 PST – Man landing on the moon. The Kennedy assassination. September 11th. Cooke for Pettinger. You'll always remember where you were in the case of some events. I can only pray to the gods that we have a deadline day that rivals last year's. |
|7:13 PST – Never good to see a team chasing the Canucks get a winger they needed. Maybe he can find his strides from '07-'08 and help the league's worst PP. But for our sakes I hope not. |
|7:32 PST – The ticker on Sportsnet revealed that Marc Denis has been re-called by the Canadiens. Word is that Halak has a case of the flu and may not be able to go against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, however, there will be rumours floated around that maybe one of the netminders in Montreal are on the move. We all know Carey Price isn’t headed anywhere, so that leaves either Halak or Denis. Teams that could be interested in a good back-up goaltender include Washington, Toronto, Calgary and Columbus. |
|7:33 PST – My first thought: Did anybody at TSN checked with the fire marshall? There's no way that many guys can legally be in one television studio at the same time. No way. It's not a whole lot better over at Sportsnet, but at least they look like they can breathe on that set. I always get a kick out of the early part of deadline day -- 40 television analysts, one trade to talk about. Never thought I'd know as much about Pascal Leclaire as I do now! I can only imagine what I would have learned had the Leafs made that deal. |
|7:51 PST – If the Canucks were interested in Tim Connolly, they can scratch him off the list now that Connolly has agreed to a two-year deal with Buffalo. Connolly’s biggest issue has been his inability to stay healthy over his career and that may have affected what teams were willing to offer to try and pry him away from the Sabres. At the end of the day, the Sabres are better served to keep him in the fold and hope he can develop into that point-a-game player over a full season and that’s exactly what they’ve done here. |
|7:52 PST – Am I the only one who secretly wishes that nothing happens on deadline day (I'm pretty sure that I am). Something would be so gratifying about seeing these TV stations go through the trouble of changing all of their graphics to "deadline edition", building "trade breaker desks", and counting down the ever-whittling hours in the bottom corner of the screen, only to have nothing to go on other than general talking points. But...uh...I'm sure that won't happen, so...keep hitting refresh on this page! Plenty of general talking points to come! |
|7:57 PST – Good to see Connolly stay in Buffalo. I wasn't a fan of the idea of him coming to Vancouver and, between Bernier and Pyatt, I think we're full with ex-Sabres anyway. Ditto ex-Leafs too (hint hint). I guess we'll find out the results of the waiver wire flood from yesterday soon... |
|8:09 PST – My early impressions... Ottawa wins the deal with Columbus... Blue Jackets are banking on a guy in Vermette that has shown flashes of offensive talent but hasn't been able to bring it consistently... The Sens are in a position to gamble with the future of their goaltending, and I think Laclaire is worth the gamble... Plus the Sens get a 2nd round pick?!? This might be Bryan Murray's best move of the season... |
|8:32 PST – Rumour from the TSN panel is that the Flames are very close to acquiring Olli Jokinen. The Flames would need to move some salary back to Phoenix to make the deal work. The Flames have a few young players that the Coyotes might be interested in as well and that come rather inexpensively as well – including the likes of Dustin Boyd, Eric Nystrom, David Moss or Brandon Prust. The Coyotes are looking to sell, but don’t expect them to just give away a top player like Jokinen and get nothing in return. |
|8:45 PST – And with that, at 8:40 am PST, on March 4th, the Lawrence Nycholat era in Calgary came to an end. |
|8:45 PST – Well look who finally rolled out of bed. Sorry I'm late, fashionably late, but it doesn't look like I've missed much so far. Just got word Lawrence Nycholat has been shipped to Colorado in exchange for Jordan Leopold, who goes to Calgary. What a crazy week for Nycholat. |
|8:46 PST – This is a good depth move for the Flames who have had some injuries on their back end with Rhett Warrener and Mark Giordano out. In particular, this move helps the Flames overcome the loss of Giordano since both Leopold and Giordano fit a similar mold in that they’re both left handed shots, both are of the same build, and both can put up some points and could be a good player on the power play. Not good news if you’re Lawrence Nycholat though, who had been tabbed to replace Giordano but it looks like that won’t happen unless more injuries occur. |
|8:49 PST – I see Lawrence Nycholat's tour of the Northwest Division is picking up steam. From Vancouver to Calgary to Colorado in less than 24 hours. Pretty impressive stuff. That's three teams for a guy who has played three games since January 1st. He might actually get a chance to play in Colorado given what the Avalanche has on its blueline. And ultimately that's all a guy wants. |
|8:53 PST – Scratch my last comment on Nycholat, as the esteemed panel points out he was included in the deal to Colorado. And on a similar note, great to see you Derek. Heard a rumour that Wild.com had offered five brand new wireless routers for your services, but I’m glad that deal fell through. |
|8:54 PST – Is is acceptable to be annoyed that the Flames take a waiver wire guy from us and move him, with a prospect and a pick, to yet another team in our division so they can get an oft-injured, yet still solid defenseman in return? I can't even root for the Avs to use that pick to unearth a gem. And make that the second team around Vancouver in the standings to better themselves this morning. |
|8:58 PST – Here’s one of the ho-hum variety unless you’re related to one of the players with Andy Wozniewski headed to Pittsburgh in exchange for Danny Richmond heading back to St. Louis. Wozniewski brings a little more game experience and is four years the senior of Richmond. Richmond is a former second rounder and maybe the Blues see something that obviously the Hurricanes, Blackhawks the Penguins have not. |
|9:05 PST – Brendan Morrison is headed to Dallas with the Stars picking him up off waivers. I'm not going to lie, I was kind of hoping Morrison could squeak back into the Canucks lineup as a third line centre, but my questionable pipe dream is over. |
|9:08 PST – NHL's got six hours of live deadline programming today and you can watch it here - just in case you don't have enough sources or opinions to listen to. |
|9:08 PST – Great to see Brendan Morrison get another shot at the NHL level. Too bad Brenden Morrow isn't healthy so they could play on the same line. Interesting to note Dallas is in Anaheim on Friday night, so Mo won't have to wait long to see his old Duck buddies. The pride of Pitt Meadows is a former University of Michigan teammate of Marty Turco and is the brother-in-law of Stars television analyst Darryl Reaugh, so he shouldn't have much trouble feeling at home in Dallas. |
|9:11 PST – Make Dallas the third team in the Western race for the playoffs who has made a move, grabbing Morrison off of waivers and saddening countless Vancouver fans who wanted a reunion. Dallas has lost five of their last seven. |
|9:18 PST – Great news! With Mikael Tellqvist being shipped to Buffalo from Phoenix for a 4th round pick, this year’s trade deadline is now officially more exciting than the 1982-83 edition. That year Ken Solheim was traded from Minnesota to Detroit for future considerations in the only move on deadline day. I would love to see TSN struggle to fill 24 hours of live trade coverage with only one deal to discuss. Hello Bob McKenzie live lunch cam! |
|9:18 PST – Craig Adams to Pittsburgh: |
Craig Adams brings a Stanley Cup ring to the Penguins and is a good depth forward. His career high is 10 goals and 21 points during the 2005.06 season with Carolina.
Brendan Morrison to Dallas:
Brendan Morrison is a solid pick-up for the Stars who needed to get someone in to fill the void left by the injured Brad Richards. The former Canuck can jump right in and play a second-line centre role behind Mike Modano and maybe that’s what he needs to get his game turned around.
Martin Gerber and Eric Reitz to Toronto:
Sounds like the Vesa Toskala era is over in Toronto with the waiver wire pick-up of Martin Gerber. What will be most interesting now is whether they simply shut Toskala down with his injury problems, or if there may be a taker out there for his services. Curtis Joseph’s future is also very much up in the air as well. Eric Reitz appears to be purely a depth move, although at 25-years old he would become the third youngest D-man on the Leafs active roster if he sticks behind only Luke Schenn and Ian White.
Mikael Tellqvist to Coyotes from Sabres for a fourth round pick:
No surprise here as the Sabres needed a back-up for Patrick Lalime after number one netminder Ryan Miller went down with injury. Tellqvist becomes a UFA at the end of the season so he isn’t a big commitment one way or another.
|9:42 PST – A bit of a lull here in deals, but I can tell you that it’s actually kind of fun being in the Norm Jewison Media Room deep in the bowels of GM Place. There are about 20 members of the media here with everyone from Joey Kenward to Elliott Pap throwing their hats into the ring when a deal goes down. Farhan Lalji, the big dawg himself, also just entered the picture, he's TSN's man in Van - I'll see if I can get some face time on camera next time he goes live. |
|9:44 PST – Huge move for the Calgary Flames to pick up Olli Jokinen as had been rumoured earlier in the day. With Jokinen, the Flames get a legitimate top-six scoring forward for their second line – which is something you really could not have said about either Todd Bertuzzi or Rene Bourque before the start of the season. When those two pieces get back into their lineup, they will be a much scarier team to face for defenders and goaltenders across the NHL. The Coyotes get a couple of good young players in Matt Lombardi and Brandon Prust and they dump some salary as well so they’ll be happy with that. |
|9:45 PST – Massive upgrade for the Flames in getting Jokinen... Calgary has been without a true #1 centre all year, and they've got one now... A line with Jokinen and Iginla on it will be as physically imposing as it is offensively threatening... If Betuzzi plays with those two, have fun trying to contain them... |
|9:47 PST – After much speculation, it’s finally official that Olli Jokinen has been sent to Calgary. How does a division rival getting a top six forward affect Vancouver? Going by the numbers, not much. Jokinen has only four assists and is a minus-4 in 13 career games against the Canucks and even though Calgary and Vancouver only square off once more this season, the stars could align for a playoff matchup. |
|9:48 PST – By the way, I think Phoenix did all right in the Jokinen deal as well... The Coyotes have drafted well lately, and if that trend continues with the first rounder they get from Calgary, this makes the Desert Dogs that much deeper going forward... Lombardi has wheels to burn and should compliment an already speedy lineup... |
Brendan Morrison makes sense for Dallas with Brad Richards out... Mo won't replace Richards' offense or minutes, but he should help compensate in both areas...
|9:48 PST – Petteri Nokelainen could one day develop into an solid NHLer but for the Boston Bruins, it's all about the here-and-now and Steve Montador helps them shore up a defence that starts to thin out after Dennis Wideman and Zdeno Chara. Montador's a tough customer and he can put up some points as well. He instantly becomes Boston's third leading scorer among blueliners behind the aforementioned Wideman and Chara. Montador becomes a UFA at the end of the season. |
|10:04 PST – I have to echo Scott’s comments on the Coyotes. Here’s a list of first rounders over the last three years that the Coyotes have taken: Mikkel Boedker (2008, 8th overall), Viktor Tikhonov (2008, 28th overall), Kyle Turris (2007, 3rd), Nick Ross (2007, 30th), Peter Mueller (2006, 8th overall), and Chris Summers (2006, 29th overall). |
|10:09 PST – Mackenzie saying that the Canucks and the Flyers are the two teams at the front of the line for Bouwmeester... No word on the price tag, but that would be a big time answer from Vancouver to the Flames acquisition of Jokinen... Also worth noting that Calgary has to jettison some salary in the next two hours to get back under the cap... Who's next to leave cowtown? |
|10:10 PST – Is it just me or do the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche swing a lot more deals than you would think divisional rivals would? Off the top of my head, here are some of the big names that I can re-call switching between Flames and Avs jerseys: Theoren Fleury, Derek Morris, Alex Tanguay, Jordan Leopold (the first time around), Chris Drury, Robyn Regehr, etc. I’m sure the list goes on. |
|10:11 PST – Every move on deadline day is analyzed to death, let’s take a moment and analyze the analyzers. Since TSN is king of the castle, we’ll start there. Of the guys pegged as “trade breakers,” Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie have been the best so far today, Gord Miller lost points for referring to Lawrence Nycholat as Andrew Nycholat. He did win me back a little with his comment that if Blackberrys cause health defects, the panel has moments to live. Love it. |
|10:12 PST – Sorry, I was away from the computer for a while. I had to finger paint with my daughter and play trucks with my son. Anybody want to watch my kids for a while?! They don't seem to understand the significance of the day and show zero interest in sitting in front of the TV all morning. I've got to work harder at drilling the importance of hockey into them. |
That's a big move for the Flames. Olli Jokinen joins Mike Cammalleri in Calgary. Weren''t those guys both upposed to be Canucks at some point in the past 12 months? With Iginla, Langkow, Bourque, Conroy and even Todd Bertuzzi, when healthy, the Flames' top nine is now pretty impressive. I'm still not sold on their defense. But the Jokinen move is a bold play at a fairly steep price. The playoffs will tell if it was the right move for the Flames.
Oh, and I guess another youth movement is about to begin in the desert. Coyotes fans have seen this movie before.
|10:19 PST – Sorry. I was away from the computer for a while. My dad finally agreed to finger paint and play trucks with me. Uh...yeah, Calgary. I'm going to attempt to minimize the impact by saying that teams that load up at the deadline rarely (if ever) go far in the playoffs, but that's a pretty scary lineup when healthy. |
|10:26 PST – Hate to agree with Mike Macri (unless we’re still talking about how fun it is to play trucks), but making a splash at the trade deadline rarely pays off in the end. Three of the last seven Stanley Cup champions – Colorado in ’01, Detroit in ’02 and New Jersey in ’03 – stood pat at the deadline, showing faith in the line-up they had and obviously it paid off. Here’s to adding Vancouver to that list. |
|10:28 PST – Mark Recchi is a great pick-up by the Boston Bruins. Haven’t heard yet on who may be headed the other way, but Recchi instantly becomes a top-six forward in Boston and can really help take pressure off the likes of Michael Ryder, Blake Wheeler, Milan Lucic and Chuck Kobasew. He’s a two-time Cup Champion and that experience could prove to be invaluable for this young Bruins team who are looking to make their first serious run at a Cup in a long time. |
|10:32 PST – Recchi to the Bruins... This looks like a good fit... Boston has enough depth up front that the Bruins won't be dependent on Recchi for offense, but they're young enough that his playoff experience should help... Given the balance that Boston currently has, Recchi could be a powerplay specialist to some degree... Good supplemental move for a team that wasn't looking to do much at the deadline. |
|10:39 PST – Interesting theory floated out by The Reporters on TSN. Did the Maple Leafs acquire Martin Gerber because they didn’t trust Curtis Joseph and Justin Pogge to collectively tank the rest of the season? The Leafs have earned points in seven straight games (4-0-3) and are dangerously close to falling out of the John Tavares sweepstakes. Funny stuff. Never a dull moment in Leafs Nation. For those that haven’t heard, it’s also confirmed that Vesa Toskala will be undergoing season ending surgery. |
|10:41 PST – Mark Recchi has authored one of the most remarkable careers in National Hockey League history. For a short, stocky fourth-round pick, he's closing in on 1500 games played and has been able to get his hands on the Stanley Cup on two occasions. And for you trivia buffs, the western-most team he has ever played for just happens to be...wait for it...the Atlanta Thrashers. Boston becomes his seventh different NHL franchise (three stints in Pittsburgh, a pair in Philadelphia, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and now Boston. His five assist night in Calgary earlier in the week shows that he can still produce and should be able to slide in and help an already very good Bruins team. I have it on impeccable authority that Recchi was offered to the Vancouver Canucks for less than Boston gave up to get him, but the Canucks must have felt Recchi wasn't the right fit. |
|10:47 PST – Rumblings are still persisting about Vancouver and Bouwmeester. Not sure this is what the team needs down the stretch and into the post season but that's why I'm not GM. Philly is rumored to be in the race too. Also it sounds like Dominic Moore is headed to Chicago, thus making it four teams with playoff aspirations (Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Chicago) that are making some moves. A little over one hour to go. |
|10:55 PST – Just got word that apparently Peter Forsberg will announce his retirement tonight. This isn’t very surprising when you consider all the struggles he’s had coming back from injuries the last few years, but he was one helluva player when healthy and that should be saluted. Any guy who wins two Stanley Cups, two World Championships and two Olympics gold medals is a champ in my books. |
|10:56 PST – Scratch the Moore to Chicago deal for now; TSN has denied the report that was first mentioned on the NHL Network. Hey, it's only deadline day, we all get about 100 mistakes before being officially reprimanded! |
|10:59 PST – Alright. One hour to go and still all quiet on the Canuck front. Perhaps Alex Burrows has marched into the War Room and promised management that he will single-handedly deliver the Stanley Cup this year. Management would have no choice but hear him out. |
|11:00 PST – Scratch the Forsberg retirement rumour as well, sources just informed me he's in fact back in Sweden and not even in Colorado. You're welcome for the hard hitting news. |
|11:03 PST – Guerin to the Penguins; maybe he can do what Miro Satan couldn't - finish on a few Crosby passes... Give Ray Shero this - dude likes to deal... Hossa obviously didn't scare him away from getting back in the game this year... Props to the Pens' GM for giving those young guns a chance to do something in the postseason instead of fretting about a subpar season to date... |
|11:06 PST – Just saw Jeff's email on the subject of Recchi... There are two schools of thought about him "in the room"... Some hockey people swear by him, others think he can be devisive... Perhaps the Canucks fit into the latter category - or maybe they just didn't think he had what they were looking for. |
|11:07 PST The long-awaited trade of Bill Guerin is finally complete and it looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the sweepstakes. The Penguins had long been said to be looking for a winger for Sidney Crosby and it was thought Kunitz may have been that winger – although that may still be the case – but Guerin gives them yet another option. It looks like this may come at the expense of Miroslav Satan who cleared waivers earlier today and may have played his last game as a Pittsburgh Penguin. The Penguins only had to give up a conditional draft pick which can only be as high as a third rounder. |
|11:10 PST – I'm still curious what the hold up was with the Guerin trade that's been in standby since Saturday. Maybe another team dropped out before the Pens stepped in. Either way that's a fantastic pick up for the Pens and will help fill in the void left by Satan and Hossa before him a bit differently. He's not going to score a ton of goals, but you can never have enough of the guts and leadership that Guerin has come to personify his whole career. |
|11:14 PST – You know it's a fairly anticlimactic deadline when reference is made to the Guerin "sweepstakes". Are we so quick to forget the deadline exercise in futility that was his stint in San Jose? He was completely ineffective as a rental player. But if there's a team that could utilize his services, it's Pittsburgh. |
|11:24 PST – I hope you're strapped in because the last few hours have been nothing compared to the tornado of deals that should go down in the next half hour. There are still way too many teams that haven't done anything for this deadline to be done. |
Disturbing moment of the draft for me so far is Pierre McGuire saying that Travis Moen turns his crank. What?
|11:40 PST The big rumour per Sportsnet right now (the only rumour really surrounding the Canucks on this day) is the Canucks are close to a deal to acquire Jay Bouwmeester in exchange for Mason Raymond, Kevin Bieksa and a first round pick. Jay Bo is a UFA at the end of the season, and one has to wonder if the hold-up right now is if GM Mike Gillis is trying to negotiate a contract extension with Jay Bo before swinging the deal. The Canucks sound like the only team in the running at this moment for Jay Bo. |
|11:43 PST – Is it economic uncertainty? Is it an unwillingness to part with draft picks? Maybe cell phone towers are down around North America this morning... Whatever the reason, it has been SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW on deadline day... |
|11:48 PST – Upshall and a 2nd rounder to Phoenix for Carcillo... Flyers get instant energy and a physical presence, Coyotes get grit and more offensive upside in return PLUS a second rounder... This clears some salary for Philly as they would have to give Upshall a raise next season as he's an RFA... I give the edge to Phoenix on this one. |
|11:52 PST – Going...going...gone. Nik Antropov to the New York Rangers for a second-rounder and a conditional pick. This is a solid move for both sides, the Rangers get the big Russian and Brian Burke gets a coveted draft pick. Nicely done. |
|11:53 PST - Carcillo for Upshall: |
Daniel Carcillo is a hard-nosed player that almost seems made to be a Philadelphia Flyer. He has 174 PIMs this season after 324 last year. He hasn’t had the same offensive production as he had at this point last season, but could be a good energy forward. With Upshall, the Coyotes add yet another good young player to their core. With this deal however, the Flyers manage to drop some salary and they’re said to be in the running for Derek Morris as well from out of Phoenix.
Antropov to New York Rangers:
Antropov is a big centre that can possibly be utilized as a winger in New York and could greatly help with the Rangers’ offensive woes this season. The Rangers don’t have to give up the first round pick that had rumoured to be the asking price for Antropov. Antropov now instantly becomes the team’s leading goal scorer. The Rangers are another team that is rumoured to be interested in Derek Morris, but this could potentially end any thoughts of that.
|11:54 PST – In about 5 minutes I'm going to start waxing nostalgic about the Cooke for Pettinger trade. |
|11:55 PST – Unless something monster takes place in the next five minutes, quarterback Kurt Warner signing a two-year $23 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals will be the biggest deal of the day. Here I was thinking this was the NHL trade deadline... |
|12:05 PST - And of course, just as I wrote that the Rangers were probably out of the Morris sweeps, Derek Morris gets moved to the New York Rangers. I can’t recall another year where a player has been called over-rated so many times by various panel experts as Derek Morris has today…but maybe it’s fitting for the Rangers who have already got the likes of Redden and Rosival and we all know how big fan favourites they are at MSG. Morris should help an inept Rangers power play even though he’s really struggled at the offensive side this season. The Rangers pay a huge price giving up Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha. |
A lot of people will be talking about the Flames as being the big winners today, but my vote goes to the Phoenix Coyotes who load up in great young players.
|12:07 PST – Well I guess Glen Sather decided to give John Tortorella his kind of players... Morris and Antropov bring offense to a team that wants to run and gun under Torts... The moves will help them change the style and make the playoffs, but unless Henrik Lundqvist gets hot like fire, the blue shirts aren't going very far... |
|12:08 PST – Just got official word that the Vancouver Canucks were not involved in any trades today, nothing will trickle down in the next few minutes. GM Mike Gillis will speak to media at 12:45 PST. |
|12:09 PST – If the Coyotes have a future in Phoenix, it looks bright... I think Nigel Dawes can score at the NHL level, and Petr Prucha at least represents the possibility of chemistry with young talents like Boeddker, Hanzal and Turris... As far as sellers go, I think the Yotes did well today... Plus they cleared some big dollars off the books. |
|12:13 PST – The NHL is a strange league. The one year where it finally looks to be somewhat like a buyer's market, we see a flurry of inactivity. On the positive side, if Gillis does end up abstaining from any deals, the team might very well take it as a vote of confidence. Sometimes the best deal is no deal at all. I guess we'll see. |
|12:15 PST - Good, solid move for the Sabres in picking up Dominic Moore from the Toronto Maple Leafs. They don’t give up a whole lot, only a second round pick, and it helps shore up their centre ice position. Whether Moore is put in a scoring position in Buffalo remains to be seen seeing as how the Sabres already have their top two centres of Derek Roy and the recently re-signed Tim Connolly, but they get a major boost to their playoff aspirations with this move. For the Maple Leafs, it seems that all they’ve managed to do today is get draft picks and not any bodies (excluding Gerber) so it will put some pressure on their scouting staff to turn these deals into good ones. |
|11:10 PST – Well Gillis said he was happy with his team, didn't want to upset the chemistry and that's what he did. Once again he stuck to his word. Whether it works or not down the stretch is another matter. And Mike was right...how exciting does the Pettinger/Cooke trade feel now?! |
|12:15 PST – Even though Mike Gillis said he wasn't going to do much if anything, I'm surprised the Canucks maintained the status quo... Sounds like they were talking Bouwmeester right up until the bitter end, but I thought at minimum they'd make a minor tweak to the forward group in an effort to get a different mix on the third line... |
|12:15 PST - Sportsnet just reporting the Canucks have stood pat at the trade deadline and, after watching last night’s game against the Wild, it’s hard to argue with that decision. We may never know how close the Bouwmeester talks progressed but for now everybody can breathe easy. |
|12:22 PST – A lot of rumbling around me about Vancouver standing pat, but I'm all for it. Why mess with any part of a team that is on such a tear? The Canucks have won 11 of 13 with a lot of difference pieces chipping in to make this team successful. Tinkering with the third line would have made sense, instead Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood have to play through their funks. High five Mike Gillis. |
|12:22 PST – There's some messageboard chatter about Gillis going hard after Bouwmeester with no intent of pulling the trigger on the deal, for no other reason than showing Bouwmeester that he's wanted by the Canucks organization. If true, it's a shrewd approach, and it could pay off in a big way come July 1st. |
|12:42 PST – Final thoughts – I’d say Buffalo and Calgary were the winners as buyers, with Toronto and Phoenix coming up big as sellers. Overall the deadline wasn’t as intense as I expected, but it was still a fun ride. I’m interested to hear what Gillis has to say about what was offered to the Canucks, but in the end him unplugging his phone and shutting off his Blackberry was the best thing he could have done. |
|12:44 PST – That's a good point... And if we've learned anything over the last couple of years, it's that you can still swing a deal at the draft... Just because the Canucks didn't get Bouwmeester now doesn't mean he won't wind up in Vancity at some point |