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John Garrett: Much ado about nothing

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Trade deadline day set a record for the number of players changing address. Try to name five!

It really was much ado about nothing. Sure some general managers were able to take some dollars off their salary cap but what team made a trade that made them significantly better?

Let us start with the Canucks. They traded P.C. Labrie to St. Louis for Yan Statsny. Statsny is a good depth player at the NHL level and a better player at the AHL level. He is a center and should be able to help prospect Sergei Shirokov turn into the point producer the Canucks are hoping for.

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Andrew Alberts is a good stay at home defensive defenceman and with the status of Willie Mitchell up in the air, depth on the blueline is a priority. They got Alberts for a third round pick. How many of those are playing in the league?

They also were able to unload Matthieu Schneider. This frees up a spot in Winnipeg and gets rid of a player who does not want to be anywhere near this organization. No earth shaking moves, but what was really available and was it an upgrade?

Steve Tambellini and the Edmonton Oilers were out to dump some cash. They traded Lubomir Vishnovsky to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney. Vishnovsky has been their best defenceman but also was a $5.4 million dollar cap hit. Whitney is six yeas younger and makes $1.5 million less. Steve Staois went to Calgary for Aaron Johnson saving the Oilers almost $2 million more. That is the first trade ever between the two Alberta teams.

Calgary made their moves before the deadline with the Phaneuf trade and did Dustin Boyd a favour by moving him to a place where he might play.

It seems strange to me that a Phoenix team that is being operated by the league can be the most active on deadline day. It is true that they were under the salary cap by a whopping $15 million dollars, but I am sure the other owners might question spending to bolster a team that is in the playoffs and playing surprisingly well.

Is Washington that much better with Joe Corvo and Scott Walker or is Buffalo a shoe in with Raffi Torres? Is Stephane Yelle going to keep Colorado near the top of the Northwest Division? You are lucky you did not have to spend the day reporting trade of Mikka Wilkman for Anders Eriksson.

Much ado about nothing.

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