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NHL Trade Deadline Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins tracks Wednesday's NHL trade deadline from the Penguins "war room" at Mellon Arena. Text TRADE to 32623 for text updates on trades throughout the day (click here  for Pittsburgh's past deadline deals).

3:00 EST: The trade deadline has past. There were a few deals that went down since we last posted that we'll get to shortly. But for now, this is the official end of the deadline.

1:34 EST: The full deal came through on Recchi. The Reckin' Ball and a 2nd-round pick goes to the Boston for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.

1:26 EST: TSN reported that former Penguin Mark Recchi was traded to the Boston Bruins from Tampa.

1:02 EST: Two hours left until the 3 p.m. deadline and there are still a number of big name players that haven't changed hands. Still on the market are Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Pronger, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Mark Recchi, Ryan Smyth, Milan Hejduk, Derek Morris, Marian Gaborik, Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore. Things are just about the heat up.

12:55 EST: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed goalie Martin Gerber on waivers. Vesa Toskala will gon on injured reserve and is done for the rest of the season. Toskala has had groin and hip issues this year and will have surgery to correct the issue. 

12:52 EST: Phoenix gets Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a 1st-round pick for Jokinen and a 3rd-round pick. Too steep? Maybe. Also Anahime trades Steve Montador to Boston for Petteri Nokelainen.

12:41 EST: Pittsburgh grabbed Craig Adams off of the waiver wire from the Chicago Blackhawks. (read more here). He will join the team in Florida and could be in the lineup Thursday night. Adams will wear No. 27 for those who care.

12:34 EST: Rumor has it that Olli Jokinen was traded to Calgary. If that is true then the Flames will probably end up as one of the biggest winners of deadline day.

12:24 EST: It has already been reported but we can now officially announce a minor-league trade. The Penguins sent Danny Richmond to St. Louis for Andy Wozniewski.

12:13 EST: Penguins forwards Bill Thomas and Miroslav Satan have cleared waivers. Thomas is being re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. (read release here)

12:11 EST: The new deal is Phoenix trading Mikael Tellqvist to Buffalo for a 4th-round pick. With Ryan Miller out of the lineup the Sabres have a hole in goal. This move was done to sure up the Buffalo net as the team makes a playoff push.

12:06 EST: It's noon and talks between teams should really be starting to heat up. Expect an avalanche of moves to follow.

12:01 p.m. EST: Have the final details on the Leopold trade. The Flames bring Leopold back to Calgary after sending Colorado two defenemen prospects (Ryan Wilson and Lawrence Nycholat) and a 2nd-round pick. It's a good pick up for Calgary. Leopold is familiar with the organization and should jump right into the mix. The Avalanche could end up blowing up their team. If they move Milan Hejduk and Ryan Smyth today, they'll really be setting themselves up for a youth movement. That might be the best direction for the franchise.

11:42 EST: Colorado traded Jordan Leopold to Calgary for a prospect and a draft pick. TSN hasn't officially stated yet who the prospect is and which draft pick so we'll patiently await furthur word.

10:47 EST: TSN reports that Tim Connolly has signed the two-year deal with Buffalo. He is now off the market. There will obviously be a domino effect.

10:34 EST: Leafs GM Brian Burke was asked by TSN if he we can expect Nik Antropov and Moore to be traded. His replay? "Yes." Thus, Toronto will part ways with Moore and Antropov today.

10:29 EST: TSN is reporting that contract talks between Toronto and former Penguin Dominic Moore have stalled. There is still lots of time to get a deal done but the Maple Leafs will likely jump start trade talks with a few teams.

10:22 EST: TSN is reporting that Buffalo's Tim Connolly has been offered a two-year contract. If he signs then he will be off the market. If he turns down the deal, the Sabres will likely move him before 3 p.m.

10:04 EST: We have our first deal of the day. Ottawa shipped Antoine Vermette to Columbus for goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a 2nd-round pick. It's a good trade for both sides. Leclaire was a former first-round pick but became expendable with the emergence of Steve Mason. The Senators solidify their net presence, as long as Leclaire can stay healthy. Meanwhile, Columbus gets a strong, energy player in Vermette.

Leclaire, a former first-round pick, has been injury prone throughout his career. Columbus wasn't going to pay him top dollar to be a backup. Ottawa will give Leclaire a fresh start and a chance to prove himself in the NHL. The deal makes sense on both sides.

10:01 EST: This is the point in the day where general managers start talking to each other about assets (players, draft picks, future considerations). Early in the morning most GMs place calls to let each other know which players they are interested in. Now is the time where they start throwing names around and deals start to materialize.

9:41 EST: It was at the deadline last year that Penguins general manager Ray Shero pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal with Atlanta, acquiring Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. It ended up being a great deal for both teams. The Thrashers got good return on a superstar player and restocked their farm system. The Penguins grabbed a legitimate all-world talent and skated into the Stanley Cup Final.

There was a scary moment yesterday when Hossa, who signed with Detroit in the offseason, went head-first in the boards against St. Louis and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and headed to a hospital. Team spokesman John Hahn said Hossa, who returned that game from a neck injury, had feeling in his limbs.

You never like to see a player go down like that. The entire Penguins organization and I wish Hossa a speedy recovery and a quick return to the ice.

9:25 EST: The trade deadline day has finally arrived. This is the day when general managers around the league feel a sense of urgency (or unease) about trying to improve their team with the zero hour approaching. There are a lot of players on the market, including Anaheim's Chris Pronger, New York Islanders' Bill Guerin, Minnesota's Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov, Colorado's Ryan Smyth and Toronto's Nik Antropov.

But most of the day's attention will be focused on Florida and what they do with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. It is a sticky situation for Panthers' GM Jacques Martin and ownership. I'm sure everyone is aware of the situation by now, but for those who aren't here are the cliff notes:

> Bouwmeester, who is a top-tier defenseman, is in the final year of his contract. Negotiations for an extension have broken down and it is rumored that both sides are too far apart to come to an agreement.

> Florida is currently in contention for the postseason, sitting in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference as of this morning. But the playoff race is tight and losing Bouwmeester would damage the Panthers hopes. Florida would love to make the postseason for its fans and for the added revenue

> The dilemma: do you risk keeping Bouwmeester for playoff run when he may just walk in free agency? Or do you risk trading him away and possibly miss the postseason?

Obviously, how the team plays the rest of the season (with or without Bouwmeester) will determine whether Martin made the right decision (regardless of which way he goes).

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