Every minute, every move

A run down of trade deadline day

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 6:22 PM / Features
By Daniel Fung
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Every minute, every move

An NHL record 30 trades and 52 players got moved on Wednesday as the NHL Trade Deadline came and passed but it was truly a day where quantity overshadowed quality in terms of the deals that were made.

Below is a rundown of all the trades that took place on Wednesday along with some select reaction from the World Wide Web.

5:08am - Anaheim trades Steven Kampfer to Boston for a 4th round pick.

Fung: This trade came with so little fanfare that not all of the websites had it listed. Kampfer is a senior at the University of Michigan who was drafted in the fourth round back in 2007. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he was involved in a pair of ugly incidents.

He was attacked by a football player in October 2008 that left him with a fractured skull and neck injury. After he recovered and returned to the lineup, he was later jumped in a game by two Michigan State University players for a legal hit he delivered earlier in the contest.

7:24am - Boston trades Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 4th round pick.

Fung: An odd move for the Bruins, who have been struggling to score goals this season, to give up on their second leading point producer from the blue-line but it's a great move for Phoenix picking up a player familiar with their system and adding him to an offensively-gifted blue-line that also includes the likes of Adrian Aucoin and Ed Jovanovski.

The Hockey News: It seems like a strange decision for the Bruins to move a blueliner who could wind up with 35 points this year, but Morris has always had his defensive warts and Boston coach Claude Julien is a no-nonsense guy when it comes to taking care of home base.

7:59am - Toronto trades Martin Skoula to New Jersey for a 5th round draft pick.

THN: The big, 6-foot-3, 226-pound defenseman really had no place reserved for him in Toronto and was clearly cap ballast in the Alexei Ponikarovsky deal. Whatever the Leafs could get in return for the pending UFA is a bonus.

Lyle Richardson (Spector - Fox Sports): [Skoula has] plenty of playoff experience, having won a Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche, so he'll make a good depth addition to the Devils defense. He also played for Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota so he should seamlessly fit into Lemaire's system.

8:34am - Florida trades Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartowski to Boston for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2nd round pick.

THN: Florida is obviously throwing in the towel on this year, having now stripped the blueline corps of Seidenberg and Jordan Leopold (No. 2 and 3 in team defense scoring) in favor of future endeavors. They must make good on the second-rounders they got in the two deals.

LR: Seidenberg was the prize for the Bruins, who were in need of another puck-moving defenseman this season. In 61 games with the Panthers this season he had 22 points.

8:46am - Carolina trades Aaron Ward to Anaheim for Justin Pogge and a 4th round draft pick.

THN: In Pogge, the Canes hope to have found a backup for Cam Ward for the foreseeable future. The 23-year-old former Western League MVP is now on his third NHL team.

LR: The 37-year-old Ward will bring physical experience to the Ducks defense corps. He's also had plenty of experience in the playoffs, having won Stanley Cups in Detroit and Carolina.

9:24 - Carolina trades Scott Walker to Washington for a 7th round pick.

Fung: He’s getting near the end of his career at 36 years of age but Scott Walker is one of those guys who’ll be a great addition to the Caps locker room. He'll replace some of the veteran leadership they lost when they dealt away Chris Clark. Washington already has some guy named Ovechkin there who can score the goals so they won't need Walker to be more than a third or fourth line energy guy. Great to see he'll get a chance to legitimately compete for a Cup.

THN: The 36-year-old is a gritty player who can kill penalties and plays physical. For a Capitals team that is long on skill in the top-six, the right winger can be slotted on the third or fourth line and provide solid depth.

LR: He won't provide a lot of offense in the playoffs - he has only one career playoff goal - but his energy and leadership should prove worthwhile.

9:38am - St. Louis trades Yan Stastny to Vancouver for Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Fung: Stastny has a bit more offensive flair than Labrie although no one will confuse Yan with his brother Paul anytime soon. He could be a third or fourth line centre somewhere down the road, but chances are he'll be behind the likes of Alex Bolduc and Mario Bliznak on the depth chart.

THN: Stastny, originally selected 259th overall by Boston in 2002, joins his fourth NHL franchise in five seasons; he will be looked upon for depth purposes as the Canucks attempt to embark on a deep playoff run.

LR: Statsny's bounced around between the NHL and the minors, so he could be a potential playoff callup for the Canucks should they require some experienced depth at that time.

9:44am - Colorado trades Wojtek Wolski to Phoenix for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter

Fung: Probably the best pure hockey trade of the day. Why the Avs decided to give up on Wolski is unknown, but perhaps it was due to the fact he was going to be in line for a pay raise in the off-season. Mueller is a bit of a headache but he is a talented scorer and a change of scenery could be very beneficial.

THN: Wolski will be an offensive upgrade for Phoenix and immediately becomes the team's leading point-getter along with Shane Doan at 47 points. The Coyotes have enjoyed a breakthrough season on the back of strong team defense and the goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov, but needed an offensive upgrade in a big way; they rank 25th in the NHL in goals-for per game.

LR: As for Mueller, he has plenty of offensive upside but the concern over his attitude is genuine. If however he regains his form with the Avalanche he could prove to be a terrific addition for them....It remains to be seen if Porter can play his way onto the Avalanche in the near future.

Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski): [Mueller's] a 21-year-old drafted eighth overall, and this is the first time he's going to be pushed by North American peers at his position. Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly ... these are young guns that might be able to inspire whatever it is Mueller's been unable to capture in the NHL. They don't need him the middle, they need him on the wing. And he could develop there....The Avs are banking on Mueller, 21, to bounce back from his atrocious season and recapture his form from his 54-point rookie season, though his production has declined each year in the NHL.

9:58am - Detroit trades Kris Newbury to New York Rangers for Jordan Owens

THN: Newbury has played parts of several NHL seasons in the past for Toronto and is a tough customer who can also contribute offensively. Owens is a speedy mid-sized winger, who will head to AHL Grand Rapids while Newbury takes up residence with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

10:20am - Vancouver trades Mathieu Schneider to Phoenix for Sean Zimmerman and a conditional 6th round pick.

Fung: Addition by subtraction for the Canucks. It's not as if they had any chance in sneaking Schneider back through re-entry waivers anyhow.

THN: At this point in his career, Schneider is a pure power play specialist and he'll join an intriguing defense corps in Phoenix that already includes Ed Jovanovski and Keith Yandle.

LR: It remains to be seen if the Coyotes call up Schneider during the season but if so he probably won't clear waivers and could prove invaluable as a playoff addition should the need arise.

10:33am - Tampa Bay trades Jeff Halpern to the Los Angeles Kings for Ted Purcell and a 3rd round draft pick.

LR: Halpern, 33, isn't a first or second line center but he will provide valuable depth and leadership to their checking lines, particularly in a penalty killing role.

PD: Nice grinder down the lineup for the Kings, with some leadership, and the Kings can clear his salary after this season.

10:46am - Minnesota trades Eric Belanger to Washington for a 2nd round draft pick in.

LR: Belanger, 32, is a very good two-way center who is currently on pace for career-best numbers in goals and assists.... Belanger should be a good playoff rental for the Capitals, and if he plays well perhaps he might land a contract extension before July 1st.

11:01am - Calgary trades Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala.

THN: Toskala is one of those guys who wasn't as good as everyone thought when he was in San Jose and likely isn’t as bad as he showed under the bright lights in Toronto. He never played a single minute for the Ducks after being acquired just over a month ago. Expect him to turn in three or four half-decent performances for Toronto West - or Calgary, your choice - down the stretch before becoming a UFA.

LR: [Toskala] won't see much playing time behind Kiprusoff but without having to face such heightened expectations he might regain his form in Calgary. His playoff experience could prove valuable in spelling off his buddy "Kipper" should he have a rough game or two.

11:10am - Columbus trades Raffi Torres to Buffalo for Nathan Paetsch and a 2nd round pick.

LR: Torres, 28, is an energetic two-way forward who is on pace for his third 20-plus goal season. His gritty style should make him a good addition for the Sabres.

11:32am - Buffalo trades Clarke Macarthur to Atlanta for a 3rd round pick and a 4th round pick.

THN: He’s on pace for about the same production this year, so he's still trying to find consistency, but he fits in well on the left side in Atlanta, especially if they move out Vyacheslav Kozlov, who has requested a trade.

LR: MacArthur, 24, had been considered a disappointment for the Sabres and their fans, who kept waiting for him to blossom into a consistent offensive presence. Last season he had 17 goals and it was hoped he might pot 20 or more in 2009-10.

11:52am - Columbus trades Milan Jurcina to Washington for Jason Chimera.

THN: It isn't much, mind you, but it is something. That said, Jurcina's familiarity factor with Washington clearly worked in the 6-foot-4 Slovak's favor; he'll add another big body to a defense corps that needs all the soldiers it can get.

LR: Jurcina, 26, is a big (6-4, 245), physical defenseman who shouldn't have too much trouble fitting back into the Capitals lineup having been gone for such a short period of time.

PD: We've been saying that the Caps needed a big, veteran presence on their blue line. We just figured it would be one that didn't already have a jersey waiting for him at Verizon Center.

12:06pm - Carolina trades Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for 3rd round pick.

Fung: A big, solid if unspectacular, defenceman. Alberts led the Hurricanes with a plus-seven rating which is actually quite an accomplishment. Check out their stats page if you don’t believe me.

THN: As long as the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Alberts arrives at the rink in some form of a bad mood every day, Vancouver will be happy.

LR: It isn’t much, mind you, but it is something. That said, Jurcina's familiarity factor with Washington clearly worked in the 6-foot-4 Slovak's favor; he'll add another big body to a defense corps that needs all the soldiers it can get.

12:08pm - Toronto trades Lee Stempniak to Phoenix for a 4th and 7th round pick.

THN: Stempniak looked like a promising goal-scorer as a young member of the St. Louis Blues, but took a step back once dealt to Toronto last season. He showed a lot of hustle this season, however, and was even given power play and penalty-killing duties. Having said that, the Leafs have one of the worst PK units in the NHL.

LR: He's a former 27-goal scorer but it's not expected he'll regain that form as he's been an inconsistent forward who shies away from the physical game.

12:11pm - Columbus trades Fredrik Modin to Los Angeles for a conditional pick.

THN: OK, so they didn't exactly hit a homerun, but Modin provides another taste of veteran experience, some good size and a depth scorer when he's healthy (he’s missed 41 games due to injury this season).

LR: Kings fans shouldn't get their hopes up, as Modin has only six point in 24 games this season. He does however come with playoff experience, having won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, and that could come in handy for a young Kings team as it prepares for its first playoff appearance in nine years.

12:22pm - Washington trades Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala to Carolina for Joe Corvo

THN: Corvo gives the Caps another weapon from the blueline, while the Hurricanes get Osala, a hulking winger who is playing in the minors and was No. 10 on Washington’s prospect list.

LR: It's unlikely the Capitals will re-sign Corvo but he should make a good addition to their power-play and offensive attack as a playoff rental. The knock on Corvo is that he doesn't rise to the occasion in big games so he'll have to pick up his game coming to Washington where expectations are high for a team considered a Cup contender.

PD: He's a better puck-mover than Pothier and will help on the power play. Pothier's been on the brink for a while, never having recovered after a massive rehab from a concussion and become superfluous after the acquisition of Tom Poti.

12:26pm - Toronto trades Joey Macdonald to Anaheim for a 7th round pick.

THN: Assuming Curtis McElhinney, acquired earlier in the day from Calgary for Vesa Toskala, is currently penciled in as the backup, Joey MacDonald at least gives them some depth at the position.

12:32pm - Pittsburgh trades Chris Peluso to Toronto for a 6th round pick.

THN: A senior at Bemidji State, Peluso was part of the Beavers' stunning run through the Frozen Four tournament last season. He has one goal in his college career, but does have playmaking abilities.

12:33pm - Edmonton trades Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney and a 6th round pick.

Fung: One of the two pure hockey trades of the day. Whitney struggled to find his game in Anaheim which contributed to his early departure (he was dealt there last season from Pittsburgh) but it's a no lose situation for the Oilers. They get younger and cheaper.

THN: Who wins? Whitney may prove more beneficial to the Oilers' cause in the future - and the simple fact he's under contract until 2013 has to be good for an Edmonton squad that has a tough time retaining players - but in the short term, the playoff-contending Ducks do.

LR: It's a significant shedding of salary for the Oilers as Visnovsky was earned $5.6 million per season for this and the next three seasons. A skilled puckmoving defenseman, he has 32 points with the struggling Oilers in 57 games.

PD: Anaheim's blue line just got a bit more offensive with Visnovsky, who has two more years left on his contract with a $5.6 million cap hit per season. Whitney, who has struggled since he left Pittsburgh a year ago, has three more seasons on his deal at a $4 million cap hit.

12:37pm - Calgary trades Dustin Boyd to Nashville for a 4th round pick.

THN: The Preds will likely replace the soft Marcel Goc on the third line with the more-gritty Dustin Boyd. This is purely a move made with an eye towards a tough first round matchup. Good, cheap addition by the Preds to address a minor, but part important part of a post-season roster.

12:40pm: Columbus trades Mathieu Roy to Florida for Matt Rust

THN: Roy is a big blueliner who has mostly played in the minors during his seven-year pro career and isn’t afraid to stick up for his teammates by dropping the gloves.

In Rust, the Jackets land a former U.S. NTDP product who also suited up for the stars and stripes at the world juniors. The young pivot is currently enjoying his best offensive season at the University of Michigan with 32 points through 37 games.

1:07pm - Edmonton trades Steve Staios to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a 3rd round pick.

Fung: Perhaps the biggest shocker of the day just based on the teams involved. The Flames lot a lot of grit when they dealt away Dion Phaneuf but Staios makes up for some of that at least. Plus he seems to be a guy that will fit easier into the locker room.

THN: Staios is a stay-at-home defender - nothing more, nothing less - who will be counted on to play third-pair minutes and keep things as calm as possible when he's on the ice. Calgary hasn't been able to get out of the first round since 2004 and, while Staios is by no means a difference-maker, at least his DNA is pre-disposed to tough, playoff hockey.

1:20pm - Carolina trades Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed to Colorado for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a 6th round pick.

THN: Yelle will provide some veteran leadership and defense for a young Avs team still aiming to make the playoffs, but he is at the tail end of a very productive NHL stint.

1:36pm - Columbus trades Alexandre Picard to Phoenix for Chad Kolarik

THN: Picard, selected fourth overall by the Blue Jackets, has played 67 NHL games but never has managed to stick with the big team and currently skates for Columbus’ American League affiliate in Syracuse.

Kolarik, Phoenix's seventh pick (199th overall) in 2004, sits second on the Coyotes' AHL affiliate with 17 goals. If either player realizes their potential, the team they do it with becomes the winner of this deal.

1:49pm - Phoenix trades Anders Eriksson to New York Rangers for Miika Wiikman and a 7th round pick.

THN: Why you'd want to add a guy like [Eriksson], even if all you're moving is a small, 26-year-old ECHL goalie is beyond me.

1:55pm - Anaheim trades Petteri Nokelainen to Phoenix for a 6th round pick

THN: You have to believe Phoenix is acquiring [Nokelainen] in the hopes he can provide some steady minutes rather than banking on any late-blooming at this point.