Happy NHL Trade Deadline Day, all.
Here we go with our live blog breaking down NHL trade deadline day…
3:20: The Canucks are late to the party, but add a couple of former Habs in Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins, two guys who can help their bottom six. Good for the depth. They can use Lapierre’s pain-in-the-ass quotient.
3:14: The Caps have picked up Jason Arnott for David Steckel. Isn’t Steckel a younger Arnott, without the Cup? That’s the point, I guess. Caps will benefit from Arnott’s experience.
2:26: Dean Lombardi saves the media on trade deadline day. He got Penner and doubled up on his Dustins. Kings needed another top-six forward. I like the deal for Edmonton, too. They got Teubert, a first and a conditional second.
2:11 A fake Nick Kypreos Twitter account has the Habs acquiring Dustin Penner for Tinordi and a first-round pick. #moreinterestingthantherealthing
2:01: Finally some deals, but not big names. Campoli to Chicago, Brad Winchester to Anaheim…hey you take what you can get the way this day is going. The Senators spent a first-round pick on Campoli, get a second back and Ryan Potulny.
1:21: NHL life would be a lot more interesting without no trade/no movement clauses. Gary Bettman, please make their elimination happen in the next CBA.
12:54: With the trading of Klesla, we’re reminded the Blue Jackets first three first picks were Klesla, Pascal Leclaire and Nik Zherdev. Explains a lot.
12:53: While the TSN guys were talking about who’s going to be on 2014 Olympic team, Sportsnet was reporting Rusty Klesla to Phoenix for Scottie Upshall and Sammy Lepisto.
12:41: My favourite tweet of the day so far, from Phoenix’s Paul Bissonnette: In case you folks are wondering I have a no movement clause, but its from the middle of the bench. #PlugLife #4Line4Life.
12:29: Weird moment on TSN. Pierre McGuire’s mike was off and all of a sudden he sounded the same as the rest of the guys on the panel.
12:19: After listening to Brian Lawton on Sportsnet, I understand how he was so successful as a GM.
12:18: The Leafs boardroom got quiet. Either it’s lunch time or they rushed out to congratulate Phil Kessel on his first star of the week.
12:04: You know things are, well, pretty slow, when we’re getting the breakdown on waiver pickups. G Curtis McElhinney is at least racking up the frequent flyer miles as he’s claimed by Ottawa. Does that not make any goalie shudder, the news that he’s been picked up by Ottawa because, you know, goalies always thrive in Ottawa.
11:52: Back to the Leafs boardroom cam.
11:46: The Washington Capitals have acquired defenceman Dennis Wideman. Yet another skill guy, not really know for his defence, so he should fit right in. Wonder if that means there is concern about Mike Green after he got hit the other night?
11:41: Biggest news of the morning so far is TSN’s Jay Onrait breaking his retro Gino Reda coffee mug. I think it was a ploy just so they could hype the fact you can buy that collector’s item at the TSN store. Shameless.
11:29 a.m.: Not saying that not much is happening, but big news is the Leafs have a “boardroom” camera. Five guys sitting around a table. Trade deadline coverage goes from ridiculous to more ridiculous.
10:43 a.m.: Why does Radek Dvorak keep going back to the Florida Panthers? He has to know how it is going to end. This is the second time they’ve traded him, now to Atlanta for Bergfors and Rismiller and a fifth-round pick. The Panthers picked Dvorak in the first round (10th overall) of the 1995 draft and traded him in ’99 to San Jose.