Hey there and welcome to my 2011 Trade Deadline Coverage. A quick walk through on how I’ll be running this today…
I’ll have a separate entry on each hour of the day up until the 3:00 p.m. deadline to keep things easier for you to navigate, instead of potentially 40 posts to sort through, or one huge one to try to locate a specific trade.
I will have the names of every player and team involved in a trade during that hour tagged in each post, so if you are looking from the home page you can see right away what players were moved and click on the corresponding article to see the trade details.
The trades will be bolded within the post for easier viewing.
Follow me on Twitter @robbenneian for the breaking trade coverage, as well as checking back here frequently for more detailed analysis.
Okay, let’s get this thing going. After sitting around for over two and a half hour with nothing to report, the first deal of deadline day has come down.
To Florida: Niclas Bergfors, Patrick Rissmiller
To Atlanta: Radek Dvorak, Carolina’s 5th round pick
From Florida’s perspective: They are acquiring a young player in Bergfors who just a year ago was one of the key pieces going back to Atlanta in the Ilya Kovalchuk deal. At 23, Bergfors fits in with Dale Tallon’s plan for Florida to get younger and have the team grow up into a contender together, similar to what he did in Chicago (hopefully he manages the dollars a little better this time arouind).Patrick Rissmiller put up 45 points with the Grand Rapids Griffins (he was not Red Wings property, he was on loan to the Griffins), and has been playing with the Lake Erie Monsters this year. At 32 and not having played regularly in the NHL since 2008, Rissmiller has very limited upside. Bergros will be an RFA on July 1 and Rissmiller will be a UFA. Don’t expect Rissmiller to be resigned, but Bergfors will be.
From Atlanta’s perspective: Atlanta gets bigger up front in adding the 6’2″, 200 lb Dvorak. Dvorak can provide some decent offense, having consistently put up point totals in the mid 30s. Atlanta’s GM Rick Dudley wanted to shake up his team since they have slumped their way out of a playoff spot, and while this may not be a huge move it might be a kick in the pants to the rest of the guys.
Two signings to announce as well:
Atlanta resigns Mark Stuart to a 3 year/$5.1M contract. Stuart and Blake Wheeler were acquired for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.
Los Angeles resigns forward Justin Williams to a 4 year/$14.6M contract. Williams has had problems staying healthy but can put up upwards of 60 points when he’s feeling good.