The last hour for GM’s to upgrade their teams is here, let’s see what gets done by 3 pm!
To Anaheim: Brad Winchester
To St. Louis: 3rd round pick
The Ducks seem interested in adding to their arsenal of pests and pugilists, adding Winchester after acquiring Jarkko Ruutu 11 days ago and Brian McGratton yesterday.
The Blues are going younger and stockpiling picks and prospects.
The biggest trade of the day was just announced!
To Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Penner
To Edmonton Oilers: 2011 first round pick, Colton Teubert, conditional 3rd round pick
Los Angeles really needed a boost up front and Penner provides that, but they paid quite the price to acquire him. Teubert went 13th overall just a few years ago, as well as the two good picks they’ll get in the upcoming drafts. Edmonton is really building a good young nucleus of players, adding Teubert to Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi. Teubert could become the cornerstone of the Oiler blue line in years to come.
Penner has one year left on his contract at $4.25M, and has 21 goals and 39 points on the season.
The Trade Deadline has passed but deals that were filed before 3 pm are still trickling in as they are approved by the league. The first of those is…
To Maple Leafs: 7th round pick in 2012
To Rangers: John Mitchell
Mitchell wasn’t in the Leafs long-term plans, having bounced around from the AHL to the NHL and back for the past couple of years in the Leafs organization. Getting anything back for him is a positive, since they weren’t going to resign him when his contract expired on July 1st and he became an RFA.
To New Jersey: David Steckel, 2nd round pick
To Washington: Jason Arnott
Arnott’s production has been dropping steadily since the 2007-2008 season, but he is a veteran presence that could provide some good leaership for a Washington team that lacks it. Steckel is a big body, a bottom 6 center who is 28 years old and signed through the 2013 season at a very affordable $1.1M.
Vancouver finally made a move to upgrade their bottom six.
To Vancouver: Chris Higgins
To Florida: Evan Oberg, 3rd round pick
Good deal for the Canucks, I like Higgins as a player. Word came down today that his broken finger will only keep him out 7-10 days, not the 4 weeks originally reported, making this deal possible.
To Calgary: Fredrik Modin
To Atlanta: 7th round pick
Modin is a veteran, and a big guy with a cannon of a slap shot. Modin played for Flames GM Jay Feaster in Tampa Bay. No word yet on what they gave up to get him.
To Vancouver Canucks: Maxim Lapierre, MacGregor Sharp
To Anaheim Ducks: Joel Perrault, 3rd round pick
Lapierre is a shit-disturber extraordinaire, and adding that to the Higgins deal the Canucks have improved an already very good forward group. Lapierre played for Canucks coach Alain Vigneault in junior with the PEI Rocket.
To Atlanta: Brett Festerling
To Montreal: Drew MacIntyre
Minor league move, Montreal picks up goaltending depth and the Thrashers pick up a young blue liner.
To Boston: Anton Khudobin
To Minnesota: Jeff Penner, Mikko Lehtonen
Khudobin looked like he was going to be the future of goaltending in Minnesota at one time, but with this move it’s looking more like he’ll be seeing some more of the AHL. With Vezina candidate Tim Thomas the #1 goalie in Boston and Tuukka Rask a very capable backup, there doesn’t seem to be much room for Khudobin in the NHL.
To Philadelphia: Tom Sestito
To Columbus: Michael Chaput, Greg Moore
Minor league deal, nothing to see here, move along.