NHL on the Fly’s Trade Deadline Special was right when it said that the major news was the trade that didn’t happen.
Rick Nash wasn’t traded. He’s the latest Joe Thornton, it appears. Apparently he was to be traded to the New York Rangers but the price was too high (which anyone could have told you that. Rick Nash IS the Blue Jackets. Without him, you basically have no team).
There were some intriguing trades though.
What do you all think of the Wild’s trades? They acquire Steve Kampfer and Tom Gilbert for Greg Zanon and Nick Schultz. So, this probably means that Schultz and Zanon were UFAs after the season, right? Perhaps Gilbert and Kampfer were under contract a bit longer? Kampfer is alright and Gilbert is too, but this seems to be a lateral trade rather than an upgrade. They didn’t even get any picks.
However, the BEST trade of the day was made by the Chicago Blackhawks. They got a 2012 5th round pick for boxer on skates John Scott. This is almost like (RIP, buddy) trading Boogaard for a 1st round pick. Chicago got WAY THE HELL MORE VALUE than Scott. Someone tell me that the Hawks wouldn’t have settled for a 6th or 7th round pick or even a conditional 2013 5th rounder (with conditions that will obviously not be met) for Scott. It’s almost like the Rangers GM was Glen Sather… oh wait. Ok, I get it now.
In the end, though, Chicago didn’t get what they need: a goaltender, so they won’t be there in the end. Detroit traded Commodore for another Dman who won’t play.
In the end, believe it or not, the winner overall I think is Vancouver. Sure, they trade Hodgson away, but they got two good players in Kassian Sulzer, pick up Pahlsson and Gordon for depth. Win I say.
Buffalo comes in second.
Boston got this year’s Mark Recchi in Brian “when I was a rookie, Crosby’s parents were still in middle school” Rolston (which is younger than Mark “I played pond hockey with Moses” Recchi and Chris “I skated with Jesus Christ” Chelios… or perhaps Gordie “I was there when God told me he was having a kid with some chick in Bethlehem” Howe).
Former Sioux Mike Commodore and Brian Lee are now teammates with the Lightning.