Trade deadlines are useless.

I said before the deadline that i didn't like any of the choices at forward, and it looks like i was mostly right.  That, or the Pheonix Coyotes took all the good players and there wasn't anyone left.


What have we learned?

  1. Rentals always score less with their new team except for Pheonix, who specifically traded for players they already had some familiarity with.  I bet that this probably helps.
  2. Defensemen were in, as well as few penalty killers.  Being as a players make up much of the UFA class, its not suprising that there are not a lot of good forward UFAs.
  3. Being as the new point system drastically reduces the number of sellers and increases the number of buyers, there is a substantial price hike in February.  It's probably better to make your acquisitions in January.  Or December.  Or, anytime as long as you are trading with the flames.
  4. At these prices, pretty much everyone should trade their top-tier UFAs if they aren't top-5 in the league.  This is especially true when the resigning chance is low.  Like, for example, might the Sabres have made the playoffs if they didn't trade Brian Campbell?  Maybe, but then we wouldn't have Tyler Ennis (or a second round pick that we traded Bernier's rights for.)  Or, for this year's example, I'd much rather have Tyler Ennis in 2012, Bergfors, Oduya, and Cormier, than two playoff home games where you get smashed by the Caps and four weeks of Ilya Kovalchuk.  I admit that the fanbase won't realize this fact until about two years later, and the GM runs a significantly higher risk of getting exiled during that time, so its a risky move.

I wish i could write a post without it turning into a three page essay.

Trades that worked out pretty well.

The Phoenix Coyotes acquire defenceman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins for a 2011 fourth round draft pick.

The Phoenix Coyotes acquire forward Petteri Nokelainen from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2011 sixth round draft pick.

The Phoenix Coyotes acquire forward Wojtek Wolski from the Colorado Avalanche for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.

The Phoenix Coyotes acquire defenceman Mathieu Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for defenceman Sean Zimmerman and a conditional 2010 sixth round draft pick.

Phoenix Coyotes acquire forward Lee Stempniak from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenceman Matt Jones, a 2010 fourth round draft pick, and a 2010 seventh round draft pick.

  • All these players played for the coyotes in the playoffs, and were fairly useful (except for Stempninja, but he dominated the regular season so he gets a pass).  Even Mathieu Schneider was somewhat useful, amazingly.


The  Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Dominic Moore from the Florida Panthers for a second-round pick.

  • He performed very well.  I don't think there was anyone in the media who expected this, and most fans, except possibly Habs writers/fans.  Undoubtably the second best player traded for a second round pick.


The Boston Bruins acquire defencemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers for forwards Craig Weller and Byron Bitz and a 2010 second round draft pick.

  • Seidenberg played limited minutes for the bruins and didn't suck.  My rage at certain other bruins defenders prevents further analysis.


 The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2010 second round draft pick (San Jose Sharks)  

The Ottawa Senators acquired center Matt Cullen from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick .

  • Sutton was probably the third best player traded for a second round pick.  Main claim to fame was killing Jordan Leopold legally in the playoffs, and he logged about 18 minutes a game.  He also tried his best to help out the Sabres by trying to kill Drew Stafford, but failed.
  • Matt Cullen scored 8 points in 6 playoff games for the senators.  He may well have been the best senator in that series, as he also was great on the PK and faceoffs.  He was definatly the best player traded for a second round pick.


The New Jersey Devils acquired Ilya Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela, and a second-round draft pick from the Atlanta Thrashers for defenseman Johnny Oduya, forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier, and New Jersey's first and second round picks.

  • Kovalchuk wasn't too bad, it was the rest of his team that sucked.  Though, the Devils had to give up Oduya and Bergfors, which might have helped them more than Kovalchuk and Salmela.


The New York Rangers acquired forward Jody Shelley from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 2011 draft pick.

The New York Rangers acquired forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

  • In the final days of their season, Prust/Shelly(i forgot who else, Voros?) was their best line.  This both is cool and pretty depressing for Rangers fans. 
  • Olli Jokinen failed to score in the shootout that eliminated the Rangers, and wasn't very useful in general, but its not like Higgins and Kotalik did anything other than sit in the pressbox/bench.


The Los Angeles Kings acquire forward Fredrik Modin from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional draft pick.

  • Was fairly dangerous on the PP, which is nice because they got him for free. (unless they sign him, in which case its a seventh round pick?) 


The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Ville Leino from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round pick.

  • It's always the trades you least expect that turn out well, huh?


The Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a second-round pick

The Nashville Predators acquire forward Dustin Boyd from the Calgary Flames for a 2010 fourth round draft pick.

  • Incomplete, played two games, 11 minutes with 2 assists in the playoffs.  He'd probably have done well though.  They also might well resign him, as he is RFA and not UFA like everyone else.
  • Dustin Boyd didn't do anything in the playoffs.  (he only played 3 games and a small part of a fourth).  They really brought him mainly for faceoffs and PK, though, so that's not unexpected. He only cost a 4th-round pick and is a RFA.  Maybe that's the trick to trade deadlines, ignore UFAs and go for the RFAs.


The Calgary Flames acquire goaltender Vesa Toskala from the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

  • Not relevent to the playoffs, but this was actually an upgrade, and Toskala played 2 good games for them (and 4 no-decisions, Kipprusoff got pulled like 25% of the games!).  Also hilarious that the fourth-worst and worst goaltender in the league were traded for each other.


Trades that didn't work out so well...


The Washington Capitals acquire forward Scott Walker from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2010 seventh round draft pick.

The Washington Capitals acquire forward Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild for a 2010 second round draft


The Washington Capitals acquire defenceman Joe Corvo from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenceman Brian Pothier, forward Oskar Osala, and a 2011 second round draft pick.

  • Scott Walker played 1 game in the playoffs, and was fairly useless in the regular season after the trade, too.  However, its not like they gave anything up to get him except for Ted Leonsis' money.
  • While Eric Belanger played 14 minutes a game, registering 1 assist and two shots.  And you thought Torres was the worst player traded for a second round pick.  He was SUPPOSED to be a second line center, but immeidiatly was downgraded to third-line center.
  • Joe Corvo's claim to fame was that he actually scored a powerplay goal in the playoffs.  (He was the only one) They brought him to make their second  powerplay more dangerous.  Being as he actually scored, he goes under "not the worst player traded for a second round pick."  Though I almost think Pothier would have been better for the Caps.


The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Florida Panthers for a 2010 second-round draft pick.

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Martin Skoula and  forward Luca Caputi (Burke declared was equal to a second-round pick)

  • Leopold was fairly average, but his main claim to fame was getting killed by Andy Sutton.  He played 18 minutes and was only a -2, though, so he was serviceable. This wasn't so much a bad trade in a vacuum as it was because the other defenseman-for-pick trades worked out better, in general.
  • Caputi was a PPG in the AHL (So i considered him a little below Tyler Ennis level of skill), so they gave up a pretty good player,  Poni put up 1 goal and 4 assists in 11 playoff games, but was mostly invisible, even though he was on a line with Malkin.  Caputi also probably sold about 1 million extra leafs jerseys because he had a cool name.


The Los Angeles Kings acquire forward Jeff Halpern from the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Teddy Purcell and a 2010 third round draft pick.

  • Averaged about 10 minutes a game, with 1 shot, no points, and -1.  Killed some penalties, but took two penalties, so he wasn't horrible, but not worth teddy purcell and a third rounder. anything more than a fourth round pick at best.

 The Buffalo Sabres acquire forward Raffi Torres from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenceman Nathan Paetsch and a 2010 second round draft pick (from Vancouver).

  • Got Benched, injured, and generally wasn't that useful. He did manage a whole two assists.  This is horrible, but it looks better after considering many other teams' trade acquisitions.

 The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Kim Johnsson from the Minnesota Wild (and the RFA rights of the Wild's 2009 first round pick) in exchange for defenseman Cam Barker.

  • As he was injured(I assume), this trade didn't help the Blackhawks, and now they have to play Hendry instead of Barker, who's probably better than Johnsson, but had a contract that lasted into the year of Blackhawks cap doom so they traded him for an expiring contract.


The Vancouver Canucks acquire defenceman Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2010 third round draft pick. 

  • Alberts' most memorable contributions included: Taking a stupid penalty that caused the canucks to lose to the kings, and taking a stupid major penalty that caused the canucks to lose to the kings.  Somehow managed to get benched when the Canucks had one less defensemen injured than the 05-06 sabres.  I'll give him a bit of a pass though, as this was a last ditch "OMG all our defensemen are injured take anyone" trade.


The Calgary Flames acquire defenceman Steve Staios from the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Aaron Johnson and a 2010 or 2011 third round draft pick.

  • This trade was somehow supposed to help them make the playoffs.  The Sutters apparently didn't get the "Steve Staios sucks" memo from Oilers fans.  I imagine this was intentional.


The Colorado Avalanche acquire forwards Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a 2010 sixth round draft pick.

  • "Meh" trade.  only included because it met the criteria.  Yelle was certainly worth what they  paid for him, which wasn't much.



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