With the 2013 NHL Deadline now history, we’re going to tell you who we thought were the deadline winners and losers. For simplicity’s sake, only today’s deals are deadline deals because, well today’s the deadline right? So Jarome Iginla’s trade is NOT a deadline deal, nor is Brenden Morrow’s. But if I must comment, they are both great deals for Pittsburgh.
If you’re not sure who was dealt today, here’s a link with a detailed list of who was dealt from today till, Janurary 13th: http://www.tsn.ca/tradecentre/feature/?id=11986
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Nashville Predators: We’re not really going to cover the Scott Hannan deal, cause that deal was done really for the sake of getting it done. 7th Round Picks rarely pan out. Sure there are guys like Joe Pavelski who pan out, but more likely than not, they don’t pan out. The main deal for the Preds today was acquiring Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. This was a huge win for the Preds because not only did they acquire Filip Forsberg; one of the best prospects in all of hockey, they traded away Martin Erat as well. Erat had requested a trade out of Nashville because he wanted to win a cup. They appeased Erat, and got a prospect I believe will be an All-Star some day. Win-win! Tell me that isn’t great?
Columbus Blue Jackets: They acquired 3 players and a 3rd round pick today. The big one first, Marian Gaborik. Even though he’s been in a slump recently, he’s still Marian Gaborik. He’s still a big name player who can score whenever he wants. Watch for him to score in bunches when he starts playing on Columbus’ 1st line. They also acquired Blake Comeau for a 5th Round Pick. I personally love this move. Comeau can easily come in and provide some scoring depth for the Blue Jackets. Even though he may never reach his potential many perceived he had when he got drafted, he can still score. Last one to cover, Philadephia acquires Michael Leighton and a 3rd Round Pick for Steve Mason. I like this deal. In my opinion, Mason is only worth a 5th Round Pick. I thought Philadelphia overpaid for Mason. Yes I know he’s young, but he’s still an RFA after this year, and Philly’s qualifying offer must be more than $3.2M. No one is paying Mason that much, especially since the cap is going down after this year. So its basically a rental player. Columbus stole this trade. Heck, they almost stole the deadline.
Reporters at Roberto Luongo’s Press Conference: Man, the reporters at the Roberto Luongo were all incredibly lucky. No, Luongo didn’t waive his No Movement Clause, but you know what he waived? His No Quotes Clause. Yes I just made it up. And yes it was horrible, but you know what wasn’t horrible? Luongo’s quotes. How often do you hear a player say, “My contract sucks.”? In summary, what does Luongo think his problem is? He makes too much money. I’m sorry but I think anyone of us would have no problem making his money just sitting on a bench.
Philadelphia Flyers: I’m gonna paraphrase what I said above. They overpaid for a goalie who could leave at the end of the season. They also couldn’t help their incredibly shaky defense. When you can’t patch up your weaknesses, and overpay for things you’re not overly weak on, you’re a loser in my books.
Calgary Flames: Yes they traded away Iginla, yes they traded away Boumeester, but they didn’t trade away Kipprusoff. If this is a rebuild, then it Kipper had to be traded. Now Kipper didn’t get traded AND he’s going to retire at the end of the year. They
basically won’t get anything for Kipprusoff. I guess this is what happens when your reported asking price is a 1st Round Pick…
The Fans: Yes the fans are included in this as well. In this short season, everyone is a buyer except
maybe, Calgary, Buffalo, Florida, and Colorado. Funny thing is, amongst those four teams, only four deals were done, and besides Pominville being traded to Minnesota, the biggest name to get traded today was Ryan O’Byrne… Naturally with not much supply and tons of demand, you heard the same comment over and over again, “The prices were too high.” So the fans lost out. There were 17 deals today. I think I speak for many fans when I say, I miss the good old day of 25+ trades on trade deadline day…
Vancouver: They’re up against the cap and they really don’t have much salary to shed by next year. They couldn’t pull the deal off for Luongo, especially with the reported price of Ben Scrivens and 2 2nd Round Picks (Pierre LeBrun of ESPN). They should have been happy with someone to just take the contract of Luongo off their hands. Now in the off season, they have the task of figuring out who to buy out. Keith Ballard? David Booth? Well it’s certainly not Roberto Luongo, his buy out is $27M over 16 years…
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