ADDED 11:23AM Feb 28, 2011 by phjoshua
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Here we are on NHL Trade Deadline Day – the day that fans and armchair GMs wait for all season long. And is happy to be featuring everything we can on the big day – check back for trades, thoughts and everything else that we can come up with between now and 3pm est and beyond!

Trade 1 of the day:
To Atlanta – Radek Dvorak, 5th Round Pick
To Florida – Niclas Bergfors, Patrick Rissmiller
Thoughts: To me this is just another move in the constant rebuild of the Florida Panthers. This team is always looking to get younger and cheaper and I won’t be surprised if there are more moves to come out of FLA today.

Hearing: Stephen Weiss (FLA) will only waive his no-movement clause to go to Toronto.

Thinking: (11:15am) Brad Richards will stay in Dallas… I don’t know if the Rangers will give up what Joe Nieuwendyk will be asking for this afternoon.

Hearing: Howard Berger (Toronto Media) is reporting that Florida will not look to move Stephen Weiss.

Thinking: I do not see Ottawa taking Hemsky or Penner from Edmonton. There is too much work to do in the Sens organization for either of those players to do much right away.

Trade 2: (tentative) Dennis Wideman (FLA) to the Washington Capitals – details coming.
To Washington – Dennis Wideman
To Florida – Jake Hauswirth, 3rd Round Pick
Thoughts: With Mike Green hurt in Washington I’m not surprised to see this happen – also it’s another move to get someone off the books in Florida. Dale Tallon continues to be busy.

Waiver Pick-Ups: Calgary claims Brett Carlson (Car) – Ottawa claims Curtis McElhinney (Tam) - Atlanta claims Robbie Schremp (NYI)
Thoughts: Will Robbie Schremp ever be the marquee guy that people thought he could be coming into his pro career?

Hearing: (12:50pm) The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators are pushing hardest for Dustin Penner (Edm). Not sure what either team would have to give up. Have to think that Edmonton is looking for young, cheap talent and picks.

Hearing: Sportsnet reporting that Rostislav Klesla has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto.

Trade 3:
To Phoenix – Rostislav Klesla
To Columbus – Scottie Upshall, Sami Lepisto
Thoughts: I like Scottie Upshall, always have and think he could fit well in Columbus. The deal is a win for Phoenix getting Klesla on a good cap hit contract - well done 'Yotes.

Trade 4:
To Edmonton – Kevin Montgomery
To Colorado – Shawn Belle
Thoughts: This is an minor deal – Shawn Belle probably has the bigger upside but may have been in need of a change of scenery. Long term to see impact here.

Trade 5:
To Carolina – Brian Allen
To Florida – Sergei Samsonov
Thoughts: Florida continues the sale as Allen has $3.15 million left on his contract for next year while Samsonov will become a free agent. It seems like everyone is on the block and there could be more coming from the Sunshine State - don't be surprised.

Trade 6:
To Chicago – Chris Campoli, Conditional 7th Round Pick
To Ottawa – Ryan Potulny, 2nd Round Pick
Thoughts: After the Chris Phillips signing in Ottawa it seems that the budget or future roster planning was under way. Campoli is a "good" player and could help the Blackhawks on the back end.

Trade 7:
To Anaheim – Brad Winchester
To St. Louis - 3rd Round Pick
Thoughts: St. Louis is a lot like Florida in that they are looking to move everyone. Winchester is not under contract after this season. But at age 30 it seems that he may just be bouncing around at this point.

Trade 8:
To Los Angeles – Dustin Penner
To Edmonton – Colten Teubert, 1st Round Pick, Conditional Pick (2012)
Thoughts: Penner is a big, strong forward that can help the Kings as they move towards the playoffs. Provided of course that he uses his skills and body the way that he can on a regular basis. The Oilers get 2 picks back and will look again to get younger and cheaper.

Side note: The report of Penner to Montreal for Tinordi and a 1st Round Pick was indeed fake, but makes for a great "what if".

Hearing: (2:44pm) Jason Arnott to Washington as per Pierre LeBrun at

Post 3pm News

Trade 9:
To New York Rangers – John Mitchell
To Toronto - 7th Round Pick (to be confirmed)
Thoughts: John Mitchell wasn't going to be a vital member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's bounced around for quite a while up and down between the NHL and AHL.

Trade 10:
To Washington - Jason Arnott
To New Jersey - David Steckel
Thoughts: Jason Arnott is one of those proven playoff guys that could help a team like the Capitals get deeper into the Stanley Cup tournament this year. Steckel is best known right now for this hit to the head of Sidney Crosby in the Winter Classic.

Hearing: (3:18pm) reporting that Max LaPierre has been traded again – this time to the Vancouver Canucks. As well, Chris Higgins looks to be headed from Florida to Vancouver.

Trade 11:
To Vancouver – Maxim LaPierre, MacGregor Sharp
To Anaheim – Joel Perrault, 3rd Round Pick
Thoughts: Max LaPierre is a good depth move for the Canucks as long as he can keep his head on straight and out of the penalty box. LaPierre did have a strong playoffs for the Montreal Canadiens last spring.

Trade 12:
To Vancouver – Chris Higgins
To Florida – Even Oberg, 3rd Round Pick (2013)
Thoughts: Higgins hasn't really set the world on fire over the last few years but looks like he will be a 4th line winger with the Canucks as they make their way through the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. Higgins can score and could turn into one of those "unlikely contributors" that always seem to appear in the playoffs.

Hearing: (3:23pm) Freddy Modin has been moved to Calgary from Atlanta – waiting to hear what Atlanta is getting. From Pierre LeBrun at

Trade 13:
To Calgary – Fredrik Modin
To Atlanta - 7th Round Pick
Thoughts: Why not? If I'm Calgary and things have been looking good lately I try to throw my players and fans a bone and hope to stay hot going into the playoffs. Also, giving up a 7th round pick means nothing. But it has become popular.

Trade 14:
To Philadelphia – Tom Sestito
To Columbus – Greg Moore, Michael Chaput
Thoughts: Another minor move by a team that looks strong going into the playoffs. The Flyers looks to be strong on D but you can never have enough depth. This we all know to be a fact.

Trade 15:
To Atlanta – Brett Festerling
To Montreal – Drew MacIntyre
Thoughts: I'm not sure how or why this deal happened on deadline day as it may be the least impactful of every deal done today.

Time 4:05pm
It looks like everything has come through that is going to come through on deadline day. We're stalled at 15 trades and it's more than an hour past the 3 o'clock deadline.

The biggest move of the day was by far the Kings grabbing Dustin Penner from Edmonton. While the biggest stories may be the fact that Brad Richards was not moved to the Rangers (supposedly because the Stars were asking for too much) and the Florida Panthers fire sale.

I like what the Vancouver Canucks did right at the 3pm mark picking up 2 former Canadiens that could provide some depth and spark in the playoffs as Vancouver looks to go deep into the tournament.

I also like the move Calgary made picking up Freddy Modin for essentially nothing. Modin is a rental and could work out well for the Flames as they continue work on their climb in the West.

I know that we were all hoping for a lot more action today, but we have to take what we can get. And this is it hockey fans.

Get yourself ready for the stretch run - we're on our way!



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