NHL Trade Deadline-A-Palooza ‘09!

Good afternoon everyone…welcome to NHL Trade Deadline-A-Palooza ‘09! Over the next day or so, like so many of you, I will be glued to NHL Live on XM’s Channel 204 and/or The NHL Channel on cable awaiting news of Thrashers trades as they occur! As they happen over the next day or so I’ll be updating this blog so keep checkin’ in. As always, if you hear of a noteworthy deal that goes down around the league…post it up!

You are all hearby officially deputized as cyber-reporters for this event, so as news breaks…post it up for us all to see.

We are still just over a day away from Wednesday’s 3:00 pm trade deadline but there has been a few deals that have gone down already. Yesterday, as I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Nic Havelid was sent packing to the New Jersey Devils in return for Anssi Salmela, a 24- year old Nordic blueliner who played for the Finnish national team. This follows the trade that sent Mathieu Schneider to Montreal for draft picks. Both Havelid and Schneider will be UFAs this summer and their being moved came as no real surprise.

As we have discussed, other Thrashers unrestricted free agents that may be playing elsewhere by Wednesday night include Marty Reasoner and Eric Perrin. The latter has made it very clear that he would welcome a change of venue.

I also have this feeling that Kari Lehtonen could be up on the blocks. Recently the team held talks with his agent and now I come to understand that his parents are in town. I could be reading too much into that, but we’ll see.

Regardless, I would not be stunned if Hedberg or Kari is dealt away. If it’s Moose instead of Kari, then it means the organ-I-zation is comfortable with having Odrej Pavalec on the big-boy squad now and we’ll have a Kari-Opie tandem in the net.

Also, there have been some players of note from around the league that have been placed on waivers today.

The Thrashers do not play Wednesday night, and won’t until they welcome the Habs to Philips Arena on Friday. So, unlike last year when they were in Montreal on the deadline date, there won’t be a mad scramble to call up Wolves players to fill in gaps created by trades.

The following games are on the schedule for tomorrow however…Montreal at Buffalo and Detroit at Colorado.

Last year Dan Kamal posted a blog over on the Thrashers web site indicating his belief that the NHL should schedule no matches on the trade deadline date and I must say that I agree 100% with that. I’d also like to have it where all teams have exactly the same amount of games after the deadline as they go down the stretch. That’s probably not possible given that there are so many teams sharing their home arena with NBA teams…as is the case with the Thrashers…but still, I think it’d be a good goal to strive for.

UPDATE: Mar. 3, 1:17 pm: And as sure as hell is hot…as soon as I posted this, I learn that Eric Perrin has been placed on waivers per the TSN link provided above.

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 9:17 am: Dan Kamal was just on Hockey This Morning, (XM-204) with Scott Laughlin. Kamal indicated that he expects DW to be “very busy” today discussing deals but he does not see any “earth shattering” trades to go down. He also pointed to last Saturday’s come-back win vs. Carolina as something that reminded him of the atmosphere created a few years back when the Thrashers were making playoff runs.

Players Kamal discussed:

Kari: He not only thinks he will NOT be traded, but feels he is a “cornerstone” player to build a team around.

Moose & Opie:He expects there will some interest shown for these two.

Kozlov:Kamal said Kozzy wants to stay and “be a part of the turnaround” and does not think he’ll be dealt today.

Perrin:He’s very disappointed that things did not work out for him this season.

Kovalchuk: Kamal said that “priority ONE is re-signing” Kovy for the Thrashers…and there is no 1-a or 1-b to this.

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 12:30 pm: Don Waddell was a guest on NHL Live with Clement & Fox, ( I’m listening via XM). Not a lot to report but he did express the desire to “change the makeup of the team”. Also, he said that the team needs some more “size up front”, (DUH5). Regarding the goalie situation, he did indicate that Pavs should be ready and that the situation at that position would “probably” be address this summer.

Oh, and when asked about moving Schneids so early before the deadline was because the deal was there for the taking and it was a money saving move.

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 3:00 pm: The 3:00 pm deadline is here and…nothing. This does not mean a deal hasn’t been file with the league office and that, once finalized, we then hear it announced…but as for now….nothing.

:!:  UPDATE: Mar. 4, 3:08 pm: Thrashers send Erik Christensen to the Ducks in return for Eric O’Dell….an 18-year old who was drafted by the Ducks in the 2nd round of last summer’s draft, (39th overall). He is a 6′-0″, 174 lb centerman who shoots right. Currently, O’dell is with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL and has 14 goals, 18 assists and is a +10 in 29 games.

135 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 3rd, 2009
1:19 pm

FIRE WADDELL

NASCAR Dave

March 3rd, 2009
1:23 pm

ATLANTA SPIRIT ARE COWARDS!!! AFRAID TO FIRE WADDELL!!! COWARDS!!!

FIRE WADDELL!!!

NASCAR Dave

March 3rd, 2009
1:24 pm

ASG = ALL STUPID GOOBERS

Smitty

March 3rd, 2009
1:27 pm

Salary cap and economy might put a damper on all the excitement. Can a GM be put on waivers?

Hip Czech

March 3rd, 2009
1:34 pm

What’s the rationale (I know we’re talking Waddell and ASG here so rationale does not figure in) of putting Perrin on waivers now? Ummm…I got it, to clear cap space for a mega blockbuster trade, right?

Unless there is some roster rule that a player can’t be put on waivers after the trade deadline why not try to trade him and if unsuccessful THEN put him on waivers?

Bob

March 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm

I would be completely shocked if Waddell traded Lehtonen. We already have nothing left to show for Heatley, and may be in that same boat next year with Kovy.

I wonder if Perrin was waived in order to make room to bring some young forward up from Chicago? I’d be shocked if someone claimed Perrin.

J(Z)

March 3rd, 2009
1:51 pm

Anyone know our situation with the salary cap floor? We’ve gotta be close with Schneider & Havelid gone (the links to the normal sites are all blocked at work)

Russ

March 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

I have some breaking news to report…DW has been fired by the ASG!! OK, not really, but wasn’t it nice to hear anyway? I suppose I will be stripped of my cyber-reporters badge for this misinformation and getting everyone’s hopes up. Oh well, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2009
2:11 pm

%$#&-IT Russ! Don’t ever do that again!

I almost hit my head on the ceiling!

NASCAR Dave

March 3rd, 2009
2:13 pm

RAWHIDE, has Waddell been called about the Toilets not working at Philips yet??? Afterall, that is his specialty – Toilets… Right???

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 3rd, 2009
2:35 pm

“why not try to trade him and if unsuccessful THEN put him on waivers?”

All it takes is ~15 calls before you realize nobody wants him…perhaps Waddell has ALREADY tried to trade him and is at the “THEN put him on waivers” portion of your scenario.

Like Bob, I will be surprised if Perrin is claimed.

Thrasher_Ed

March 3rd, 2009
2:56 pm

I would not be surprised if he were claimed by NY Rangers. He was a favorite of Torts. before he left Tampa.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 3rd, 2009
2:59 pm

Thrasher_Ed — Tortorella didn’t exactly have good things to say about Perrin when he signed with Atlanta. In fact, he said Perrin could kiss his (butt). I doubt Tortorella is in the mood to bring him to New York just for old time’s sake.

sisu

March 3rd, 2009
3:23 pm

Off topic but how would this be with the ASG???

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have a risk-free offer on season tickets for next season: Lose your job and you’re off the hook.

The Wolves unveiled a new marketing plan Tuesday that’s keenly aware of the struggling economy and their own dwindling fan base.

They’re lowering prices on 95 percent of season tickets in Target Center. The team says the price drop is 44 percent in the upper tier and more than 11 percent in the lower tier.

The Wolves are also guaranteeing a refund of any unused season tickets to buyers who lose their job in 2009.

Dave

March 3rd, 2009
3:27 pm

Anyone know how Brian Burke is going to trade the entire Toronto Maple Team? I expect nothing good out of Toronto or into Toronto!

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2009
3:43 pm

As for waiving Perrin… after his comments from yesterday, if I’m JA or DW, I don’t want him in the lineup. He’s no longer an asset to the team given his disposition, regardless of whether or not he’s justified in it. It would be better to play Crabb in his place at this point, (and that’s not meant as a slight to Joey).

I agree with ranallo’s 2:35pm suggestion that Waddell is at the “then waive him” point.

Sisu – Yes, that is a very smart, understanding, intelligent move by an ownership that actually has certain grasp on reality given today’s economic situations. It also shows that they care for their loyal customers and value their continued support.

Certainly you are not going to confuse that type of wisdom, market savy and compassion with anything the Spirit Clowns would ever consider…are you?

R. Stroz

March 3rd, 2009
4:08 pm

On a different note, I’d like to put up an under/over shots on goal number for tonight’s game.

I’ll take 42 shots.

Ok, now weigh in with under or over.

Dwayne Johnson

March 3rd, 2009
4:12 pm

over 42, over/under on goals?

Smoothie

March 3rd, 2009
4:18 pm

I’ll go with the under and say 39 shots (unless it goes to OT, then 44).

For some reason, I think they will be fired up again to play spoiler. I’ll take Atlanta in a 5-4 regulation decision. Kovy with two goals.

Thomas Magnum

March 3rd, 2009
4:25 pm

Some friends and I started a new Thrashers blog today. Please click the link below and check it out!

http://thewordonthebird.blogspot.com/

MarriedaSwede

March 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Kari Lehtonen straight up for Jeremy Roenick!! We’ve got ourselves a hall of famer who DW is familiar with from the Team USA days. DW claims “Jeremy is the top line player we have been in search of all year long, and I’m sure Kovy will welcome his clubhouse presence.”

Nice ;^)

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Minnesota just signed Backstrom to a 4-year $24M contract extension.

RStroz – I’ll take the under…even if the game goes into OT.

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
4:46 pm

I’m with the under (not counting OT or the skills competition).

WOuld yall want Sim back now that he’s been wiaved?

Russ

March 3rd, 2009
4:47 pm

per TSN: Neither Antropov or Moore are in the line-up for tonight’s game…might a deal already be done or in the works???

Russ

March 3rd, 2009
4:49 pm

I should probably specify the Leafs’ line-up for their game tonight. It probably wouldn’t be too surprising that they aren’t in the Thrashers’ line-up.

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
4:51 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing Antropov in our lineup…

five_hole

March 3rd, 2009
4:57 pm

I won’t miss Perrin. He hustled, but was small and not particularly fast. I’d rather give the spot to a kid and see what they could do.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 3rd, 2009
5:03 pm

Tony C. — I wouldn’t be interested. I’d rather see Lavallee, Stuart and Crabb get more ice time. Sims role could be filled from someone younger and cheaper, and possibly be filled just as well.

Alan

March 3rd, 2009
5:15 pm

Stroz: I’ll take under — 36 sounds a bit more like it.

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
7:14 pm

ranallo(AT): I feel you, I just like the guy’s moxy

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
7:21 pm

Beauty goal by Slater! Glad to see that line’s hustle rewarded.

sisu

March 3rd, 2009
8:23 pm

http://lightning.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=30313

Nice, another great deal from another team, season tickets for $239.00! And don’t worry, I know ASG has no clue! The ownership got blasted once again by Kincade this afternoon, nice to see some is willing to call out the basketball only owners that run this franchise!

Spud Webb

March 3rd, 2009
8:52 pm

I love it. DW in between periods telling Elliott, “theres 3 ways to build a team, draft, free agency (which he notes gets expensive) and trades” ahhahaahhhahahhahhahhahhahha. Really Don? And how would you know how to do any of those 3 things??? 9 freaking YEARS. No wonder I’m bald, besides the ex wife.
Laughable, when i see that guy on TV i wanna puke.

stendec

March 3rd, 2009
8:54 pm

Damn Kari “Fat as A Blimp” Letemin to Hell! A goal is the last damn minute. Talk about spitting in the faces of teammates. He can go take a flying (X)! Son of a betch Finn.

Spud Webb

March 3rd, 2009
8:59 pm

Welcome back Stendec!!!
hope your family is well (or getting better).

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
8:59 pm

I saw Jar-Jar on TV what did it say? Why didn’t we get more for Havelid?

Spud Webb

March 3rd, 2009
9:03 pm

He didnt say much Tony C. Blah, blah, about how they are interested in “hockey deals”, because a lot of guys getting talked about now wont get moved, but probably will in the off season, around draft time. Then about how to “build a team”. An instant classic in my book. The elliott about gave him a h&nd job, as he always does. ahhahahhaha, wonderful. God we are doomed for a long, long time. Nothing better than listening to the loser who’s put us in this spot talk about ANOTHER DRAFT and ANOTHER OFFSEASON with him in charge. UGH. I’m watching thinking how does he keep this job??? UNBELIEVABLE.

Rawhide

March 3rd, 2009
9:04 pm

You know your team is playing soft when Darren Eliot’s “Check of the Game” is Kari’s poke check as a Panther skated across the goal mouth.

stendec

March 3rd, 2009
9:24 pm

Thank God I have suffered through Kari “Fatso” Letemin for the last season! If he is with the Toiletlids next season I will cheer passionately against them. If he is gone I will root for whoever is between the pipes. The exhibition tonight was totally unacceptable and completely unforgivable! A 1-0 lead. Marshmallow goal! A 2-1 lead. Monkey puck goal! Who in Hell knows what the excuses were for the other goals. Again, this fraud son of a betch Finn has NO talent whatsoever. Damn mother (X)! This bestard is going to give up four or more goals per outing. Ship his sorry a## out! I see home guys at least made it close. No team can score more than the LaLa Land golden puke will allow! Just the facts.

stendec

March 3rd, 2009
9:31 pm

Thank you Mr Spud Webb. You have class. Things are better. God bless.

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
9:54 pm

Maybe we should mail DW a copy of the NHL Central Scouting draft rankings….just in case he can read and comprehend what it says…

Also, I’m hoping we stay away from QMJHL picks in favor of WHL & OHL guys.

Russ

March 3rd, 2009
10:03 pm

Oh good, Stendec is back.

Tony C.

March 3rd, 2009
10:17 pm

Also, check the very nice things that the Devils have to say about their newest member:

http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/2009/03/lamoriello-looking-to-move-clemmensen.html

R. Stroz

March 3rd, 2009
10:20 pm

A few prayers for Hossa. The video on this isn’t good so I didn’t link the video, just the write up.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=269612&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_main

LAC

March 3rd, 2009
10:33 pm

What a contrast tonight… Saw Lou on the NJ telecast, what a GREAT GM !

He was poised,very confident and addressed things in a most professional manner and how the trade works well for his team. Just the type man who SHOULD be a GM.

Then I saw WORTHLESS, OUTCLASSED, In over his head don waddell.

waddell was not direct, he was VERY timid, and showed NO confidence at all, talked in circles and all stupid darren could say was that
DAMN MOVING FORWARD CRAP !

Just proved to me what a REAL NHL GM is and what a wannabe NHL GM is.

We are a terrible team because of STUPID don waddell, Thanks don for giving us NO hope for the future and next season will be no better than this one !

Shawn K

March 3rd, 2009
10:33 pm

Scott Clemmensen for a draft pick? I think we have quite a few of those laying around right now. I wouldn’t mind having him

R. Stroz

March 3rd, 2009
10:36 pm

Whether you agree with how Hossa handled the situation last year or not, I hate to see anyone carried off on a stretcher. So, take a minute and say a prayer for him.

Spud Webb

March 3rd, 2009
10:45 pm

Agreed R. Stroz. Looks like he’s going to be ok, from on the Fly.

five_hole

March 4th, 2009
9:24 am

Also agreed Robert. I saw the collision and him being carried off on the stretcher. It looks scary when someone’s head is duct taped to the stretcher. Regardless of how anyone thinks Marion handled business here in Atlanta, we should all hope he makes a full recovery.

As I type this about wishing players well, I’m reminded of how Zednick spanked us last night. Looks like he recovered nicely from having his neck slashed.

five_hole

March 4th, 2009
9:24 am

One thing about this new blog format. Whether you like it or not, it’s much faster to post.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2009
9:36 am

I just listened to Dan Kamal on HTM, (XM-204) with Scott Laughlin…there is an update on the original post discussing what he had to say regarding some of the players that are rumored to bed moved.

The bottom line is that he expects no “earth shattering” moves to be made today.

Five_Hole – I was think of last year’s Zednick incedent last night too. That was scary indeed!

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

March 4th, 2009
10:10 am

D.W. just getting interviewed by TSN.CA right now.

He says:
- They are getting a lot of calls (not as many as last year)
- Hainsey isn’t going to be traded.
- Kari is getting calls, but D.W. wants to wait until the summer. Sounds like the chance Kari gets traded is slim
- He was asked if they are going to make a trade today and he said yes.

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2009
10:11 am

The Ottawa Senators were the first team out of the gate on Deadline Day, trading winger Antoine Vermette to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Pascal Leclaire.

Russ

March 4th, 2009
10:23 am

Vermette to Columbus for Leclaire and a 2nd round pick.

GaVaHokie

March 4th, 2009
10:23 am

Waddell didn’t seem very convincing to me on the Lehtonen deal… I’d say if the Van Reimsdyk deal comes to fruition, he’ll take it.

Eklund has it rumored that Philly is looking at Bryzgalov too.

Frosty the snowman

March 4th, 2009
10:30 am

Hossa has every right to go where he wants. He had no decision in coming here. Can you honestly be upset at him for leaving the worst run franchise in hockey? Are you gonna bash Kovy when he leaves? This is the worst team to play for. Are you mad at free agents because they don’t want to sign here. Hossa didn’t do anything wrong by not re signing, he did the right thing.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
10:31 am

That’s a nice enhancement, obviously. Though…sometimes refreshing the screen causes new posts to disappear, then reappear later.

Don Waddell

March 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Let’s see, what can I do today to screw this team up even more?

ThrasherFan

March 4th, 2009
10:54 am

You know, I’ve been very harsh on DW before but I was thinking about something last night… DW gets a lot of grief from the fans, which is rightly deserved in most cases, but his history of trading and acquiring players isn’t really that bad. Sure, he got hosed on the Zhitnik/Coburn deal as well as the Tchacuk trade but what if le Thrash DIDN’T make the playoffs that year. How many of you fans would have had a heart attack? Those two players were key to that final run and Coburn WAS NOT going to get us there that year.

Think of the players he has brought in – Heatley, Kovy ( a no brainer), Lehts (not a terrible goalie and still YOUNG), Pavalec, Little, Oystrick, Valabik, Enstrom, Exelby… these are just drafted players mind you and some of the better ones were WAY down the list.

SAVARD, What was Savard doing before he came here? He was wasting away and his career was dead.

This year, PEVERLY…

This year has been a bust and if you hadn’t noticed, since some of the old timers have gone, this team has gotten better. Maybe the veterans just didn’t get it and it’s time to move on.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
11:49 am

Leopold to Calgary for Nycholat and a pick. Definitely posted this on the wrong blog by accident.

Russ

March 4th, 2009
11:53 am

Nice pick-up for Calgary IMO, depending on the pick. I am guessing it’s a 2nd or 3rd.

Also, did everyone see Buffalo re-signed Connoly for 2 yrs./$9 mil. ??? Seems like a lot of money for a guy who plays about 40 games a year.

GTthrashfan

March 4th, 2009
12:04 pm

Phoenix sends G Tellqvist to Buffalo, return player/picks to be announced.

GTthrashfan

March 4th, 2009
12:05 pm

Also Toronto just grabbed Gerber off waivers from OTT, most likely ending Toskala’s injured season.

Alan

March 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Perrin wasn’t claimed off waivers, as per Ben Wright. Guess this means he’s going to Chicago.

Brett

March 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Where did Perrin end up??? Oh…..it looks as though no one claimed him? How does a top 6 winger not get claimed off waivers? (sarcasm)

Smitty

March 4th, 2009
12:24 pm

DW on NHL Network now

Don Waddell

March 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

I was on NHL Network and they didn’t even laugh at me. I’m somebody now.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

Dallas claimed Morrison from Anaheim.

A minor deal went down between St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Richmond going to STL for Wozniewski.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

The return for Leopold was apparently Nycholat, Ryan Wilson (prospect), and a 2nd round pick.

The return for Tellqvist was a 4th round pick.

All per TSN

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Olli Jokinen to Calgary for Lombardi, Prust and a 1st rounder

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

Brendan might like this one…Montador was traded from Anaheim to Boston for Petteri Nokelainen.

Smitty

March 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Imagine the contract Connoly would have received if he played a whole season. Reiger still feeling the effects of that Peca trade.

sisu

March 4th, 2009
1:06 pm

OJ goes to Calgary

LAC

March 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

waddell all but said Kari is GONE on NHL Live. Said the goalie
issue would be resolved before next season… Gee hope SOMEONE
who knows hockey makes that deal NOT waddell.

Guess the Kari for 6th rounder is a good guess with waddell,
but whatever Atlanta will come out the LOSER of any deals.

Interesting Jaffe touched on the “ownership” and saving
every PENNY is important in Atlanta now… HUMMMMMM…..?????

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

March 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

The Fourth Period says Thrashers are close to dealing Marty Reasoner.

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/

Alan

March 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Recchi to Boston, per TSN

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Recchi to Boston

Alan

March 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

I checkd out that “Fourth Period” link. That Reasoner thing is under “rumors.”

Grains of salt, yada yada… you know the deal.

Alan

March 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Pardon the typo: “checked.”

Sara

March 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

Alan, Dave at TFP though is pretty reliable – not exactly in the Eklund/Garrioch club. He at least would have heard it from somewhere – as opposed to pulling it out of his arse.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
1:37 pm

So with Jokinen going to Calgary, what are they going to do with Camallieri? Are they not over the cap now? I’d love to see our clueless GM work something out with the Flames to get exclusive negotiating rights. With Toronto taking Gerber, I’d say the market for goalies is pretty weak, and we’d get nothing for Lehtonen.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

Does anyone think that DWad is entertaining serious offers for Lehtonen because a) the ASG is too cheap to pay him $3-4 M long-term this summer and b) using Hedberg full-time down the stretch would seriously improve our chances of getting the 2nd pick (Hedman) by weakening our D even further after trading Havelid?

I don’t see Pavs getting the call to play in March / April since he’s better off going through another Calder Cup run this spring. BTW, he’s been on fire lately stopping 40+ shots on several occasions in the past 2 weeks.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
1:56 pm

Glovesave – Camalleri has been playing wing in Calgary so nothing changes there.

Don Waddell

March 4th, 2009
1:57 pm

Today, I will make my next step toward finishing off the Thrashers.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
1:57 pm

Much rather have Ondrej getting playoff experience over playing useless games for the Thrashers.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

Just over an hour to go and still nothing as far as the Thrashers go. But remember, it wasn’t until just minutes before 3:00 pm last year before we heard of the Hossa/Dpuis to Pittsburgh deal.

Also, Peter Forsberg is in Denver to announce his retirement.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:00 pm

Sara – they cannot afford to keep him, they have cap issues. Offer a draft pick to get exclusive negotiating rights.

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2009
2:01 pm

Guerin to Penguins

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:01 pm

Hey Rawhide…TSN just talked with the Avs and they said Foppa is not in town to announce his retirement.

Alan

March 4th, 2009
2:01 pm

Pens acquire Bill Guerin from NYI

Rawhide

March 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

glovesave – Hmmmm…interesting. I just heard on NHL Home Ice, (XM-204) that he was.

Either way…thanks for the update on your end.

Nikita

March 4th, 2009
2:06 pm

*Kozlov:Kamal said Kozzy wants to stay and “be a part of the turnaround” and does not think he’ll be dealt today.*

What the eff? Kozlov CAN’T be dealt today unless he waives his NTC. and he’s never indicated any willingness to do so.

I’m disappointed re: Perrin. He’s among my favorite players, and I just have not been happy WRT him in this season.

I hope Reasoner stays. Heck, he’s taken the worst beating of any player on Le Thrash. I’ve never seen a player with so many broken teeth and black eyes. Hopefully he stays here and keeps fighting.

Yay! Grant Lewis!

re: waivers, how awesome would it be for us to pick up Miro Satan and Gary Roberts?

Nikita

March 4th, 2009
2:09 pm

p.s. Flames got Olli Jokinen.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

Rawhide…tsn.ca is streaming live today. It’s HEAVY on Toronto talk. But they had someone from the Avs front office on and he said Foppa was still in Sweden. Still nothing on Bouwmeester. This last hour should be fun.

Russ

March 4th, 2009
2:16 pm

Smoothie – If Pavs has been stopping 40+ shots on several occasions it sounds like he is getting the proper training to play behind Atlanta’s defense.

There were reports Dominic Moore had been traded from the Leafs to Chicago, but I haven’t seen anything official.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2009
2:18 pm

glovesave – Yeah, I just heard that confirmed on NHL Live.

For what it’s worth, I think Florida does not trade Bouwmeester…instead deciding to keep him for the playoff run. That team feels that they HAVE to make the post-season this year and they need him for that. Sure, it means he may walk this summer for nothing, but they’ll take that risk.

In essence, he becomes their rental player.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:22 pm

Rawhide…totally agree. Keep him all season, then trade him after the season and before FA begins on 7/1 if he will not resign. The Panthers are a good young team. After all the bad hockey he has seen, I gotta feel he’s pretty excited about their direction. Plus, winning on a team you have been through a lot of adversity with sure is satisfying. Although tsn.ca still think he is going to Vancouver.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
2:31 pm

Glovesave – says who? There’s wiggle room in their budget given some of the other FAs they could let walk instead (like Aucoin who makes $4M). All accounts have been that Camalleri is happy in Calgary so he might be willing to settle for a low number – at least for one season until Jokinen’s contract is up.

I get that there cap is tight, but it isn’t going to be impossible for them to make it work out.

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:38 pm

Sara…they gave up a first rounder and two decent players for Jokinen. That is why they will keep him. Don’t forget, the cap will more than likely go down next season. Someone will have to go. Not sure I would give up a puck moving defensemen. Look at the team at Philips – when you have a team that cannot transition from defense to offense, everything just kinda bogs down. Camalierri is a heckuva player, but a good center and slick defenseman is a better fit for the Flames and the style of game that Keenen likes to play.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
2:38 pm

their…not there…grrrrrrrrrr

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:46 pm

FIRE WADDELL

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:46 pm

Upshall and a 2nd rounder to Phoenix and Carcillo goes to Philly.

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:47 pm

We should move MOOSE today… NOT Lehts…

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
2:48 pm

Antropov is a Ranger…along with Avery clearing waivers. Hate the damn blueshirts more every day.

Alan

March 4th, 2009
2:49 pm

Rangers get Antropov.

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:54 pm

NASCAR Dave (not) to Philips Arena anymore… (DUH5)

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:56 pm

FIRE WADDELL

FLAMES and BRUINS have been doing very well today, too bad DONNIE thinks his team is Legit… LOL

NASCAR Dave

March 4th, 2009
2:58 pm

Time’s up… Did we get KEN KLEE???

Thrashy Thrashy

March 4th, 2009
2:59 pm

Uwe Krupp, come on down!

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
3:03 pm

Dave- Klee was on the table, but Waddell took Nelson Emerson instead.

Bouwmeester stays in FLA…called it right Rawhide.

Don Waddell

March 4th, 2009
3:07 pm

If I only had a brain

LAC

March 4th, 2009
3:09 pm

Eric C. to Chicago ?

Ken Klee for Little… another waddell type trade !

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
3:09 pm

Christenson is gone to Anaheim for O’Dell

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:12 pm

glovesave, I didn’t say they wouldn’t keep Jokinen – I just said his current contract would be up.

Some GMs are more creative than others at making things work, and some players aren’t complete mercenaries and will take less money to stay someplace competitive and that they like.

I just think the speculation I’ve seen in a number of places that Calgary is going to have to blow something up to make this all work is very premature. If this club goes on a strong Cup run this season (and that’s quite likely at this point), these guys may be convinced it’s worthwhile to take a bit less a apiece and keep on truckin’. It’s happened with the Wings before on several occasions.

As I said – don’t see it being a foregone conclusion on the 4th of March that Camalleri is a definitive goner from Calgary.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 4th, 2009
3:12 pm

Christensen to Anaheim for Eric O’Dell.

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:14 pm

OMG how did Waddell manage to get rid of Christensen?? Holy wow…wonder how Army will feel about that.

And poor Sisu’s going to be so upset his Slayer buddy is gone… ;p

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

Totally agree Sara, can’t get into a player’s mind. It’s true that Calgary could get creative, but there are many teams that are just a player away that could tempt Camalieri or Jokinen. They have shown in the past the willingness to do what must be done to win…either selling off youngsters to grab the cup or shipping off known assets to get younger. ALL GM’s are more creative than ours…

Russ

March 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

I don’t know anything about O’Dell, but if he has a pulse there’s a good chance he’s better than Christensen.

FormerIslesFan

March 4th, 2009
3:18 pm

Sara

March 4th, 2009
3:19 pm

So he’s a 6 ft center with 88 pts in 60 GP in Juniors. Well…at least he’s not a smurf right?

Rawhide

March 4th, 2009
3:23 pm

Here is what I have on Eric O’Dell.

He was the Ducks 2nd round draft pick last summer…39th overall. He is 6′-0″, 174 lbs. and is playing with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. In 29 games this year he has 14 goals, 18 assist and is a +10.

O’Dell is 18 years old…born June 21, 1990.

Thrashy Thrashy

March 4th, 2009
3:23 pm

Peverley’s emergence made Christensen worthless to this team. As far as Christensen is concerned, scorers that can’t score are as useless as t**s on a boar.

B. Thenet

March 4th, 2009
3:24 pm

Nice return for EC. I think O’Dell was on the Canadian WJC team last year.

Wayne

March 4th, 2009
3:25 pm

Eric O’Dell? I thought Waddell was only trading for players who could help us NOW, not a draft choice (which is what O’Dell basically is).

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
3:27 pm

wOW.

Two draft picks & Anssi Salmela. With Le Thrash arguably having the best “seller’s position” in the league.

Now I’ll be OK if Reasoner re-signs at a good rate, and we’re able to make the most out of Draft Day (I.E. I want a power forward and people over 6′ tall).

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

March 4th, 2009
3:28 pm

I think this has been a very different trade day for the Thrash. We’re not getting some over the hill rental. The fact that we aren’t near the playoffs changes things. But it feels like Coach Anderson has been more involved in the roster.

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
3:31 pm

But at least we won’t have to watch Christensen miss the goal COMPLETELY anymore…I wonder well him missing wide-open goals is going to go over in that room? Betcha he suddenly finds his finishing touch….or sports some black sustained “during an off-ice altercation” (Pronger whups him).

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
3:35 pm

“…black eye*…”

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
3:37 pm

Pahlsen is going from the Ducks to the Hawks

Smitty

March 4th, 2009
3:38 pm

How much more did DW save the ASG?

Glovesave29

March 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

The Canes got Eric Cole

Michael B. Shapiro

March 4th, 2009
4:01 pm

Smitty is right. Between dumping Schnieds, Nik, Perrin and now Christiansen, D-Wad has cut the payroll right down to the bottom. Must be at the league minimum $40 mil plus a shade now.

Interesting thing is that Le Thrash are probably as “young” as they’ve ever been, with only a few like Moose, Boults (wouldn’t mind seeing him go though many like his grit…I wish we had someone a bit more potent offensively), Kozzy (of course), Whitey and Reasoner over 30. If Kozzy plays like he did earlier in the season, I’m all for him getting lots of ice time, but lately he seems to be coasting. I think all the old-timers except Reasoner are signed through next year, and I hope that D-Wad re-signs him ASAP.

Final note is that in this season of focusing on defense, we now have a very young defensive corps (showed the other night with the new Toby-Bogo pairing), with X and Hainsey at a whopping 27 years of age.

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
4:28 pm

O’Sullivan to Carolina for Williams strikes me as a good deal for both clubs….especially seeing as how Carolina just turned that back into Eric Cole.

But I look at what Colorado got for Leopold and I wonder what Lameriello promised DW? Seems to me that DW could’ve gotten much better value for Havelid.

Also, does this mean we see Reasoner extended this summer???

Tony C.

March 4th, 2009
4:30 pm

What do yall think of Sutter’s moves for Calgary?? I would say they’re the “big winner” for today.

Brendan

March 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

Calgary is a big winner today. As is Boston, with the pickups of Recchi and Montador. Hey, the Bruins didn’t need a lot, anyway. These moves made them more playoff experienced, and full of more grit.