SO HERE WE ARE...TUESDAY MARCH 4th, one DAY before D-Day in the NHL. so who are the players on the move or rumored to be moved?
The biggest news of the day so far was Roberto Luongo being traded from the Canucks to the Florida Panthers in exchange for prospects. In a goalie swap, the Buffalo Sabres traded disgruntled Ryan Miller to the Saint Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak. The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Defenseman Andrew MacDonald for a prospect and draft picks. Ilya Bryzgalov was traded to the Minnesota Wild for a prospect. Dustin Penner went from the Anaheim Ducks to the Washington Capitals for a pick. Martin Erat was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes. So far, these were the big moves of the day. We are still waiting on Martin Brodeur, Ryan Kesler, and Thomas Vanek who are all expected to be dealt before tomorrows 3PM Eastern Deadline. Im sure other big name players will also be on the move. There are always a few surprises and there are also those teams that fail to pull the trigger for whatever reason.
Here is a quick look at some of the trade rumors that were discussed today:
10. March 14, 2000- New Jersey acquires Alexander Mogilny from Vancouver for Brendan Morrison and Denis Pederson. The Devils go on to win the Stanley Cup with Mogilny, while Morrison averaged over 60 Points in his first six seasons for Vancouver. I would say not bad for both teams.
9. March 18, 1997- The Detroit Red Wings acquire Larry Murphy (36 year old future Hall of Fame Defenseman) from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Future Considerations. Murphy had 11 Points in 20 Playoff Games, led the postseason with a Plus 16, and helped Detroit capture its first Stanley Cup since 1955.
8. March 20, 1996- Vancouver obtained Markus Naslund from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Alex Stojanov. Naslund went on to have a Hall of Fame career for the Canucks while Stojanov was out of the league two years later.
7. March 9, 2006- Carolina acquires Mark Recchi from the Penguins for two prospects and a 2007 second round pick. Mark Recchi posted 16 Playoff Points who along with Doug Weight lead the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup win.
6. March 10, 1980- The New York Islanders obtained Butch Goring from the Kings for Billy Harris and Dave Lewis. Goring scored 19 Points in 21 Playoff Games to help the Islanders win the Stanley Cup.
5. March 21, 1994- The New York Rangers received Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan from the Chicago for Tony Amonte. They also traded for Glen Anderson from the Toronto Maple Leafs. And finally, they obtained Craig MacTavish for Todd Marchant. These three trades were key to the Rangers winning their first Stanley Cup in 54 Years.
4. The Los Angeles Kings traded Phil Housley to the Buffalo Sabres for Jerry Korab. Korab was out of hockey, while Housley went on to post 1,232 Points in 1,495 games over 21 seasons and was one of the best scoring defenseman of all-time.
3. March 6, 2000- The Colorado Avalanche obtained Ray Bourque and Dave Andreychuk from the Boston Bruins for Sam Pahlsson, Martin Grenier and a First Round Pick. The following season the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup, Bourques only one and Andreychuk also helped Tampa win four years later.
2. March 4, 1991- The Penguins received Ron Francis Grant Jennings, and Ulf Samuelsson from the Hartford Whalers for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski. Francis helped Mario Lemieux and the Penguins win back to back Cups.
1. March 24, 1998- Tampa Bay obtained Andre Nazarov and a First Round Pick (Vincent Lecavlier) from the San Jose Sharks for Bryan Marchment and David Shaw. They also obtained Sandy McCarthy, and a 1998 Third Round Pick (Brad Richards) from Calgary for Jason Weimer. The Tampa Bay Lightning went on to win the Stanley cup in 2004 behind Richards and Lecavalier.
***Some bad deadline deals included the Marian Hossa trade in 2007, the Daniel Briere trade in 2003, and the Brian Campbell trade in 2008.
So, should the Flyers make a deadline deal this season? Well, they did trade for MacDonald which vastly improves their blue line and reunites him with Mark Streit. However, the huge rumor going around is that the Flyers are after Ryan Kesler. Well, its between them and the Pittsburgh Penguins. If I am the Flyers, I stand pat. The Flyers are deep at Center and have a very young team. I would not be willing to part with Sean Coutorier and Brayden Schenn. If they could somehow get Kesler without moving these two prospects, then yes maybe you do it. However, the asking price for Kesler is astronomical. Sometimes, not making a deal at all is better than trying to pull off the big one. So tomorrow we shall see what other big names move and who will stand pat. In the meantime, enjoy the next 24 hours as we watch the TV and internet closely for the next move. Until next time, this is Jason Vorhees for Philly Rock Radio. ROCK ON MATES!!