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PHT’s Top 10 trade deadline storylines


The 2011-12 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Here are the top 10 storylines to emerge from it:

Columbus doesn’t deal Rick Nash (and Scott Howson steals the spotlight)

First, the Jackets GM reportedly turned down the Rangers’ offer of Brandon Dubinsky, three prospects and a first-round pick. Then — in an unprecedented move — Howson threw the Blue Jackets captain under the bus by saying it was Nash that asked Columbus for a trade, not the other way around. Good times in Ohio!

Vancouver, Buffalo swap first-round picks

On a deadline day that was defined by moderation, the Sabres and Canucks were two notable exceptions. Both teams rolled the dice by exchanging highly touted youngsters – F Cody Hodgson went to Buffalo (with Alexander Sulzer) in return for F Zack Kassian and D Marc-Andre Gragnani. The Sabres received the best NHL player today, which is odd considering it’s the Canucks that are the Cup contenders. However, it’s possible Vancouver ends up getting two impact players for the price of one.

No blockbusters

The biggest deal happened before the deadline, when L.A. acquired Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson and a 2012 first-round pick. After that, things got awfully quiet. Big names rumored to be in play (Nash, Dustin Brown, Tomas Plekanec and Derek Roy) stayed put and phrases like “the Johnny Oduya sweepstakes” started popping up, which is never a good sign.

Motor City silence

If Detroit falls short in the playoffs, Red Wings fans might look back at the deadline and wonder why GM Ken Holland wasn’t more aggressive. Here’s his explanation after doing nothing more than ship out Mike Commodore: “There wasn’t a fit. We tried to do a couple of moves, but either our (draft) picks weren’t high enough because our team is high in the standings, or we didn’t have the young players (other teams wanted).”

Nashville goes for broke

There was heat on GM David Poile to show his players — specifically Shea Weber and impeding UFA Ryan Suter — that Nashville was serious about contending for the Stanley Cup. Well, mission accomplished. Poile paid a big price to rent Paul Gaustad, Andrei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill for a couple of months.

A lack of action

Only 32 players were traded today, the fewest on a deadline since 2000 (23). When all was said and done, the glut of bubble teams meant a dearth of assets being sold for cheap. Of course, you could argue whether some of those bubble teams are actually on the bubble, but there’s something noble about never saying never.

Boston adds depth, experience

The Bruins needed bodies given injuries to Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley and Johnny Boychuk. But Peter Chiarelli wasn’t prepared to pay large, so he scored three veteran NHLers — Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon — without giving up any draft picks or full-time roster players. Not the deadline’s flashiest moves, but ones that could be crucial for Boston’s Stanley Cup defense.

Goalies problems go unsolved

Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago each went into the trade deadline with goaltending concerns, yet neither did anything about it. In fact, no goalies were traded today. To be fair, there weren’t many temporary solutions available. The Islanders didn’t want to give up Nabokov and a general manager would have to be pretty desperate to go after Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin. Josh Harding was a possibility, but he hasn’t been very good since Christmas.

Washington stands pat

GM George McPhee’s silence was deafening, especially with his team fighting for the playoffs. (Or in Roman Harmlik’s case, fighting with the coach.) Many expected McPhee to get some help at center to replace the injured Nicklas Backstrom, or to move one of his eight healthy defensemen…but neither move happened. In fact, no moves happened. A strange day all around.

Expiring assets

The pressure will be on for GMs like Jim Rutherford (Hurricanes) and Garth Snow (Islanders) to re-sign their pending UFAs that weren’t dealt at the deadline. Despite their teams’ slim playoff hopes, Rutherford didn’t trade defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek while Snow held on to forward P.A. Parenteau and goalie Evgeni Nabokov. If those guys walk for nothing on July 1, it won’t look good.


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We have a trade to announce: Boston acquires Rolston, Mottau from the Islanders

Brian Rolston

The Boston Bruins have added two veteran presences to the fold, acquiring Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders at the deadline. In exchange, Boston will sent minor-leaguers Yannik Riendeau (AHL Providence) and Marc Cantin (ECHL Reading) to New York.

Rolston will be headed back to Boston for his second tour of duty. He played four-and-a-half seasons as a Bruin prior to the lockout, scoring a league-high nine shorthanded goals in 2001-02. The 38-year-old veteran appeared in 49 games for the Islanders this season, registering 4G-5A-9PTS while averaging 14:10 of ice time per game.

Mottau, 33, has played in 29 games for the Islanders after missing nearly half the season with a concussion. Mottau only recently returned to the lineup after being knocked out of action on Dec. 29, missing 26 games all told.

In addition to veteran experience, the Bruins added quite a bit of salary with these two moves. Rolston’s in the final year of a deal that pays $5.06 million annually (amusingly, he’s now actually Boston’s highest-paid forward) while Mottau comes relatively cheaply at $800,000.

Waiver claims: Montreal gets Staubitz, Winnipeg gets Clitsome


More scintillating action from the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Montreal has claimed Minnesota forward Brad Staubitz off re-entry waivers and Winnipeg did the same with Columbus defenseman Grant Clitsome.

The latter of those claims could be a prelude to a larger deal. Winnipeg has received offers for UFA defenseman Johnny Oduya and if he’s shipped out, Clitsome is a capable lineup replacement on the Jets blueline. The 26-year-old Clitsome spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets organization, appearing in 93 games over the last three seasons.

Staubitz, 27, had spent the last two seasons with the Wild but was shipped off to AHL Houston after a poor performance on Feb. 9 in a 5-2 loss to Vancouver. He had zero goals, zero assists and (for you mathletes out there) zero points in 43 games with Minnesota this season.

In related news, the following players have cleared waivers entirely: Brian Rolston (New York Islanders), Eric Boulton (New Jersey), Ryan Russell (Columbus) and Krys Kolanos (Calgary).

PHT’s NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Andrei Kostitsyn

Monday, Feb. 27 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2011-12 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as PHT will update the tracker throughout the day.

Here’s a complete list of all trades since Feb. 16:

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Feb. 27 (Note: There were 16 trades involving 32 players on deadline day)

To Anaheim: D Mark Fraser
To Toronto: RW Dale Mitchell (link)

To Vancouver: RW Andrew Gordon
To Anaheim: D Sebastien Erixson (link)

To Vancouver: RW Zack Kassian,
To Buffalo: C Cody Hodgson (link)

To Vancouver: Marc-Andre Gragnani
To Buffalo: Alexander Sulzer (link)

To Nashville: C Paul Gaustad, 2012 4th-round pick
To Buffalo: 2012 1st-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: D John Scott
To Chicago: 2012 5th-round pick (link)

To Boston: D Greg Zanon
To Minnesota: D Steve Kampfer (link)

To Boston: RW Brian Rolston, D Mike Mottau
To New York Islanders: RW Yannick Riendeau, D Marc Cantin (link)

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Winnipeg: 2013 2nd- and 3rd-round picks (link)

To San Jose: C Daniel Winnik, C T.J. Galiardi, 2012 7th-round pick
To Colorado: LW Jamie McGinn (link)

To Tampa Bay: D  Brian Lee
To Ottawa: D Matt Gilroy (link)

To Vancouver: C Samuel Pahlsson
To Columbus: D Taylor Ellinlgton, Two 2012 4th-round picks (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Keith Aulie
To Toronto: RW Carter Ashton (link)

To Edmonton: D Nick Schultz
To Minnesota: D Tom Gilbert (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Mike Commodore
To Detroit: Cond. 2013 7th-round pick (link)

To Nashville: RW Andrei Kostitsyn
To Montreal: 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 26

To Ottawa: G Ben Bishop
To St. Louis: 2013 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 25

To Florida: LW Wojtek Wolski
To New York Rangers: D Mike Vernace, 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 24

To New Jersey: D Marek Zidlicky
To Minnesota: D Kurtis Foster, RW Nick Palmieri, LW Stephane Veilleux, 2012 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: C Jerred Smithson
To Nashville: 2012 6th-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Los Angeles: C Jeff Carter
To Columbus: D Jack Johnson, Cond. 1st-round pick (link)

Feb. 22

To Phoenix: C Antoine Vermette
To Columbus: 2012 2nd-round pick, 2013 5th-round pick, G Curtis McElhinney (link)

Feb. 21

To Detroit: D Kyle Quincey
To Tampa Bay: 2012 1st-round pick, D Sebastien Piche (link)

To Colorado: RW Steve Downie
To Tampa Bay: D Kyle Quincey (link)

To Tampa Bay: RW Brandon Segal
To Chicago: F Matt Fornataro (link)

Feb. 17

To Philadelphia: D Pavel Kubina
To Tampa Bay: LW Jon Kalinski, 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 4th-round pick (link)

To Nashville: D Hal Gill, 2013 5th-round pick
To Montreal: C Blake Geoffrion, LW Robert Slaney, 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 16

To San Jose: C Dominic Moore, 2012 7th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: D Nicklas Grossman
To Dallas: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To Edmonton: D Bryan Rodney
To Anaheim: C Ryan O’Marra (link)

Waiver wire: Rolston, Boulton, Clitsome and others waived; Blue Jackets claim Boyce

Darryl Boyce

With the trade deadline on the way on Monday, today was the day for teams to place guys on waivers. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has the full run down of today’s action.

The busiest team was Columbus as they placed forward Ryan Russell and defenseman Grant Clitsome on waivers while claiming former Maple Leafs forward Darryl Boyce. Boyce slots in as a checking forward and should get time on Columbus’ fourth line. Clitsome is the intriguing guy here as he’s got another year left on his deal at just over $1 million, but he’s a guy that could be useful to a team in need of blue line help.

The Islanders and Devils shuffled around veteran forwards as the Isles waived Brian Rolston and the Devils put Eric Boulton out there to be potentially taken off their hands. Rolston is in the final year of his contract that’s paying him over $5 million against the salary cap. The Isles are stuck with his cap hit unless another team grabs him thanks to his deal being a 35-and-over contract.

Calgary also got in the action putting Krys Kolanos on waivers while Minnesota put Brad Staubitz on re-entry waivers. Any team claiming Staubitz gets him at half-price. Don’t expect much action there.