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PHT’s 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker


Headline pretty much says it all. Here’s a rundown of all the trades leading up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline…

Wednesday, Mar. 5

To Columbus: Matt Taormina, Dana Tyrell
To Tampa bay: Jonathan Marchessault, Dalton Smith (link)

To Colorado: Reto Berra
To Calgary: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Washington: Jaroslav Halak, ’15 3rd rounder
To Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth, Rostislav Klesla (link)

To Minnesota: Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick
To Buffalo: Torrey Mitchell, two 2nd-rounders (2014 and 2016)  (link)

To Detroit: David Legwand
To Nashville: Patrick Eaves, 3rd-rounder, Calle Jarnkrok (link)

To Montreal: Thomas Vanek, 5th-rounder
To Islanders: 2nd-rounder, Sebastien Collberg (link)

To Boston: Andrej Meszaros
To Philadelphia: ’14 3rd-rounder (link)

To Dallas: Tim Thomas
To Florida: Dan Ellis (link)

To Columbus: Nick Schultz
To Edmonton: ’14 5th-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Marian Gaborik
To Columbus: Matt Frattin, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 third-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Braden McNabb, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder
To Buffalo: Hudson Fasching, Nicolas Deslauriers (link)

To Ottawa: Ales Hemsky
To Edmonton: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 5th-rounder (link)

To New York Rangers: Martin St. Louis
To Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan, ’15 1st-rounder, ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

Tuesday, Mar. 4

To Phoenix: Martin Erat, John Mitchell
To Washington: Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown, ’15 4th-rounder (link)

To Chicago: David Rundlbad, Mathieu Brisebois
To Phoenix: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Florida: Roberto Luongo, Steve Anthony
To Vancouver: Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias (link)

To Philadelphia: Andrew MacDonald
To New York Islanders: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder, Matt Magene (link)

To Ottawa: Patrick Mullen
To Vancouver: Jeff Costello

To Anaheim: Stephane Robidas
To Dallas: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Edmonton: Viktor Fasth
To Anaheim: ’14 5th-rounder, ’15 3rd-rounder (link)

To Minnesota: Ilya Bryzgalov
To Edmonton: ’14 4th-round pick (link)

To Washington: Dustin Penner
To Anaheim: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Montreal: Mike Weaver
To Florida: ’15 5th-rounder (link)

Sunday, Mar. 2

To Florida: Brandon Pirri
To Chicago: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’16 5th-rounder (link)

To Florida: Mark Mancari
To St. Louis: Eric Selleck (link)

Friday, Feb. 28

To St. Louis: Ryan Miller, Steve Ott
To Buffalo: Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, ’15 first-rounder (link)

Panthers trade Tim Thomas to Dallas

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26: Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers gets ready to make the save during the third period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Panthers defeated the Wings 5-4 in a shootout (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Turns out a Tim Thomas-Roberto Luongo goalie tandem was too good to be true. The Florida Panthers have traded Thomas to Dallas, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Thomas has had an up-and-down season since returning to the NHL. The 39-year-old leaves the Panthers with a 16-20-3 record and .909 save percentage.

In Dallas, Thomas will battle Kari Lehtonen for the starting role. Lehtonen has had ups and downs of his own this season. (In November, we wrote a post calling him the most underrated goalie in the NHL. At the time, his save percentage was .932, which has since fallen to .916, possibly because we totally jinxed him.)

That being said, Lehtonen’s job is likely still his to lose. The Stars are in a desperate fight to make the playoffs, and the difference between a capable and no-so-capable backup could be the difference between making and missing. The reported return for Thomas is Dan Ellis, who’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $900,000.

Thomas, 39, is a pending unrestricted free agent.

Coyotes GM on Erat: ‘He’s tied with our goaltender for goal scoring’


If there is one concern the Phoenix Coyotes might have with Martin Erat, acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, it’s his lack of goal scoring this season.

Erat has just one goal in 53 games this season, although he does have 23 assists. His previous low was also one goal, scored during the 2002-03 season, when he played 27 games for the Nashville Predators. He also split time in the American Hockey League with Milwaukee that season.

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney made the point that Erat currently has as many goals on the season Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, who scored a buzzer-beater into an empty net against Detroit back in October.

“He’s tied with our goaltender for goal scoring so it isn’t where we need it to be, but we think that can come back,” Maloney said Tuesday, as per Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports.

There was another terrific one-liner tonight, offered by Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas when he commented on his team’s acquisition – headed by general manager Dale Tallon – of Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks.

“Dale went kicking tires and found one that needed to be pumped,” said Thomas, of course referring to the infamous tire-pumping episode between Thomas and Luongo during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Pumping tires: Goalies Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo united with Florida Panthers

Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

Get this: Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas as teammates.

Three years ago, in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, the two met head-to-head in the goaltending match-up of that series. Thomas and the Bruins came out victorious, in a physically brutal seven-game series certainly not lacking for storylines.

One that will live on for years to come is the infamous tire-pumping back-and-forth the two goalies had in the latter part of the series.

A little refresher: Luongo had a critique of a goal Thomas allowed in Game 5, which the Canucks went on to win, putting them one victory away from winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. The next day, Luongo tried to explain his comments.

“I said also that he might make some saves that I don’t, so I was just saying on that particular play I would have played it different and that’s the difference between me and him,” Luongo said, as per an article at ESPN.com.

“I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started and I haven’t heard one nice thing he had to say about me, so that’s the way it is.”

Thomas responded back: “I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires … I guess I have to apologize for that.”

Yes, we’ve all had a laugh. Interesting, however, that the day before the 2014 NHL trade deadline, the two have been united as members of the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers acquired Luongo in a blockbuster trade on Tuesday (the former Canucks goalie thought he was “untradable,” remember?).

That led Thomas to this rather hilarious comment following Florida’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins. See the below tweet.

Goalie nods: Luongo back for Canucks (Update: Nope), Brodeur goes for Devils

Roberto Luongo

News and notes from around the crease…

Loo returns

Roberto Luongo will make his first post-Olympics start tonight when the Canucks take on the Coyotes in Phoenix.

Luongo was parked for Vancouver’s first three games out of the break in favor of Eddie Lack — including, most controversially, the Heritage Classic loss to Ottawa on Sunday — and it’ll be interesting to see how the veteran reacts to another goalie saga (granted, a less contentious one than Luongo had with Cory Schneider.)

Luongo’s Olympic teammate, Mike Smith, will get the start in goal for Phoenix.

(Related: Click here to read about Washington “looking at” Luongo.)

UPDATE: Yeah, Luongo isn’t starting.

Marty goes for Devils

Following a day filled with rumors about a potential trade, Martin Brodeur will be in goal for the Devils tonight when they host the Red Wings at Prudential.

Brodeur’s name surfaced in a report suggesting he was going to Minnesota, only to see the Wild acquire Ilya Bryzgalov from Edmonton instead. As such, it seems unlikely Brodeur will move by tomorrow’s trade deadline… though that’s not ruling it out entirely.

Brodeur played well in his last outing — stopping 18 of 19 shots in a 6-1 win over the Islanders — and he’ll take on Jimmy Howard in the Detroit goal tonight.


Panthers at Bruins: Tim Thomas for Florida, Chad Johnson likely for Boston.

Stars at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Dan Ellis likely for Dallas.

Islanders at Jets: Anders Nilsson vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Penguins at Predators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne

Lightning at Blues: Ben Bishop vs. Ryan Miller

Avalanche at Blackhawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word on Colorado starter.

Senators at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton, Craig Anderson likely for Ottawa.

Hurricanes at Sharks: Alex Stalock for San Jose, no word on Carolina starter.