So the 2008 NHL trade deadline has come and gone.
Anybody else think us Canadians are ridiculously obsessed with hockey trade coverage?
The three major stations committed every minute of the day to endless banter that included a bunch of big kids texting on their blackberries in between analyzing every trade to death. But I digress...
Who were the real winners?
You've got to think San Jose improved by acquiring a steady, puck-moving defenseman like Brian Campbell. Poor Buffalo...everybody keeps leaving them. How about Brad Richards heading to the Big D? And he has to be happy to get out of Tampa, especially after he said the franchise is "spiraling."
But what about Ottawa? They were one of the front-runners in the Marian Hossa sweepstakes, but obviously weren't willing to give up a first-rounder, like Pittsburgh had to do. I recall owner Eugene Melnyk saying that he would "do anything to win the Cup," so it's very disappointing that they weren't able to land a marquee player.
Just because the draft is being held in Ottawa this year, it doesn't mean the host team HAS to have a showing in the first round. Instead, GM Murray settled for Martin Lapointe in exchange for a sixth rounder. Another brutal deadline day for the struggling Senators. Will try to keep the expectations low for the upcoming postseason.
As for the rest of the trade details, check out TSN for a full list of who went where.