Much like the NBA trade deadline last February, Wednesday's 2013 NHL trade deadline began slowly and was on pace to disappoint until the final moments gave way to a flurry of deals, including two surprising moves (via TSN) that sent Cory Conacher to Ottawa and Marian Gaborik to Columbus.
If you were working, in class or just busy not scrolling through your Twitter feed, don't worry. The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran summed up the majority of the day with a few quick thoughts in just a couple hundred characters:
OK, Twitter. Move along. Nothing to see here. … #NHLTradeDeadline— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) April 3, 2013
Never before have so many said so much about so little #NHLTradeDeadline— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) April 3, 2013
It wasn't until the final half hour that deadline day actually produced some intrigue.
The biggest deal of the day went down just minutes before the deadline, as the New York Rangers agreed to ship right winger Marian Gaborik to Columbus in exchange for three other players and a draft pick, according to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger:
Gaborik to CBJ pending he waives and trade call.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Return for Gaborik. Derek brassard Derek Dorset and John Moore. Still pending waive and call.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Gaborik has agreed to trade, but paperwork still has to be filed.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
As the action went from nonexistent to intense, Alex Marchionda was there to announce it:
The NHL trade deadline just got alot better all of a sudden...some big names #tradecentre— Alex Marchionda (@alexmarchionda) April 3, 2013
While the 2013 NHL trade deadline will be forever known as the day that Marian Gaborik was shipped to Columbus and other notable players were moved, for those who followed it from beginning to end, it will be remembered as one of the more surprising deadline days in recent years, thanks to its wild conclusion (via Andrew Haak):
Starting from the beginning, Los Angeles Kings fan Justin Andrews took a shot at the boring deadline day early on at the expense of popular television show The Walking Dead:
Trying to decide what's more exciting. The NHL Trade Deadline or the recent season finale of The Walking Dead.— Justin Andrews (@jandrews89) April 3, 2013
The day's first trade saw Boston send Maxime Sauve to Chicago in exchange for Rob Flick, as reported by TSN's Dreger:
Boston trades Maxime Sauve to Chicago for rob Flick.First trade!!!! #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Yahoo! Sports sarcastically confirmed the deal:
Rob Flick and Maxim Sauve, come on down! You're the first contestants on NHL Trade Deadline Day! And maybe the only ones...— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) April 3, 2013
Wednesday's second trade sent defenseman Scott Hannan from Nashville to San Jose in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to Dreger:
Nashville sends Hannan to San Jose for a conditional 6\7th round pick. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Although the trades began to pick up in the afternoon hours, there were no big names, and most were in exchange for draft picks, leading to this accurate assessment from Doug Panzer:
#NHL trade deadline day is a big yawn this year.— Doug Panzer (@doug_panzer) April 3, 2013
Like Panzer and many others, Dave Woolacott stressed Wednesday's theme up until the final moments, which was boredom and a whole lot of nothing:
As 3 p.m. ET approached, Dreger reported that Vancouver, believed to be a big player coming into deadline day, was discussing several potential deals for veteran goalie Roberto Luongo, but the Canucks never struck a deal, and Luongo went unmoved on Wednesday:
The Canucks are involved in at least 4 trade discussions ranging from Luongo potential to depth players. Now waiting. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Finally, the @nhl trade deadline is going nuts.— Illini Blackhawks (@IlliniBlackhawk) April 3, 2013
This seems like the craziest trade deadline in a while! #NHLTradeDeadline— Scott Markiewicz (@ScottMark98) April 3, 2013
Aside from the Gaborik trade, several other deals were finalized before the deadline, including a move that sent Jason Pominville from Buffalo to Minnesota in exchange for Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson.
The Phoenix Coyotes also moved Raffi Torres, trading him to San Jose for a third-round draft pick in return. One of the day's biggest players, the Columbus Blue Jackets finished off a busy afternoon by acquiring forward Blake Comeau from Calgary.
Despite a slow start and very little action early, the 2013 NHL trade deadline delivered on Wednesday, proving better late than never and living up to the hype, as Evan LePage put it.
This year's #NHL trade deadline actually lived up to the hype. Major trades everywhere. Awesome.— Evan LePage (@EvanLePage) April 3, 2013
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