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They can be used on a smelly green bin that sits with rotten banana peels and last week's newspaper in your garage, or on a Waste Management truck, or even on that "refresh" tab at the top of your Internet browser that's likely to be getting a lot of use by NHL fans nowadays.
That's right, we're down to the finals hours of the NHL 2010 Trade Deadline, which will cut off all deals Wednesday, March 3rd, at 3 PM ET. With the Olympic Break roster freeze just lifted, we can expect a frenzy of deals all the way up to the wire.
This article will be updated often (time between updates will vary based on deals made) and will include a summary of the trade (only semi-major or major deals are included), a first-instinct predicted "winner," and the team who came out ahead on the deal.
However, please note that this tracker does not include re-signings or free agent signings, only situations where one player moves from one team to another.
Last Update: 7:11 AM Wednesday
Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Leopold
The Florida Panthers traded 29-year-old defenseman Jordan Leopold, a former Flame, to the Penguins for a second round pick in the upcoming draft. Leopold had seven goals and 11 assists in 61 games played and was a -7 for the Panthers.
Winner: Pittsburgh got a decent defenseman right in his prime, but that deal will probably not end up being their biggest of the week.
Nashville Predators Get Grebeshkov from Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers earned a second-round pick in 2010 in exchange for Denis Grebeshkov, who is now a Nashville Predator. Grebeshkov, a 26-year-old defenseman, had 19 points but was a -16 for the Oilers this season coming off a 38-point performance last year.
Winner: Even. The Preds got a hold of another middle-of-the-road player, and Edmonton got another pick to help their offseason rebuilding.
Blackhawks, Blues exchange minor leaguers
The Chicago Blackhawks sent 25-year-old goaltender Joe Fallon and 25-year-old minor league defenseman Danny Richmond to St. Louis in return for Hannu Toivonen (same age, same position).
Fallon recorded a 9.12 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Toivonen had won six of his 23 NHL-level games this year, posting a .878 save percentage.
None of these players are expected to make a difference over the remainder of the season.
Winner: Chicago picked up the only player with some, although very limited, NHL experience, and got a two-for-one deal to boot.
Atlanta Thrashers Land Artyukin from Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks traded 26-year-old former Lighting forward Evgeny Artyukin to the Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Nathan Oystrick and a to-be-determined 2011 draft pick. Artyukin has great size and nine points in 37 games for Anaheim this year, while 27-year-old Oystrick has 23 points and a +6 rating from the blue line of the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
Winner: Even. Atlanta lands a decent young forward with Artyukin for a small original price, but the conditional pick may limit their gain on this deal.
Islanders send Sutton to Sens
The New York Islanders traded second-pair veteran, 34-year-old defenseman Andy Sutton to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the San Jose Sharks' 2010 second-round pick.
Sutton is averaging almost 21 minutes in ice time and has 12 points and a -3 rating.
This deal also continues the trend of second-round picks for mediocre players transactions.
Winner: The Islanders aren't likely making the playoffs, and the extra pick slightly overrides the loss of their third-best defender.
Boston Bruins Trade for Steve Kampfer
Boston traded a fourth-round pick in one of the next two drafts in an exchange with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Bruins recieved Steve Kampfer in return, a defenseman who plays for the University of Michigan college hockey team at the moment. The 21-year-old has 17 points and a high number of PIM this season for the Wolverines.
Winner: The Bruins look towards the future with Kampfer for a small price.
Blackhawks land Boynton from Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks traded 31-year-old defenseman to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations. Boynton has seven points and 59 penalty minutes in 42 games played for Anaheim this year, who will likely recieve a middle-class defenseman or lower-level defenseman packaged with a fourth round pick.
Winner: Too early to tell.
Montreal deals D'Agostini to Blues
The St. Louis Blues sent Aaron Pulashaj to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Matt D'Agostini late Tuesday night. 23-year-old D'Agostini has a mere 4 points in 40 games played for the Habs this season, but did record 21 points last season.
Winner: Even; neither player is doing anything anytime soon.
Penguins Land Ponikarovsky from Leafs
One rumor down, several to go. Likely-to-trade Toronto forward Alex Ponikarovsky has finally been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Martin Skoula and prospect Luca Caputi.
6"-4' Ponikarovsky, 29, has had a successful career with Toronto, and has notched 19 goals and 25 assists and a +5 rating on the worst team in the Eastern Conference this season. In return, Toronto will land Caputi, 21, who's been among the top player on Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate with 47 points in 54 games, and Skoula, 30, who has eight points in 33 games for the Pens this year.
Winner: Pittsburgh lands a solid forward in his prime that not only has a great build but can score, and while the loss of Caputi will hurt, both of those two combined can't equal Ponikarovsky's value.
Thanks to NHL.com and their team affiliate sites for many of these stats as well as the transactions themselves.
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