Raise your hand if you thought the Phoenix Coyotes were going to any trades during the trade deadline.
Are you hearing crickets yet?
I was shocked and very pleased to find out that the Coyotes were the talk of the NHL trade deadline by making seven trades on the trade deadline.
For a team that rarely makes trades the thought of seven trades was jaw dropping. However, the trades was the perfect recipe for the Coyotes who are playing to win this season and not gearing up for the future which was virtually their motto for the past several seasons.
The future is now for the Coyotes, they want to win and they want to win this season. The Coyotes haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and they look to make a push in the playoffs with these acquisitions.
The Coyotes gained five players and lost two Coyotes in Peter Mueller and Anders Erikkson. It came to no surprise that Mueller was traded since he had been rumored to be traded all season long. Back in December I posted an article (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/314546-what-team-will-peter-mueller-finish-the-season-with) about which could land Mueller. In recent weeks I thought that Mueller would end up in Boston and was completely surprised to find out that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
In perhaps what was the biggest trade of the trade line the Coyotes sent forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter to Colardo in exchange for left wing Wojtek Wolski.
The acquisition of Wolski is just what the Coyotes needed as they were left without a scoring threat ever since the Coyotes lost Scottie Upshall last month.
In case you missed out all the last minute trades, I got your back.
• Phoenix Coyotes send Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Wojtek Wolski.
• Phoenix Coyotes send a conditional draft pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Derek Morris.
• Phoenix Coyotes send a conditional draft pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and Sean Zimmerman to Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Mathieu Schneider.
• Phoenix Coyotes send a fourth round draft pick, seventh round pick and Matt Jones to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.
• Phoenix Coyotes send a sixth round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Pettrei Nokelainen.
• Phoenix Coyotes send Chad Kolarik to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Alexandre Picard. Picard will report to Phoenix’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
• Phoenix Coyotes send Anders Eriksson to the New York Rangers in exchange for goaltender Miika Wiikman and a seventh round draft choice in the 2011 Entry Draft. Wiikman will report to the San Antonio Rampage.
The Coyotes completely reshaped their roster with these acquisitions as well bringing back a familiar face in Derek Morris. Morris was traded to the New York Rangers back on Mar. 4 in exchange for Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes and Dmitri Kalinin. Morris brings in veteran leadership who served as an assistant captain for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Two members of this trade class made his presence known already on Thursday when Wojtek Wolski and Lee Stempniak scored against the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s only a matter of time until the rest of this trade class steps up from what Wolski and Stempniak had already started.