To the surprise of everyone, Gary Bettman goes up to the stand quite quickly, and announces that the Rangers have acquired Vinny Lecavalier for Drury, the Rangers 2010 1st Rounder and Bobby Sanguenetti. Everyone once again wonders how the hell Sather is going to keep his job after acquiring a longer length contract than Drury's and giving up a 1st and a top prospect. Tampa fans are excited to know that in one day they added Fowler (3rd overall), Austin Watson (8th overall) and Sanguinetti and cleared the megacontract Vinny had, making it possible to resign St. Louis, Stamkos and Hedman without problem. Oh and they know that they will so have one of the youngest most talented teams out there.
Not long after, Gary Bettman again walks up to the stand announcing another trade between Toronto and Dallas. Brian Burke and team have finally succeeded in trading Thomas Kaberle after so many times of trying since Fletcher first started working for the Leafs. Going back to the Leafs, winger James Neal and Dallas's 1st rounder. Leaf fans are quite surprised to be drafting in the first round, in the top 10 no less. The Leafs quickly announce that they have drafted hulking 6 foot 5 USHL rearguard Derek Forbort. How Burkean of them.
11 picks go by, before Gary Bettman once again runs up to the stand and announces yet another trade, this one more shocking than the last two. The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators have hooked up for a trade.
The Ducks were having problems with resigning two time 30 goal man Bobby Ryan and decided they did not want to risk losing him to an offer sheet. With the potential of the picks used in any offer sheet to come from what is widely regarded as the weakest draft in over a decade, Anaheim decides to move the budding power forward. Nashville trades Ryan Sutter, Ryan Ellis, and their 1st in 2010 for Bobby Ryan and Anaheim's 2nd. Everyone is stunned. Nashville has suddenly become a much more dangerous team.
One more trade follows. The Montreal Canadiens trade Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers for James Van Riemsdyk in a good old hockey trade. Seems Prices miracle run grabbed him the one and only starter spot in Canadien land. Not as shocking as the other trades but a good trade nonetheless.
Fans so far have been treated to an exciting day but become quickly disappointed when no more trades of consequence are announced. The only other bit of news for fans, one time top 5 pick Kiril Kabanov dropped all the way to the third round before being picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs. What ultimately led to this drastic drop? His departure from Moncton (the QMJHL) to head back to Russia. Injuries, work ethic and selfishness all contribute to the drastic fall.