NHL Trade Deadline: A Look at Past Deals From 2005-2010
There are 16 days until the National Hockey League deadline for trades occurs.
On February 28th, at 3pm eastern standard time, the trade period for the 2010-11 season will end.
With a little more than a month and a half remaining on the NHL schedule, newly acquired players used this time time to adjust to their new surroundings.
Of the 30 NHL teams, only 16 will move on beyond the regular season as one of pro sports toughest play downs will occur— the Stanley Cup play-offs.
The Stanley Cup play-offs are considered one of the most physically and mentally demanding processes in sport where teams play games virtually ever other day for almost two months. The impact on players and coaches are monumental as they all deal with the "pecks and valleys" of entering another season of play.
It has been referred to as the "second season".
For each of the 30 NHL teams the trade deadline means vastly different things.
There will be "buyers" and "sellers", there will be "salary dumpers" and there will be "teams looking into the future...".
Nevertheless, this deadline has become a major part of any teams season. There is just a much effort placed on this deadline as the Free Agency period, which is July 1st of any year.
The right moves made here at the deadline will certainly influence any future moves and deals.If handled well, it can lead to future success.
While many names are offered through rumors as to who exactly could be traded on February 28th, we really will not know until that time. There are many educated guesses, just as they're hunches and hopeful wishes.
While the NHL has allowed this day to become an event on it's own, the past five seasons have been interesting. For one reason, these trade deadline days have been since the lock-out and are influenced by the current CBA.
Here is a look back at the last five trade deadlines and the impact that these deals have had on their respective teams.
In the first season after the lock-out, the NHL saw 28 deals occur on trade deadline day, March 9, 2006.
Most Interesting trade:
Nashville acquired Brendan Witt D from the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech F and a 1st round draft pick in 2006. (Washington selected Simeon Varlamov G)
Witt was to anchor the Preds defense for the future. Varlamov is considered one of the best up-and-coming young goalies in the game today. Goes to show you never know...
Most Surprising trade:
Carolina acquired Mark Recchi RW from the Pittsburgh Penguins for three players (Niklas Nordgren LW, Krys Kolanos C and 2nd round pick in 2007. (2nd round pick traded later to Philadelphia. Selected Kevin Marshall D).
Recchi had established roots in Pittsburgh during his second tour with Pens, but was a main reason for the Canes Stanley Cup run).
Edmonton acquired Sergei Samsonov from Boston Bruins for Marty Reasoner C, Yan Stastny LW and 2nd round selection in 2006. (Boston selected Milan Lucic RW)
While Samsonov had some success in Beantown, playing with Jason Allison and Bill Guerin (Anyone remember the GAS line?), this deal paved the way for the Bruins current power forward Lucic.
Anaheim acquired Jeff Friesen LW from Washington Capitals for 2nd round selection in 2006. (Washington selected Michal Neuvirth G)
Friesen had talent and was highly touted, but struggled from time to time. Caps used this deal to place the second goalie in their current tandum... (see Varlamov)
In 2006-07, the deadline occurred on February 27, 2007, with 29 deals.
There were a number of deals completed in anticipation of the Trade deadline.
St.Louis traded Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta,Florida traded Gary Roberts to Pittsburgh and Peter Forsberg was dealt a week prior to the deadline to Nashville from Philadelphia.
In the Forsberg deal, Scottie Upshall RW, Ryan Parent D and a 1st round and 3rd round selection in 2007 went to Philadelphia. The 1st round selection was (Jonathon Blum D) and 3rd round selection was (Phil Desimore F). Interestingly enough, Philadelphia traded the 1st round selection (Blum) back to Nashville for Kimmo Timonen D and Scott Hartnell RW in June of that year.
Nevertheless, one interesting deal no matter how you look at it. Forsberg involved in yet another big time deal.
Most interesting trade:
The St. Louis Blues acquired Brad Boyes C from the Boston Bruins for Dennis Wideman D.
At the time both players needed a change of scenery and it worked out for both players.
Most Surprising trade:
New York Islanders acquired Ryan Smyth from the Edmonton Oilers for Robert Nilsson LW, Ryan O'Marra RW and 1st round selection in 2007 draft (Edmonton selected Alex Plante).
Rumors that Smyth was to be dealt continued to surface throughout the early part of the New Year that season. While Nilsson would later play with Gagner and Cogliano, he currently is back in Europe playing. Smyth is helping a young Kings team find success after a stint in Colorado after this trade. Another player that got away from the Islanders.
San Jose acquired Bill Guerin RW from St. Louis for Ville Nieminen and Jay Barriball F and a 1st round selection. (St.Louis selected David Perron).
Both Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk have helped the St.Louis Blues in more ways than one. Unfortunately for Perron (battling concussion) this deal really didn't seem like much at the time.
Detroit acquired Todd Bertuzzi RW from Florida for Shawn Matthias and a conditional draft selection.
While Big Bert has re-developed himself in the new era NHL and is a dependable player for the Wings, Matthias is still struggling to hold down a regular spot with the Panthers. GM Tallon will give him every opportunity he can as he has the NHL talent but needs to bring his entire game every night to stay in the NHL.
The trade deadline occurred on February 28, 2008 with 25 transactions in total.
Previous to the deadline, the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes made a two-for-two swap as Ottawa traded Patrick Eaves RW and Joe Corvo D to Carolina for Cory Stillman LW and Mike Commodore D.
Most Interesting trade:
Buffalo Sabres acquired Steve Bernier RW and 1st round selection in 2008 from the San Jose Sharks for Brain Campbell D and a 7th round selection is 2008. (Buffalo selected Tyler Ennis and San Jose selected Drew Daniels).
Steve Bernier, Steve Bernier... where have you gone. The current Florida Panther was part of a major deal that the Buffalo Sabres really didn't want to make. Campbell would cash in with Chicago, but in the end not all that bad as Ennis is really providing some great play for the Sabres this year.
Most surprising trade:
Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Marian Hossa RW and Pascal Dupuis C/LW from the Atlanta Thrashers for Colby Armstrong C, Erik Christensen C/RW, Angelo Esposito RW and a 1st round selection in 2008. (Atlanta selected Daulton Leveille).
Highly rumored deal that many had speculated would have Hossa traded to Montreal, The "deal" as it was called featured some NHL ready talent going to Atlanta for a player that would help the Pens get to the promised land... sort of. Armstrong is now in Toronto and Christensen in the Big Apple while Esposito, a highly touted prospect is still finding his way.
Chicago acquired Andrew Ladd LW from Carolina Hurricanes for Tuomo Ruttu RW.
Quietly, IMO the best trade that flew right under the radar then and now...both players flourished after trade.
Dallas Stars acquired Brad Richards C and Johan Holmqvist G from Tampa Bay for Mike Smith G, Jussi Jokinen LW/RW, Jeff Halpern C and a 4th round selection in 2009. (Tampa Bay traded pick to Minnesota who traded pick to Edmonton. Oilers selected Kyle Bigos D).
What helped Dallas, has all but hindered the Lightning. While Richards could be on the move again at the deadline, it's the unfortunate situation of Mike Smith's lost opportunity to establish himself as a proven #1 goalie. Concussions aside, things were a little rough in TB for a while. Halpern and Jokinen are still active with Montreal and Carolina, respectfully.
One of the better trade deadlines in terms of quality player movement, 26 transactions occurred on March 4, 2009 with about 6 other deals happening prior to the deadline day.
The 2008-09 trade deadline seen a three-way deal involving the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes.
Carolina traded Justin Williams RW to Los Angeles for Patrick O'Sullivan and Calgary's 2nd round selection in 2009 (Carolina selected Brian Dumoulin).
Then Carolina trade Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round selection in 2009 (eventually traded to Toronto who selected Jesse Blacker) to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole and Edmonton's 5th round selection in 2009 (Carolina selected Matt Kennedy).
Most interesting trade:
Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Olaf Kolzig G, Andy Rogers D, Jamie Heward D and a 4th round selection in 2009 - previously Carolina's from Tampa Bay for Richard Petiot D.
This was a great way to open up cap space...and the chances of seeing something like this, however slim, may not occur again if Gary Bettman has a say. Other that Kolzig, who retired the other players are scattered around Europe and the AHL.
Most Surprising Trade:
Calgary Flames acquire Olli Jokinen C and a 3rd round selection in 2009 from Phoenix for Matthew Lombardi C, Brandon Prust RW and a conditional 1st round selection in 2009 or 2010. Phoenix selected Brandon Gormley D in 2010 draft and the Flames 3rd round pick was part of the Jay Bouwmeester deal. Florida selected Josh Brikholz)
When you factor in the complete trade, including who the Coyotes selected Flames did with their pick, you tend to see that maybe the Flames should have not done this deal. Having said that, it seem that the Flames are playing better lately.
Best trade: Tie
Columbus acquired Antonie Vermette C from Ottawa for Pascal Leclaire G and a 2nd round selection in 2009. (Ottawa selected Robin Lehner G).
Ironic that the Ottawa Senators traded for a goalie to anchor their team and draft his replacement at the same time... uhmm.
Philadelphia acquires Daniel Carcillo RW from Phoenix for Scottie Upshall and a 2nd round selection in 2011.
The Flyers added a guy who was on the cusp of filling the net and filling the penalty box. Both players have untapped talented and should continue to help their teams.
See Most interesting trade.
The Leafs had a 4th round selection "seized" by the NHL due to their mis-handling of the Jonas Frogren contract... I'll leave that one alone... for now.
March 3, 2010 saw NHL teams make over 30 transactions at the trade deadline.
Most Interesting trade:
Phoenix acquired Wojtek Wolski RW from Colorado from Peter Mueller C/RW and Kevin Porter RW/LW.
I figured Wolski would light it up in the desert after the deal and he did before being shipped to New York earlier this year. Mueller, caught with a concussion problem that has plagued so many current players. Porter was a steal in this deal.
Most surprising trade:
Calgary acquired Steve Staios D from Edmonton for Aaron Johnson D and a 3rd round selection in 2010 or 2011.
First time for everything... Oilers/Flames deal. Will we see another this year?
Los Angeles acquired Jeff Halpern C from Tampa Bay for Teddy Purcell RW and 3rd round selection in 2010. (Previously Florida's selection, Tampa Bay selected Brock Beukeboom D)
Tampa Bay got a skilled, big man who can score in a steal of a deal that Kings GM Lombardi might have not wanted to do but his team was horrible on face-offs. Give some, get some I guess.
Montreal acquired Aaron Palushaj LW from St. Louis for Matt D'Agostini RW.
While I shouldn't pre-judge this deal as Palushaj is still developing in Hamilton (AHL), D'Agostini has played very well for an injury riddled St. Louis hockey club. Blessed with great speed and decent hands, D'Agostini could be another steal the Blues have to go along with Alex Steen.