NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Much Ado About Nothing for the Tampa Bay Lightning

JC De La TorreAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2011

Defenseman Randy Jones no longer has Carolina on his mind.
Defenseman Randy Jones no longer has Carolina on his mind.Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

While a flurry of activity involving their division rivals flooded NHL offices, the Tampa Bay Lightning stood pat with their current roster.

Barring a last minute deal that has yet to clear the NHL league offices (unlikely at this point), Tampa Bay made no moves today.

The Lightning did their damage earlier this season, acquiring defenseman Eric Brewer and goalie Dwayne Roloson to shore up their defense.

For awhile it looked like Tampa Bay would shed some of their excess of defensive talent, but could not consummate a deal that would have sent D Brent Clark to Chicago or D Randy Jones to Carolina.

Their pre-deadline deal sending goalie Dan Ellis to Anaheim for goalie Curtis McElhinney looks more strange, as they lost McElhinney on waivers to Ottawa while trying to assign him to their AHL affiliate.

It was assumed by some (including me) that this salary dump was to set up another move at the deadline, but apparently it was what it was—a salary dump with no hopes of a return.

The rival Capitals strengthened their team with the additions of D Dennis Wideman and F Jason Arnott. Atlanta made three deals, acquiring Radek Dvorak from Florida and Brett Festerling from Montreal while trading away Freddie Modin for a seventh round pick.

Carolina picked up defenseman Bryan Allen from Florida for Sergei Samsonov.

The Panthers were busy, adding Niclas Bergfors, Patrick Rissmiller, Jake Hauswirth, Samsonov, Evan Oberg and two high draft picks.

It will remain to be seen if the Lightning's silence on deadline day will come back to haunt them.