Proteau's Blog: The big lead-up

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• We'll be analyzing each and every deal that goes down before the 3 p.m. (eastern) trade deadline here. For now, here's a brief recap/analysis of yesterday's moves:

– Bryan Smolinski from Chicago to Vancouver for a conditional second-round pick: The Canucks will be Smolinski's seventh NHL team since he came into the league in 1993, but that's less his fault than some of the terrible squads he's played on. He will take some of the pressure off of Brendan Morrison, who'll be dropped back to third-line center. Winner: Vancouver.

– Brent Sopel from L.A. to Vancouver for a second and fourth round pick: The rugged blueliner returns to Vancouver for a second stint. The Canucks improve their blueline and power play in this deal, but put a fair-sized dent in their future plans for a guy who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Winner: Los Angeles.

– Richard Zednik from Washington to the Islanders for a second-round pick: Zednik isn't what he once was, but for a team going nowhere this season, the Capitals did well to squeeze a second-rounder out of Garth Snow. Winner: Washington.

– Kyle Calder from Philadelphia to Detroit; Lasse Kukkonen from Chicago to Philadelphia; Jason Williams from Detroit to Chicago: The first three-way deal of the deadline helps the Flyers (who now have one of the league's best set of blueline prospects) and the Hawks (who get a solid winger to play on the top two lines next season).

Not sure what it does for Detroit, other than giving them some cap flexibility next year. Can you tell I'm not impressed with Calder this season? Winners: Chicago, Philadelphia.



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