Well, the gavel's finally come down, putting a merciful end to a deadline day as dull as a community theater production of Ibsen's
While no seismic power shifts resulted from today's tinkering, there were a couple teams who appear to have bettered their circumstances.
The Penguins added a legitimate top-six winger in
Which of these deals will look best in the short run? I really like Buffalo picking up
Here's how the day unfolded, moving from most recent deals to earliest:
From Calgary's perspective, they move out a potential RFA and create space for top prospect
Pothier is small but useful defender whose efficiency has been curtailed by concussion issues. If he can get his head together, so to speak, he can be a top-four guy in Carolina. Osala is a mammoth winger (6-4, 220) who does his best work along the boards and isn't afraid to camp out in front of the net. He's been a decent scorer with the AHL's Hershey Bears, netting 23 goals last season and 15 so far this year. He has the look of a solid third-liner in the NHL, with the potential to mature into a top-six role.
Pothier and Corvo are expiring contracts while Osala has one more year on his entry-level deal. Carolina also announced they've dealt
The Oilers saved about $1.6 million in salary commitment for the next three years, but more importantly, they changed the look of their own blue line with the bigger, younger Whitney. Even though he was named as an injury replacement to the American Olympic team, things haven't gone well for him since being dealt to Anaheim from Pittsburgh last season. Might have been a confidence issue -- he looked very shaky in his limited exposure in Vancouver and was directly responsible for Canada's second goal in the gold medal match. A change of scenery, and a different coach's voice, might be what he needs to get his game back on track.
Just told that
For Columbus, this is all about adding a pick this summer. Word was they were pushing hard for a first-rounder, but despite widespread interest, other GMs (wisely) wouldn't bite at that price. The Jackets get a second (how many of those have switched hands already today?) and Paetsch, at 27, is pretty much settled into his career as a six/seven-type defender who can also move up to play a bit of wing on the fourth line. He'll give it all he's got...but he hasn't got that much to give.
The Avs are taking a risk on Mueller, but the big center has the highest upside of anyone in the deal. The eighth overall pick in 2006, Mueller is blessed with size (6-2, 212), tremendous speed and, as his 22-goal rookie season suggests, decent touch around the net. But as he's struggled this season, he has been dogged by questions about his confidence and, worse, his desire to continue in pro hockey. A change of scenery and the chance to grow under a player's coach like
Porter is a former Hobey Baker-winner, an undersized winger who is still trying to find his place in the league. He'll never be a scorer in the NHL, but his ability to think the game quickly and concisely gives him a chance to mature into a useful defensive forward.
Purcell is the career scoring leader for the USHL and was the AHL Rookie of the Year in 2008. The Kings though were frustrated with his decision-making at the NHL level. He may hit his stride in Tampa, but there's a sense that he's locked in as the classic "tweener."
Atlanta may be in the hunt for
Quote from a league source regarding Toronto's deadline day roster teardown: "Boston can start dreaming now about [
For the B's, they get a character defender who's more focused on his own zone than the departed
If the Kings are unwilling to offer a contract extension to a 37-year-old
And everyone I talk to says the Bruins will use the
Everyone expects the Panthers to be among the busiest sellers of the day, with
The Caps might be the best bet, both in terms of need and the talent they can send back to Florida (starting with a young goalie like
So, what are the Pens getting? Ponikarovsky is huge (6-4, 230), and he'll take a hit to make a play, but he rarely initiates contact. He lacks a true physical element to his game in much the same way as former Leaf
Ponikarovsky is unrestricted at the end of season, and he'll be looking for a significant bump on his current deal that pays him $2.5 million a year. With both
Caputi seems to better fit the Burke profile. A top-six power forward? Maybe. He's got that big 6-3, 195-pound frame. He's not afraid to bang the body and he comes to work agitated. He certainly knows where the net is. Caputi scored 51 goals during his final season of junior hockey and has 23 this year in the AHL. I'm sure there are Pens fans weeping in their corn flakes at the thought of losing him, but look out that window and you'll see thousands of guys who scored 50 in juniors who are doing your taxes or dry cleaning your shirts for a living. They didn't just deal
Skoula also came to Toronto in the deal in order to make the salaries work for the Pens. The Leafs immediately flipped the veteran depth defenseman to New Jersey, where he was reunited with