You know it was a dull day in the trade market when the most interesting thing on TV was the commentators almost coming to blows defending their positions on players who, by and large, even hockey fans wouldn't recognize if they showed up on their doorsteps with their names on big cardboard signs. (See the reruns of the TSN marathon coverage on the NHL Network.)
Few, if any, general managers other than Toronto's
The reality of trade deadline day is that nearly everyone in media speculates about possible blockbusters in near ridiculous combinations, but few if any teams will give up a quality netminder, a game-controlling defenseman or a crease-crashing power forward even when salary cap pressure has reared its ugly green head.
Most deals have become housekeeping, tweaks (Coyotes GM
You are likely wondering how a team that needed a reliable goaltender and rock-solid defenseman settled for additions to its already awesome offense and was still classified as the Eastern Conference trade deadline "winner."
Part of the reason is price (see above on Vokoun) and part is that topflight goalies, defensemen and power forwards don't usually move at the deadline. So what Capitals GM
Oddly enough, the Devils set the Caps' wheels in motion. Seeing the firepower in Washington and Pittsburgh, New Jersey GM
The Ponikarovsky deal also allows Bylsma to keep the surprisingly effective but low maintenance line of
Shero doesn't balk at acquiring players with expiring contracts. He knows he's paid the price to keep the core of his team in place. In picking up soon-to-be-unrestricted free agents like Ponikarovsky and defenseman
McPhee did essentially the same, knowing full well that he added depth for the short term but has room to handle the economic considerations of his core now and during the next round of negotiations. Corvo, Jurcina, Walker and Belanger built their reputations on offensive contribution, so McPhee added a little more volume than Shero was able to grab, hence the Capitals were dubbed the deadline "winner" even though Shero did a very good job of improving his lineup while Lamoriello landed the most talented player.
It's always fun to watch emerging talent during an Olympic year, but GMs tend to keep a closer eye on veterans who maybe didn't do as well as they'd hoped in the cauldron of the Olympic flame.
The San Jose Sharks saw their No.1 goalie,
The same watch is on for Calgary goalie
Kiprusoff was nowhere near the worst player on the ice for the Flames on Wednesday night, but his psyche has to be fragile. Being the last stop for a team that isn't playing anywhere near like a