February 27, 2008
So have we had enough time to recuperate? Are we ready to take a step back from the madness and just take a look and who made moves to improve their team and who didn't? Well, even if you're not ready, I am -- so here's the Scotty Wazz Trade Deadline Review.
-Let's start off with one of the biggest moves and Brad Richards moving to Dallas. The Stars came out smelling like roses after this one. Sure, they had to move Mike Smith, but the important thing is that they didn't have to part with prospect defenseman Mark Fistric, who was rumored to be in on this deal. The Stars are able to get a guy in Richards who has won a Cup recently and who should be able to play well alongside the likes of Mike Modano and Mike Ribiero. Plus, they get a little more experience in Johan Holmqvist, but it's not much more than Smith in terms of NHL experience.
-I don't get why people think the Penguins are now a top-dog for the Stanley Cup. Yes, it was a decent deal to get Marian Hossa, though I think it was a little much to give up, but it's not like Hossa has been a Conn Smythe candidate when he hit the playoffs. If anything, Hossa became Houdini and disappeared. The fact remains that the Pens really don't have the defense or goaltending to get very far in the playoffs. Even all the fire power in the world doesn't translate to playoff success if you don't have the right personnel to keep the puck out.
-Did George McPhee go on a bender and decide to finally spend some payroll? And to be honest, he got rental players and gave up really nothing for it, sans Matt Pettinger. The big question will be what's going to happen in goal? Some people see this as disrespect to Olaf Kolzig, but maybe McPhee knows something we don't-- like maybe Kolzig retiring regardless of the outcome this season and he's getting Huet in the system so he has first negotiating rights to him. That, or it's to have a better back-up than Brent Johnson. We'll see, but I think this move goes deeper than the surface.
-Am I the only one who REALLY likes Bryce Salvador going to New Jersey? It's not because of the WHL connection between him and coach Brent Sutter, but it gives them a better top defenseman than what they have had this season. With Martin Brodeur starting to heat up, this move could help the Devils get back to being a serious Cup contender.
- The surprise of the deadline was the lack of movement by the Ottawa Senators. Especially considering their struggles both on and off the ice, you'd think they'd do something to really shake-up their line-up, especially on defense and in net. The fact they only got Martin Lapointe out of yesterday shows that this could be yet another disappointing spring for the Senators and their fans.
-Is it time for a change at the GM position in Buffalo? In the past 10 months, Darcy Reiger has lost Daniel Briere, Chris Drury, and Brian Campbell, basically dismantling the components who helped the Sabres get to back-to-back Conference Finals. Don't be surprised if Ryan Miller is the next to go, especially since Miller will have upper-hand in negotiations.
-There is no truth to the rumors that the Avalanche tried to trade for Alex Tanguay and Chris Drury, nor did they try to lure Ray Bourque and Patrick Roy out of retirement.
-I'm officially going to call Brandon Bochenski the next Mike Sillinger. Bochenski, who was traded to Nashville late in the day, is on his fifth team and is only 25 years old.
-How many defensemen do the Ducks need? With the acquisition of Marc-Andre Bergeron, the Ducks now have enough fire power on defense to topple Liechtenstein. Brian Burke may say he isn't a deadline kind of guy, but the deals he does make on this day is enough to continue his genius as a general manager.
-Did anyone else think some Leafs fans were going to barge in on the TSN studios and lynch John Ferguson, Jr. for putting all those no-trade clauses in the money heavy contracts? I also wonder if Ferguson did this to screw the Leafs if he were to get fired one day.
-How badly has Alvaro Montoya's stock dropped since he was drafted back in '04? The emergence of Henrik Lundqvist didn't help his cause, nor will him being shipped to Phoenix, behind Ilya Bryzgalov and Mikael Tellqvist. Maybe he'll have an easier time trying to find the six-fingered man.
There's plenty more to talk about, but you'll have to go and listen to Face Off Hockey Show for all the thoughts, quips, yelling, and some analysis about all the trades that happened this deadline day.