Here’s the final rundown on all of the trades that happened near or after the 3pm deadline.
The Rangers get John Mitchell and a 2012 seventh round pick from the Maple Leafs for a seventh round pick
The Canucks get Chris Higgins from the Panthers for Evan Oberg and a third round pick
The Flyers get Tom Sestito from the Blue Jackets for Greg Moore and Michael Chaput
The Canucks get Max Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp from the Ducks for Joel Perreault and a third round pick
The Canadiens get Drew MacIntyre from the Thrashers for Brett Festerling
The Capitals get Jason Arnott from the Devils for David Steckel and a second round pick
The Flames get Freddy Modin from the Thrashers for a seventh round pick
The Bruins get Anton Khudobin from the Wild for Jeff Penner and the rights to Mikko Lehtonen
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Updated 3:20: The Capitals traded for Jason Arnott, the Canucks have picked up Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre and the Flames have added Freddy Modin from Atlanta.
Updated 2:28: Dustin Penner has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a first round pick this year, a conditional third round pick next year and minor leaguer Colten Teubert. The Oilers make their first move of the day and the Kings get their offensive player they’ve been looking for.
Updated 2:19: Anaheim has acquired Brad Winchester from the St. Louis Blues for a 3rd round pick. Winchester will add to the forward depth of the Ducks as they look to push back into the Western playoff picture while the Blues get a pick to help add more pieces for the future.
Updated 2:13: Florida has traded Bryan Allen to Carolina for Sergei Samsonov. This trade has been in the works for over 30 minutes and is another movement of role players.
Updated 1:59: Chris Campoli and a conditional seventh round pick has been traded from Ottawa to the Chicago Blackhawks. It is known that the Hawks have wanted to add another defenseman and they have apparently found their guy in Campoli. Ladislav Smid of Edmonton had been rumored as the player but that has obviously fallen through. Ottawa will receive Ryan Potulny and a 2011 conditional second round pick.
Updated 1:41: A minor trade has been made between Colorado and Edmonton as the Avalanche acquire Shawn Belle and the Oilers receive Kevin Montgomery.
Updated 12:56: Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers of the Blue Jackets has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto. This is a good trade for both teams but I think Columbus may end up winning in the long run with this one. Will it be enough for them to make the playoffs? Probably not, but it does increase their chances.
Updated 12:35: Here’s some updates on key players whose names have been whirling all week long about being moved:
John-Michael Liles-Reports had him going to Toronto but the Avalanche’s asking price seems to be too high for what the team is willing to do. The Blue Jackets name has now been thrown in the hat as far as interested teams.
Jason Arnott-The veteran has reportedly said he only wants to be traded if it’s to a team that is definitely going to make the playoffs, otherwise he’d rather stay in New Jersey.
Stephen Weiss-Toronto’s name has again come up in regards to Weiss but nothing substantial just yet.
Brad Richards-Still dealing with concussion symptoms, Richards, who has a no-trade clause, has said he will only waive the clause to be dealt to the New York Rangers. But with one offensive star already dealing with a concussion in Marion Gaborik, you have to wonder if the Rangers will trade for a player that they don’t know how much they’ll get out of.
Updated 12:14: The Florida Panthers continue dealing as they have sent Radek Dvorak and a 2010 5th round pick to the Atlanta Thrashers for Patrick Rissmiller and Niclas Bergfors. The Panthers continue to move older players for young pieces.
Updated 12:05: Rob Schremp's time as a New York Islander has come to an end. He was just claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers. Schremp had 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points this season with the Islanders.
Updated 11:54: In non Islanders related trades, the Washington Capitals have Aquired Dennis Wideman from the Panthers for a third round pick and Jake Hauswirth.
Update 11:32 : Starting this earlier than expected folks because of the increasing chatter that Islanders Zenon Konopka will be delt today. Early reports had Isles GM Garth Snow in talks with Canucks, but those talks have ended. Now the Fourth Period is reporting that he could be delt to Anaheim for a second round pick. However TSN saying he wont end up there. More to come
The Last time the Kings played the Islanders it was November 13 in LA. There the Isles were romped 5-1 by the Kings.
Tonight’s starters will be Jonathan Quick for the Kings and Al Montoya for the Islanders. Quick is 26-14-2 on the season with save percentage of .923. Montoya, on the other hand, will make his first start as Islander tonight.
Here is audio from yesterday following the Islanders practice and make sure to follow @isleshockeyblog for live tweets during tonight’s game from the Nassau Coliseum press box.
The last time the Islanders and Bruins faced each other was back on December 9 when the Islanders 5-3 at TD Garden in Boston.
Tim Thomas will most likely get the start tonight against the Islanders. Thomas 6-0-1 in his last seven games against the Isles and 26-8-6 with a .938 save percentage this season. No set starter has been named for the Islanders but chances are we could see Nathan Lawson go again tonight at the Coliseum.
Two interesting things to watch for tonight on the island; one is what will the attendance be for tonight’s game. Last Friday the old barn was rocking, I’m sure all the fights had something to do with it, and crowds reached over 12,000 for one of the few times this season. Now the Islanders have won four games in a row and are playing some of their best hockey all season so it will be interesting to see how the fans respond attendance wise. It also helps that the team is running a $20 ticket promotion for the next four home games, tonight included.
The second will be if Islanders break out rookie Michael Grabner will continue his goal scoring streak. It is currently at six games so far. Grabner also leads all rookies in scoring with 25 goals and has made himself a fixture in the Calder Trophy conversation.
SportsNation talks Isles-Pens Brawl:
Several days ago ESPN’s SportsNation took time to discuss the royal rumble that took place between the Islanders and Penguins and the comments made by Mario Lemieux. The polls shown indicated a close split between who agreed with the Penguins owner and who didn’t. Two interesting quotes came out of the show. The first one from co-host Michelle Beadle who agreed with what Lemieux said to a certain extent.
“As much as I like a good hockey fight, this was pretty bad. It was all retribution for the Rick DiPietro punch the other day,” Beadle said on air. “My problem with Mario Lemieux is that he made it seem as though the Islanders are the only team to send cheap shot artists out. Matt Cook plays for the Penguins, and he is suspended because he’s also a cheap shot artist, so there’s sort of a hypocritical thing going on there.”
Both are common statements heard since Friday’s melee. Unfortunately Michelle’s comments about it all being over punch to Rick Dipietro were, for the most part, incorrect. What happened Friday was a product of what the team felt as being run at and not being respected. That’s why they decided they had to get down and dirty to defend themselves, make a statement to the rest of the league and gets some revenge on the Pens for running at them, as well as Maxime Talbot’s questionable hit on Blake Comeau.
The second quote was from host Colin Cowherd, who made a point that I’ve agreed with for years.
“The bottom line is that it’s interesting, it’s fighting. The masses like the fighting.”
For years it has been though that more fans would watch if the league minimized fighting during the course of games. In a country that loves the sports of boxing, MMA fighting, WWE Wrestling (yes, I know its fake) and like watching Snookie and Sammy “Sweetheart” go at it on Jersey Shore the idea that fighting in hockey has kept away fans is a little absurd. In a conversation I had with friend and host of the SportsWire on 88.1fm WCWP, Max Caster, he told me that if more hockey games were like the one between Pens and Isles he’d start watching hockey more.]]>