This isn't a gameday post so much as a running trade tracker -- deadline is of course at noon today. What will the BoC teams, and NHL clubs in general, do before then?
Now I'd probably expect a relatively quiet day for all BoC teams, but it's always tough to know for sure, as all three teams do have something significant to play for, and may feel the pressure to pursue an expensive addition.
- Is this the Sharks' year? Before the Olympic break they were cruising along atop the western conference, but the Sharks' fanbase is quite restless with repeated postseason underachievement. Their window of excellence will not be open forever -- will they get desperate today?
- Is this the Kings' year? The Kings haven't been in the postseason (or even very close to it) since 2002, and finally seem to be sitting in prime position to participate in game #83 once again, but they don't want to misstep now. The Kings are in exciting new territory -- will they get desperate today?
- Is this the Ducks' year? They have plenty of ground to make up in their last twenty games, but their fading heroes proved something in that Olympics, and this is likely the last go for Niedermayer and Selanne. Ducks fans were spoiled last year with a late surge run -- will they get desperate today?
Let's not forget -- these teams have made some pre-deadline moves. The Ducks have already shipped out Giguere, Artyukhin, and Boynton, picking up J-Blake and Toskala. The Sharks have already acquired Niclas Wallin. But what will they do today?
Here is a list of yesterday's and today's player trades -- feel free to discuss in the comments. After the jump, some more Ducks links.
Yesterday & Today's Trades: (updated regularly)
- Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Jordan Leopold from Florida for a second-round pick.
- Ottawa Senators acquire Andy Sutton from NY Islanders for a second-round pick.
- Atlanta Thrashers acquire Evgeny Artyukhin from Anaheim for Nathan Oystrick and a conditional pick.
- Chicago Blackhawks acquire Nick Boynton from Anaheim for future considerations.
- Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Alex Ponikarovsky from Toronto for prospect Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquire Derek Morris from Boston for a fourth-round pick in 2011.
- New Jersey Devils acquire Martin Skoula from Toronto for a fifth-round pick.
- Boston Bruins acquire Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartowski from Florida for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz, and a second-round pick.
- Anaheim Ducks acquire Aaron Ward from Carolina for Justin Pogge and a fourth-round pick. Defense!
- Washington Capitals acquire Scott Walker from Carolina for a seventh-round pick.
- Vancouver Canucks acquire Yan Stastny from St. Louis for Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquire Woltek Wolski from Colorado for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquire Mathieu Schneider from Vancouver.
- Los Angeles Kings acquire Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay for Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick.
- Washington Capitals acquire Eric Belanger from Minnesota for a second-round pick.
- Anaheim Ducks acquire Curtis McElhinney from Calgary for Vesa Toskala.
- Buffalo Sabres acquire Raffi Torres from Columbus for Nathan Paetsch and a second-round pick.
- Atlanta Thrashers acquire Clarke MacArthur from Buffalo for a third-round and a fourth-round pick.
- Washington Capitals re-acquire Milan Jurcina from Columbus for a sixth-round pick.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquire Lee Stempniak from Toronto for a fourth-round and a seventh-round pick.
- Washington Capitals acquire Joe Corvo from Carolina for Brian Pothier, a prospect, and a second-round pick in 2011.
- Los Angeles Kings acquire Fredrik Modin from Columbus for a conditional seventh-round pick.
- Anaheim Ducks acquire Joey MacDonald from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in 2011.
- Vancouver Canucks acquire Andrew Alberts from Carolina for a third-round pick.
- HOLY HELL! Anaheim Ducks acquire Lubomir Visnovsky from Edmonton for Ryan Whitney. Huzzah, Slovakia!
- Colorado Avalanche acquire Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed from Carolina for prospects and a sixth-round pick.
- Calgary Flames acquire Steve Staios from Edmonton for Aaron Johnson and a third-round pick.
- Nashville Predators acquire Dustin Boyd from Calgary for a fourth-round pick.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquire Petteri Nokelainen from Anaheim for a sixth-round draft pick.
In Ducks news:
A very worthwhile read at the OC Register's Ducks Blog about Bob Murray and his draft-day strategy. Lots of nuggets about his deadline-day strategy:
Forget about trading one of their first-round picks. When asked if he consider using one of them in a deal, Murray flatly said, "No."
That's right, Barstool Bob -- protect those assets.
Also, the Ducks official website has put together a collection of quotes and photos from the 7 Duck medalists -- check out the quotes and check out the photos. Ducks will have a ceremony to recognize the medalists before tonight's game -- quite honestly it's the main reason why I don't envision Ryan Whitney will be aggressively shopped today (e0).
Prediction: Going into the Olympic break, the Ducks had won eleven straight games at home, but I'm not sure how much solace to take out of that. Dallas played at home yesterday, gave up five goals, and lost. Phoenix played at home yesterday, gave up five goals, and lost. San Jose played at home yesterday, gave up four goals, and lost.
Nevertheless, Ducks 4 - Avs 2. Goals by Team Finland, Team Canada, Team USA, and Team Rat.