Today is the trade deadline and hockey fans waited with bated breath to see if their teams got the appropriate pieces in place for a cup run. And just like every college student, general managers waited till the deadline to turn in the final project. Here are the trades this week that caused the most buzz.
The Nashville Predators did do some work at the deadline. First, Nashville sent Devin Dubnyk to the Montreal Canadiens for future considerations. In other words, David Poile said “You can have him” when the Canadiens called for Dubnyk. In the bigger move, David Legwand will return to his hometown of Detroit.
The trade deadline did come with the pretty big deals. Martin St. Louis got his wish and he was traded to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks. Ales Hemsky finally gets out of Edmonton and will head to Ottawa for two lower round draft picks. Tuomo Ruutu was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the New Jersey Devils. One of the final deals that trickled in was the Sabres sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota for undisclosed picks and Torrey Mitchell
It was a wild week for goalies. In addition to Ryan Miller going to the Blues, Roberto Luongo heads to the Panthers, Tim Thomas goes to Dallas, Bryzgalov goes to the Minnesota Wild and Viktor Fasth goes to Edmonton.
In former Predator news, Capitals forward Martin Erat was sent to the Phoenix Coyotes and Marcel Goc goes from the Florida Panthers to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Also, in a move that should make fans laugh, Dustin Penner was traded from the Ducks to the Capitals on Fat Tuesday. Also IHOP was giving away free pancakes. This was purely coincidental.