Shining Stars; Circling Sharks; Joyous Yinzers; Blue Bostonians

Despite the lovely ladies pictured above, there was no love for the B’s at the trade deadline as usual.

Brian Campbell, Brad Richards and Marian Hossa were the three best players traded before today’s NHL trade deadline.  Not surprisingly, the three teams that received their new stars, San Jose, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, were the day’s winners.

  • San Jose landed itself a stud two-way defenseman to help bolster its underachieving offense at a very reasonable cost.  Young forward Steve Bernier and the late first-round pick that heads to Buffalo will most likely not come close to matching the production that Campbell dolls out, so Sabres fans will have to hope that the lower cap hit and combined efforts of the two players acquired (or rather, the one acquired and the one to be acquired this summer) will help even out this trade. 
  • Dallas adds a very talented centerman to its already strong roster, and at the cost of only three lesser/younger players: netminder Mike Smith, center Jeff Halpern, and winger Jussi Jokinen.  In addition, the Stars sent a fourth-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, and goalie Johan Holmqvist heads to Dallas to back up Marty Turco.  The winner here is Dallas in the short-term, but could end up being the Lightning in the long-run if Richards slips again in the near future, making his absoritant cap hit a detriment.
  • Meanwhile the Penguins have added the premier scorer available for a first-round pick, last year’s first-rounder, and two decent young forwards who don’t figure to improve all that much in the coming years in Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen.  So long as Angelo Esposito, last year’s pick, and the outgoing draft pick don’t turn into first-line studs, yinzers will be very happy their favorite team pulled off this trade.  The Penguins now feature a tremendous group of six offensive forwards–Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Hossa, Petr Sykora, Ryan Malone, and Jordan Staal–to go with a solid group of defensemen headlined by Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney and the scorching-hot Ty Conklin and his .931 save percentage.  Add in depth on the third and fourth lines and some additonal support along the blue line and you’ve got yourself a very serious Cup contender.
  • Meanwhile, the Bruins didn’t do a damn thing.  Can’t say I’m surprised, though.  At least Patrice Bergeron can skate again.
  • Oh, and by the way, the Canadiens were so sure of promising 20-year-old ‘tender Carey Price that they traded their incumbent, Cristobal Huet, to the Washington Capitals for a future second-round pick.  Pretty ballsy.
  • Here’s a list of all the transactions that went down.

One Response to Shining Stars; Circling Sharks; Joyous Yinzers; Blue Bostonians

  1. Sportsattitude says:

    Perhaps the B’s should consider sending out a few of the folks pictured above for a shift or two in lieu of sitting on the sidelines as the transaction deadline passed.

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