Geez. I find the trade deadline so draining.
The big shocks:
Florida hanging on to Olli Jokinen and Chris Gratton, while not dealing goalie Roberto Luongo. So apparently they really want to keep together this core that has produced 24 wins so far this season. Good call.
Vancouver fixing their ailing blueline in like 36 hours. Interestingly, they picked up guys like Keith Carney and Sean Brown, who are stay-at-home type of defenseman, to replace Ed Jovanovski and Sami Salo, who can really move and carry the puck. But Carney is a great defenseman. Does anyone know what happens when all of the injured defensemen come back, though? Is Vancouver going to carry nine defensemen?
How did Ottawa not pick-up a real number-one goalie? Why did Buffalo deal Mika Noronen, a kid who would have loved to have been a backup, instead of Martin Biron, a goalie who can start in the NHL?
Jose Theodore for David Aebischer. It’s not like Colorado doesn’t have a solid starter. Plus, I think we can all agree that a lot of Theodore’s focus problems seem to directly stem from his various connections to the city of Montreal. Obviously, he needs a change of scenery. And it’s not like Aebischer was tearing up the league. I know Patrick Roy. I have a bobblehead of Patrick Roy in my home office. David Aebischer is no Patrick Roy. Neither is Aebischer, but whatever.
Dwayne Roloson to Edmonton for a number one draft pick. If you’re a GM and someone tells you you can draft a starting goalie, and you need a goalie, are you going to? Of course. Sure, Roloson isn’t Patrick Roy, either, but he’s solid. And he’s not a kid, but it’s not like the NHL is flooded with quality, young, starting goalies. Edmonton needed a goalie, and got a goalie, and they kept their team intact.
I love Sergei Samsonov to Edmonton. They lose some grit since they gave up Marty Reasoner, and they lose that second round pick, but hey. What are you going to do? In Edmonton, the future is now. Samsonov is a great pick-up, though. I don’t see how Edmonton can complain about not having any money. They’ve got more stars than the Leafs.
I also like Sandis Ozolinsh to the Rangers for a third-round pick. Basically, the Rangers, horribly in need of a puck-moving, play-making defenseman, get one for nothing. That’s nice.