NHL GMs Play It Safe For Once in Their Lives

This year’s trade deadline was basically fantasy hockey. Not a lot of big names moved. It was a lot of second-tier players. The kind you spend a lot of time moving on a fantasy team.

Adrian Dater called it Tuesday: GMs are scared to death of the probability of a shrunken future cap.

Pretty much everyone GM’d the trap.

The two-year extension the Sabres gave Tim Connolly might have been a five-year deal last season. Although, upon further-review, giving the oft-injured Connolly an uninsured contract is pretty daring.

The Stars grabbed Brendan Morrison off of waivers rather than trade for an upgrade.

The only big splash was made by Calgary, who traded for Olli Jokinen and re-acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold. How many centers have the Flames brought in for Jarome Iginla? This is really the first time in a while I feel the Flames aren’t trying to do it on the cheap.

The Rangers picked-up Nik Antropov and Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris, giving up small-but-fast fowards (Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, plus the struggling defenseman Dimitri Kalinin) for big bodies. And really, that’s all the Rangers wanted: size. They were good moves, but safe moves.

I’m not sure what the Penguins expect out of Bill Guerin. Leadership? Don’t the Penguins have someone with a C on his chest? They can’t have him slotted for Crosby’s side, can they? Because while Guerin’s been playing on a pretty rough Islanders team and has seen diminished ice time in the face of the Isles youth movement, he’s still not the player he was in Boston eight years ago.