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.
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 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.