Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Liveblogging on Trade Deadline Day
Well, that was a crazy few hours. I don't know how Alanah does this on a regularly basis.
Anyway, I'll be back in a couple of hours to wrap-up, guys and gals. I just have to run an errand. Please feel free to post your comments below.
[update: 02/27/07, 12:34 AM]
In all honesty, I feel for Oilers fans. They're honoring someone from their past tonight, and the face of their current franchise gets traded.
TSN is reporting that the Islanders are giving up Robert Nillson, Ryan O'Marra and a 1st round draft pick.
That's not a bad return for someone they could lose for nothing this off-season. For Oilers fans, that's got to be a tough pill to swallow, but I have to give credit to Kevin Lowe for not letting his heart get in the way of making a decision that's good for the franchise.
[update: 02/27/07, 12:22 PM]
Abel to Yzerman has some quick analysis of the Bertuzzi deal from a Red Wings perspective.
I tend to agree. It's a medium-risk, high-reward kinda thing. That's why, as a Canucks fan, I hate it.
[update: 02/27/07, 12:18 PM]
There are more trades trickling in. Norstrom has been traded somewhere and Scott Parker is going back to Colorado.
Speaking of Colorado, what does it say for Jose Theodore that the Avs felt the need to trade for yet another goaltender?
[update: 02/27/07, 12:01 PM]
Is that it? Is Bulis still with us?
[update: 02/27/07, 11:45 AM]
15 minutes left and trades are coming in left, right and center: Brad May goes to the Ducks (TSN.ca); Yannic Perrault returns to the Leafs for the millionth time (via TSN, no link yet); Danius Zubrus goes to the Buffalo Sabres (TSN.ca); Pascal Dupuis goes to the Thrashers (via TSN, no link yet); and the Senators acquire Oleg Saprykin (TSN.ca).
[update: 02/27/07, 11:30 AM]
Are you freakin' kidding me? Bertuzzi to the Wings? Did Kenny Holland okay this with Chris Chelios? (TSN.ca)
[update: 02/27/07, 11:12 AM]
I won't say "I told you so"; I'll let William Houston (Globe and Mail) do that (link via Kukla's Corner).
[update: 02/27/07, 10:59 AM]
Not a lot of big names left in play. Heck, TSN and The Score have been talking 'bout Todd Bertuzzi for the last 10 minutes. And he hasn't played since October.
Where's Smyth? Where's Souray? Where's Bulis? Where's my coffee?
[update: 02/27/07, 10:46 AM]
I know Brian Burke talks a lot of lawyer-speak, but God bless him, I miss his quotes.
Good point on having 30 GM's fighting for players and only one parade in the end.
I want the one in Vancouver to go down Georgia Street. (Was that asking too much?)
[update: 02/27/07, 10:32 AM]
Mike, ask and ye shall receive.
Check the not-so-subliminal message at the bottom of the pic.
Thanks to the Chamberlands for sending it in.
[update: 02/27/07, 10:10 AM]
Following this New York Daily News article, the Rangers have traded Aaron Ward to the Boston Bruins.
[update: 02/27/07, 9:56 AM]
You know, the only thing I've found out from Sportsnet's trade deadline show so far is just how much I'm craving pizza right now.
[update: 02/27/07, 9:44 AM]
Oh great, the Canucks get to face another Moore eight times a season. (Kukla's Corner)
[update: 02/27/07, 9:38 AM]
I'm sure this isn't much of a surprise but Marc Chouinard has cleared waivers (HF Boards).
Everyone else was claimed. Okay, not everyone, but most of them did: Michael Leighton went to the Habs; Niko Kapanen went to the Phoenix Coyotes; the Columbus Blue Jackets replaced Ty Conklin with Brian Boucher; Denis Hamel went to the Philadelphia Flyers (the Flyers kinda feel like an expansion right now, don't you think?); and the Atlanta Thrashers grabbed Jason Krog.
[update: 02/27/07, 9:20 AM]
Freakin' Sharks. (TSN.ca)
Thornton, Marleau, Cheechoo, Guerin.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:56 AM]
Darren Dreger (TSN) is reporting that Bill Guerin has been traded. Who are we gonna talk about now?
[update: 02/27/07, 8:45 AM]
Feel like trying to anticipate some trades? James Mirtle (Globe and Mail) has a list of pending unrestricted free agents.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:39 AM]
Per TSN: Laraque to the Penguins.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:36 AM]
More from the Phoenix Coyotes camp courtesy of The Fourth Period.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:31 AM]
And there you have it, the first "What the heck were you thinking when you traded Roberto Luongo" volley from the TSN panel to Mike Keenan. Good times.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:29 AM]
How not to ask for a trade (Arizona Republic):
Center Jeremy Roenick made it clear he wants out.I'll bet teams are lining up now.
"I would like to go to another team to try to get back into the playoffs and feel that energy again," Roenick said. "But I question whether someone's going to take a chance on someone who has been buried on the fourth line for half the year and is a 10-minute (per game) player. I don't know if that's going to pan out. It's unfortunate."
Roenick made harsher comments in a television interview."(I've been) swept through the mud, so to say," Roenick told TSN. He also said the Coyotes had "driven (him) down to the basement." Roenick's comments enraged members of Phoenix's management team.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:19 AM]
Funny Marty Biron quote already: "I wasn't thinking about the trade deadline, I was just thinking about surviving the fight with Ray Emery."
[update: 02/27/07, 8:10 AM]
From Kukla's Corner: Marty Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a high draft pick
TSN is also reporting that Buffalo has acquired Ty Conklin from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
UFA to be or not, the way the market was going, I thought the Sabres would get more for Biron. Mind you, the Flyers' first-round pick would be in the top five; the second round or third round would be higher in those rounds as well.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:08 AM]
A special request from Mike the Yankee Canuck - and seconded by me, of course - if anyone has those cool screen capture things and send a screen shot of the Deal or No Deal girls, that would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
[update: 02/27/07, 8:05 AM]
While we're waiting - and we're doing a lot of waiting - don't forget that the Canucks play the St. Louis Blues tonight. (Vancouver Province)
[update: 02/27/07, 7:53 AM]
Do we finally have a trade? TSN is reporting that Marty Biron isn't on the ice for Buffalo's game day skate and has been told that he was traded.
[update: 02/27/07, 7:44 AM]
I know it may be asking Dave Nonis for too much considering his moves yesterday, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Martin Gelinas in a Canucks uniform. His 147 playoff games will immediately make him the Canucks' most experienced playoff performer (Linden has played in 112 playoff games; Smolinski has played in 99) and has been to the Stanley Cup Finals four times with four different teams.
[update: 02/27/07, 7:25 AM]
Thank God for the Deal or No Deal girls. I wouldn't otherwise have thought to tune into Sportsnet.
(PS. Tracy is getting annoyed with all the channel surfing. Time to make a pitch for a new picture-in-picture TV.)
[update: 02/27/07, 7:22 AM]
[update: 02/27/07, 7:11 AM]
I'm sure a lot of Canucks know this already, but it's Mark Messier day today. Actually it's been Mark Messier day since yesterday. (Edmonton Journal)
Will Oilers fans be celebrating Mess' legacy or be crying over Ryan Smyth being traded? (Globe and Mail)
[update: 02/27/07, 7:02 AM]
Five hours to go. TSN and Sportsnet just kicked off their trade deadline shows.
TSN has Mike Keenan on their show. I can never get enough of the guys
[update: 02/27/07, 6:58 AM]
Will Todd Bertuzzi get traded today? (Globe and Mail)
... He still isn't healthy enough to play, meaning any general manager willing to roll the dice on the ex-Vancouver Canucks’ player will have to make his decision sight unseen. Bertuzzi has not played since early October after undergoing back surgery. One GM said Bertuzzi’s ongoing health issues means that if he does move as a player rental, the cost would be minimal – and probably involve one or more conditional draft choices. That’s not to rule him out exclusively.Luongo, Krajicek and Daniel Rahimi for Auld, Allen and some conditional draft choices? Wow.
[update: 02/27/07, 6:39 AM]
With Peter Forsberg and Keith Tkachuk having been traded already, and other would have been UFAs Eric Brewer and Freddy Modin re-upping with their respective teams, Bill Guerin is the biggest name left in today's market. Or is he? (St. Louis Dispatch via Spector's)
In the first conversation, the Blues expressed "serious intent" in re-signing Guerin, who has been garnering a lot of interest leading up to the NHL trading deadline today at 2 p.m. (St. Louis time).
"We had a bit of a discussion about signing Billy," Murray said. "They were general discussions, not negotiations back and forth. We talked about parameters and we have left that with the Blues. At this point, it's in their quarters, whether they want to take the next step ... if they want to trade Billy or take a further step."
[first post: 02/27/07, 6:18 AM]
Good morning, boys and girls, and welcome to trade deadline day. It's about T-minus-a little less than six hours right now.
I haven't done any liveblogging since last season's trade deadline day so come by, come often, feel free to chime in and enjoy the day that might, for better or for worse, change your team's fortunes.
First things first: I have to get coffee. Lots of it.
In the meantime, here is the first big news of the day - Gary Roberts has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to play next to Sidney Crosby (TSN.ca). Was it really that hard to make that decision, Gary?
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