NHL Trade Deadline Day: Live Updates

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2008

Welcome to my unofficial Bleacher Report coverage of the NHL's Trade Deadline Day.

I will be with you all day long, breaking trades as they happen to keep everyone in the know on this busy day.

The live updates will work like this:

  • Latest trades will appear at the top of the page.
  • Trades will appear in bold.
  • Instant analysis will appear in italics.
  • Pages will be linked for easy access.


Update 4:16

23 trades total this year, featuring 43 players and 22 draft picks.  I really want to thank everyone who checked out the live updates today.  I was unsure how many people would check this out, but I`m glad it was such a success, over 5800 views (and counting) which is unbelievable to me.  Consider this, coming into the day I had 13,000 page views for like 30 articles, so I almost had half as many views on this as all my work so far!


Once again, thanks alot for joining me, It was alot of fun, I sure hope I helped everyone get through their work or school day, keeping them informed, it was a pleasure. 

Thanks again, hope you enjoyed it, deadline day is done with, I`m signing off (before my laptop blows up)

Thanks for joining me today, be on the lookout for a special edition of Leafs Notes and a recap of the trade deadline day later on tonight.


Updated 4:00

The trade deadline has officially come and gone for another day, it appears all thirty NHL teams are done dealing and there is not any more deals expected to come in from the league offices.

The deadline is over, but we`re just getting started.  For my regular Leafs Notes viewers, I will have a special edition of the column tonight dissecting the deadline day for Toronto and what it means for the road ahead.

Also tonight I will have a trade deadline wrap column, taking a look at all the days deals and what it means for the rest of the season.

Updated 3:50

To Nashville: Jan Hlavac

To Tampa: 7th round pick

Cliff Fletcher is having a press conference very shortly, meaning the Leafs are likely done.  The Leafs grab some good draft picks they can use, although it wasn`t as big of a day as Leafs fans would have wanted. 


Updated 3:31

To Anaheim: J.S. Aubin

To Los Angeles: 7th round pick

Just a couple of minor deals left before the deadline is done for another year.  Joe Motzko and Alexander Giroux were also swapped from their respective teams.


To New York Rangers: Christian Backman

To St. Louis: 4th round pick

I`m not sure it`s the deal that makes Rangers fans and nay sayers believe they have a cup winning blue line, but Backman is still a solid addition to the club


Updated 3:19

To Florida: Chad Kilger

To Toronto: 3rd round Draft Pick

Not a real surprise here, Kilger is a hard worker who hits everything in sight and has pretty good hands and fantastic speed.  He will surely be missed on the Leafs, and hey, whats with all the deals with Florida..lol



To Anaheim: Marc Andre Bergeron

To New York Islanders: 3rd round pick

Now the deal for Davison makes sense for NYI as they ship Bergeron to the Ducks, did they really need another d-man.  I guess you can never have too many, good move for both teams, Anaheim gets some depth


To Phoenix: Al Montoya, Marcel Hossa

To New York Rangers: Josh Gratton, Fredrik Sjostrom, David Leneveu

Pretty fair trade for both teams, good for Montoya who will hopefully get a chance in Phoenix, but it wont be any easier.  He left NY battling Lundqvist, and now he will battle Bryzgalov.  This is a deal where it is a whole lot of question marks, could work out for both teams, maybe it wont.  Long term trade

Updated 3:14

To Detroit: Brad Stuart

To Los Angeles: 2nd, 4th round pick

Definitely not the LA Defenseman that Detroit was after, but they still grabbed Brad Stuart, who isn't a fantastic D-man by any means, but he is a solid addition and should fit in well in the Wings blue line, which is currently very banged up.  Since being worn down last spring against Anaheim in the playoffs, Ken Holland had a mandate to add some defenseman, and he did that


Updated 3:10

To Minnesota Wild: Chris Simon

To New York Islanders: 6th round pick

I am borderline shocked that Garth Snow was able to find a home for the troubled Simon.  I really don't believe this guy deserves a second chance.  Maybe I am being too harsh, after all, it's not like I know him personally, just through his questionable actions.  A tough GM, and tough coach, this could be Simon's last chance.


Still waiting for the last trades to trickle down what could be a log jammed NHL offices.  Ottawa GM Bryan Murray says the team is done dealing. 


Updated 2:57

To Pittsburgh: Marian Hossa, Pascal Dupuis

To Atlanta: Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong,1st Round pick

 I really think Pittsburgh made a big move here, and a risky one as well.  Although they were the only east team, that we know of anyway, to make a big splash, they paid a heavy price for Hossa, and I'm not sure they can re-sign Hossa while keeping guys like Staal,Malkin, Fleury and the likes of the team.


Updated 2:54

To Pittsburgh: Hal Gill

To Toronto: 2nd, 5th round pick

 I am pretty impressed with this deal from Cliff.  I didn't think he would get a 2nd for Hal Gill, so this seems to be a good deal.  It helps Pittsburgh too.  Gill is a slow footed player, but he knows it, and knows how to get around it with his positioning.  Gill loves to lean on players and should help create room for the speedy pens.


Updated 2:40

Just a reminder that usually on deadline day there is a back log, and so trades may still filter in after the 3 PM deadline.  As long as a deal is DONE before 3 and submitted to the league offices, it is official, even if it takes until after the set deadline for the league to certify.  Usually the deals tend to trickle in until about 4 PM, so we still have about an hour to go.


Updated 2:30

TSN has reported that their is bad weather and even a tornado warning in the area,and rumours are it is making it hard for Florida to make deals because of possible power problems.  One would have to think this would affect the Maple Leafs too, who are in Florida awaiting tomorrow night's contest against the Cats 


Updated 2:25

The Marian Hossa situation is getting very messy, with several teams looking to grab him.  Latest news is that Pittsburgh is involved in grabbing the skilled Slovak 


Updated 2:00

One hour to go, the turn out has been great, stay with me, it's only going to get better.  Hossa is still out there, Jokinen, and plus the Maple Leafs situation has entered the 11th hour, with only a 5th round pick to show for their rebuild.  A lot could, and should happen in these last 60 plus minutes, stick around. 


Updated 1:36

To Washington: Matt Cooke

To Vancouver: Matt Pettinger

Bit of a shocker that Cooke was dealt, he was a fan favourite in Van city.  His contract talks hit a snag though.  Good move for Washington, who are adding payroll and players for a strong push.

Updated 1:32

To New York Islanders:Rob Davison

To San Jose: 7th round pick


Updated 1:13

To Washington: Sergei Fedorov

To Columbus: Teddy Ruth


Updated 1:02

To Colorado: Adam Foote

To Columbus: Conditional First Round pick.

What a weird 24 hours for Columbus players and fans.  As early as this morning they were buyers and were in on the Brad Richards sweepstakes, now they are selling all assets possible.  They got some pretty decent returns though.


Updated 12:37

To Ottawa: Martin Lapointe

To Chicago: 6th Round Pick

Ottawa gets tougher, they get a leader, and they don't give up much to get him.  He won't play 20 minutes a night, but Lapointe knows how to lead and when to chip in and help his team, on the ice, and off.  Low risk move that could pay off for the Sens


Updated 12:18

To Carolina: Tuomo Ruutu

To Chicago: Andrew Ladd

Out of left field a little bit again, but a good deal that makes sense.  Ruutu suffered alot of injuries early on and never lived up to Chicago management (or fans) potential.  Chicago gets a gritty winger in Andrew Ladd who makes then tougher, younger, and quicker.  Carolina gets a big centre who can fill the void left by Rod Brind'Amour.


Updated 12:15

To Florida: Karlis Skrastins

To Colorado: Ruslan Salei



Updated 11:50

To Washington: Cristobal Huet

To Montreal: 2nd Round Pick (09)

This one was a shocker no doubt, kind of out of nowhere.  But Price is the guy, everyone knew it, now it's official.  The Caps get a guy who will eventually replace Olaf Kolzig.


Dallas, Tampa Swing Big Deal--11:44

To Dallas: Brad Richards, Johan Holmqvist

To Tampa Bay: Mike Smith, Jussi Jokine,Jeff Halpern

Dallas made a big move here to keep pace in the West, here's hoping Brad Richards rebounds in a new environment.  They gave up a group of pretty good guys, including Mike Smith who carred Dallas early in the season when Turco faltered.  Dallas will win this deal short term no question, but we may have to wait long term to see who is the real victor.  Has Tampa finally found a goaltender?



Latest Update--11:35 TRADE OFFICIAL

To San Jose: Brian Campbell

To Buffalo: Steve Bernier, 1st Round Pick in 2008

 What a deal for San Jose, a deal that could finally push them over the top in a very tough Western Conference.  It will be interesting to see what Dallas, Detroit, and Anaheim do.

Buffalo gets a good player in return, who should help their playoff run.  The first round pick is big to, as Buffalo's prospect pipe had somewhat dried up.

Just a reminder we will switch to a new article page at 12:30 so be sure to look for that, I will link it all up for easy viewing. 


Latest Update--11:15

Trade Update

To Florida: Wade Belak

To Toronto: 5th Round Pick in 2008

Sad to see Belak go, but it was necessary.  Belak was a real locker room guy who couldn't seem to crack the Leafs line up.  Could be interesting when the two teams battle tomorrow night in Florida.



Latest Update--10:33

First Deal!

To New Jersey: D Bryce Salvador

To St. Louis: F Cam Janssen


Still no Richards trade.  Darren Dreger is reporting that Richards has not been asked to waive his No Trade Clause.

We don't have a trade yet, but if we're lucky, John Ferguson and Steve Simmons may get into a fist fight.  For those who are unaware, Simmons is a Toronto reporter who was one of Ferguson's (many) critics. 

Latest Update--9:57

John Avari of Bleacher Report is saying that the Dallas Stars have traded for Brad Richards.  I am still waiting on one of the networks for confirmation. 


Latest Updates--9:55 AM

Still waiting on our first trade of the day, but there is plenty of news to go around.

Brad Richards appears to be the most likely to be dealt today.  Dallas, Vancouver, Phoenix, and Columbus are in on that.

Out of the Leafs camp, there is still interest in Pavel Kubina, Bryan McCabe, Chad Kilger, Alex Steen, and Hal Gill

The latest out of Ottawa is saying that coach John Paddock may be fired as a result of the Sens recent poor play, culminating with last night's 5-0 embarrassment at the hands of Toronto 


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  • The New York Islanders have re-signed Mike Comrie for one more year.


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