BRUCE GARRIOCH: This is going to be a big day. It was a little quiet last night, but that means nothing. Most of these deals don't happen until the final hour. There could be a lot of action in this city alone. The biggest names to go today: Olli Jokinen and, maybe, Jay Bouwmeester. I want to add here that I think Florida would be nuts to move Bouwmeester.
DON BRENNAN: I think there will be some big names and surprises, for sure. It's an exciting day, isn't it? Should be a national holiday.
TIM BAINES: We'd like to welcome Shaun Van Allen to the panel. He'll certainly be a breath of fresh air and hopefully, unlike our colleague Chris Stevenson, won't be scrambling around for NHL record books all the time to come up with quirky facts. Shaun, if I were Stevenson I would have a fact book by my side, but I'm lazy as hell and don't want to check it out, but were you involved in any deadline deals?
SHAUN VAN ALLEN: No, I wasn't. I was traded twice. From Anaheim to Ottawa and from Dallas to Montreal. But never at the deadline.
BRENNAN: What, you mean when you get home from a road game in Vancouver at 2:30 a.m., get called to the coach's office right then, get told you're traded, pass Yorkie (Jason York) in the hallway, who you figure is going to be told the same thing, then get in your car for a 20-minute ride home to tell your wife you're going from Anaheim to Ottawa? Then you tell her, by the way, have fun packing up the house.
BAINES: Shaun, if you're an NHL player right now, are you a bit nervous about packing your suitcases?
VAN ALLEN: Some are. More guys in the last year of their contract are going to be worried. Look at all these teams putting guys on waivers. They're trying to create as much cap space as possible.
GARRIOCH: Why should you be nervous? There's nothing to be nervous about. If you want to stay in a place, then sign a contract. Most players have a choice. They can stay if they sign. I hate when a player says they can't control the situation.
VAN ALLEN: They can control the situation if they take less than what they think they're worth. Both sides have an opinion of what you are worth.
BAINES: Vanner, put yourself in Bryan Murray's shoes today. Who do you trade? And what draft picks do you expect to receive in return?
VAN ALLEN: If I can't get Kuba or Neil signed, I don't take the risk of losing them for nothing. You can't afford to lose assets for nothing. Minimum, you've got to get a second-rounder back. And maybe that's just a starting point. I'm no GM, but I'd want some pretty high draft choices for these guys.
GARRIOCH: This team won't look the same without Neil and, at times, Kuba has been their best defenceman.
VAN ALLEN: I don't think we give Kuba enough credit for the year he's had.
BRENNAN: Yeah, where would the Senators be without his one goal, eh Shaun? I mean, it's tough to expect more than that from a guy who's on every single power play.
BRENNAN: I wish we could trade sports editors. What's it like to be traded, Vanner? I mean, I know it must be tough on a guy's family. But I don't think it would be bad for a guy like me, who nobody loves.
BAINES: Who are you going to trade me for? The Citizen guy? Do you know him (or her or whoever it is)? You've got it so good with me here.
GARRIOCH: Some guys want to get moved because it gives them a chance to play. Look at Christoph Schubert. He just wants a chance to be in the lineup regularly.
BAINES: Brennan has said very little, but I suppose if he was the GM he would go after Gaborik, Bouwmeester and every other attractive guy on the market. Don, are you still convinced the Senators are going to make the playoffs?
BRENNAN: Tim, that's you who likes the attractive guys. If the Senators go 19-2 (stated before last night's Calgary game) they'll make the playoffs. I'd say it's 50-50.
BAINES: 50-50? You never were much on the maths, were you?
BRENNAN: Here's what I think: Everybody talks about how tough it would be to be traded, especially from a place like Ottawa. The Senators are a good organization, there's a bunch of good guys in the room, it's a clean, nice city ... but you know what? There's a lot of nice cities and good organizations in the NHL. Being traded is only bad when you're going to Atlanta.
VAN ALLEN: It's great to play in a hockey market, but it's not so bad waking up every morning and putting on some shorts and flip flops before you go to the rink.
GARRIOCH: Shorts? I've got a really nice thong.
BAINES: Why is Bruce obsessed with his thong? I don't find it appealing. Managing Editor Axelrad doesn't find it appealing. Editor-in-Chief Therien doesn't find it appealing. Publisher Gibbons doesn't find it appealing. Our readers don't find it appealing. Bruce's wife Maria can't find it appealing. Bruce, please cover up ... PLEASE!
BRENNAN: Who gets more mentions here: Gibbons or Maria or Jethro?
BAINES: Most mentions? Colonel Klink, Boston Legal, Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin, actually.