Today our crack sports staff do in five minutes what the TV networks took eight hours to do, and that is wrap up the action at the NHL's trade deadline. Sun sports editor Ted Wyman along with writers Ken Wiebe and Paul Friesen look at the day's highlights and, yes, low lights in the Five-Minute Major. Read excerpts here or listen to the entire debate by going to winnipegsun.com/sports and clicking on Sun Speaks.
WYMAN: What a giant this thing has become, with the TV networks going wire-to-wire with coverage from eight in the morning until the middle of the afternoon, when the trades actually start happening, and they look at their BlackBerries and they talk about every minute detail, and really they don't talk about anything. OK fellas, winners? Losers? What have you got for me?
WIEBE: I think the Boston Bruins certainly helped themselves. Not exactly earth-shattering news, but Mark Recchi is a great pickup for a second-round pick and Steve Montador on the back end gives them some much-needed depth. I like Pittsburgh's move to get Billy Guerin. He's no Marian Hossa but he only cost you a conditional third-round pick. You also have to give the Calgary Flames credit. For years Darryl Sutter has been getting ripped for his inability to trade draft picks. He's given up a first-rounder. Hey, if the Flames win the Stanley Cup and it's the 30th pick, who cares.
WYMAN: Calgary getting Olli Jokinen, who's a very good first line centre and is going to play with Jarome Iginla, was big. It's great to see a Canadian team step up and make a move like that.
FRIESEN: I'd rather talk about the losers -- just checking my BlackBerry to make sure nothing late-breaking is coming in -- the real losers in this thing: the TV networks. On the air at seven in the morning to announce nothing, 8 a.m., nothing, 9 a.m., OK, we've got a minor deal. They've created this monster which they now have to try to feed for eight hours. Complete overkill, if you ask me.
WYMAN: There has to be an appetite for this thing. There's a reason why they're on there and why websites across the country, including our own website (winnipegsun.com and canoe.ca), are making a big deal of this all day long. Obviously, the hockey fans of this country care about it.
FRIESEN: I imagine it gets more ratings than the cheerleading contests or five-pin bowling ... but, come on, live reports from Leafs practice to see who's dressed and not dressed for practice? Give me a break.
WIEBE: Tim Connolly has left an optional practice. This is breaking news.
FRIESEN: Let's talk about some things that do make a difference to us. Nigel Dawes, a Winnipeg kid, shipped off to Phoenix. I kind of felt for him. He was kind of getting his feet in New York and has to go to a rebuilding program.
WYMAN: But I like what Phoenix is doing. They picked up a lot of good, young talent: Scottie Upshall, Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust, Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha ... Phoenix looks great for the future.
WIEBE: They've been looking great for the future for a while.
FRIESEN: Does Phoenix have a future?
On what the deadline moves mean to the Manitoba Moose
WIEBE: Best-case scenario for the Manitoba Moose -- they lose nobody off their current roster. The Canucks don't make any moves. They were heavily involved in the Jay Bouwmeester sweepstakes. Cory Schneider's name was in the mix again, but they aren't willing to part with him.
WYMAN: Why aren't they willing to part with Cory Schneider? I mean, they have Roberto Luongo. He's not going anywhere.
WIEBE: Only one year left in that Luongo deal. You can't trade (Schneider) before they get him signed to an extension. Let's not forget, too, the affiliation agreement between the Canucks and Moose is over at the end of this year. I don't think it would be looked on very fondly by Craig Heisinger and Mark Chipman if the Canucks went out and shipped out the best goalie in the American Hockey League in a season where you're trying to win the Calder Cup. I know it's not the first priority ... but it's a factor we have to consider.