NHL Deadline Day: Canadian breakdown

The Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager, Brian Burke, holds a press conference at the...

The Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager, Brian Burke, holds a press conference at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Burke answered the medias questions about the trade deadline and the Leafs minor deal Monday February 28, 2011. (Craig Robertson/QMI AGENCY)

STEPHEN KNIGHT, Sports Network

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

TORONTO -- The sports networks did such a good job of hyping, then covering the National Hockey League's trade deadline day, they must be a little mad at Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke for making so many deals before the 11th hour.

The result Monday was a whole lot of seventh-round draft picks changing hands. Maybe the scouts know something we don't about the seventh round of the draft?

Anyway, it was still modestly busy and Canadian teams were in the thick of the horse trading, so here we go with capsule analysis of the player movements:

CALGARY FLAMES - It seems the most important move the Flames made was having Darryl Sutter walk out the door at Christmas when they were on the outside of the playoff race looking in. Since then, Calgary has been on a tear. The Flames are 6-2-2 in their last 10 and sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. They added some scoring punch with veteran Fredrik Modin, who was unbelievable in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals for the champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Former Lightning and current Flames GM Jay Feaster remembers. What did the Flames give up? A seventh-round pick. Great job.

EDMONTON OILERS - The youth movement continues in Northern Alberta. The Oilers shipped 28-year-old Dustin Penner to Los Angeles for 6-foot-4 defensive prospect Colten Teubert (13th overall pick in 2008), a first-round pick in 2011 and a conditional third-round pick in 2012. Teubert doesn't turn 21 until next week and the first-round pick could be reasonably high. As for Penner, after a breakout year in 2009-10, he's struggled this season, his fourth in Edmonton. At $4.25 million this season and next season, the Oilers figure they can get more bang for their buck from the kids. The future looks bright if the young players grow and learn together.

MONTREAL CANADIENS - On deadline day, the Habs added minor-league goalie Drew MacIntyre in exchange for minor-league defenseman Brett Festerling in what could be one of the more inconsequential deals in recent memory. Before that, though, I liked the upgrades on defense, where the Canadiens added puck-mover and point-getter James Wisniewski and old reliable Brent Sopel as well as third-liner Nigel Dawes, who had a breakout season with Calgary in 2009-10. They gave up forward prospect Ben Maxwell and a 2011 fourth-round pick for Dawes, Sopel, a second-rounder in 2011 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2012.

OTTAWA SENATORS - The cupboard is looking pretty bare in the national capital. The Sens are blowing it up and starting over. They shipped out Mike Fisher, Alex Kovalev, Chris Campoli, Jarkko Ruutu and Brian Elliott and received a bunch of draft picks back, notably a first-rounder in 2011 and a 2012 third- round pick for Fisher. On the upside, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner could be a fine young duo in goal if Anderson shows the form he did last season with Colorado. On the downside, the Senators may not score a goal until the middle of next season.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - As is customary this time of year, the Leafs are on a tear. Once the season is lost and there is no pressure to perform, the Maple Leafs magically surge, free of any expectations. Kris Versteeg was a good player on a great team last in Chicago last season. He never found his rhythm in Toronto and was shipped to Philadelphia for first- and third-round picks in 2011. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin was dealt back to Anaheim, where he won a Stanley Cup for current Leafs GM Brian Burke in 2007, for chronically injured scorer Joffrey Lupul. And, of course, Tomas Kaberle was dealt to Boston after 1,497 consecutive days of trade rumors in the Toronto media. The Leafs got prospect Joe Colborne, a first-rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick. If the Leafs squeak into the playoffs this season, it's great for long-suffering citizens of Leafs Nation. But the future is starting to look brighter, even Burke's plan may take about four years longer than anticipated.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS - The Canucks smartly added to what looks like a Stanley Cup contender with the acquisition of (occasional) scorer Christopher Higgins from Florida and agitator Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim. The Canucks gave up no roster players and the most valuable pick they relinquished was a third- rounder in 2012. Once upon a time in 2007-08, Higgins had 27 goals for Montreal. Lapierre was a bust in Anaheim with no goals in 21 games. With the Canucks' scoring, Lapierre's first job will be to antagonize opponents. The lack of expectations on the scoring front might do him well.


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