February 27, 2012
Vote on NHL's deadline dealsA roundup of all the trades
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
A glance at the trades made on Monday as the NHL deadline neared 3 p.m. EST:
TO NASHVILLE: LW Andrei Kostitsyn
TO MONTREAL: A second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013
The skinny: Kostitsyn, bound to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, has not been the Canadiens' poster boy for failure this season, but he is close. The 27-year-old has 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 53 games, which means he won't be eclipsing his personal high of 53 points, done four years ago. A reunion with younger brother Sergei in Nashville should help. Fire sale in Montreal has started.
TO TAMPA BAY: D Mike Commodore
TO DETROIT: A conditional seventh-round pick
The skinny: The Wings unload a body, as Commodore was little more than an afterthought, playing in 17 games this season and none since Feb. 6. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in July.
TO EDMONTON: D Nick Schultz
TO MINNESOTA: D Tom Gilbert
The skinny: Itís a trade of two different defencemen, as Schultz is a dependable stay-at-home veteran while Gilbert should add some offensive punch to the Wild blue line. Gilbert has three goals and 14 assists in 47 games this season; Schultz checks in with one goal and two assists in 62 games. Gilbert represented the most money against the salary cap among Oilers defencemen, carrying a $4-million US hit through 2013-14, while Schultz is signed through 2013-14 at $3.6 million a year against the cap.
TO TAMPA BAY: D Keith Aulie
TO TORONTO: RW Carter Ashton
The skinny: A prospect-for-prospect trade that could have an upside for both teams. Aulie appeared to have a good future in Toronto, but Maple Leafs brass likes the progress Korbinian Holzer has been making with the AHLís Toronto Marlies. Holzer, the club feels, has the potential to be a full-time player for the Leafs next season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ashton, the son of former NHLer Brent Ashton, has 35 points (19 goals and 16 assists) in 56 games for Norfolk of the AHL this season.
TO OTTAWA: D Matt Gilroy
TO TAMPA BAY: D Brian Lee
The skinny: The Lightning continue to get younger, as the 24-year-old Lee has played in almost as many career NHL games (167) as the 27-year-old Gilroy (180). Lee was in and out of the Senators lineup, recording eight points in 35 games. Gilroy was plus-2 with the Lightning and had 17 points (two goals and 15 assists) in 53 games. Both clubs get useful players who have the potential to settle into productive roles.
TO SAN JOSE: LW Daniel Winnik, LW T.J. Galiardi and a seventh-round pick
TO COLORADO: LW Jamie McGinn, F Mike Connolly and C Michael Sgarbossa
The skinny: The Sharks add some solid depth for the playoff stretch in Winnik and Galiardi, as Colorado could afford to make a move after acquiring Steve Downie from Tampa Bay last week. Winnik becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, while Galiardi is restricted. McGinn has come into his own this season for San Jose with 12 goals and 12 assists in 61 games, and should provide the Avalanche with some offensive prowess. Connolly has 30 points in 40 games with Worcester, his first season in the AHL. Sgarbossa leads the OHLís Sudbury Wolves in scoring with 84 points in 57 games.
TO CHICAGO: D Johnny Oduya
TO WINNIPEG: Second-round pick in 2013 and third-round pick in 2013
The skinny: The Jets made it clear a move was coming when they plucked defenceman Grant Clitsome off waivers from Columbus, and made off quite well in getting a couple of draft picks in exchange for Oduya. A stay-at-home type, Oduya has 445 NHL games on his resume and will provide good depth on the Blackhawks blue line.
TO VANCOUVER: C Samuel Pahlsson
TO COLUMBUS: D Taylor Ellington, two fourth-round draft picks in 2012
The skinny: More than a few Cup contenders were trying to pry Pahlsson away from Columbus. The 34-year-old wonít score a ton, as he has just nine goals in his past 143 NHL games, but he has been around a won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim. The Canucks, gearing up for what they hope is another run to the final, need that experience.
TO BOSTON: RW Brian Rolston and D Mike Mottau
TO N.Y. ISLANDERS: F Yannick Riendeau and D Marc Cantin
The skinny: Itís difficult to have too much depth, even if youíre the defending Stanley Cup champions. In Rolston, the Bruins get a 39-year-old who as more than 1,200 NHL games under his belt, while Mottau wonít play unless another defenceman is hurt, but provides depth nonetheless. Riendeau and Cantin both are playing in the East Coast Hockey League.
TO NASHVILLE: C Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick
TO BUFFALO: A first-round pick in 2012
The skinny: Gaustad has spent all of his six-plus seasons with the Sabres, but thatís about to change and the Predators get a player who can win faceoffs and brings a lot of grit. Gaustad, eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in July, is one of those players who doesnít know how to take a shift off, and the Preds should benefit in the playoffs. Having said all that, congrats to Sabres GM Darcy Regier for getting a first-rounder in exchange.
TO VANCOUVER: C Cody Hodgson and D Marc-Andre Gragnani
TO BUFFALO: RW Zack Kassian and D Alexander Sulzer
The skinny: One of the last trades announced has the potential to be the biggest of the day. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Kassian loves to throw his body around and suddenly the Canucks have a power forward for the playoff run. Hodgson will get an excellent opportunity to grow in Buffalo and he had taken several big steps with the Canucks this season. We shouldnít forget Sulzer and Gragnani, both serviceable defencemen, but this trade is all about Kassian and Hodgson.
TO BOSTON: D Greg Zanon
TO MINNESOTA: D Steven Kampfer
The skinny: The Bruins get a steady defensive defenceman in Zanon. Kampfer is younger and could provide some offence in the future.
TO N.Y. RANGERS: D John Scott
TO CHICAGO: Fifth-round pick in 2012
The skinny: They donít come much bigger than the 6-foot-8, 270-pound Scott (unless youíre Zdeno Chara). Physical presence who has played in 140 games in four seasons with the Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild.
TO TORONTO: D Mark Fraser
TO ANAHEIM: F Dale Mitchell
The skinny: What a surprise ó Brian Burke made a trade with his former team. Fraser should take the place of Aulie with the Marlies. Fraser has played in 98 NHL games, all with the New Jersey Devils. Mitchell is bound for a career in the minors.