The following are all the trades that were made before the 3 pm EST trade deadline. Plus a few of my gut reactions to each trade.
3:49 pm: Tampa Bay Lightning trade Jan Havac to Nashville Predators 7th round draft pick.
Thoughts: Looks like Tampa is getting what it can in draft picks.
3:34 pm: Atlanta Thrashers trade Alexandre Giroux to Washington Capitals for Joe Motzko.
Thoughts: Minor league trade mostly, eh prospect for another eh prospect. Caps get back another prospect it traded away.
3:27 pm: Los Angeles Kings trade Jean-Sebastien to Anaheim Ducks for 7th round draft pick.
Thoughts: Brian Burke corners the market on goaltenders named Jean-Sebastian.
3:21 pm: NY Islanders trade Marc-Andre Bergeron to Anaheim Ducks for 3rd round draft pick.
Thoughts: Ducks looks to keep their defense core a movable one with the quick puck moving Bergeron.
3:19 pm: Phoenix Coyotes trade Fredrik Sjostrom, David Leneveu and Josh Gratton to NY Rangers for Al Montoya, Marcel Hossa.
Thoughts: Seems minor but a lot of players involved. I think the Coyotes needed to move some stagnant players.
3:18 pm: Toronto Maple Leafs trade Chad Kilger to Florida Panthers for 3rd round draft pick.
Thoughts: Maple Leafs continue to pick up draft picks as they look to rebuild.
3:14 pm: Los Angeles Kings trade Brad Stuart to Detroit Red Wings for 2nd round and 4th round draft picks.
Thoughts: Red Wings look for some stability while the Kings can't dump Rob Blake at the deadline.
3:10 pm: NY Islanders trade Chris Simon to Minnesota Wild for 6th round draft pick.
Thoughts: Wild add some muscle and Islanders sort of wash their hands of Simon's controversial stint on Long Island.
2:57 pm: Atlanta Thrashers trade Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh Penguins for Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and a first round draft pick.
Thoughts: Atlanta sweep up on this deal. Penguins sell the farm for Hossa and Don Waddel comes out ahead on this deal.
2:52 pm: St. Louis Blues trade Christian Backman to NY Rangers for 4th round draft pick.
Thoughts: Minor trade.
2:52 pm: Toronto Maple Leafs trade Hal Gill to Pittsburgh Penguins for 2nd round and 5th round draft pick.
Thoughts: I worked when they brought in Gary Roberts, maybe this will work too. The Leafs are trying to dismantle.
1:37pm: Washington Capitals trade Matt Pettinger to Vancouver Canucks for Matt Cooke.
Thoughts: Pettinger's sub par season sends him home, Cooke will bring in some more punch.
1:29 pm: San Jose Sharks trade Rob Davison to NY Islanders for 7th round draft pick.
Thoughts: Salary dump.
1:11 pm: Columbus Blue Jackets trade Sergei Fedorov to Washington Capitals for prospect Theo Ruth.
Thoughts: I actually did see this one coming, another Russian in the fold. Not sure if Fedorov has much left in the tank, but may see a surge from him playing with fellow countrymen.
1:02 pm: Columbus Blue Jackets trade Adam Foote to Colorado Avalanche for '08/'09 1st round draft pick and conditional draft pick.
Thoughts: Foote's relationship has been frosty with the management at best. So best thing is for him to go, back to Colorado.
Word from Kettler, Caps aren't done.
12:35 pm: Chicago Blackhawks trade Martin Lapointe to Ottawa Senators for 2008 6th round draft pick.
Thoughts: The Senators giving up on Hossa?
12:18 pm: Carolina Hurricanes trade Andrew Ladd to Chicago Blackhawks for Tuomo Ruutu.
Thoughts: Interesting, I will have to do some more research on this.
12:15 pm: Florida Panthers trade Ruslin Salei to Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins and 3rd round draft pick.
Thoughts: A slow player for another slow player.
11:49 am: Montreal Canadiens trade Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for 2009 2nd round pick.
Thoughts:Hmm, Are Brent Johnson's Days numbered? The Caps defiantly need some goaltending, but this is a head scratcher... for now.
11:41 am: Tampa Bay Lightning trade Brad Richards, Johan Holmqvist to Dallas Stars for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen.
Thoughts: This was a rumor that started last night and cultivated today. Ex-Cap Halpern returns to the Southeast Division. Dallas filled a big hole at center, Tampa gets a goaltender.
Could the Capitals be dealing for Sergei Federov from Columbus?
11:25 am: Buffalo Sabres trade Brian Campbell and a 7th round draft pick to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Bernier and 1st round pick.
Thoughts: San Jose wanted Rob Blake, he said no, so they did the next best thing. Sabres do get something back in a first round pick and a solid forward, but the D did take a hit, a hit that was coming.
11:15 am: Toronto Maple Leafs trade Wade Belak to the Florida Panthers for a 5th round pick.
Thoughts: Looks like Don Brashear is getting a dancing partner for the Panther games.
10:36 am: St. Louis Blues trade Bryce Salvador to the New Jersey Devils for Can Janssen.
Thoughts: Devils needed to bolster their D and get one for next to nothing dealing Janssen since he hasn't seen a game in a while.
Feel free to comment. Just look up to see some star players flying to their new cities.
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