Wednesday, March 04, 2009

On The Clock - Trade Deadline '09

I will be updating this post as info comes in. You can refresh your browser for the latest.

Here is what I know from this morning, Chris Pronger is off the market. Much like I thought, the Ducks are still in the playoff hunt and they will need Pronger to make it. Tomas Kaberle left his game early last night with an apparent hand injury. Caps are rumored to be in talks for Coyote Derek Morris, Islanders Bill Guerin and Brendan Witt, and Wild Marian Gaborik.

Latest news first:

3:30 pm: A few more trades are coming through but none of them seem to concern the Washington Capitals. You can keep up with them on

3:29 pm: Panthers trade Noah Welch and a 3rd round pick to the Bolts for former Cap Steve Eminger.

3:09 pm: Atlanta trades Erik Christenen to the Ducks for prospect Eric O'Dell.

3:06 pm: Leafs deal Dominic Moore to the Sabres for a second round pick, per TSN.

3:01 pm: TSN reports Derek Morris is now a Ranger. Still waiting for reports on any last minute deals to come down the pipes. Rangers give up Dimitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes.

3:00 pm: Pens and pencils down, time is up! It may still take a few minutes for some of the trades to be reported. But it looks like the Capitals made no moves at the deadline. What you see is what you got. I will do a recap of the day in a little bit.

2:55 pm: 5 minutes. No word from the Caps.

2:47 pm: Leafs unofficially trade Nic Antropov to the Rangers, per Starting to heat up! Rangers gave up a second round pick and a conditional pick.

2:46 pm: Coyotes unofficially trade Dan Carcillo to the Flyers for Scottie Upshall and a second round pick, per

2:45 pm: 15 minutes left. Some are saying if Jay Bouwmeester had been traded earlier than other trades would start to drop. As it is, it may look like Bouwmeester would be a Panther for the rest of the season and the teams interested in him are scrambling to pick up what they can instead. Again, no word from Caps' war room. The smartest move maybe the one you don't make.

2:30pm: Are you kidding me? No news, but plenty of chatter. Looks like the trade deadline is going to come and pass with little fanfare. Half a hour to go and no news from the Capitals' camp.

2:15 pm: 45 minutes to go and the story is a pricing game. Those teams looking to buy believe the price will come down in the next half hour or so, while teams selling are betting the price will go up. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out. Several sources that are producing the rumors are mum about anything the Capitals might be doing. Sounds like they don't have a hand in anything at the moment.

2:01 pm: The Islanders have unofficially traded Bill Guerin to the Penguins, per Details are Guerin for a conditional draft pick.

2:00 pm: One hour to go and it sounds like the Caps will sit on their hands for this one. There were rumors that Caps were in the race for Marian Gaborik, Bill Guerin and Derek Morris. But all of those deals may have broken off and the Caps are no longer the leading team in talks for those players.

1:34 pm: Details on the Boston trade, the Bruins get Mark Recchi and a second round pick in '10 for prospects Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.

1:26 pm: Rumor from that Pittsburgh is in talks with the Islanders for Bill Guerin.

1:24 pm: Tampa's Mark Recchi has been unofficially traded to the Boston Bruins. I was holding out hope that maybe the Caps could pick Recchi up, but being in the same division that was a hard deal to sell.

1:11 pm: Pretty slow for just under 2 hours until the deadline. So far there have been 6 trades involving 13 players and 5 picks. Biggest news is Olli Jokinen's trade to Calgary. Other than that it seems a lot of teams are just positioning and solving short term problems. A lot of the chatter today seems to point that Jokinen may be the biggest name moved today. Also there has been a lot of deals lost in the last 36 hours. This is all setting up for either a buzz of activity in the last hour or a whole lot of nuthin'.

12:59 pm: It is official, Coyotes have traded Olli Jokinen and a third round pick to Calgary for Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first round pick in either '09 or '10, per

12:44 pm: Boston trades prospect Petteri Nokelainen for Ducks' defenseman Steve Montador. It looks like Boston might be out of the race for Derek Morris.

12:39 pm: Calgary unofficially trades Matt Lombardi, prospect Brandon Prust and a first round pick for Coyote Olli Jokinen, per This should start a arms race in the west.

12:33 pm: Olli Jokinen details are starting to emerge in the trade to Calgary, but it's not official. Names involved in the other direction is Adrian Aucoin and Matt Lombardi. Other teams interested in Jokinen have been told a deal has been done with Calgary.

12:28 pm: Minor league trade with the Blues trading Andy Wozniewski to the Penguins for Danny Richmond.

12:10 pm: Latest from Caps practice: A TSN reporter point blank asked Micheal Nylander if he was asked to waive is no trade clause. Nylander responded, "I can't answer that." Also Alex Ovechkin was hit in the foot by a slapshot and left the ice surface with a trainer. Caps PR said it was not serious. Tarik thinks otherwise.

12:03 pm: Sabres pick up Mikael Tellqvist from Coyotes for fourth round pick, Leafs pick up Martin Gerber off waivers, there were a couple more waiver pick ups but my fish sticks are ready.

12 noon: Lunch time! Left over fish sticks in vinegar, bowl of Joe's O's and maybe I might make some mac and cheese. Yummm!

11:39 am: Avalanche Jordon Leopold unofficially traded to Flames for Lawrence Nycholat (former Capital prospect), prospect Ryan Wilson and a second round pick, per Scratch that defenseman off your list. If you are keeping track, this is Nycholat's 5th team in three seasons. 12:26 pm, Trade is official.

11:33 am: Rumors are circling around Pather Jay Bouwmeester and a possible trade to the Flyers. We should start seeing deals fall closer to one this afternoon. As far as the Caps, rumors have all but stopped which could mean they have concentrated their efforts to a few players.

11:25 am: Coyotes unofficially trade Olli Jokinen to Calgary, per Details to follow.

11:08 am: Tarik reports all are accounted for at practice this morning with the exception of Tom Poti. Poti was yanked before last night's game with a groin pull.

10:47 am Tim Connolly agreed to the offer by the Sabres, and you can scratch him off your list.

10:25 am: Blues' Keith Tkachuk looks like he is staying put. That pretty much means the number of teams in the Western Conference is dwindle to 2 sellers. The LA Kings figure they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. Teams left are the Avalanche and the Coyotes. Meanwhile in the East there are as many as 6 teams that could be sellers.

10:08 am: Contract offer for Sabre Tim Connolly still on table but Connolly reported to have left morning skate. Of course it is an optional practice.

9:56 am: Columbus goaltender Pascal Leclair and a second round pick traded unofficially to Ottawa for Antoine Vermette, as per 10:17 am, Trade is official.

9:55 am: News just came down that Filip Kuba has been resigned with the Ottawa Senators. Scratch that defenseman off your lists.

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