February 27, 2008 |
Taking your emails.
TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta answers some of your
questions regarding what happened, and didn't happen, during the
2008 NHL Trade Deadline.
ON] -- Twenty-five trades and 46 players later; the 2008
NHL Trade Deadline has come and come.
this time of year, but I'm so happy it's over -- I get
to sleep again!
Tuesday was a huge day, filled with trades and potential deals
that fell through. I've received a boat load of emails about
yesterday's event, way too many to reply to individually, so
I'll answer a chunk of them here.
Before I do that, a special thanks to Dan Kingerski, who
hosted our live trade deadline broadcast all day. Also,
big time props to Greg Wyshynski, Dennis Bernstein, Francis
Anzalone, Todd Hlushko, Todd Harvey and Ron Tugnutt for their
Now, on to your emails [I'm not able to reply to all, but I'll
do my best]...
First of all I'd like to let you know I love the site and keep
up the great stuff!
Secondly, Peter Chiarelli, Bruins GM, said in today's press
conference that they were interested in two players. One of
the teams was asking too much so the Bruins dropped out. He
then said he was interested in another player and the GM never
got back to him. Chiarelli said he was surprised it didn't get
done. Backman is my only guess for the 'almost done' deal. Any
idea who these players could be?
Thanks so much,
Thanks for the kind words. To answer your question, the Bruins
were involved in the Marian Hossa sweepstakes heading into
this morning. By around mid-day, the Thrashers had a few
offers on the table, and were returning calls with counter
offers. At that point, the Thrashers asked for Phil Kessel to
be inserted into a package and Chiarelli said 'no thanks.'
As for the other player, I know the Bruins were scouted
Chicago and Los Angeles last week, but I'm can't speculate as
to who the other guy might be, simply because it could be
anybody. The Bruins were looking for a second-line scorer and
a defenseman, but came up short.
were the Flyers trying to make if at all? I read that
you thought they were looking for a top six winger.
Also, was it the Flyers that Pavel Kubina chose to use
his no-trade clause on?
North Wales, PA
Philadelphia was looking to bolstering both ends of the
The Flyers tried
to bring in a goal-scoring forward and a top-three defenseman.
They were dangling Jeff Carter as trade bait, but came up empty.
Philly has been hit with the injury bug and that had GM Paul
Holmgren itching to pull the trigger, but he wasn't able to
finalize a trade that made sense for the organization. After
Tomas Kaberle refused to waive his no-trade clause last week,
the Flyers did ask about Kubina. However, it was San Jose that
had a deal in place for Kubina. After originally telling GM
Cliff Fletcher he'd waive his no-trade, he quickly changed his
Did the Predators to your
knowledge even make any attempts to move for a big name
The Predators inquired
about Vaclav Prospal before he was dealt to Philly on
Monday, as well as the Islanders' Ruslan Fedotenko, but
I didn't get any indication that Nashville was a team
looking to make a big splash for a big name guy.
Just wondering if you heard any rumors about the sabres
and them making any other deals besides campbell...and
the same goes for the columbus blue jackets! Excellent
work on the show!(front page of your website) Hope to
hear back from ya!
Will - Syracuse
the props. Glad you enjoyed it. With regards to the
Sabres... they were primarily focused on Brian Campbell
and getting the best return for him. I really like what
Buffalo did in getting Steve Bernier and a 1st rounder
pick. Bernier's a very solid young kid who will help the
Sabres down the road once he has more experience under
his belt. Look for the Sabres to retool over the
off-season. The Campbell move had to be made and GM
Darcy Regier will focus on reshaping his roster over the
summer. We could see the likes of Tim Connolly and Maxim
Afinogenov not in the lineup come October.
the Blue Jackets, they tried to sign Adam Foote to a
two-year extension, but they were unable to finalize a
deal. From what I'm told, the two sides weren't that far
off on a new contract, but time was running out and
Columbus opted to move Footer to Colorado.
Great work today, was on your site all day, THANKS :)
I was just wondering if their were any deals that the
New Jersey Devils didn't make but had on the table....
I am a die-hard devils fan and I was just wondering if
the Devils had anything in the works...
Thanks Dave and I look forward from hearing from you
keep up the good work.
Well, the Devils looked at
trying to bring in a second-line center and inquired
about Chicago's Robert Lang and Tampa's Vaclav Prospal.
Lang didn't end up leaving and Prospal went to
Philadelphia on Monday night. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello
said he didn't want to mess too much with the team's
current roster, which might be an excuse, but he isn't
one to pull the trigger simply for the fun of it.
They also looked at Rob
Blake, but he wasn't going to waive his no-trade clause
for an Eastern Conference team.
the isles not trade satan or ruslan...especially satan,
hes in his walk yr, and has only 14 goals thus
far.....snow couldnt get at least a 2nd rder for
him.....hes not worth signing and dumping him and
replacing him with tambellini who is on fire at
bridgeport would be fine the rest of the way....even if
this team makes the playoffs its 1 and done.....and
bergeron for a pick?!?!? c,mon...his blast on the point
is worth his def. lapses and whats the report on this
--frustrated isles fan
I can definitely see where
you're coming from, but the answers here are pretty
simple. Miroslav Satan has a no-trade clause and would
not accept a trade unless it was to a clear-cut Stanley
Cup contender. A few teams asked about him, but they
weren't willing to give up what GM Garth Snow was
regards to Marc-Andre Bergeron, he fell out of favor in
Long Island from an internal standpoint and the Isles
wanted to get rid of him. As for Rob Davison, he was
primarily brought in to replace Chris Simon's physical
game. He's a big, bruising defenseman and can throw 'em
down. He's a solid 5-6 defenseman.
Love the site. I was glued to it the entire day. I am a
big Wings fan. Personally, I love the deal for Stuart.
It fills a big hole we had due to injuries and all
things considered, it was for a pretty cheap price. My
question is, how close were they to filling their other
main need, second line scoring? Ever since Cleary was
hurt, Zetterberg has been forced to take the load, and
the whole team has suffered. Thanks for the site!
Brad Stuart definitely
gives the Wings much depth on the blueline and a body
they needed back there. Detroit was looking to bring in
a second-line scorer, but their options were limited. GM
Ken Holland has zero interest in moving their young
studs and high draft picks and that kept them from being
a big player. The Wings are still a very strong team and
they'll battle through any issues in time for the
playoffs. Every team goes through its problems. It's the
champions that overcome them.
What the heck happened with Robert Lang? The Chicago
papers all say he got pulled off the ice during
practice. We were SURE he was headed out the door, but
Enlighten us, please.
A Hawk fan
My information on this
subject is relatively limited, but with so many emails
on the subject, I'll address it online.
Chicago had a trade in
place for Lang. From my understanding, Minnesota was
very interested, as was New Jersey. From what I'm told
from a Chicago-based source, the deal fell apart at the
last minute and Lang's still a Blackhawk.
Montreal thinking?! Huet for a 2nd??? And no "impact
player" like Gainey said... can u tell me what's going
The amount of emails I've
received on this was almost overwhelming! A lot of
people are looking for answers on why the Habs weren't
busier, and I'll do my best to address all your
With regards to
Crisotbal Huet, the Canadiens weren't planning on
signing him this summer. He's a UFA at season's end and
GM Bob Gainey wanted to get something for him, rather
than lose him for nothing. At the time, however, the
market wasn't entirely set and Gainey may have jumped
the gun - he probably could've received a little extra
from the Capitals. Nevertheless, the Canadiens plan on
going with Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak down the
It appeared as if the
Habs were banking on another trade, or two. Yes, Gainey
was extremely involved in the Marian Hossa sweepstakes,
but lost out in the final hour. Pittsburgh increased
their efforts around 1pm ET and then upped their offer
even further. At that point, Gainey pulled himself out
of the race... and I can't really blame him. There's
talk the Thrashers wanted Chris Higgins, Mikhail
Grabovski and Kyle Chipchura, and Gainey wasn't going to
give that up for a potential free agent. If Hossa's
available July 1, they'll try to sign him then.
Thanks again for all
the emails from everyone! I'll keep trying to reply via
email, but please keep in mind I can't get back to
everyone. Thanks again!
David Pagnotta is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth Period Magazine and covers the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL for TheFourthPeriod.com. He is also a contributing writer for NBCSports.com and MSNBC.