Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Before the Buzzer went

Sixty minutes of phone calls, faxes and e mails before silence descends on the NHL’s rumour mill for this season.

The Rangers make their first entry to the days events working with a familiar old Ranger in John Davidson to work out a deal with St. Louis, that brings Christian Backman to Broadway for a draft pick in the fourth round of this years draft.

TSN— Rangers acquire Backman from Blues
Sportsnet— Blues ship Backman to Rangers for pick

The leafs move another player off the roster sending Hal Gill to Pittsburgh as Cliff Fletcher collects more draft picks for his successor, this time the Leafs receive a 2nd and 5th round selection.

TSN— Leafs send defenceman Gill to Penguins
Sportsnet— Leafs deal Gill to Penguins

As the clock ticks its final minutes the Hossa sweepstakes come to an end, as the Thrashers and the Penguins strike a deal which sends Marian Hossa to the Pens with Pascal DePuis, Atlanta receives Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first round pick in return.

TSN— Penguins land Hossa from Thrashers
Sportsnet— Scoring stable adds Hossa

After the buzzer the stragglers begin to filter in, those teams that contacted the league by 3pm ET, but didn’t get the information flow moving until after the deadline hour.

Minnesota trades a sixth round pick for Chris Simon, who leaves his troubled times behind in Long island for a new start in the American mid-west.

TSN— Wild acquire Simon from Islanders
Sportsnet— Isles deal troubled Simon to Wild

Detroit shores up their battered defence as they select Brad Stuart from the L A Kings line up, giving the Kings a 2nd and 4th round pick in the upcoming draft.

TSN— Wings get defenceman Stuart from Kings
Sportsnet— Wings get defensive help in Stuart

The Rangers are back in the trading pool, this time picking up a trio of players from Phoenix, heading to the Big City are Josh Gratton, Frederik Sjostrom and David Leveneu, the second Hossa of the day gets traded as Marcel is off to the desert along with Al Montoya.

TSN— Coyotes trade Sjostrom in multi-player deal
Sportsnet— Rangers swing deal for 'other' Hossa

Florida seemingly clearing up their power problems once again deal with the Leafs, this time acquiring Chad Kilger from the leafs in exchange for a third round draft pick.

TSN— Leafs trade Kilger to Panthers for pick
Sportsnet— Kilger dealt to Panthers

Brian Burke doesn’t go the day without a deal, picking up defenceman Marc Andre Bergeron from the Islanders for a third round pick

TSN— Defenceman Bergeron goes to Anaheim

Burke then adds more depth to the goaltending spot when he retrieves J S Aubin from the Kings for a 7th pick overall, proving that it really is a small world after all in southern California as both Duck goaltenders now go by the name JS.

TSN— Ducks acquire G Aubin from Kings

The two most prominent teams of the day then make a deal with each other, as the Capitals and Thrashers exchange players, with Joe Motzko heading for Atlanta while Alex Giroux is off to Washington.


Nashville makes a pair of deals acquiring Jan Halavac from Tampa Bay for a 7th round draft pick.


The Predators then pick up Brandan Bochenski from Anaheim for future considerations.


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