The third hour of the festival of shifting line ups, saw a flurry of trades take place in about twenty five minutes.
First across the wires was word that the LeafsNation had moved Wade Belak to the Florida Panthers. A not unexpected move as Cliff Fletcher begins to dismantle the Ferguson era Leafs collecting draft picks as the exodus from the Air Canada Centre begins.
TSN--Maple Leafs trade Belak to Panthers
Sportsnet--Belak to Panthers
Brian Campbell leaves Buffalo for the road to San Jose bringing a seventh round draft pick with him for the Sharks use. Steve Bernier and a first round draft pick go back towards the Sabres. The notoriously frugal Sabres continue along on their path of shedding proven talent whenever the price gets too high. For the Sharks it's a major upgrade on the blue line and should pay dividends in the playoffs.
TSN--Sharks acquire Campbell from Sabres
Sportsnet--Campbell to Sharks
Tampa Bay continued to make moves and reducing salary sending Brad Richards and goaltenderJohan Holmqvist for Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern. The Bolts drop a fair amount on their cap level with the move and build for the future especially with Smith. For Dallas it’s a move that shows that the Stars are serious about this playoff run and is a good addition to their offensive potential.
TSN--Lightning trade Richards to Stars
Sportsnet--Richards dealt to Dallas
Montreal provided the shocker of the day thus far as they rounded out the third hour, sending Christobal Huet to Washington for a second round draft pick, which consensus says is merely a transit stop for Huet with a possible second move to come shortly. What remains to be seen is if Montreal picks up another goaltender or if they flip the puck to rookie Carey Price for the playoffs.
TSN--Canadiens trade Huet to Capitals
Sportsnet--Huet dealt to Caps