One quick way to change a team's dynamic is through a trade, whether with one of the earth shattering multi player deals that we will talk about for years, or just a simple tweaking of a line up, bringing in that one missing ingredient that can change a season.
Through the year, we will track the deals that the various General Managers make, all in a bid to make their teams better and in some cases save a career or two.
The wheeling and dealing will ebb and flow through the year, leading up to the annual festival of movement known as the Trading deadline, this year set for March 4th, a day which will see Canada's sports networks provide such on air content that it would seem to redefine the kind of planning that sent massive armies into the Great Wars of the last century.
November 24-- Toronto and St. Louis
The Maple Leafs send Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alexander Steen to the St. Louis Blues for winger Lee Stempniak. An interesting move by Cliff Fletcher, guardian of the telephones while the Leafs seek out their next General Manager. The Leafs pick up experience by giving up on two young talents, who occassionally showed some flashes of talent, but not enough consistency for the liking of Fletcher and the head coach Ron Wilson.
November 16-- Dallas and Pittsburgh
Darryl Sydor heads south, Texas bound as the Stars swing a deal with the Penguins, sending Philippe Boucher to Pittsburgh.
November 7-- Philadelphia and Tampa Bay
The Flyers and Lightning pick up the phone and move some players, with the Flyers picking up Matt Carle and a third round pick in the 2009 draft in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and 2009 4th Round Pick.
November 3-- Ottawa and Phoenix
They both share the lower reaches of the standings and at the start of November they exchanged players, with Drew Fata off to Ottawa and Alexander Nikulin Phoenix bound.
October 30-- Philadelphia and Nashville
The Predators continue to move the inventory, sending Josh Gratton to Philadelphia in exchange for Tim Ramholt.
October 30-- Nashville and New York Rangers
Nashville returns to the trading table picking up Hugh Jessiman from the Rangers giving up future considerations in return.
October 13-- Philadelphia and Boston
The Bruins send Andrew Alberts off to Philly in exchange they receive Ned Lukacevic.
October 9-- Pittsburgh and Phoenix
The Penguins pick up Mike Zigomanis from the Coyotes in exchange for future considerations.
October 6-- Vancouver and Tampa Bay
The Lightning continue to make phone calls seeking out tweaks to their line up, this time picking up Lukas Krajicek and Juraj Simek from Vancouver in exchange for Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet.
September 30-- Los Angeles and Anaheim
The Good news for Sean O'Donnell is he dosen't have to move, just change uniforms. O'Donnel was picked up by the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
September 29-- Nashville and Tampa Bay
The Predators give up a future pick, a conditional one in the 2009 draft for forward Nick Tarnasky.
September 26-- Atlanta and Anaheim
Defenseman Mathieu Schneider heads for Dixie as the Ducks move him east, picking up Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud in return.