Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Trading Post: 2009-10

The trade, it can change a players career for good and sometimes for the bad. An opportunity for a fresh start for some players, or just one final indication that their days in the pros may soon be coming to an end.

For the General Manager it provides the opportunity to improve a team heading towards a playoff spot or fill in some gaps that suddenly become urgent due to injuries. For teams that are going nowhere fast, the trade can line up future prospects or remove burdensome contracts in preparation for a better tomorrow.

We'll track the deals as the come to pass during this 2009-10 season, providing some background for the names that may soon have to change their mail delivery notices.

February 4-- New Jersey surprises all with trade for Kovalchuk

January 31-- Leafs send Toskala and Blake to Anaheim, reuniting JS Giguere with GM and goaltending coach

January 31-- Dion Phaneuf is Toronto bound as theFlames and Leafs make a seven player deal

December 28-- Jason Chimera heads for Washington in exchange for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina

December 8-- Columbus acquires Brendan Bell and Tomas Kana fro St. Louis in exchange for Pascall Pelltier.

November 23-- Montreal Canadiens trade Guillaume Latendresse to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot

October 20-- Boston Bruins acquire Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres, sending a third-round pick and a conditional fourth-rounder in next spring’s draft to Buffalo.

October 18-- Boston Bruins trade Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota, in return the Bruins receive Minnesota’s 2011 second-round pick, the rights to recent fourth-round selection Alexander Fallstrom, and 28-year-old depth forward Craig Weller.

October 7-- Calgary Flames trade minor league player, Kyle Greentree to the Chicago Blackhawks for journeyman defenceman Aaron Johnson.

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