Monday, February 28, 2011

Trade Deadline Day, Hour Five

Noon - 1pm (9 - 10 am PT)

Sportnset opens up hour five with a conversation with Dennis Wideman, who probably wasn't thinking of the Stanley Cup a few days ago, safely ensconced in the lower reaches of the NHL with the Panthers. Much talk of Wideman helping out Ovechkin, Semin et al on the Capitals power play, which would be a rather fascinating trade up from his former NHL club's man advantage combinations.

Wideman carefully sidesteps any criticism of the current state of the Panthers, offering up the thought that GM Dale Tallon wants to rebuild the franchise and some of the moves and rumoured moves are part of that plan. The Sportsnet panel suggesting that the Panthers are dismantling their squad in the process of that rebuild.

The Hockey Night in Canada crew on Bold, suggest that the Wideman pick up was a solid move by the Caps and also find something to talk about in Atlanta as they add to their line up in a quest to solidify a playoff position.

TSN grabs Wideman for a quick chat at 9:15, much of the same ground is covered as the other networks did, the flurry of calls to Wideman perhaps the most attention he's received over the course of his career.

As soon as he hangs up the phone, he's back on the line over at HNIC on Bold, providing their panel with his thoughts on the trade day developments.

Back over at TSN, James Duthie offers up a Brad Richard's update, advising that there are no proposals in play as of yet regarding his future with or away from the Dallas Stars.

Dave Hodge and his Reporters return to the table at 9:35 as they examine what Canuck's GM Mike Gillis may, or may not do on this deadline day.  Offering up the thoughts that he may not want to screw up what has been a pretty successful squad thus far, though they do point towards the troubles due to injury on the Canucks blue line.

As Duthie takes the broadcast back from the panel he recounts how some broadcast outlets, seemingly desperate for any kind of trade development had reported a breaking trade featuring Aaron Ward, only problem it seems is that those outlets were reporting on a historical clip that TSN featured for fifteen seconds about past trades, Mr. Ward has no need to pack his bags just yet it seems, as they say at the trading desk Oopsie Daisies for the lazies...

TSN has a comparison between this year and last on deadline day and things are definitely much slower, last year at 12:40 ET there had been seven trades made, as we head towards 1 pm there have only been two made so far.

Sportsnet in the meantime is looking at the Senators and how after a more than disappointing couple of years,  they need to offer their loyal fans a bit of hope for the future.

As the trade rumblings slow to a crawl, TSN reminisces about last year's Olympic games and Sidney Crosby's gold medal winning goal one year ago today.

As a follow up to that happy moment, they seek out the fantasy draft projections of Craig MacTavish, Ray Ferraro and Pierre McGuire who asked to toss some names into the mix for Canada's next Olympic moment in 2014.

Perhaps if the big boys won't help out with some trade fodder, then next hour we can examine the coming crop of Pee Wee players fresh from this years Quebec City International Pee Wee tournament.

Ah, Sportsnet saves us from the youth mining as the Coyotes and Blue Jackets work out a deal for discussion.  The Coyotes pick up Defenceman Rotislav Klesla and Dane Byers from Columbus, they pick up froward Scottie Upshall and defenceman Sami Lepisto

Fifth hour transaction summary-- 1 transaction announced this hour
 3 trades thus far  see the Deadline day recap for details

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