If you think that yesterdays trades involving Luongo, Penner and Bryz were fodder for the masses, today’s trade deadline was even more talked about.
New York was active during the trade deadline. The big trade of the day was between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The rumor mill churned with whispers that Martin St. Louis had requested to be shipped out of Tampa and Steve Yzerman granted his wish today when Marty was sent to New York in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a first round draft pick in 2015, and a conditional second round pick in this year’s draft. The Rangers also picked up Raphael Diaz for a fifth round pick in the 2015 draft.
It was also a big day for the Oilers as they traded Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators for a fifth round pick in 2014 and a third round pick in next year’s draft. They also sent Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth round pick in this year’s draft.
Other notable trades included Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild, Marian Gaborik to the L.A. Kings, Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars, Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins, and the Buffalo Sabres Jaroslav Halak was sent to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.
Even though there were mostly trades, some players have decided to resign with their teams. Anton Khudobin signed on for 2 years with the Carolina Hurricanes and Chris Phillips signed on for another two years with the Ottawa Senators.
As for us Flames fans, there were two last-minute trades that were announced barely after the sound of the deadline bell. Reto Berra was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick in this year’s draft while Lee Stempniak was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third round pick. Mike Cammalleri, in spite of most expectations, didn’t get traded at the deadline, which means that Cammy will be part of the Flames for at least a little while longer.
To find a full list of trades and transactions, you can find them on SportingNews.com.
And now for the Calgary Flames game against the Ottawa Senators…