Today was the trade deadline for the NHL, and several big moves were made by various teams. I’m only going to discuss the trades involving the two teams I’m supporting, the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins.
The Flames traded Lee Stempniak to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2014 3rd round pick. I don’t like this move too much; I thought Stempniak had a steady (although somewhat offensively inconsistent) veteran presence with the team. If he did have to go, I think the asking price was a little low. I’d say he’s worth at least a second round pick. Again, I’m not a huge fan of this trade.
The Flames also traded goaltender Reto Berra to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2014 2nd round pick. I like this trade; Berra showed flashes of excellence in Calgary, but they were just that – flashes. Between him and Karri Ramo, no clear goaltender had a number one role on the team, and this trade will force someone to step up their game. It also takes off a goaltender from Calgary’s system; they had several goalies in their system, at least six or seven. I also think the asking price was fair; Berra would have fetched no more than a second round pick. In my opinion, the Flames won this trade.
I, along with several other fans, thought forward Mike Cammalleri was going to be traded. He’s a solid player who can benefit any team looking to make a playoff push with offensive depth. He also has a (relatively) high contract, so it would have made sense to trade him for picks or younger players to not only load up on prospects, but also to free up some cap space. In Calgary’s rebuilding phase, I really do think a player like Cammalleri is unnessecary (although he’s still very talented – just not fit for the situation at hand). Otherwise, I like the direction the Flames are moving. They’re stacking up on prospects and picks, which is exactly what’s needed in a rebuild. Some of the prospects look very promising, and with Brian Burke involved, I hope the team drafts some talented youth as well. Short term pain, long term gain – hopefully the future will see Calgary improve exponentially.
The Boston Bruins made only one move today. They traded a 2014 third round pick for defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers. I think this is a good trade, as the Bruins needed a verteran defenseman because of injuries to some of their defensive corps. Meszaros is a solid defenseman who should help out the blueline; also, giving up a third round pick sounds like a steal when the Bruins get such an important piece. I think the Bruins win this trade.
As for other trades around the trade deadline, I’ll bring up only a couple. First of all, the Vancouver Canucks traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for a forward and a goalie. It’s hard to say who won this trade; while Luongo was a good goalie, his contract was horrendous, and a burden on any team who had him. Personally, I believe the Cancucks lost out on this trade; they lost an all-star goalie and got a couple sub-par players in return. Luongo was treated terribly in Vancouver, and I hope he finds some success in Florida. Although there were some more big trades, I’ll only bring up one more. Martin St. Louis was traded from Tampa Bay to the New York Ranger for Ryan Callahan and a couple picks. This trade is pretty equal in terms of what each team got. St. Louis has still got plenty of game left in him despite being a bit old, and will help the Rangers immensely. I’ve always felt Callahan was a bit overrated, but he was the captain of the Rangers for a reason. The picks the Lightning got are also high picks, and if used well, can do them a lot of good. Everyone likes Marty St. Louis, and I hope he does well in New York.