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Trade Deadline has passed – how did Blackhawks do?

27 Feb

The Blackhawks needed a 2nd line center with a healthy Toews.  Toews is out with a concussion for who knows who long (Sidney Crosby anyone?).  So without Toews the need for a 2nd line center became mission critical.

The Blackhawks also needed a defenseman, which they acquired.  However if they didn’t get the 2nd line center they so desperately needed then why overpay for a rental player?  How long will he be here?  The Hawks gave up a 2nd and 3rd round pick for a guy who will be here for 18 more games and if they make the playoffs maybe a round.  The Hawks will not bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Chicago this year.

So why sacrifice the 2 picks?  Why not keep them and use them to acquire assets….like say a Center and a Defenseman!!!????  Oduya will walk after this season and they won’t have the picks.  How does that address the teams needs?

The Canucks, Predators and Red Wings became stronger and deeper.

The Hawks also traded John Scott to the New York Rangers for a 5th round pick.  Great.  Now who is going to fight for the Hawks?  The Sharks, Canucks and everyone else in the West will target Johnny’s head when and if he comes back.  Why shouldn’t they?  Who is going to make them pay a price?  NO ONE!!!

Hawks deadline grade = FAIL

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Blackhawks acquire Johnny Oduya

27 Feb

from ESPN:

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round and third-round draft pick in 2013, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Oduya, 30, has two goals and 11 assists with a minus-9 rating for the Jets in 63 games. He is a former seventh round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2001. He’s played for New Jersey, Atlanta and moved with the franchise to Winnipeg last season.

He had a career high seven goals and 22 assists in 2008-2009.

Not a bad pick up.  He won’t be a power play QB.  If he is on the power play unit it would be on the 2nd group.  However he is solid, predictable and dependable as a defenseman.  Should help calm things down on the back end and provide some relief so Keith and Seabrook don’t have to log so many minutes.

I just heard him speak via cell phone to TSN and the Trade Center…or TradeCentre as they like to spell things funny north of the border… and he didn’t sound super enthusiastic to be traded.  Sounded like a guy that wanted to finish what he has been doing with his teammates.  Hopefully it’s just that he’s in a little shock and that his attitude will change once he gets here and puts the indian head sweater on.

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Jeff Carter traded from Columbus to LA

23 Feb

From Yahoo:

Reunited and it feels so good.

Exactly eight months to the day that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt from the Philadelphia Flyers, the pair are back together again, this time in Los Angeles.

With the apparent price and investment in dealing for Rick Nash too rich for Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s blood, he went out and dealt for Carter on Thursday night in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider reports that the pick is a conditional one. If the Kings earn a playoff berth this season, the pick is a 2013 first-rounder. Should they miss, the Blue Jackets have the ability to decided whether to use it in 2012 or 2013.

From the Kings:

“Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league.  He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age he is entering the prime of his career.  We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing,” said Lombardi.  “We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

The deal is pending a physical, and if all goes well Carter will be in the Kings’ lineup on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Carter was at a fan event Thursday night as the rumors quickly became reality.

Los Angeles, the NHL’s 30th-ranked offense, gets their scoring forward who also has another decade left on his contract with a $5.272 million cap hit per season, while Columbus gets an offensive blueliner who has six years left on his on deal at a $4.357 million cap hit, per CapGeek.

Carter was never happy in Columbus, from the moment the Blue Jackets had to send a search party to get tell him things would be alright once the deal was made over the summer to when it seemed like he’d be staying and Nash might be going (all while he’s played some his best hockey of the season of late). It’s a good move for them as they move out a disgruntled player as Howson continues “moving forward” as he put yesterday after trading Antoine Vermette to Phoenix.

So in the end, Howson dealt Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier and prospect Nick Cousins for Jack Johnson and a late-first round pick. Huh.

As TTS discussed the possibility a couple days ago – Carter and Richards are reunited in LA.  High price to pay for LA on a player who is rumored to be locker room poison.  He sure didn’t show himself to be mature with how he handled the whole being traded to the Blue Jackets.  Now the two booze hounds are together.  There is a reason that Philly got rid of these two guys.

Seems like LA made a trade just to make a trade.  Like Lombardi is trying to save his job “hey look at me GM’ing…I made a trade”.  So he missed out on Nash and this was plan B?

For Columbus, Johnson and Wisniewski should make a good top pairing on defense.  First round pick should help out the old rebuild if the scouts are any good.  I can’t say Columbus has a very good track record of drafting guys.  Who have they drafted that was an impact player?  Nash was a no – brainer and after that…what have they done?  Not much.  Hopefully they get their act together.  That fan base isn’t happy.  Whatever is left of it that is.

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Hawks beat Wings and misc NHL notes

22 Feb

The Toews less Blackhawks beat the Datsyuk less Red Wings last night at the United Center in front of 22,027 (111.7% full)  Lots of standing room only tickets were sold for this one.

Hawks were flat in the first period but really started bringing it in the 2nd.  They didn’t panic, they didn’t feel sorry for themselves they stayed the course.  Jimmy Howard was awesome, if not for him the Hawks could have won 5-1.

Patrick Kane was ELECTRIC!!!!  He didn’t end up on the score sheet but had 5 shots and was all over the ice.  He made some crazy good plays.  Skating, passing, stickhandling and shooting.  He was everywhere.  That was good to see him play with fire in his gut.

Jimmy Hayes had a strong game as the 22 year old rookie had a goal and assisted on the game winner by Kruger.  Kruger took a penalty early in the 1st which led to the first Detroit goal.  It was a forgivable penalty as he was just trying to create some room for Keith who was trying to keep the puck in the Wings zone.  He sure made up for it by having a strong game and finishing with the game winner.  He is becoming more and more dependable.

Hawks and Wings both had only 7 shots in the third period.  This was a playoff type game.  Very tight as two good teams battled.

Negatives?

How about the power play still going 0 – fer.  When was the last time the Hawks scored a power play goal?  If this keeps up we might have to petition the NHL to allow teams to decline a power play a la the NFL.

Morrison.  ok, this is not working.  I saw at least 4 very stupid plays by the veteran.  Let him watch from upstairs as a healthy scratch.  He is not the answer.

NHL Notes from last night:

Great win for Nashville over the hated Canucks.

I really shouldn’t be rooting for a division rival but when it’s the Canucks I could root for anybody to beat them.

From Paul McCann of Hockeybuzz:

An important win for Nashville as not only does the team keep pace with the rest of the Central Division, but it also sends the message that the Canucks will be in for a fight if they meet up again this spring. The way Vancouver won all three on Music City ice last spring has not set well with the team. From the final score, to the captain body slamming Alex Burrows to the ice late in the second period, messages were clearly sent. As Stu Grimson noted on the post-game show last night, keeping the Burrows/Weber encounter to offsetting minor roughing calls was a real positive for Nashville.

Now i’ll have to root for the Red Wings, which is something I would never want to do normally but…..they are playing the Canucks next so……LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Gritty win by the Flyers last night.

The Jets have owned the Flyers this year.  It looked like they were going to win another one and then Simmons ties it up with 10 seconds left in the third.  Then old man Jagr puts in the game winner with 44 seconds left in overtime.  Nice dish from Briere on that gwg.  2 former Hawks had good games as Big Buff had a nice goal and Andrew Ladd put in 2.  The Hawks sorely miss Ladd.  Letting him go in the salary purge after the Stanley Cup was a mistake.

A funny bit on TSN last night when Mike Johnson, standing in between the 2 benches as a reporter, got slashed on the wrist getting his watch broken.  He holds it up for the camera and says he is sending a bill.  Yahoo’s Puckdaddy has the video of it.

The Maple Leafs goalie “monster” had a serious 5 hole problem last night.

You won’t beat the Devils protecting the net like that.

How about the Rangers getting shut out by the Penguins last night?

How about both Sharks goalies giving up 3 goals last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets?  Jeff Carter, the subject of many trade rumors, had a hat trick.  Wouldn’t it be something if he got traded to the Kings for a reunion with Richards?

Speaking of Columbus they made a trade today.  They traded Center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes.  The 29-year old Vermette is signed for the next three seasons with a $3.75 million cap hit.  Columbus receives a 2nd round pick this year and a fifth rounder next year plus goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

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