Christmas, Valentines Day, Birthdays… why doesn’t Hallmark make a ‘Happy Trade Deadline Day’ card? It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, wouldn’t you say? Instead of the normal Monday Morning Round Up post, I thought this week I’d do a special Trade Edition round up. You’ll get your weekly does of Admirals news, but then you’ll see some unique perspectives from around the league on the trades that happened before the deadline struck 3pm.
Here in Milwaukee… (via Milwaukee Admirals Examiner)
Special teams key to Admirals 4-1 win over Abbotsford (February 24th)
Admirals fall 2-1 in shoot out against Ice Hogs (February 25th)
Trade deadline day deals…
MON trades F Andrei Kostitsyn to NSH for a 2nd pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and a conditional 5th round pick.
Andrei Kostitsyn’s addition bolsters Nashville’s group of forwards (Jim Diamond, Nashville Predators Examiner)
A family reunion is underway in the Music City, as Nashville traded two draft picks for current Predator forward Sergei Kostitsyn’s brother Andrei. My fellow examiner Jim Diamond takes a look at the trade, as well the impact it’ll have in the Preds locker room.
BUF trades Paul Gaustad and 4th round pick to NSH for 1st round pick.
What Paul Gaustad brings to the Nashville Predators (Dirk Hoag, ontheforecheck.com)
The Gaustad deal was a last minute deal just before the deadline hit. I was surprised that Nashville gave up a first round pick for Gaustad, but then again I like a tough guy at playoff time just as much as the next person.
DET trades D Mike Commodore to TB for a conditional 7th round pick.
This one tugs at the heartstrings, as those who know me well know that I absolutely adore Mike Commodore. Tampa also has a special place in my heart because Steve Stamkos has been the anchor of my fantasy hockey team the last 3 years in a row. Neither of these facts are hard hitting or relevant to anyone outside of my living room, but nonetheless, I think Tampa did good in bolstering the blue line. They’ve got three powerhouse forwards, so I’m glad they stuck to fixing the defense.
MIN trades D Greg Zanon to BOS for Steve Kampfer (Pioneer Press)
The article covers the Nick Schultz to EDM trade as well, but I wanted to highlight D Greg Zanon because he spent six seasons with the Admirals/Predators. Zanon, or Z as he is affectionately referred to, was in the middle of his third season with the Minnesota. He’ll be reunited with former Admiral teammate Rich Peverley, who is in his second season with the Bruins.
2012 NHL Trade Deadline: The Dust is Long From Settled (jacketscannon.com)
After much speculation that included rumors with every single team in the league, Rick Nash remains (like it or not) on the Columbus Blue Jackets roster. Matt Wagner has a great article about the elephant in the room that is Nash.
Round out you trade deadline reading with the TSN.ca-picked winners and losers of trade deadline day. Want my opinion? Nashville came out the big winner on the trade ticker.