Even without Rick Nash or Roberto Luongo moving, we’ve had a few nice deals done since the season ended. Still waiting for Doug to start the bloodletting, but in the meantime here’s a quick roundup of who’s done what, who the winners are, and a link to commentary from around fansided where appropriate.
Leafs acquire: James van Reimsdyk
Flyers acquire: Luke Schenn
. Fills a strong need for both teams, but JVR has the potential to be an elite player if he can stay on the ice.
May 2, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Reimsdyk (21) is stopped by Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Lightning acquire: Benoit Pouliot
Bruins acquire: Michel Ouellet
Winner: Who for who? Moving on…
Jets acquire: Rights to UFA Jonas Gustavsson
Leafs acquire: Conditional 7th Round Pick (2013), conditional on the Jets signing him
Winner: Leafs. They have a starting goalie in James Reimer and are really just looking to get something for someone who’d be leaving anyway. Jets did ok too, though, Pavelec is a RFA and I’ve read some KHL rumors about him.
UPDATED WINNER: Jets. Looks like the pressure that this trade put on Pavelec worked, he just signed a 5 year deal to stay in the ‘Peg. Now the Jets can just go about not signing The Monster, the pick will fade away, The Monster will refuse to go back to Toronto and the Leafs prove to be just a pawn in the bigger Pavelec deal.
March 24, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (50) stops a shot by New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik (10) during the overtime shootout at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
Coyotes acquire: Zbynek Michalek
Penguins acquire: Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie, 3rd round pick
Winner: Coyotes. 2 prospects for a proven player. This and the Staal deal make me think that the Penguins are gearing up for something big.
April 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek (4) clears the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the third period in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Hurricans acquire: Jordan Staal
Penguins acquire: Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, 1st round pick
April 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal (11) celebrates his goal in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers during game four of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Capitals acquire: Mike Ribeiro
Stars acquire: Cody Eakin, 2nd round pick
Winner: Caps and Sharks fans
. Ribeiro is out of the division and Eakin looks to be a solid 2-way role player who won’t do any massive damage anytime soon.
Mar 31, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro (63) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Dallas 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Islanders acquire: Lubomir Visnovsky
Ducks acquire: 2nd round pick
Winner: San Jose Sharks. Visnovsky leaves an in-division rival. Rumors are already swirling that Visnovsky would rather play in the KHL than play for the Islanders.
March 28, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (17) collides with San Jose Sharks left wing Daniel Winnik (34) while playing for the puck during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Blue Jackets acquire: Sergei Bobrovsky
Flyers acquire: 2nd and two 4th round picks.
Winner: CBJ. A goalie who many think could evolve into a solid starter? Remember it wasn’t Humaaangous Beeg who started that Winter Classic game after being featured on 24/7, it was Bobrovsky. Fire That Cannon blog
, we disagree.
Jan 2, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (35) during the second period of the 2012 Winter Classic against the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
Predators acquire: Sebastien Caron, two 2nd round picks
Lightning acquire: Anders Lindback, Kyle Wilson, 7th round pick
Winner: Lightning. OK, so Steve Yzerman’s moves so far in this offseason have been less than interesting. But it’s clear he’s acquiring assets, the two 2nd round picks could pay big dividends.
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