What a busy trading deadline it ended up being. I don’t recall the last time so many goalies were traded and shifted, no matter their credentials. Let’s look at some of the biggest trades. The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that trading for Marian Gaborik will spark them in the same fashion, can’t score goals, when they traded for Jeff Carter. The Montreal Canadiens picked up Thomas Vanek which should help bolster their scoring depth. For the New York Islanders, they were hoping Vanek would help propel them further into the playoffs instead of having another team acquire him for the same reason. At least they got a 2nd round pick for him. Ideally, they would have kept him but there’s no way he’s rejoining a losing team as a free agent.

The big head scratcher for me was the Anaheim Ducks trading Dustin Penner for a 4th round pick. I’m not sure why you bothered to acquire him in the first place just to trade him for a pick that’s not even that great. Especially when you hope to go far in the playoffs where having a two time Stanley Cup winner, who can score, is always a good thing to have depthwise. They really don’t need defenseman Stephane Robidas who they picked up for a 4th round pick. The Martin St. Louis trade is also an odd one. Wanting to get traded because you were snubbed for Team Canada is stupid. I don’t even care if it’s the same GM as your current team. A lot of great players were snubbed. Canada probably could have fielded two teams that would have won a medal. St. Louis ended up making the team anyway. Either way, even though it looks bad now, St. Louis is 38 and will only play a few more seasons. The Lightning got Ryan Callahan, a 2nd round pick and a 1st round pick. That’s a pretty good haul for a 38 year old player.

And now for the goalies. The Edmonton Oilers resigned Ben Scrivens and traded for Viktor Fasth. The Oilers are now solid in net for awhile. This led to Ilya Bryzgalov going from the Oilers to the Minnesota Wild which meant Martin Brodeur went nowhere. Roberto Luongo finally got out of Vancouver and ended up in Florida. Which triggered Tim Thomas going to Dallas and Dan Ellis going to Florida. Jaroslav Halak didn’t last long in Buffalo, as expected, as he was traded to the Washington Capitals for Michal Neuvirth. The Capitals finally got the person to groom Braden Holtby, slowly, that they wanted. A few other goalies moved but they weren’t as notable.

Things I Like

1. Thank goodness for the Central Division because the races for the top spots in the other divisions are pretty anticlimactic. I’d be amazed if the Bruins and Penguins lost their top spots in the East. The Sharks have a slight chance to overtake the Ducks but don’t count on it. The Central features the presumed favorite Stanley Cup defending Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. Despite their hot start, it’s unlikely the Avalanche will win it. That just leaves the Blues and Blackhawks. The Blues have a four point lead, currently, and are the hottest of the bunch so they should take it. Chicago also has the first tie breaker disadvantage by having the fewest regulation wins by far.

2. Speaking of the Blues, they are now 4-0 with Ryan Miller in the lineup. Which included an impressive four goal third period in Miller’s debut against the Phoenix Coyotes. They also beat the Avalanche for third time this season, which is a great way to strengthen your division lead, with one remaining against them. If they can continue to get consistent scoring, watch out. Even their GM mentioned this is only a five percent upgrade in goal. But I think the trade did more for the Blues’ confidence than anything else. It’s good when your GM says, we want to win now and we believe in you. There’s a big Blues vs Blackhawks matchup in about 10 days looming.

3. The Pittsburgh Penguins took a road trip, their longest in some time, out West and played some highly entertaining games. Their game against the Anaheim Ducks and San Joe Sharks were some of the best games I have watched, thus far, this regular season. If they were indeed possible Stanley Cup matchups, then we will be in for an epic Stanley Cup Finals. Although as entertaining as they were, they weren’t as close as they seemed…

Things I Don’t

1. I hope the Pittsburgh Penguins road trip was an eye opener for them but it’s hard to imagine anything will change because, let’s face it, nothing has in regards to them the past few seasons. After being annihilated by the Blackhawks, the Penguins lost to the Sharks and should have lost to the Ducks but only won in the shootout because A) the shootout is mostly about luck and creativity and B) the Ducks suck at the shootout. Against the Ducks, Sidney Crosby was basically invisible until midway through the third period, if there was a time of possession kept the Ducks would have dominated that, the Ducks were also faster and got to all of the lose pucks quicker. The Penguins were outshot 31-17 against the Ducks and 47-22 against the Sharks. What does this all mean? Chances are the same thing will happen this postseason that happened last season. They will get creamed by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. If for some reason the Bruins don’t make it that far, or the Penguins find a way to win, don’t expect them to win the Stanley Cup over the western team that makes it. It will just never happen.

2. I’m not sure what the Canucks are dong and I’m not sure they really do either. Generally, one tries to improve their team. It’s hard to believe anyone thinks the team is better now then they were the day after their season ended last year. They hired John Tortorella as their coach, who is not an upgrade. Then they traded Cory Schneider, which at the time wasn’t so bad for a high draft pick, but then they also just traded Roberto Luongo. Hard to imagine losing both of their starting caliber goalies in less than one year. The reason they kept Luongo and not Schneider in the first place was because of Luongo’s contract. Apparently, it wasn’t that hard to move it if they just traded him months later. It’s not like the contract changed. They should have just done that to begin with it. Obviously, they didn’t foresee this but it seems like Tortorella and him had a falling out. However, the way Tortorella is, it’s probably no surprise they didn’t get along. I mean to say Luongo was benched for the Heritage Classic because he played in the Olympics and needed rest is ludicrous. He only played in one game during the Olympics. Poor coaching hire choice and poor research into the goalie situation. It’s possible Eddie Lack develops into a great goalie but I wouldn’t bet on it. Then you have Ryan Kesler wanting out, Alexandre Burrows having a nightmare season and the Sedin Twins just being the soft Twinkie twins that they are. This Canucks team is very similar to the Philadelphia Flyers team that also lost in the Stanley Cup Finals,, to the Blackhawks recently. Both teams were a few pieces short but the GM had no idea what those pieces were, or how to get them, and just messed up the whole team. The Canucks have peaked and will never come close to the Stanley Cup with this group. At least they still have a good defense… that’s aging, o well.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.

Jay Rosehill vs Frazer McLaren

Just a bunch of fast back and forth haymakers in this one.

Shawn Thornton vs Keith Aulie

A lot of Thronton uppercuts, followed by a slow dance and then a few more punches.

Jared Cowen vs Anthony Peluso

Mostly even except for when Peluso lands some nice punches right in Cowen’s face.

Goats of the Week

Kyle Okposo and Brian Strait – New York Islanders

Sam Gagner does a double steal on the Islanders and then breaks away for a shot that Taylor Hall pokes in for the game winner.

Tobias Enstrom – Winnipeg Jets

With the game tied at 1, Enstrom just gives the puck to Mike Richards who gives the Kings a lead they’d never relinquish.

Stat Line of the Week

03/06/14 Dallas 6 vs. Vancouver 1

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

T. Seguin

15:01

3

2

3

6

0

1

Although the game wasn’t close. Tyler Seguin had the best performance of the week figuring into five of the Stars’ six goals with a hat trick and two assists. I’m still baffled by the Bruins trading him, even if he didn’t “fit” the system. Seguin has now tied his career high in goals for a season at 29.

Numbers, Numbers

90 – Shots by the Penguins in their last four games
137 – Shots against the Penguins the last four games
6 – Shutouts by Tuukka Rask, tops in the NHL
14 – Point advantage in the scoring title for Sidney Crosby
1 – Likely players, Crosby, over 100 points. In line with the last few seasons. We haven’t had multiple players over 100 points since the 2009-10 season.

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

March 03, 1973 Toronto traded Jacques Plante and a future draft pick (Doug Gibson) to Boston in exchange for a Boston #1 pick and “future considerations”. The Leafs used the draft choice to select Ian Turnbull, and the “futures” became Ed Johnston.

March 04, 1973 44-year-old Jacques Plante made 27 saves in his first game as a Bruin in a 4-0 win over Chicago, at Boston Garden. It was Plante’s 81st career shutout.

March 05, 1921 Ottawa’s Clint Benedict became the first goaltender in NHL history to record 10 career shutouts, in a 1-0 Senators’ win over the Canadiens, in Montreal.

March 06, 1996 Chris Osgood became the third goalie in NHL history to score a goal, as the Red Wings won 4-2 against the Whalers at Hartford. It was Detroit’s 48th win of the year, a team record. And Osgood set a team record with his 10th straight victory.

March 07, 1999 Mighty Ducks won 3-1 against the visiting Detroit Red Wings for a franchise-record 7th consecutive victory. Teemu Selanne picked up an assist to extend his point streak to a team-record 16 games.

March 08, 1986 Jacques Demers became the third coach in St. Louis history to win 100 games with the Blues. The milestone came in a 7-3 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Bernie Federko led the scoring with two goals and an assist.

March 09, 1993 New York’s Mike Gartner scored the game winning goal and added an assist to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Kings, at M.S.G. The two points gave Gartner 1,100 in his NHL career.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Los Angeles
2. Boston
3. St. Louis
4. San Jose
5. Dallas

Bottom 5
30. Tampa Bay
29. Nashville
28. Carolina
27. Vancouver
26. Florida

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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What a busy trading deadline it ended up being. I don't recall the last time so many goalies were traded and shifted, no matter their credentials. Let's look at some of the biggest trades. The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that trading for Marian Gaborik will spark them in...