Cullen: Trade Deadline Blog

Scott Cullen
3/3/2010 7:57:33 PM
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Scott Cullen breaks down all the deadline deals in this running blog, with comments for all trades and Numbers Game analysis and Fantasy Hockey Update videos for the biggest deals.

While we wait for the deadline deals to start coming in, here's a look at the deals that have already happened since the Olympics, some worthy of interest; others not so much.

A couple of things to reference:
When considering the value of draft picks -- a Backchecking column I wrote last year measuring the value of draft picks.

I'm going to include the rating for players that are dealt.  The methodology for these rankings can be found here.

For quick reference, with free agents, prospects and players of interst for each team, here are the Trade Deadline Playbooks for the Eastern and Western Conference.

Penguins Get: Jordan Leopold ( Rating: 62.78)
Panthers Get: Second-Round Draft Pick.

29-year-old Leopold is becoming one of those veteran blueliners that is always in demand at the deadline; seen as a guy who can fit in a No. 4 on a lot of teams.  He hasn't had a particularly strong season, with 18 points and a minus-7 rating in 61 games with Florida. However, Leopold has decent mobility and his presence gives the Penguins more options on their blueline. 

It's worth noting that the Avalanche dealt Jordan Leopold to Calgary last year at the deadline, for unheralded Ryan Wilson, who has quietly been rather effective in a depth role for the Avs this season.

The Panthers are looking to re-model their team and the second-round pick can't hurt.  With Leopold leaving, there will be more playing time available for rookie Dmitry Kulikov, while prospects like Jason Garrison and Keaton Ellerby could find some audition time in the NHL over the rest of this season.

Blackhawks Get: G Hannu Toivonen ( AHL Rating: 68.70) and D Danny Richmond ( Rating: 60.29).
Blues Get: G Joe Fallon ( AHL Rating: 72.27).

Fallon is a 25-year-old in his second year as a pro and while his season hasn't been poor in Rockford, he's still battling Corey Crawford for playing time there and that's where Toivonen will fit, as Fallon may push struggling Ben Bishop for the starting job in Peoria.  Chicago native Richmond is also 25, but has been in and out of the Blackhawks organization since 2005-2006.

Predators Get: D Denis Grebeshkov ( Rating: 61.33).
Oilers Get: Second-Round Draft Pick.

Grebeshkov, 26, has struggled this season -- like most Oilers -- as his minus-16 rating would indicate.  But, having come off a career year in 2008-2009 (39 points, plus-12) it seems awfully quick for the Oilers to cut Grebeshkov loose, unless they've just come to the decision that it's not going to be worth paying the restricted free agent at least the $3.15-million he's making this year. 

Bringing in Grebeshkov gives the Predators better blueline depth and Grebeshkov could easily play in Nashville's top four, supplanting Kevin Klein (or filling in for Dan Hamhuis if he happens to get moved) and to get that for a second-round pick seems like a bargain for the Predators.

Blue Jackets Get: Greg Moore ( AHL Rating: 60.26).
Islanders Get: Dylan Reese ( AHL Rating: 70.79).

Moore is a sizeable (6-foot-1, 225-pound) winger who hasn't been able to build on his career-best 66-point season in 2007-2008.  This year, the 25-year-old has 31 points and a team-worst minus-15 rating at Bridgeport, which would seem to settle his minor-league fate.

Reese, who is also 25, has been gradually improving in the minors since finishing up at Harvard in 2006-2007 and had 22 points and a plus-12 rating in 51 games with Bridgeport before the deal.  Perhaps a slight advantage to the Isles. 

Thrashers Get: LW Evgeny Artyukhin ( Rating: 59.96).
Ducks Get: D Nathan Oystrick ( AHL Rating: 72.82) and a conditional pick in 2011.

26-year-old Artyukhin is a mammoth (6-foot-4, 255-pound) winger and he's an active hitter, but with 41 points in 182 NHL games, he doesn't offer much more than that occasional physical presence.  He's an unrestricted free agent at season's end, so the Thrashers get 20 games to find out if the big Russian is a fit for their lineup.

Oystrick, 27, was a serviceable depth defenceman for the Thrashers last season (12 points, minus-2 in 53 games) and has spent all of this year with Chicago in the AHL.  He's signed through next season and gives the Ducks a little organizational depth -- a guy that can fill in as a sixth or seventh defenceman, if necessary.  

Bruins Get: D Steve Kampfer ( NCAAH Rating: 67.71).
Ducks Get: Conditional Draft Pick. 

A 21-year-old senior at the University of Michigan, Kampfer was a fourth-round pick in 2007.  He has 17 points and a plus-4 rating in 37 games this year -- a solid enough season -- but perhaps the Bruins like him more than the Ducks at this point.  Remember, the Bruins have had some good luck with undersized Michigan defenceman Matt Hunwick, so perhaps they see a somewhat similar appeal in 5-foot-11, 197-pound Kampfer.

Senators Get: D Andy Sutton ( Rating: 63.45)
Islanders Get: Second-round Draft Pick.

Nice deal for the Senators.  Sutton is a beast, going 6-foot-6, 245 pounds and he uses his size to hit and block shots -- the only player in the league with more than 150 hits and 150 blocked shots this season.  He'd be a good addition to the defence corps of any contender and the Sens can use Sutton's reliability and toughness on the back end.

The Islanders likely didn't figure they would re-sign 34-year-old Sutton as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so getting a pick for him allows the Isles to continue developing young defencemen like Jack Hillen, Andrew MacDonald and Dustin Kohn by giving them more playing time over the rest of the season.  Interestingly enough, the Islanders have lost significant size on the blueline since waiving Brendan Witt and now dealing Sutton, but have greatly improved their mobility on defence.

Oilers Get: LW Matt Marquardt ( AHL Rating: 55.24).
Bruins Get: D Cody Wild ( AHL Rating: 62.81).

Neither prospect is making much headway in the AHL this season.  Marquardt, 22, is a big guy (6-foot-3, 229 pounds), but with one goal and ten points in 42 AHL games this year, he seems a long way from being NHL-ready.  The Oilers will be his third organization since he was drafted by Columbus in 2006.

Wild was a fifth-round pick in 2006 (Marquardt went in the seventh) and had 14 points and a minus-11 rating in 37 games in Springfield this season.  Like Marquardt, Wild has also spent some time in the ECHL this season.

Blackhawks Get: D Nick Boynton ( Rating: 58.34).
Ducks Get: Future Considerations.

31-year-old Boynton had fallen out of favour with the Ducks, but truthfully wasn't a terrible liability there with seven points and a plus-1 rating in 42 games.  He provides some toughness and can easily fit on the Blackhawks' third pair or even as a seventh defenceman. 

The Ducks have been more committed to young defencemen like Steve Eminger and Brett Festerling, making pending free agent Boynton  and his $1.5-million salary expendable. 

Penguins Get: LW Alexei Ponikarovsky ( Rating: 75.63)
Maple Leafs Get: LW Luca Caputi ( AHL Rating: 71.85) and D Martin Skoula ( Rating: 60.14)

This trade was significant enough to get the Numbers Game treatment.  Hooray!

Blues Get: RW Matt D'Agostini ( Rating: 55.53).
Canadiens Get: LW Aaron Palushaj ( AHL Rating: 62.90).

D'Agostini, a 23-year-old winger, showed some promise with Montreal last season, scoring 12 goals in 53 games, but with two goals and four points in 40 games this season, he hasn't done much to remain attractive to the organization, particularly when considerating that he's minus-29 in his first 94 NHL games.  Making $500,000, D'Agostini will be a restricted free agent in the summer.  He's probably more NHL-ready than Palushaj right now, but could have a hard time cracking the Blues lineup on a consistent basis.

Palushaj is just 20, in his first pro season after he was a second-round pick of the Blues in 2007.  A collegiate teammate of current Habs farmhand Max Pacioretty, Palushaj only has five goals and 22 points in 44 games with Peoria of the AHL.  However, he is just 20, so the Canadiens are taking a long-term look at him, effectively giving him a few years to see if he can develop into more than the spare part D'Agostini has been to this point in his career.

Coyotes Get: D Derek Morris ( Rating: 67.03).
Bruins Get: Fourth-Round Draft Pick in 2011.

The first official deadline day deal, and the Bruins move out perhaps one of last summer's strangest signings.  After Dennis Wideman's breakout season last year, the Bruins inked Morris, then installed him on the first power play unit and handed him 23 minutes a night and apparently there's some surprise that Wideman's play has tailed off this year.

In any case, Morris returns to Phoenix and now that the Coyotes have a more stable defence corps, they should be able to include Morris as part of a larger ensemble cast rather than expecting him to handle major minutes.  Morris has 25 points (12 on the PP) and a minus-2 rating in 53 games with the Bruins this season and does have the ability to help (with limited expectations) on the 29th-ranked Phoenix power play.

By letting Morris go back to Phoenix, the Bruins will have more ice time available on the blueline and, barring another deal, that likely means that Wideman, Johnny Boychuk and Matt Hunwick will have increased opportunities in puck-moving roles.  The fourth-round pick doesn't provide a lot of value, so the Bruins are likely just as satisfied with unloading Morris' $3.3-million contract.  Morris will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Devils Get: D Martin Skoula ( Rating: 60.14).
Maple Leafs Get: Fifth-Round Draft Pick.

Skoula didn't last long in Toronto, as the Leafs only took him from Pittsburgh in order to facilitate the Ponikarovsky trade.  Skoula has been an extra defenceman in Pittsburgh this season, but was a favourite of Devils coach Jacques Lemaire when both were in Minnesota, so Skoula figures to get in the battle for ice time with the likes of Anssi Salmela and Mark Fraser on the third pairing.

Bruins Get: D Dennis Seidenberg ( Rating: 69.93) and D Matthew Bartkowski ( NCAA Rating: 67.26).
Panthers Get: RW Byron Bitz ( Rating: 59.31), RW Craig Weller ( AHL Rating: 56.42) and a Second-Round Draft Pick.

Seidenberg, the 28-year-old German blueliner was leading the Panthers in ice time this season, averaging 22:54 per game and is one of six defencemen to accumulate more than 130 hits and 130 blocked shots so far this season.  While Seidenberg isn't much of a puckhandler, he will provide a safer and more physical defensive element than the recently-departed Derek Morris.  Seidenberg is making $2.25-million this year and will be a free agent at season's end.

Bartkowski, 21, was a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2008 and is a sophomore at Ohio State, putting up 16 points and a minus-1 rating in 34 games.   

Bitz is a 6-foot-5 energy winger who had nine points and a minus-9 rating in 45 games with the Bruins this season.  He gives the Panthers some depth and is signed through next season, at a cap hit of $687,500.

Weller also has good size (6-foot-4) and has 14 points and 127 penalty minutes in 95 career NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild.  He has just 15 points and 69 penalty minutes in 60 AHL games this season, so he's likely just providing organizational depth for the Panthers.

Getting the second-round pick in the deal is also nice value for the Panthers, considering they are planning on some significant rebuilding.  In the short-term, their defence is going to be taxed by the departures of Seidenberg and Leopold, leaving Kulikov in a more prominent role and, until there are additional deals, farmhands like Jason Garrison and Keaton Ellerby will have to make the jump to the big club.

Ducks Get: D Aaron Ward ( Rating: 55.78).
Hurricanes Get: G Justin Pogge ( AHL Rating: 78.97) and Fourth-Round Draft Pick.

Ward is a reliable veteran who has 822 regular season games and 95 playoff games on his resume and he's a willing shot-blocker, but he's struggled this season, going minus-17 -- the worst among Carolina's defencemen.  Going to Anaheim, he'll provide a veteran presence and allow the Ducks to slide Brett Festerling into a seventh defenceman role.  Ward is making $2.5-million this year and will be an unrestricted free agent, with retirement a possibility, at season's end.

Pogge, 23, was highly-touted while part of the Maple Leafs organization, but he couldn't get it done in Toronto.  Playing in San Antonio in the AHL this year, though, Pogge has been effective (12-7-3, 2.57 GAA, .920 SVPCT in 23 GP) in limited duty, in part because the Ducks don't have their own AHL affiliate.  With Justin Peters and Mike Murphy already in the fold, the Hurricanes will have good competition for Cam Ward's backup next season.

Oilers Get: LW Ryan Jones ( Rating: 65.33) on waivers.

Jones is a 25-year-old blue-collar winger who works in the corners and goes to the net, playing a sound two-way game with a little offensive upside thrown in for good measure.  Though he only has 11 points and a plus-3 rating in 41 games with the Predators this season, Jones could be a good fit as a third-liner, with enough upside that he might be able to put up 20 goals.  Signed through next season at a hefty $975,000, Jones should have a chance to stick with an Oilers team that needs change up front.

Capitals Get: RW Scott Walker ( Rating: 59.78).
Hurricanes Get: Seventh-Round Pick.

36-year-old Walker isn't particularly productive at this stage of his career, putting up just five points in 33 games this year, but he has loads of experience (820 NHL games) and a relatively strong showing in last year's playoffs (seven points in 18 games) makes him a veteran character addition for a Capitals team that can surely make room for Walker's grit and experience on the fourth line. 

Earning $2.5-million this season, Walker will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season but, considering how often he's been injured in recent seasons, this run with the Capitals could also be the end of the line.

Canucks Get: C Yan Stastny ( AHL Rating: 62.63).
Blues Get: LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie ( AHL Rating: 52.97).

Stastny is a fringe NHLer, as the 27-year-old has played 91 NHL games in his career, which is at least enough to indicate that he could fill in on the Canucks' fourth line if need be.  Labrie is a 23-year-old minor-league tough guy, who has 21 points in 108 AHL games over the last two seasons.

Coyotes Get: LW Wojtek Wolski ( Rating: 78.61).
Avalanche Get: RW Peter Mueller ( Rating: 61.54) and C Kevin Porter ( AHL Rating: 66.94).

Sweet!  A trade worthy of a Numbers Game column.

Red Wings Get: LW Jordan Owens ( AHL Rating: 62.84).
Rangers Get: Kris Newbury ( AHL Rating: 62.87).

Owens is a 23-year-old checking left winger who has 19 points in 50 games with Hartford of the AHL while Newbury, the 28-year-old has 33 points, a minus-13 rating and 144 penalty minutes in 52 games with Grand Rapids this season.  This one's strictly minor league, though Newbury has played in 48 NHL games over his career.

Coyotes Get: D Mathieu Schneider ( Rating: 62.48).
Canucks Get: Sean Zimmerman ( AHL Rating: 62.39) and a Sixth-Round pick.

Schneider had such a strong finish to the season in 2008-2009, that his slow recovery from shoulder surgery provided disappointing results early in the season (five points in 17 games) before getting sent down to the AHL.  Now 40-years-old, Schneider isn't going to be a prominent player for Phoenix -- if he's even a regular -- but he does provide some experienced depth. 

Zimmerman is a 22-year-old stay-at-home defenceman who has seven points and a plus-8 rating in 54 games with San Antonio this season.  Since there was no future for Schneider in Vancouver, the Canucks at least got some possible future value in return.

Kings Get: C Jeff Halpern ( Rating: 60.54).
Lightning Get: RW Ted Purcell ( Rating: 59.36) and a Third-Round Pick.

Halpern is a 33-year-old checking centre who can also play the wing and his versatility will help in Los Angeles.  He only had 17 points and a minus-14 rating in 55 games with the Lightning, but the low end of the Lightning depth chart isn't nearly as strong as the one Halpern will join in Los Angeles.  He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and likely has a few more good years left in him in a checking role.

Purcell, 24, has offensive upside (based on 121 points in 105 AHL games) but it's been dormant in the NHL as he's been unable to stick in a top-six forward role with the Kings and is effectively miscast in any other role.  He has just six points in 41 games this season, but might be able to get a better shot, at least with some power play time, in Tampa Bay.  Purcell is a restricted free agent in the summer, but his production won't warrant much of a boost in his salary of $600,000.

Capitals Get: C Eric Belanger ( Rating: 70.82).
Wild Get: A Second-Round Pick.

32-year-old Eric Belanger is in the midst of a career season with the Minnesota Wild as his 35 points in 60 games is only a couple off his career high of 37, set a couple of times, but is much more important for the Capitals because of his face-off (57.6%) ability and penalty-killing skills.  Since the Caps have such great scoring depth, Belanger will likely still put up some points the rest of the way and could be a vital part of Washington's playoff run.  Making $1.75-million this year, Belanger will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Minnesota will be a little short-staffed down the middle for the rest of the season, with Kyle Brodziak, Andrew Ebbett and James Sheppard on the depth chart behind Mikko Koivu

Capitals Get: D Milan Jurcina ( Rating: 59.62).
Blue Jackets Get: A Sixth-Round Pick.

Dealt to the Blue Jackets in December, Jurcina was serviceable in Columbus, putting up three points and a plus-2 rating in 17 games, but he's obviously familiar to the Capitals' staff and will offer size and experience on the third pairing, once he recovers from his sports hernia injury.  A cap hit of $1.375-million, 26-year-old Jurcina will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. 

Columbus' defence is looking to try out some young players, with Grant Clitsome getting a shot now as the 24-year-old opened his NHL career with two assists in his debut Tuesday night.

Ducks Get: G Curtis McElhinney ( Rating: 49.87).
Flames Get: G Vesa Toskala ( Rating: 39.73).

McElhinney, 27, has been a maligned backup to Miikka Kiprusoff for the past couple of seasons and with 14 career starts and an .889 save percentage, there's an indication that he's more suited to the AHL. 

Calgary brings in Toskala in the hopes that the 32-year-old has something left for at least a couple of games to relieve Kiprusoff.  GM Darryl Sutter may be familiar with Toskala from his time in San Jose, but the Toskala of this season (3.66 GAA, .874 SVPCT) is a far cry from those Sharks days. 

In any case, the Flames not surprisingly prefer a more experienced backup, but sort of went halfway by acquiring underperforming experience and Toskala will be a free agent in the summer.

Sabres Get: LW Raffi Torres ( Rating: 67.18).
Blue Jackets Get: D Nathan Paetsch ( Rating: 58.74) and a Second-Round Pick.

Hard-hitting Torres is a streaky offensive player, but could be an effective addition for the Sabres.  As his 19 goals would put Torres atop the Sabres' goal-scoring list so far this season, he should be able to count on a spot on a scoring line.  So if he ends up with a playmaker like Tom Connolly, for example, it's reasonable to expect continued production from Torres as the Sabres push towards the playoffs.  Like many players dealt today, Torres will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Paetsch has fallen into a rarely-used reserve role in Buffalo, playing just 34 games over the last two seasons, so it's hard to know what kind of player he can be in the NHL.  While his inclusion in the deal is likely just for salary purposes, he may get a better chance at playing time with Columbus over the rest of this season.  He's also a free agent in the summer, so he'd better hope he can get into the lineup to prove he can play.

Thrashers Get: LW Clarke MacArthur ( Rating: 63.14).
Sabres Get: Third-Round pick and Fourth-Round pick.

A 24-year-old winger who can put the puck in the net (13 goals and 26 points in 60 games), MacArthur's defensive woes (a team-worst minus-14), combined with the acquisition of Torres, made him expendable in Buffalo.  MacArthur has 20-goal upside, but it will be interesting to see how he fits with a Thrashers lineup that has a lot of bodies looking for playing time up front.  A restricted free agent at season's end, MacArthur is making $1.4-million this season.

Coyotes Get: RW Lee Stempniak ( Rating: 68.09).
Maple Leafs Get: D Matt Jones, a Fourth-Round Pick and Seventh-Round Pick.

Stempniak, 27, has been underwhelming in Toronto, but 14 goals in 62 games this season makes him a useful addition for a Coyotes team seeking offence.   Making $3.5-million this season (a cap hit of $2.5-million -- he'll be UFA in the summer), Stempniak isn't going to produce to his paycheque, but the Coyotes don't need that.  If he produces like a 20-goal scorer in their top nine forwards, that will do.

Jones is a 26-year-old blueliner who has played 106 NHL games with the Coyotes, but hasn't played since 2008-2009 due to concussion woes, putting his career in doubt.  He'll be a restricted free agent at season's end.  As with many of Toronto's deals lately, there will be more opportunity available to rookies like Viktor Stalberg, Christian Hanson and now Luca Caputi to try and prove that they are worthy of roster spots in the NHL next season. 

Hurricanes Get: D Brian Pothier ( Rating: 67.40), LW Oskar Osala ( AHL Rating: 64.81) and a 2011 Second-Round Pick.
Capitals Get: D Joe Corvo ( Rating: 63.04).

Under normal circumstances, a deal involving 32-year-old Corvo might warrant a Numbers Game column, but since he's coming back from injury and admits that he won't feel up to full speed until next season, we'll give it blog coverage.  Since coming back from his lacerated calf, Corvo has no points and a plus-4 rating in seven games with the Hurricanes, leaving him with 12 points and a minus-6 rating in 34 games this season.

Joining the Caps, however, there will be an opportunity for Corvo to contribute with a big right-handed shot on the league's best power play.  Even on the second unit, that gives Corvo a chance to be pretty effective for the rest of the season and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.  One drawback, of course, is that Corvo has a tendency to make glaring turnovers, so the Caps will (as they do with Mike Green) take the good with the bad.

Pothier, 32, is a decent puck-moving defenceman with mobility and has been quietly effective with 11 points and a plus-12 rating in 41 games this season.  He'll finish the season in a top-four role with the 'Canes before hitting the free agent market.

An intriguing inclusion in the deal is 22-year-old Finnish winger Oskar Osala, who has 15 goals and 29 points in 53 games with a powerhouse Hershey team in the AHL.  He's 6-foot-4 and could be pushing for a role in the NHL in the next couple of seasons.

Kings Get: LW Fredrik Modin ( Rating: 60.32).
Blue Jackets Get: Conditional Draft Pick.

Oft-injured the last three years in Columbus, Modin has six points and a minus-6 rating in 24 games this season.  While he's definitely struggled, the 35-year-old who is making $3.5-million in the final year of his contract gives the Kings reliable depth up front as he's capable of playing a third or fourth-line role, yet the five-time 20-goal scorer has the size to help on the power play in a pinch.

Phoenix Gets: LW Alexandre Picard ( AHL Rating: 70.41).
Columbus Gets: RW Chad Kolarik ( AHL Rating: 63.14).

The eighth overall pick in the 2004 draft, Alexandre Picard is still looking for his first NHL goal despite playing in 67 games over his career, 24-year-old Picard surely could use a fresh start somewhere else.  Kolarik has been a reasonably productive minor-league player over the last two seasons, but with the Coyotes moving out his Michigan (and San Antonio) linemate Porter, 24-year-old Kolarik gets a chance somewhere else, probably still needing a more well-rounded game if he's going to crack an NHL lineup. 

Ducks Get: Joey MacDonald ( AHL Rating: 51.70).
Maple Leafs get: Seventh-Round Pick.

The Ducks have shaken up their goaltending, rather dramatically, and with Justin Pogge getting dealt, bringing in Curtis McElhinney and Joey MacDonald provides some minor-league depth.  Considering the Ducks don't have their own AHL affiliate, it's possible that MacDonald could remain with the Toronto Marlies for the rest of the season.

Canucks Get: D Andrew Alberts ( Rating: 63.32).
Hurricanes Get: Third-Round Pick.

Though 28-year-old Alberts isn't flashy, he's a 6-foot-5, reliable defensive defenceman and was one of Carolina's most consistent performers this season.  Even if that bar is rather low, 10 points and a plus-7 rating in 62 games is a willing hitter (ranking fourth in the league with 178) and provides an adequate replacement while Willie Mitchell remains out with a concussion.  Alberts is under contract for next season, at an economical $1.05-million cap hit.

The Hurricanes, having moved out Corvo and Alberts from the blueline, should be able to get more ice time for rookies Brett Carson and Bryan Rodney, along with newcomers Alexandre Picard and Brian Pothier.

Oilers Get: D Ryan Whitney ( Rating: 66.14).
Ducks Get: D Lubomir Visnovsky ( Rating: 71.35).

Yes, it's true, a late deal worthy of a Numbers Game breakdown!

Predators Get: LW Dustin Boyd ( Rating: 66.37).
Flames Get: Fourth-Round Draft Pick.

23-year-old Dustin Boyd has yet to hit his stride as an NHLer, but is on pace for a career season with modest totals of 19 points and a plus-5 rating in 60 games with the Flames.  Given all the Flames' acquisitions, they were awfully crowded up front and Boyd wasn't making e

Maple Leafs Get: Chris Peluso ( NCAA Rating: 63.94).
Peguins Get: Sixth-Round Draft Pick.

An undersized blueliner, Peluso is a senior at Bemidji State and has seven points (all assists) and a plus-4 rating in 24 games this season.  It would be surprising to see the 23-year-old make an impact at the NHL level, but the same can be said for the sixth-round pick.nough progress, particularly offensively, to warrant keeping him around.  Making $650,000 this season, Boyd will be a restricted free agent in the summer.

Flames Get: D Steve Staios ( Rating: 52.16).
Oilers Get: D Aaron Johnson ( Rating: 56.66) and a Third-Round Pick.

For all the glowing recommendations about Staios' character, his minus-19 in 40 games this season ought to be a major concern.  The 36-year-old will have a chance to improve on his defensive numbers with the Flames, but he can't be asked to handle more than a depth role, which makes the $2.7-million left on his contract next season a pricey acquisition.

Johnson seems to have found his level as a seventh defenceman, playing more than 40 games just once in his six NHL campaigns.  While he can fit in on the Oilers' blueline for the rest of this season, Johnson's value comes in the form of his expiring contract with the Oilers shedding Staios' salary for next season in the process.  Getting a draft pick included as well is a nice value move for the rebuilding Oilers.

Hurricanes Get: Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll ( AHL Rating: 57.33) and a Sixth-Round Pick.
Avalanche Get: C Stephane Yelle ( Rating: 57.38) and Harrison Reed ( AHL Rating: 59.67).

Signed as a free agent out of the QMJHL last season, 21-year-old Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll has 13 points and a minus-7 rating in 45 AHL games, a tough transition after scoring 104 points in junior the year before.  A new start in a new organization can't hurt.

Yelle returns to the organization with which he started his career.  The 35-year-old has seven points and a minus-6 rating in 59 games, but he can provide some penalty killing help and experience for an Avs team battling for a playoff spot. Reed was a third-round pick in 2006, but hasn't done much yet in his first two pro seasons. 

Rangers Get: D Anders Eriksson ( Rating: 59.82).
Coyotes Get: G Miikka Wiikman ( AHL Rating: 31.83) and a Seventh-Round Pick.

Journeyman Eriksson, 34, has squeezed into the Coyotes lineup for a dozen games and may give the Rangers a little depth, whether he actually plays for the big club or not.  Wiikman's play has slipped and it appears that Coyotes GM (and ex-Rangers Assistant GM) Don Maloney wants to take a look at his former team's goaltending prospects.  Remember, he already brought Al Montoya over to Phoenix too.  Given the earlier Pogge deal, Wiikman could take the backup role in San Antonio.

Coyotes Get: C Petteri Nokelainen ( Rating: 60.13).
Ducks Get: Sixth-Round Pick.

Nokelainen, 24, play a grinding game on the fourth line and has 11 points and a minus-7 rating in 50 games with the Ducks.  Signed through next season for $950,000, Nokelainen joins his fourth organization and gives the Coyotes some depth up front.

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