A trade deadline with actual trades! Who would've figured!?
The NHL trade deadline was thrown into (and is still in) ludicrous speed on Tuesday, as multiple teams completed deals, with some involving previously potential targets for the Bruins, and one other making for the best story line of the season (that may only last another 20 hours):
- Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional fourth-round pick in this years draft. Rodibas was linked to the Bruins as a potential fit for the blueline.
- New York Islander d-man Andrew McDonald was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2014 third-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick and a prospect. Quite a heavy return for the Islanders, and quite a heavy price for the Flyers to pay. I'm all right with the Bruins not paying up for McDonald's services here.
- The Montreal Canadiens made a minor move, trading for Florida Panther defenseman Mike Weaver.
- The Bruins, after being linked to Marion Gaborik, the Bruins were linked to another pricey goal-scorer: Tomas Vanek. David Pagnotta reported that multiple teams "are in" on Vanek, including the Bruins. My best guess for Boston's interest? The Bruins are tired of seeing Vanek torch them every time they play him, so why not put him in the spoked-B!
- After months (and years) of speculation and rumors, the Vancouver Canucks finally did the dirty and traded their franchise goalie Roberto Luongo...to the Florida Panthers! He joins former Bruins hero Tim "I Didn't Know It Was My Job To Pump His Tires" Thomas in the Sunshine State. For the time being, at least. TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted that the Panthers will more than likely move Thomas before tomorrow's deadline. In addition, on 'SportsNet Central' Joe Haggerty spoke of a "heated conversation" Tim Thomas was having on his phone prior to Tuesday's game vs the Bruins. Thomas was not happy about something that went down, oh I don't know, an hour prior? He is also of the mind that GM Dale Tallon will ship Thomas away before tomorrow.
- Haggerty also reiterated what was thought of previously, and that is that the Bruins and the Blue Jackets are still discussing multiple trade options, with Gaborik, Jack Johnson and Nikita Nikitin being the targets. What will go the other way to Columbus? The Bruins have a surplus of young talented players all over their roster (Ryan Spooner, Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, Jordan Caron) that could entice the Jackets to make a deal, as well as one Loui Eriksson, who was scratched for a "minor issue" for tonight's game.