Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2013 Trade Deadline Update
The 2013 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. Let's use that an excuse to make some retro update cards for some of the players traded in the days leading up the deadline.
Brenden Morrow is following up his second least productive season in the NHL, with his least productive. Morrow had 11pts in 29 games this year with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In seven games with the Pens so far, Morrow has one goal and one assist. The Pens don't need Morrow for his scoring as much as they need him for his grit and toughness.
The St. Louis Blues added a few veterans to its blueline at the trade deadline. One of them was Jay Bouwmeester, whom the Blues acquired from the Calgary Flames. While not expected to produce offensively, Bouwmeester had three assists in his first three games as a Blue
Ryane Clowe was goalless in 28 games with the San Jose Sharks. Hardly the type of player you'd think would create a buzz at deadline time. The New York Rangers were interested and Clowe paid immediate dividends, scoring twice in his first game as a Ranger.
The biggest name at the trade deadline was Jarome Iginla, who was reported to be traded twice in the same evening. The first time to the Boston Bruins, and then to the Pittsburgh Penguins. So far, Jarome has not lit up the scoresheets in Pittsburgh, having one goal and one assist in his first five games as a Pen. Can Jarome win that elusive Stanley Cup this year with the Pens, or maybe he'll need to pull a Raymond Bourque and stick around for another year.
There were two big name goalies on the block at the trade deadline, neither of them moved. Roberto Luongo is still in Vancouver and Miikka Kiprusoff announced his plans for retirement, just so he could stay in Calgary. That left Ben Bishop, the odd man out in Ottawa, to be the biggest name, and size, goalie to be moved at the trade deadline. Bishop has started all four games for the Lightning since the trade, including a shutout in his Lightning debut.
Marian Gaborik put up two 40 goal seasons in New York in the past three years but found himself in the doghouse in 2013 and eventually as a Blue Jacket. For the first time ever, the Columbus Blue Jackets found themselves as buyers at the trade deadline and they made a splash by trading for Gaborik. Gaborik has welcomed the move, scoring 5 points in his first 4 games for Columbus.
The Philadelphia Flyers, a pre-season favourite to contend, are one of the biggest disappointments of the season. Currently, sitting in 12th place in the East, it appears the Flyer won't even make the play-offs, but atleast they got tougher. The Flyers acquired Jay Rosehill from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rosehill, who had not played in the NHL this season, joined the Flyers just in time for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rosehill made the Leafs pay, beating up Leafs tough guy Colton Orr and also scoring the game-winning goal as the Flyer won the game 5-3.
Jaromir Jagr found himself on the move, joining his third team in two seasons. In his Bruins debut, Jagr would score the lone goal in a 1-0 Boston Bruins victory over the New Jersey Devils. Jagr, who turned 41 this season, is looking for that elusive third Stanley Cup, after winning two in his first two seasons.
Derek Roy is the third former Dallas Star to be included in this update. Roy was traded to the Vancouver Canucks to help provide some scoring depth. Roy, who has been a borderline point a game player in his best seasons, has started slow with the Canucks, notching one assist and four shots on goal in three games since the trade.