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Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are heading to the defending champion Boston Bruins in exchange for a couple of prospects in Marc Cantin and Yannick Riendeau. Minnesota also made a swap with the Bruins, sending human puck absorber Greg Zanon to the B’s in exchange for Steve Kampfer. The needs for each side are pretty clear here as the Bruins look to add depth down the stretch while the Islanders look to stockpile useful prospects.

In Rolston the Bruins get a guy who has been in Beantown before and can play useful minutes. He’s obviously not the guy who was an all-star calibre player in Minnesota, but he can still play useful minutes in Boston’s bottom six. Mottau is a bit of a Johnny Oduya type of guy in that he is a fairly mobile guy who hasn’t been defensively steady since he departed New Jersey. Again that’s part of the system you play in and part due to injury. He should be a nice fit for Boston in a defense first role. Greg Zanon is more of the same for Boston as he is a gritty defenseman who will block a lot of shots for you. All nice additions for a Boston team that seems to have lost its way of late.

In terms of what has headed back the other way from Boston is a bit of a mixed bag. Kampfer has been trying to break into the Boston defensive corps for some time now and just hasn’t been able to hold down a spot. He’s a young guy (24) and can move the puck quite nicely. Minnesota seems to be going for a more mobile defensive corps in their own right when you look at who they shipped out in Zidlicky, Zanon and Schultz, while picking up Foster, Gilbert and Kampfer.

For the Isles, they get a couple of prospects I quite like. Marc Cantin was a solid citizen on a good St. Michael’s Majors squad in 2011 that fell just short of a Memorial Cup. He’s a steady guy who plays good sit back defense. He won’t wow you with what he does but he makes heads up plays. In Riendeau they have taken on a bit of a project player given that he is very offensively minded and not much else, but with a little work he could be a decent organizational guy for them.

Good trades for each party in this tree.

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Skating in the Windy City

Johnny Oduya is now off to play for the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second and third round pick in 2013. The deal gives the Blackhawks defensive depth that they’ve been looking for and gets Oduya out of Winnipeg where he had become a bit of a whipping boy.

Oduya has lost the form he displayed in New Jersey which made him a key part of the Ilya Kovalchuk trade for the then-Thrashers. Obviously a lot of that has to do with no longer being a part of Jacques Lemaire’s system which can cover a lot of defensive deficiencies, but he is a good player nevertheless. It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out in Winnipeg better for Oduya but Chicago will be a good place for him to play out the season.

As an impending UFA, Oduya will be put on a lower pair in Chicago than he would have been forced to play in Winnipeg down the stretch. With a favorable pairing on a better team, I wouldn’t be shocked if Oduya slots in nicely in Chicago and makes an impact on their Cup push. Realistically, the guy is playing for a job next year as much as he is a title in 2012 and the Blackhawks could be the perfect place for him to get a good contract and win some games.

Win-win deal for both parties here.

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Could win another Cup in Vancouver

Sami Pahlsson is now a member of the Vancouver Canucks for the price of two fourth round picks heading back to the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is, in my estimation, a great pick up for the Canucks as Pahlsson adds a ton to your forward corps and its ability to play a two way game.

We’re obviously all aware of the role Manny Malhotra has in the Vancouver lineup and he just had some of the burden lifted off of him in terms of playing big defensive minutes and shutting down top lines. When you look at the fact Vancouver can now roll three lines with defensive centers like Ryan Kesler, Sami Pahlsson and Manny Malhotra, the Canucks become a very tough matchup for any team in the NHL.

With versatility at the center position throughout their lineup with the likes of those three plus Hodgson, Lapierre, etc. and the agitating presence they have on the win with Weise, Hansen, and Bitz, the Canucks have made themselves a very tough team to play against heading down the stretch.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Off to the Sun

Brian Lee has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Gilroy. With the deal the Senators offload arguably the biggest bust in the franchise’s recent history while the Tampa Bay Lightning add yet another bottom pair defenceman. For Ottawa, Gilroy is a nice player to add given his offensive skillset and his impending UFA status.

Lee is a low risk, high reward type of player for Tampa Bay given that his development in Ottawa didn’t go very well. However, like Aulie, in a defensive system like the one Boucher runs and with a young nucleus of guys on the blueline there is potential for them to come together as a solid unit. With that in mind, in the case of Lee, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve seen him play some pretty bad games in Ottawa.

Gilroy is a bit of an interesting add for the Sens given how offence heavy their defensive corps is. When you consider that their top three defensemen are Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar, the Sens are pretty offense heavy. I’d be a bit worried about their play in their own end come playoff time, should they make it, but at the same time he can’t be any worse than Brian Lee has been there.

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He will no longer be wearing this jersey

Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi have been traded to the San Jose Sharks from the Colorado Avalanche in an effort to end the Sharks’ slide out of the playoffs which is currently in full effect. In exchange, the Sharks sent Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly and prospect Michael Sgarbossa currently with the Sudbury Wolves.

Winnik and Galiardi are the type of guys the Sharks are going to be counting on to do the dirty work for them in hopes that you tighten the screws and make a run. This team only has so many runs left in it and they need to start making them count. San Jose has some pretty good depth and they are in a good spot going forward right now, in my opinion. Cam Charron agrees…

Colorado didn’t get shortchanged, it should be noted, as they picked up a couple decent pieces in Jamie McGinn who is a good hardworking winner for your bottom six up front. In Connolly and Sgarbossa they get a couple prospects who are very feisty with offensive upside. We’re getting a sense of the type of team Colorado is trying to build and we’ll see how things work out from here on out.

Who’s your trade winner?

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Off to Minnesota

Tom Gilbert is off to Minnesota in exchange for fellow defenceman Nick Schultz. That’s right folks, we have our first trade involving actual players!!! What’s actually kind of shocking is how much these guys make. It’s a little silly.

Before we get into all of that, it should be noted that Tom Gilbert is a Minnesota native so this should be a nice homecoming for him. Minnesota fans really rally around the local guys so I expect that this will be a positive pickup for them. Schultz is your the definition of steady D-man. Good, not great but is ultimately capable of getting the job done. Read the rest of this entry »

He'll be back in Tampa. You just know it.

The Philadelphia Flyers have continued to restructure their blueline just a few days after acquiring Nicklas Grossman. This time around, the Flyers acquired Pavel Kubina from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for second and fourth round picks. The deal is still pending league approval because the Flyers are currently over the contract limit of 50 players.

For those of you keeping track at home, you’ll note that this is the second time this week that the Flyers have acquired a defenceman for the price of two draft picks. This, however, is where things get equally interesting.

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