With the trade deadline just four days away, the Buffalo Sabres, who are expected to make a flurry of moves on or before the deadline, traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the St.Louis Blues in exchange for a second round pick and a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 draft.
BUF trades D Jordan Leopold to STL for draft picks. #tsn
This was one of the more telling quotes of the day in the wake of Doug Wilson trading Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two second round picks (the second being a conditional one based on Murray re-signing in Pitt).
“We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person. He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves.”
He was happy to get Douglas Murray somewhere where he’d, y’know, have a chance to win.
The trade deadline is one of the most overhyped days on the NHL calendar, but, since I’m a sucker for manufactured drama, I’ll be up bright and early in the morning to watch all of the non-action live. Or perhaps I just enjoy watching the TSN crew desperately clawing for something to report for hours upon hours until finally James Duthie snaps, steals Darren Dreger’s phone and starts frantically dialling numbers to ensure the outside world hasn’t ceased to exist.
My favourite part of watching the trade deadline is seeing three different desks full of analysts breathlessly breaking down a trade involving a depth defenceman, a career AHL-er, and a draft pick because it’s the only trade that has happened in the last four hours.
This time around, the trade deadline looks like it’s going to be even more dull than normal. Here are 5 reasons why:
Columbus Blue Jackets’ GM Scott Howson has been taking a reputation-beating of his own doing over the past year or so. He moved a great two-way player in Antoine Vermette. He got rid of Jeff Carter in exchange for Jack Johnson. He apparently turned down a deal for Rick Nash at the deadline, a guy he’s been trying to move, that would’ve sent basically all of the Rangers’ good young players to his team (all rumours on that, of course).
And now…he’s fixed his goalie problem with Sergei Bobrovsky.
Fixing the problem with Bobrovsky as a stand-alone decision is not the world’s worst thing. Had they signed him as a free agent or something. But take the following tweets into consideration: