The National Hockey League’s trade deadline has come and gone and it was a good day for the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Coyotes used Trade Deadline Day to dump some contracts and the Winnipeg Jets added a Florida Panthers castoff.
The Jets made no trades but did claim centre Mike Santorelli off waivers from the Panthers. Santorelli is a 6-foot, 185-pound righthanded shot who had two goals and an assist with Florida this season. He’s also a minus-7 in 26 game with the Panthers.
He has played one full season in the NHL with the Panthers. That was back in 2010-11 when he had 20 goals and 21 assists and was a minus-17 in all 82 games. He’s a Vancouver product who was a sixth round draft pick of Nashville in 2004. The Jets will be Santorelli’s third organization.
At no time in his career has he been on the plus side of the plus-minus stats so he’ll fit right in with the Jets. In fact, in 198 NHL games, Santorelli is a minus-47. He was minus-10 last season in 60 games with the Panthers.
Meanwhile, it was a long,slow day for Canada’s three sports networks whose on-air talent spent most of the day making up scenarios that never came to fruition. At the moment TSN’s 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trade Centre Show went off the air, there had been 16 trades (there were 18 trades by the end of the day) and only one semi-blockbuster. That was the deal that sent Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round draft pick.
In other semi-major deals:
1. Ottawa sent 6-foot-7 goaltender Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 23-year-old centre Cory Conacher who has nine goals and 15 assists and with 24 points immediately becomes the Sens leading scorer.
2. Near the end of the day, after the TV cameras were turned off, the Washington Capitals acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for 18-year-old centre Filip Forsberg, the Caps first overall pick in 2012.
3. The Phoenix Coyotes dumped three veterans: Steve Sullivan was sent to New Jersey in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick; forward Matthew Lombardi was dealt to Anaheim in exchange for young Brandon McMillan; and forward Raffi Torres was sent to San Jose in exchange for a third round pick in 2013.
4. The Boston Bruins acquired veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014.
5. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Ryan O’Byrne from Colorado in exchange for a fourth round draft in 2014.
6. The Minnesota Wild acquired centre and captain Jason Pominville along with a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goalie Matt Hackett, forward Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 2014. That’s the type of deal that can make a team like the Wild a Cup contender.
7. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2013.
8. The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Jerred Smithson from Nashville in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2013.