The Rangers sent their captain Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay. In exchange, the Lightning awarded Martin St. Louis, eighth in points this season, to New York. The blockbuster marks a spate of trades between hockey clubs in the days and hours leading up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline.
The Los Angeles Kings acquired three-time all-star Marian Gaborik from Columbus for fellow right winger Matt Frattin and draft picks. The Ottawa Senators obtained Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers for picks. Fire-sale Florida unloaded center Marcel Goc to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Goalies appeared as hot commodities in the trading market. The Sabres sent theirs–Ryan Miller–along with their captain, to St. Louis on Friday. The Montreal Canadiens acquired Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators. The Ducks, among other moves, sent goalie Viktor Fasth to the Edmonton Oilers for draft considerations. The Florida Panthers reacquired Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The Panthers sent goalie Jacob Markstrom, forward Shawn Matthias, and forward Steven Anthony to Vancouver. “Stunned,” responded Luongo to the deal.
With minutes to go before the trading deadline, the most discussed deal appears unconsummated. Speculation had twenty-one-year veteran goalie Martin Brodeur going from the New Jersey Devils to the Minnesota Wild. He remains where he’s been since the early 1990s.