One day prior to the NHL trade deadline, goalie trades continued to dominate the hockey headlines. Things started to move when Buffalo and St. Louis swapped Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak this past Saturday and continued today with four goalies changing locations.
Veteran Roberto Luongo returned to the Florida Panthers for goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom and winger Shawn Matthias. After playing his rookie season for the New York Islanders, Luongo was dealt to the Panthers where he played from 2000-2001 season through 2005-2006. The soon-to-be 35-year old spent the last eight years wearing a Canucks sweater and was the number one goalie for Team Canada when they captured the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The Panthers had put goalie Scott Clemmensen on waivers earlier in the day.
With Nicklas Backstrom not performing to par and Josh Harding on injured reserve indefinitely due to his on-going Multiple Sclerosis condition, the Minnesota Wild acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmondton Oilers for a fourth round draft choice. Rumors had the Wild going after the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur, but the cost for Bryzgalov was certainly less than what a Brodeur deal would have cost them.
The Oilers replaced Bryzgalov with the Anaheim Ducks’ Viktor Fasth. The Ducks received a fifth round pick this year and a third rounder next year. Frederik Andersen should now be the full-time back up to Jonas Hiller in Anaheim.
The Ducks also sent winger Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth round pick. The pick was then used to get defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars.
The Islanders sent defenseman Andrew McDonald to the rival Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft choices.
The Canucks and Ottawa Senators swapped youngsters Patrick Mullen and Jeff Costello.
Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver was sent north to the Montreal Canadiens for a draft pick.
A load of deal already done and 23 hours to go
Update – 7:40 PM
Speculation that the Islanders’ Tomas Vanek will be moved looked more certain after he was a healthy scratch in tonight’s contest.
The Chicago Blackhawks have picked up one time highly touted forward David Rundland from the Phoenix Coyotes for a second round draft pick.
The Carolina Hurricanes were rumored to be willing to deal any of their three goalies – veteran Cam Ward and youngsters Anton Khudobin, and Justin Peters. Khudobin was given a two year extension Tuesday afternoon so it is more likely that Ward will be moved.