Deadline Day Deals...
In a less than significant move in the pool, defenseman Sean O'Donnell (Thanx For Comin' Out) was dealt from the Coyotes to the Ducks. O'Donnell has done pretty well nothing in the pool and will only add a little bit of defensive help to the Ducks who have been lacking all year.
Mark Recchi (The Shaving Moes) has been dealt to the best team in the league (at the break, statistically), the Carolina Hurricanes on Deadline Day. Recchi, who has enjoyed a decent season with the Penguins and Sidney Crosby (Doug's Deadbeats), will now have a chance again in the playoffs with this move. Recchi will move from playing with one young starlet to another in Eric Staal (The Slim Pickens). I think the only change in the pool will be Crosby losing out on some production in the end. Recchi will probably play at the same pace, but with linemates other than Staal. More than likely, he'll see a lot of time with another Moe, Cory Stillman (The Shaving Moes). This move may also increase the wins for Martin Gerber (Team EA) as the scoring has been upgraded as well.
Sergei Samsonov (Team Lowes Racing) becomes the fifth player in the pool to move in the last couple days, picking up his roots in Boston and shifting them up north to Edmonton. What does this mean?? Samsonov's 18 goals will be a decent fit with the free-flow play that Edmonton's system is known for. Samsonov can skate with the best of them, when he's not hurt and could be a good match with Shawn Horcoff (The Shaving Moes) or Ales Hemsky (The Late Impact). This should be considered a healthy pool move.
A late trade coming off the wire saw pool defenseman, Ric Jackman (Team Chevy) move from Pittsburgh to Florida for a younger prospect. Jackman, a waiver draft pickup, was not seeing the amount of ice-time he should have deserved in Pittsburgh after Michel Therien became coach and was rumoured to be moving ever since the coaching change. In Florida, he should be able to fit right in and maybe pick up a few more points here and there.
Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens sent injured goaltender, Jose Theodore (The Late Impact) to the Colorado Avalanche for Swiss goalie, David Aebischer. This would be a significant deal in the pool, if:
a) both goalies were taken in the pool this year and/or
b) Theodore wasn't injured.
As it stands though, Theodore may actually regain his Hart Trophy winning confidence in the thin air of Denver... or is it the lack of media scrutiny in Denver? Either way, there is a good chance that Theodore will become a good pick. Next year. Granted, if he's healthy soon... he might be a solid pick-up in any playoff pool you may find yourself in.
Defenseman Brent Sopel (Team EA) was also dealt today... to the Los Angeles Kings from the New York Islanders. The Kings were projected to be big buyers in this deadline session and they are showing some life, also picking up forward Mark Parrish for a couple of prospects and a pick. Sopel returns to the Western Conference where he had quite a bit of success with the Canucks before his couple seasons with Long Island. I would imagine he'd fit in pretty well and increase his somewhat quiet production he has had all year.