To whet the appetite for trades that may come on Feb. 27, or to mistily remember what once was if this year's activity turns out to be uninspiring, we'll run through some significant past trades for all of the Canadian teams.
Here's a look at significant deals made by the current version of the Winnipeg Jets when the franchise was in Atlanta, some of which are still being felt.
We consider deals made after the calendar turned in a particular season (We're going with a "stretch drive" definition as opposed to adhering to a strict trade deadline day/week definition).
Atlanta traded Kelly Buchberger and Nelson Emerson to Los Angeles for Donald Audette and Frantisek Kaberle.
It doesn't exactly get the heart rate rising, but Audette notched 71 points in 64 games the following season and Kaberle provided four years of service.
Alexei Zhitnik from Philadelphia for Braydon Coburn
Keith Tkachuk for Glen Metropolit, first-round pick in 2007, third-round pick in 2007, second-round pick in 2008, conditional first-round pick in 2008
General manager Don Waddell went all in as the Thrashers pursued their first playoff berth.
And he lost his shirt.
Coburn is with the Flyers as of this day, and signed a four-year contract extension in November. Zhitnik had 14 points in his first 18 games with Atlanta, but just eight in 65 contests the following year before departing.
The Tkachuk deal. Whew. The Thrashers were swept in four in their only playoff appearance despite his presence.
Atlanta set back their team lifecycle at least a year with this move. They had only four draft picks in '07, and seven the following year.
The best that can be said for Atlanta is that the picks aren't yet NHL stars, They had also included a first round 2008 pick in the deal, but retained it when Tkachuk re-signed in St. Louis in the summer. (For the record, the Thrashers picked Zach Bogosian with their first pick in '08)
The 2007 first rounder ended up in Calgary's hands, used on Mikael Backlund. The second rounder in 2008 was used by the Blues on foward Phil McCrae, who's in the AHL. Atlanta got a conditional fourth rounder when Tkachuk went back to his old club, but to no avail.
Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first round pick in 2008 for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.
Whenever you hear a hockey fan near the trade deadline opine that a team "must" get something for a pending UFA, think of this deal. Something sometimes is just ... something.
Hossa wasn't coming back to Atlanta, but what did the Thrashers actually get in return? Armstrong was decent for a couple years but Christensen lasted 57 games with the Thrashers before moving on.
And then there were the bad breaks. Esposito couldn't escape serious injury and has bounced around the AHL. The first round pick was used on centre Daultan Leveille, who is at Michigan State but tore his ACL and MCL last spring.
Dupuis, meanwhile, is still a key support piece on the Pens.
Second round pick in 2009 and third round pick in 2010 from Montreal for Mathieu Schneider
Schneider played just 25 games in his second tenure with the Habs. Atlanta used one pick for Jeremy Morin, who was a piece in the multi-pronged deal that netted Dustin Byfuglien. The other pick is defenceman Julian Melchiori, currently in his final OHL season.
Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, first round pick in 2010, second round pick in 2010 from New Jersey Ilya Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela
Ivan Vishnevskiy and a fourth round pick in 2010 from Dallas for Kari Lehtonen
The club still has Oduya and Cormier (on the farm, mostly), and the two picks - who haven't yet developed into NHLers - were sent to Chicago in the big Byfuglien trade.
Goalie Lehtonen was a pending restricted free agent who was losing his mojo in Atlanta after injury and inconsistency. But Vishnevskiy didn't blossom and is now playing in Russia, while the player from the pick, centre Ivan Telegin, is still in the OHL.
Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart from Boston for Boris Valabik and Rich Peverley.
A mutually beneficial deal, it would seem. Peverley was strong for Boston in the Stanley Cup final. Stuart is as gritty as they get. Wheeler, after a slow start, is in line to set a personal best in points this season.
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