Looking back: 2009 NHL deadline

Pittsburgh added a key piece for years to come, Boston benefited, and Calgary gave up too many prospects and picks in a futile quest for a playoff run.
Chris Kunitz has provided consistent secondary scoring for Pittsburgh. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Part of a series looking at the legacy of the trade deadlines since the lockout. For the purposes of making the exercise more interesting, we consider any trade after the calendar changed years and don't just limit the discussion to the actual deadline day.

After a deadline period the previous year that saw Brad Richards, Marian Hossa and Brian Campbell switch jerseys, the 2009 period was rather underwhelming.

What the eventual champs did

Chris Kunitz F, Eric Tangradi FRyan Whitney D

Kunitz has been banged up a lot in Pittsburgh, but he's averaged almost three points for every four games when healthy. He earned his second Cup ring, having won with the Ducks in 2007. Tangradi could become a "tweener" who doesn't fully crack the NHL, but the Ducks didn't keep Whitney, trading him within a year to Edmonton for Lubomir Visnovsky.

Impactful trades

Jordan Leopold DRyan Wilson D, 2009 (2nd)

Olli Jokinen FBrandon Prust F, Matthew Lombardi F, 2010 (1st)

The Flames went for it, thinking they were serious West contenders. But injuries saw the Flames handled summarily in the last two games of a six game opening round series with Chicago.

These deals were impactful because they were part of a years-long process in which cavalierly trading picks or prospects hurt Calgary.

Leopold's second tenure in Calgary ended that summer. Wilson's no star, but has been on the Colorado blue-line for a few years now while the Avalanche with the pick selected Stefan Elliott, who made his NHL debut this year.

Jokinen is back with the Flames, but his 2009-10 season with the club was very disappointing. Phoenix used their pick in 2010 on Brandon Gormley, a Canadian world junior member this year. The Flames traded the pick they obtained to Florida. 

Clear verdict:

Jussi Jokinen FJosef Melichar D, Wade Brookbank D, 2009 (4th)

Jokinen was part of the mult-player deal of 2008 that saw Brad Richards head to Dallas. Jokinen scored just eight goals in 66 games with the Lightning, but caught on fire for the Hurricanes in the 2009 playoffs.

He followed that up with a 30-goal season in 2009-10, and while his production has tailed off steadily since, it's still a clear win for the Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay didn't retain the draft pick, for the record.

Mark Recchi F, 2010 (2nd)Matt Lashoff D, Martins Karsums F

Recchi proved to have lots left in the tank, sticking around for the 2011 Cup victory. The second round pick was dealt by Boston in a deal to get defenceman Dennis Seidenberg, another key piece to their championship team. 

The Lightning derived little benefit on their end. 

Much ado about nothing

Mike Comrie F, Chris Campoli DDean McAmmond F, 2009 (1st)

Campoli started well enough, but his 2009-10 campaign was disappointing, with team spent on the sidelines. Comrie didn't even last that long, his second stint in Ottawa even shorter than his 61-game turn just two years earlier. McAmmond played just 18 games on Long Island, and the Isles never kept the pick. 

Draft pick conversion

Antoine Vermette FPascal Leclaire G, 2009 (2nd)

The Blue Jackets have the edge so far in this deal because of the tissue paper tough Leclaire, but this could swing the other way. The pick was used for goalie Robin Lehner, although the Swede is struggling in the AHL this season.


Chris Iorfida

Senior Writer

Chris Iorfida, based in Toronto, has been with CBC since 2002 and written on subjects as diverse as politics, business, health, sports, arts and entertainment, science and technology.