NHL Trade Deadline: Big numbers didn't yield big names

In the busiest National Hockey League trade deadline day in five years, 24 deals were consummated, involving 43 players and 21 draft picks. Yet while the final day of player movements had quantity, not many "name" players were involved in the transactions.

43 players dealt on Monday, plus 21 draft picks

Busy 2014 Trade Deadline Day

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Tim Wharnsby summarizes today's busy Trade Deadline Day with Montreal leading the way in movement.

On the busiest National Hockey League trade deadline day in five years, 24 deal were consummated, involving 43 players, plus 21 draft picks. Yet while the final day of player movements had quantity, not many "name" players were involved in the transactions.

Monday saw the most trades since March 3, 2010, when 31 trades were made, totalling 55 players.

Early consensus had the Anaheim Ducks pegged as this year's winners as they added defencemen Simon Despres (from Pittsburgh in exchange for Ben Lovejoy) and James Wisniewski (from Columbus in a deal that saw the Blue Jackets receive Rene Bourque and William Karlsson) The teams also exchanged draft picks.

Later, the Ducks acquired defenceman Korbinian Holzer from the Toronto Maple Leafs for veteran blue-liner Eric Brewer and Anaheim's fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored defenceman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers for a couple of draft picks, a move Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman summarized as giving his team "a better chance to win in the playoffs."

The Detroit Red Wings also added a defenceman, opting for Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils, costing them a third-round conditional pick, rather than taking on the lucrative contract of Toronto's Dion Phaneuf, whose name had surfaced in connection with the Wings.

No heavyweight movements

Missing from the hectic day were any heavyweight trades that might have a more significant effect on the stretch run towards the NHL playoffs. Toronto players Phaneuf and Phil Kessel received a lot of attention as players who might be dealt, but neither player departed the restructuring Leafs.

Among Canadian teams, the Montreal Canadiens were the busiest, adding defenceman Jeff Petry from Edmonton for a pair of draft choices, as well as centre Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres for a fifth-round 2016 pick, and centre Torrey Mitchell, also from Buffalo, for winger Jack Nevins and a seventh-round 2016 pick. 

Vancouver picked up left winger Sven Baertschi from Calgary for a second-round 2017 draft pick, plus centre Cory Conacher from the New York Islanders, who got back centre Dustin Jeffrey.

The Flames were rocked by the confirmation Monday that defenceman Mark Giordano needs surgery for a torn biceps tendon and will miss the rest of the season. On Sunday, the Flames traded Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round draft picks.

Toronto, which had already moved out four starting players in recent deals, opened Monday by sending centre Olli Jokinen, who played just six games after coming from Nashville, to the St. Louis Blues for centre Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round pick.

Embarrassing tweet

The day-long media blitz that began early in the morning had a few regretful moments, none worse than an off-colour tweet shown on TSN allusing to Toronto Maple Leafs player Joffrey Lupul and Phaneuf's actress wife, Elisha Cuthbert​, which drew this response from Lupul:

An apology was later issued by TSN.

Sweet homecoming

Undoubtedly the most poignant deal of the day reunited Jordan Leopold with his family in Minnesota. Leopold's family hadn't seen him after a Nov. 15 trade that sent the 34-year-old defenceman, a Minnesota native, to Columbus from the St. Louis Blues. Leopold's 11-year-old daughter Jordyn had sent a hand-written note to the Minnesota Wild suggesting that the team could use another defenceman, not to mention how heartbroken the family was without their dad.

Jordyn Leopold got her wish as the Wild obtained her father for Justin Falk and a fifth-round 2015 draft pick.

On a day when big-name players didn't move about, there couldn't have been a bigger name headed to the Leopold household in Minnesota.

With files from The Canadian Press


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