Twenty-seven trades went down the day of last season’s deadline. Amid a 48-game season in which perhaps only three to five teams are out of playoff contention, Wednesday might not be as active a trading environment. It also doesn’t help that a few big names are already gone.
WHO’S BEEN DEALT
F Jarome Iginla, acquired by Penguins
The Boston Bruins thought they had the long-time captain in a trade with the Calgary Flames, but Iginla made it known he wanted to go to Pittsburgh. Penguins general manager Ray Shero said it helped to have Sidney Crosby (who’s out with a broken jaw suffered in Iginla’s debut), Evgeni Malkin and the sparking Consol Energy Center.
F Brenden Morrow, acquired by Penguins
Another captain, Morrow went to Pittsburgh in a deal that sent defensive prospect Joe Morrow back to the Dallas Stars. It’s uncertain how much the Stars, two points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot going into Monday night, will be selling off.
D Douglas Murray, acquired by Penguins
The defenseman struggled in his eighth NHL season with the San Jose Sharks, so he was a prime candidate to get moved. Amid a minor flurry of trade activity last week, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said, “Lately it’s just been Pittsburgh.”
D Jay Bouwmeester, acquired by Blues
The 29-year-old who has never played in a Stanley Cup Playoff game and has a $6.68 million cap hit for next season was traded from the Calgary Flames to St. Louis for a first-round pick and two prospects.
WHO’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE
F Corey Perry, Ducks
When Anaheim signed Perry to an eight-year, $69 million extension, it ensured that the top scorer wouldn’t be a deadline acquisition or the top free agent on the market this summer.
F Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks
Similarly, the Ducks made sure their captain wouldn’t be going anywhere. Ex-Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, asked of the possibility of not having Getzlaf or Perry, said, “I don’t, so I’m not worried about it.”
D Ladislav Smid, Oilers
Edmonton signed the veteran defenseman Monday to a four-year deal worth $3.5 million against the cap per season. That kept Smid as an older guy on a young team instead of making him a pricey rental for a contender.
D Lubomir Visnovsky, Islanders
Visnovsky originally did not want to report to Long Island after being traded from the Ducks, but he enjoyed this season enough to sign on for two more years at $4.75 million per season.
WHO’S ON THE BLOCK
F Jaromir Jagr, Stars
After signing a one-year, $4.55 million contract with Dallas last summer, the 41-year-old would like to play another season. It’s possible the Stars hang on to him, but he could fit with the Boston Bruins.
F Jason Pominville, Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres captain was reportedly asked to provide the the front office with eight NHL teams he did not want to be traded to. The fire sale is under way.
G Ryan Miller, Sabres
The backbone of Buffalo’s success for the past eight years is also its most valuable asset in trades. If the Sabres are willing to deal Miller to jump-start a rebuild, the Tampa Bay Lightning and others could be interested.