Lou Lamoriello or Bob Murray? Who won this trade?

// December 12th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Bob Murray - Anaheim Ducks, ACTIVE - Lou Lamoriello - New Jersey Devils, NHL Trades, You Make the Call!

New Jersey acquires: Kurtis Foster, Timo Pielmeier

Anaheim acquires: Mark Fraser, Rob Pelley, 7th round pick (2012)

Pierre Gauthier or Jim Rutherford? Who won this trade?

// December 9th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Jim Rutherford - Carolina Hurricanes, ACTIVE - Pierre Gauthier - Montreal Canadiens, NHL Trades, You Make the Call!

Montreal acquires: Tomas Kaberle

Carolina acquires: Jaroslav Spacek

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said he believes Kaberle will provide the dominating power-play presence the team hoped Andrei Markov would bring.

”Andrei Markov is our quarterback, but he hasn’t played a game yet,” Martin said after the team’s practice Friday.

The oft-injured Markov underwent more knee surgery last Monday and isn’t expected back for at least another six weeks.

”The power play is a critical part of the game for us,” Martin said.

”If we can get better production out of it, maybe that can make a difference. That’s what happened my first two seasons here.”

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“I’m sorry it’s over, but it was clear I had no future in Montreal,” Spacek told Sportsnet’s Louis Jean. “I think this will be good for my career and my family.”

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Said Rutherford in a statement, “This deal brings a solid, veteran defenseman to our team for the remainder of this season and allows us more flexibility with our roster moving forward.”

Shark Tank Frenzy – thanks to Fletcher trade agreements

// November 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Chuck Fletcher - Minnesota Wild, NHL Trades

From Chris Nichols – Hockey Hearsay

The Wild and San Jose Sharks meet for the first time after they uniquely aligned to consummate three trades in a six-week period over the summer.

Brent Burns, a popular former Wild defenseman, and Devin Setoguchi, a popular former Sharks winger, will play against the franchises they grew up in for the first time.

Skilled forward Martin Havlat, unhappy in Minnesota and willing to waive his no-trade because of that, will face the Wild for the first time, while goal scorer Dany Heatley, blindsided by the late-evening July 3 trade, will try to show the Sharks that last season’s unproductive Heatley wasn’t the real Heatley.

The trades, which included first-round bust James Sheppard to the Sharks for a 2013 third-round pick, were executed for three very different reasons, at least from the Wild perspective. General Manager Chuck Fletcher recently talked about how, and why, the trades came about.

The Wild had missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season — a second under Fletcher’s watch. He had fired Todd Richards, the first coach he took a gamble on, and was in the middle of a full evaluation of an organization in need of more bona fide prospects for the future and go-to guys for the present.

“By June, we were in a position where we felt comfortable internally where we needed to get to and what we wanted to try to accomplish.”"We were stuck in a rut as a franchise,” Fletcher said. “We wanted to take some time and really assess what went wrong last season, and even more importantly than what went wrong, ‘Where exactly were we as a franchise?’

Fletcher on trading Burns: “The players you could readily move, he had by far the most value. People might find this strange, but the decision actually has no reflection of what we felt about Brent Burns. It was more a reflection on the status quo had to change and we had to aggressively add a lot of young a

ssets. To get three top assets for one at this stage of our franchise’s evolution was really important.”

Admitted Fletcher: “As soon as you traded Brent Burns, you know you’re one day closer to looking for the next Brent Burns. You’re blowing a big hole in one area to hopefully fill multiple areas of weakness knowing you’re going to have to go back and address that other area again.”

The Havlat-Heatley trade was complicated by Havlat’s options after two years with the Wild.

“We envisioned Marty coming in and playing on a top line with Mikko [Koivu]. We envisioned him being a front-line guy for us, and the chemistry was n

ever there. And I’m not blaming Marty at all for that. Just the fit was never there, and I don’t know that he was ever completely comfortable here. And I don’t think he was ever maybe put in the position where he wanted to be put in either. So that trade was just a recognition that we needed a different fit for our team, and San Jose felt the same thing.”

At the draft combine in Toronto, Fletcher began talking to Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, about Havlat’s willingness to accept a trade for the right situation. Walsh gave Fletcher a couple of potential landing spots, and Fletcher began talking to those teams.

Fletcher came close on a couple of deals around the draft, he said, but the trade was eventually made after the Wild didn’t find itself on Heatley’s list of 10 teams to which he didn’t want t be traded.

Ironically, trading Havlat was made easier by two things: 1) The acquisition of Setoguchi brought speed and goal-scoring prowess to the Wild; 2) Another of Walsh’s clients, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, ideally would play the role Havlat had on the team.

“It took a lot of time because it had to work with Marty, it had to work with us and it had to work for another team,” Fletcher said. “At the time, I had no idea if we would even be able to move him, if he’d want to be moved, if it was the right thing to move him. It had to be a hockey trade. You’re not going to trade a player that good for nothing. It was complicated, and Marty did a lot of soul searching.”

Gillis makes a trade

// October 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Mike Gillis - Vancouver Canucks, NHL Trades

The Canadian Press

Vancouver –Ryan Kesler will have a new left-winger on Vancouver’s second line after the Canucks acquired David Booth in a four-player swap with the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The Canucks also acquired minor-leaguer Steve Reinprecht along with a third-round draft pick in 2013.  Going the other way are NHL veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

“It’s an opportunity to have a top-six forward and a left-winger to play with Ryan Kesler,” Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said.

“Booth is a fast player. He’s a north-south player and he’s going to get a chance to play with another guy who plays that way.”

Booth and Kesler played minor hockey together in the Detroit area.

“Ryan knows him very well. He’s scored over 30 goals in the league before and he’s 26 years old,” Gillis said.

“We think if we can get him here and get him moving in the right direction he’ll embrace it.”

Even though the trade had been discussed over the last six months, Gillis said “It just seemed like it was an appropriate time.”

“We wanted to free up a roster spot. We have too many players … and you have to act when it comes your way.”

Gillis said Sturm and Samuelsson “were the players that Florida wanted.”

“You have to work with the other side to try and come up with a match,” he added. “We were looking to try to get a little bit younger and a little bit quicker.”

So who do you think got the better deal?