Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
Happy Monday Hockey Fans!
This week was focused almost entirely on the trade deadline set on Wednesday at 3:00pm. The last day alone had about 30 different players traded within less than six hours, so keeping track was very difficult. So I’ve composed for you here a summary of the important trades and happenings.
The biggest surprise was the lack of goalie movement. All of the hype about trade predictions focused around Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff; however neither of the experienced net-minders were traded. Kiprusoff had made it very clear that he wished to stay in Calgary and finish his career with the Flames, but big moves were being made by the club by trading one of their longtime stars Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and sending the rising defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis. It was expected that Kiprusoff would be moved to Toronto, but no deal had been established.
The ever-popular media man Roberto Luongo on the other hand, had no intention of staying in Vancouver. Luongo had made it clear last season that he wished to “move on” from the Canucks, but had then stated he wasn’t disappointed when he would be staying on for the 2012-2013 season. Now having once again been kept in his team’s pocket after the trade deadline, and having to share the net with his teammate Corey Schneider, he’s had enough. Luongo openly stated that the reason he didn’t get traded before the deadline was because his contract “sucks.” It’s unknown how far Luongo will go downhill with this media hype, but so far it’s become apparent that he no longer wishes to stay in Vancouver.
The only goalie that did get traded was Ben Bishop from Ottawa to Tampa Bay. Immediately following this trade was the move that surprised me the most. The Columbus Blue Jackets had acquired Marion Gaborick from the New York Rangers for three men and a sixth round pick in 2013. The trade must have been accepted by the Rangers to make up for their third and second round draft losses they had traded for Ryane Clowe of San Jose. The Dallas Stars seemed to do things a little differently, and in my opinion, didn’t receive near enough for trading two of their stars. The always mobile Jaromir Jagr moved to a new team again with Boston and the forward Derek Roy was sent to Vancouver. Both had been moved for picks and follow up liners, but nothing seemed significant enough to trade the team’s top scorer away.
That is the extent of the important trades erupting from the deadline, and now onto the hunt for the playoffs. Six teams have solidified their spot in the 2013 playoffs:
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals from the Eastern Conference; and the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, and Vancouver Canucks from the West Conference.
No team has clinched their division or conference just yet, but it should be expected to be done by most of these qualifying teams. It can be expected that Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Chicago will keep their number one spots in their divisions. The other teams are still neck and neck for the first place spots in their divisions.
The Penguins have now tied the Blackhawks in overall points in the league, and have been performing extremely well despite the troubles they faced after their superstar Sidney Crosby was injured by a flying puck to the jaw. Chicago, however, has not been responding as well as fans would hope with a 6-3-1 record of their last 10 games. Luckily for the Blackhawks, their Western conference competitors from Anaheim have also been struggling with a 4-5-1 record from their last 10 games.
For a full list of NHL standings you can visit the leagues website at www.nhl.com/ice/standings . Happy playoff hunting everyone!
Other NHL thoughts
Roberto Luongo, pondering his future in the NHL.
Roy and Jagr moving out of Dallas
Garrett Sewell, Assistant Sports Director