The 2013 trade deadline has come and passed for another year. There were plenty of big deals done in the twenty four hours prior to the deadline at 3pm E.D.T. The biggest story coming out of the NHL was the non trade of Roberto Luongo who will remain a Vancouver Canuck for the remainder of the season at least. It was a busy day around the entire league and we’ll take a look at the important deals done on deadline day.
One of the biggest and surprising trades came between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets with F Marian Gaborik, D Steven Delisle and D Blake Parlett leaving New York for Columbus for D John Moore, C Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett and a sixth-round pick in 2014.
Minnesota Wild were also active on deadline day looking to strengthen their side as they make the push for North West Division title. Buffalo trades F Jason Pominville to Minnesota for F Johan Larsson and G Matt Hackett, plus a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 20. The Wild picked up an exciting forward who was playing well at a struggling Buffalo side he managed 10 goals and 25 assists.
Nashville trades F Martin Erat and C Michael Latta to Washington for F Filip Forsberg – Erat, 31, was tied for the team scoring lead (4-17-21) and has put up 49 to 58 points in each of the past eight seasons — all with Nashville, the only team he’s ever played for. But the new additions may have come at a big price. Forsberg, the Capitals’ first-round pick (No. 11) last June, is a highly-regarded 18-year-old forward who was voted the best 20-and-under player in Sweden’s second-tier league and was voted to the All-Star team at the World Junior Championship in January.
Vancouver were involved on deadline day but it was not the trade that everyone in the NHL had expected. The talk of the town was that Luongo was on his way out of Vancouver as many had expected before the season started. But instead the Canucks strengthened the middle of the ice with the acquisition of centerman Derek Roy from the San Jose Sharks for Kevin Connauton and a draft pick.
Other trades the occurred on deadline day:
Columbus trades G Steve Mason to Philadelphia for G Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in 2015.
Ottawa trades G Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay for F Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick in 2013.
Carolina trades C Jussi Jokinen to Pittsburgh for a conditional 2013 draft pick.
Florida trades C Jerred Smithson to Edmonton for a fourth-round pick in 2013.
Colorado trades D Ryan O’Byrne to Toronto for a fourth-round pick in 2014.
Calgary trades F Blake Comeau to Columbus for a fifth-round pick in 2013.
Nashville trades D Scott Hannan to San Jose for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2013.
St. Louis trades D Wade Redden to Boston for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.