By Bobby Bauders
Montreal Canadiens: n/a
The Habs have kept quiet. Expect that to change. They’re actively going after Patrick Sharp, probably shopping Plekanec.
Nashville Predators: n/a
Preds are also quiet. Could change, but no sign points that way.
New Jersey Devils: B-
The Devils slightly overpaid for Palmieri, but he is a great addition.
New York Islanders: A-
The Isles acquired a first round pick AND a second round pick from Edmonton for Griffin Reinhart. Great trade.
New York Rangers: C+
The Rangers received maybe half of Hagelin’s value in Etem. Way underpaid. Then, they only got 2 second round picks for Talbot when the original asking price was a first rounder and prospects. Way to hold your ground Glen Sather. Also, that trade with Chicago? Pointless.
Ottawa Senators: B+
The Sens got a decent return in their trades with Buffalo.
Philadelphia Flyers: B-
The Flyers draft pick trade with Toronto was stupid. They gave up a second round pick to move up 5 spots. Not the brightest thing to do. But somehow, Hextall made magic. He got Sam Gagner plus a pick for Chris Pronger and Grossman. Then, somehow convinced the Bruins that Zac Rinaldo was worth a 3rd round pick? Wow.
Pittsburgh Penguins: n/a
It’s not if the Pens make a trade, it’s when.
San Jose Sharks: B
They got what they could from Niemi who wasn’t going to re-sign. Now they need a goaltender. Heard they’re still in the hunt for Bieska, thought I’d share that. If Vancouver hadn’t traded Lack, maybe he would’ve been in a package, but that’t clearly not happening.
St. Louis Blues: n/a
Oshie will be gone by Friday most likely.
Tampa Bay Lightning: B-
The only trade they made was a draft pick trade with the Isles.
Toronto Maple Leafs: B
Nothing but draft picks and lower level roster players. Oh and Kessel and Phaneuf are still on the team. I still don’t think they’ll be traded until mid-season. But, we’ll see.
Vancouver Canucks: n/a
Washington Capitals: n/a
Heard they’re still in on Sharp.
Winnipeg Jets: n/a
Haven’t heard anything from Winnipeg other than Byfuglien. Maybe they think they’re good for the season? Never count yourself good in the Western Conference, especially as the bottom seed.