We conclude our week-long feature, looking at past trade deadlines and seeing how they affected the teams and players involved. If you missed any this week, you can check them out here.
The Blockbuster: Doug Weight to Carolina Carolina: Doug Weight, Erkki Rajamaki St. Louis: Jesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, Magnus Kahnberg, 1st round pick (Patrik Berglund), two 4th round picks
This blockbuster didn’t draw much on the Richter scale but it did involve a boatload of assets. Like Keith Tkachuk in 2007, Doug Weight left St. Louis as a rental, then returned the following season. The Hurricanes acquired Weight with the postseason in mind, and the veteran certainly helped them in their quest for the Cup.
Weight provided solid depth in Carolina on their run to the final, and recorded 16 points in 23 games. He was unable to play in Game 7 against Edmonton due to a separated shoulder; but him lifting the Cup with a bum shoulder is a lasting image I’ve had of that Cup victory for the ‘Canes.
It was an interesting package that the Blues got in return for Weight. The first-rounder, Patrik Berglund, is paying dividends now. However, the others didn’t quite work out in St. Louis.
Mike Zigomanis has proven to be a valuable depth player, but only played in two games for the Blues; Jesse Boulerice is a defacto life-time AHLer; Magnus Kahnberg never played an NHL game. It’s worth noting that neither did Erkki Rajamaki, who went to Carolina in this trade.
The Steal: 1st Round Pick (Varlamov) to Washington Nashville: Brendan Witt Washington: Kris Beech, 1st round pick (Semyon Varlamov)
I’m sure this is one of the few trades that Predators GM David Poile would like back. But it was more about what Washington got out of the deal… and no, we’re not talking about Kris Beech. The first-round pick that the Caps acquired for Brendan Witt was used to draft Semyon Varlamov, the young stud goalie for Bruce Boudreau and company.
Varlamov, 22, still has a lot of room to grow his room, but is an important part of the Capitals’ future plans if he continues his upward progression.
Meanwhile, Witt was a bust in Nashville. His second home was the penalty box, especially in the first-round series against San Jose. He had a solid track record of being a shutdown D-man in Washington, but that didn’t carry that over to the Music City.
The Win-win: Sergei Samsonov for 2nd Round Pick (Lucic)
Edmonton: Sergei Samsonov
Boston: Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, 2nd round pick (Milan Lucic)
Drafted eighth overall by Boston, Sergei Samsonov was always a popular and skilled player. However, injuries put a cap on that potential. After the lockout, the Bruins were near the bottom of the standings and dealt Samsonov to the Oilers.
The second-rounder included in that deal turned into Milan Lucic for the B’s. Lucic has obviously become one of the more effective power forwards in the game today, and is a key piece to the puzzle for the current-day Bruins. Neither Marty Reasoner nor Yan Stastny played with the B’s past the 2006/07 season.
Samsonov was a great rental pickup for the stretch run and playoffs by Edmonton. He had 16 points in 19 games to close out the year, then chipped with 15 points in 24 playoff games. He was one of a handful of deadline acquisitions that helped the Oilers get to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.
The Cup Champion’s acquisitions… Carolina Hurricanes:
Acquired: Doug Weight, Mark Recchi
Traded: Niklas Nordgren, Krys Kolanos, Jesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, Magnus Kahnberg, 1st round pick, 2007 2nd round pick, two 4th round picks
At the time it may have looked like the ‘Canes gave up a lot to get Weight and Recchi.
As it looks now, though, GM Jim Rutherford did not pay a big price to acquire two veterans that helped bring the first Stanley Cup to Raleigh. Weight, as mentioned above, provided valuable depth. Mark Recchi also added some punch and contributed with 16 points in 25 playoff games – including two game-winners.
Other notable deals…
Edmonton: Jaroslav Spacek
Chicago: Tony Salmelainen
Nashville: Mike Sillinger
St. Louis: Timofei Shishkanov
Calgary: Mike Leclerc, Brian Boucher
Phoenix: Steven Reinprecht, Philippe Sauve
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