Phoenix gets: Lee Stempniak
Toronto gets: 4th and 7th Round Draft picks
Phoenix adds a solid penalty killer and depth forward that makes Phoenix even more difficult to deal with in the playoffs. Toronto adds some more draft picks to its collection. This deal is all about the Coyotes but the Maple Leafs will get the attention. The Coyotes are coming out of this deadline looking much nicer.
Phoenix trades: Forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter
Colorado trades: Wojtek Wolski
Two potential (likely) playoff teams trading off headaches. For Colorado, they add a couple of offensive players who might strongly benefit from a change of scenery. Mueller’s offensive potential is high but he’s struggled a ton in Phoenix the last couple years. Kevin Porter is a former Hobey Baker Award winner with the University of Michigan who could be a dynamic scorer if given the opportunity. Dave Tippett’s arrival in Phoenix basically closed the door on Porter (and Mueller, really) getting a chance to flex their offensive talents.
As for Wolski, he started off the season hot for the Avalanche and while he’s cooled off a bit, he can make plays and score and the Coyotes needed someone to take Scottie Upshall’s spot in the lineup since he went down with an injury. Wolski has speed and he’s young and he’s got a good touch with the puck.
This is a real, actual hockey trade with real actual NHL players involved. This is a deal that could shake out as great and even in the future or could look bad on Colorado if Mueller and Porter can’t shake the Phoenix funk off.
Boston sends Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 2011 4th round pick.
This deal clears out salary space for Boston to make more moves later today. Depending on how the rest of the day and season goes for Boston, the signing of Morris at the beginning of the year will call into question the wisdom of Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli signing Morris (and others) to such fat contracts while letting the team’s only goal scorer twist in the wind and eventually get traded.
We’ll see how this pans out the rest of the day for Boston, clearly they’re angling to just get into the playoffs and hope to get hot. Of course they could be setting up to face either Pittsburgh or Washington so picking one’s poison might not be so awesome here.