UPDATE 3:24 P.M.
Now officially it seems to be all quiet on the NHL trade front. So I leave the blog to you Admirals fans.
So Roundtable, do you think the Nashville Predators are a playoff team with the roster they currently have?
With Nashville not trading for a defenseman, has Jonathon Blum staked his claim on a NHL roster spot for the rest of the season?
Since Nashville stood pat, Milwaukee’s roster remains in tact. How do you see the rest of the Admirals’ season shaking out?
Do you wish Nashville acquired more prospects for Milwaukee?
From the trades that occurred, did any of the AHL’s West Division teams improve/get worse roster-wise?
UPDATE 2:49 P.M.
Things appear to be slowing down, so here is a quick catch up on the day. Nashville/Milwaukee did little if anything today other than kick tires. Lots of rumors during the day had the Predators interested in a defenseman, either Chris Campoli or Ladislav Smid, but neither transaction materialized.
One last big deadline deal of note, former Predator Jason Arnott of New Jersey went to the Washington Capitals for West Bend, Wisconsin, native David Steckel and a second round pick.
One last small deadline deal to report, two Boston Bruins prospects, defenseman Jeff Penner of Providence and Mikko Lehtonen moved to the Minnesota Wild organization for goaltender Anton Khobodin of the Houston Aeros.
UPDATE 2:38 P.M.
It appears the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Chicago Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Atlanta in exchange for defenseman Brett Festerling, who is currently a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
AHLer Joel Perreault was the player Anaheim got in return for Maxim Lapierre and prospect MacGregor Sharp, who was playing with Syracuse.
UPDATE 2:31 P.M.
In the exchange for Chris Higgins, Florida got a third round pick and prospect defenseman Evan Oberg. Oberg has played in 38 AHL games this season with the Manitoba Moose. Current Toronto Marlies forward John Mitchell was traded to the New York Rangers for a seventh round pick.
UPDATE 2:18 P.M.
The NHL’s trade deadline has come and passed. However, lots of trades will still be filtering in. So far here is what I have heard in the last few minutes: Freddie Modin moves to Calgary from Atlanta, Chris Higgins moves to Vancouver from Florida, Vancouver also gets Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim and Jason Arnott goes to Washington from New Jersey. Brad Richards officially won’t be traded from Dallas.
UPDATE 1:44 P.M.
Thanks to MiB for catching my miss as I was trying to track down information on the Penner trade. Former Wisconsin forward Brad Winchester was traded from St. Louis to the Anaheim Ducks for a third round draft pick.
UPDATE 1:31 P.M.
The first trade of “significance” today just occurred. Dustin Penner was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to Los Angeles in exchange for a first round pick, conditional third round pick and prospect Colten Teubert. Teubert will likely end up with Oklahoma City as he continues to develop. He’s played 39 games with Manchester in the AHL this season.
Lots of value for Edmonton on this trade, basically two first round picks and a conditional pick that could end up being a second rounder. Clearly the pressure was on General Manager Dean Lombardi of the Kings to do something to improve his team.
UPDATE 1:06 P.M.
The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Chris Campoli for a second round draft pick and forward Ryan Potulny. Potulny leaves from Rockford of the AHL, recently going pointless in Saturday’s win over Milwaukee and picking up one assist in the Ice Hogs win over Houston Sunday.
UPDATE 12:35 P.M.
Up to three total trades so far, pretty quiet stuff. Columbus trades defenseman Rotislav Klesla for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto. Phoenix also gets AHL player Dane Byers from Springfield, who may be joining the San Antonio Rampage.
UPDATE 10:55 A.M.
Only two moves so far, both involving the Florida Panthers, who sent Dennis Wideman to Washington and Radek Dvorak to Atlanta while acquiring Niclas Bergfors from the Thrashers. The Panthers picked up two AHLers, Jake Hauswirth from Hershey and Patrick Rissmiller from Lake Erie.
UPDATE 7:36 A.M.
Good morning from frigid Wisconsin. Today is an unofficial holiday in Canada and at every other crazed hockey fan’s home. Thanks to the NHL Network, I will have TSN’s Trade Centre on all morning/afternoon.
Anyway, I plan to update as I see them any/every trade involving the Nashville Predators, Milwaukee Admirals or any former Admiral that I recognize, anything of significance I see, something unusual (one team getting totally fleeced on a deal, aka Brad Richards being traded for a Chicago Wolves prospect), or someone with a connection to hockey in the Badger state.
As I write, Nashville sits in a monster log jam in the West at 72 points, tied with three other teams for 7th place, four points behind fourth place Phoenix and four points ahead of 12th place Columbus. The Predators may be buying rentals to help Nashville make a final playoff push.
Feel free to chime in on the comments section. I will try to time stamp everything I post. Should be a fun day.