The NHL trading deadline is today, but so far no major moves have gone down. However, one fairly notable trade has happened. The Montreal Canadiens have traded Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators.
For Kostitsyn, the Canadiens get a second round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth round draft pick. Earlier this season, the Predators traded for Hal Gill, another former Hab, and, of course, once upon a time Nashville acquired Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei’s brother, from Montreal. If this continues, maybe eventually every Canadien will be a Predator.
Kostitsyn has been a disappointment this season, as he only has 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games. However, he has scored at least 20 goals and 41 points at least three times, so he could be a scoring threat. Perhaps the change of scenery will help. Sergei certainly seemed to pick up his play after leaving Montreal.
Montreal didn’t get much for this trade, but that’s what happens when you trade away players on the verge of free agency. The Canadiens are not going to make the playoffs this season, so they are trying to get some pieces for their future. Pieces that are bilingual, I assume. Meanwhile, Nashville is making a run at going deep into the playoffs, perhaps in hopes of getting Shea Weber and Ryan Suter to stay.
I like this trade for Nashville. They got a player than can help improve their offense by giving away very little. This is a team that is an outside Stanley Cup contender, and this trade only helps that. Montreal, on the other hand, didn’t get much. However, they weren’t in a very good position in terms of this trade, and it’s not like trading Kostitsyn is going to keep them from the postseason.
Here are some other minor deals of some note:
Chicago traded a 2013 second round pick and a 2013 third round pick to Winnipeg for defenseman Johnny Oduya. Oduya is a decent defenseman who can provide some depth to the Blackhawks’ defensive corps. I’m kind of surprised the Jets traded him, considering that they are outside playoff contenders. Still, I like this trade for both teams, but a bit more for Chicago.
Vancouver traded two fourth round picks to Colorado for Sami Pahlsson. Pahlsson is the kind of player that always seems to get traded at the deadline, as he is a gritty defensive forward. This trade is pretty good for both teams, although it isn’t going to make or break the Canucks’ run at the Cup.
Lastly, San Jose traded Jamie McGinn, two prospects in Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa, and a seventh round pick to Colorado for forwards T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik. Galiardi and Winnik are two depth forwards who could help the Sharks a bit, while it appears the Avalanche are just looking to pick up pieces at the deadline. They haven’t done anything that will keep them from a playoff push, but they clearly aren’t going all in either. I don’t think they’ll make it, so looking to the future is a wise move.
The deadline is almost here, and we are still waiting for a big move. We just have to wait and see if anything monumental happens.