Trade Deadline BlowoutThursday, April 04, 2013
WRAPPING UP TRADES
The biggest impact trade I left out of the first two pages (look, I don’t blame you for skimming this one if needed) is the Ben Bishop - Cory Conacher swap. Bishop should get plenty of starts with the Tampa Bay Lightning, which almost guarantees that his sterling stats will drop, although he could be a useful “quantity over quality” guy. Conacher’s likely to get a great chance to produce in Ottawa because the Senators are being forced to be more resourceful than MacGyver when it comes to squeezing out wins. I actually think Conacher’s going to be much more intriguing in the future - imagine if he’s a regular top power play guy alongside the like of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson - but his situation is one to watch.
I’ll say this about Matt Lombardi ... he’s fast? ... Raffi Torres for a third-rounder? I guess the Sharks had to make a mistake or everyone would grumble about the ridiculous set of assets they received for spare parts ... Jussi Jokinen might get a real shot with the Penguins in the short-term. I’d keep an eye on him.
INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS
Patrice Bergeron has a “moderate” concussion. That’s not good since this would be head injury number four at the NHL level, as far as I can tell. (Not including non-diagnosed issues, of course) ... Good gravy is Taylor Hall ever on a hot streak. He has a six game run with seven goals and eight assists (15 points) highlighted by last night's jaw-dropping five-point performance. He also had nine points in five games from March 10-17 before totally slacking off in two pointless games on March 23 and 25. Amazing stuff. It's almost like he was the top pick of a draft or something ... Antti Niemi is on a six-game winning streak while Devan Dubnyk’s won four in a row ... Tomas Plekanec is day-to-day with a lower-body conundrum ... Chris Kelly sounds like might near a return ... The same can’t be said for Ville Leino.