Going into the trade deadline I was asked what did I think was going to happen and I didn't think really that much was going to happen based on the very few sellers compared to buyers and the asking prices for some of the players being offerred were ridiculously high. So really today with not really much happening until the final hour where it picked up so here on my thoughts on all the trades that happenned.

Going from the order of when they were announced

To Nashville: F Andrei Kostitsyn

To Montreal: 2nd Round Pick(2013), Conditional 5th Round Pick

If this doesn't get Andrei going I don't know what will he was unmotivated for the last 2 years in Montreal and really I haven't been a fan of his game at all. I wasn't a fan of his brother but Barry Trotz was able to change my mind about that now as he has become one of their better players so if Barry Trots can't motivate older brother Andrei he will find himself in the KHL next year. Montreal gets a nice haul getting a 2nd round pick in return

To Tampa Bay: D Mike Commodore

To: Detroit: Conditional 7th Round Pick

The condition being he must play 15 or more regular season games for the Lightning and the club must qualify for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs which likely won't happen so really its a move that 

To Edmonton: D Nick Schultz

To Minnesota: D Tom Gilbert

A trade where both teams switch defensemen the Oilers getting a defensive defenseman while the Wild get the offensive defenseman nothing really biggie Wild players were shocked and twitter was a buzz when it was believed that Schultz found out before the trade before Wild management told him about it but he was on the ice at the time in practice and was pulled off and was then told about the trade. Last I checked I don't think players are able to check their twitter during practice

To Toronto: F Carter Ashton

To Tampa Bay: D Keith Aulie

With the emergence in the Marlies of defensemen Korbinian Holtzer and Jesse Blacker and the amount of depth the Leafs have on defense it gives the Leafs a chance to add to the forward depth Carter Ashton is a 1st round pick in 2009 and is a big body power forward potiential that Burke's scouts had pushed him for awhile. Aulie gives Tampa more depth and help on defense which they badly need

To Ottawa: D Matt Gilroy

To Tampa Bay: D Brian Lee

A switch of defensemen Lee had trouble finding playing time in Ottawa and Gilroy has struggled mostly this year with Tampa Bay

To San Jose: F Daniel Winnik, F T.J. Galiardi, 2013 7th Round Pick

To Colorado: F Jamie McGinn, F Michael Sgarbossa, F Mike Connolly

Winnik and Galiardi provide the Sharks with some grit while the Avalanche get a decent 3rd line winger in McGinn and a couple prospects a pretty good one in Sgarbossa who

To Vancouver: F Samuel Pahlsson

To Columbus: Two 2012 4th Round Picks

Pahlsson is a proven playoff performer and a decent depth player that will help the Canucks while Columbus gets 2 draft picks for him

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya

To Winnipeg: 2013 2nd Round Pick, 2013 3rd Round Pick

Even with the Jets in a playoff position they are still thinking long term and get 2 picks for a pending UFA while Blackhawks get some help on defense

To Boston: F Brian Rolston, D Mike Mottau

To NY Islanders: F Yannick Riendeau, D Marc Cantin

Rolston was on waivers and could have been had for free hasn't been really relevant for the past few years the rest meh

To Nashville: F Paul Gaustad, 2013 4th Round Pick

To Buffalo: 2012 1st Round Pick

Predators pay a high price to get Gaustad a gritty shutdown defenseman with the aquisitions of him and Kostitsyn they are showing both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber that they are going for it this year. Sabres were holding out for a 1st and got what they wanted out of it I think it was a high price to pay for it but if it gets Nashville a cup they won't care

To Boston: D Greg Zanon

To Minnesota:  F Steve Kampfer

With defenseman Johnny Boychuk out day to day pretty much its a depth move for them. Kempfer is a former 4th round pick of Anaheim and his 2nd season in the NHL played 38 games last season for the Bruins but didn't dress for the playoffs and hasn't played since January 31st

To NY Rangers: D John Scott

To Chicago: 2012 5th Round Pick

John Scott is a 29 year old 6 foot 8 inch 270 defenseman that fights. Thats all you need to know

To Vancouver: F Andrew Gordon

To Anaheim: D Sebastien Erixon

Andrew Gordon has played 27 games with Anaheim and has 5 points in 37 games while Erixon has played in the Swedish Elite League and the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

To Toronto D Mark Fraser

To Anaheim F Dale Mitchell

Its not a trade deadline unless the Leafs and Ducks make a trade in fact it seems like this happens almost every year though this one has less fan fare than the other ones have had both players have played this season primarily in the AHL so not really much to mention here

To Buffalo: F Cody Hodgson, D Alexander Sulzer

To Vancouver: F Zack Kassian, D Marc-Andre Gragnani

The big move of the day right at the end now this deal I like for both sides Hodgson while having a really nice year and is a calder trophy candidate is performing well despite the small amount of ice time and since he will be 3rd always on the depth chart on Vancouver behind Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler so he will get a lot more ice time and the Sabres are getting a talented skilled centre while the Canucks are getting a player with a power forward potiential that has skill and hits and is the type of player Vancouver severely lacked last year in the Cup final against Boston both teams come out well

Reading my twitter as I follow and have a few followers that are Canucks fans and Sabres fans and readin as much for my Canucks fans I have are upset at the moment of losing Hodgson and my Sabres fans are escastic to get Hodgson trust me Canucks fans go look at Kassian and look at how he plays you won't be disapointed come playoff time and neither will Sabres fans in a few years both teams benefit here

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