After a relatively quiet news day in the NHL on Wednesday, most everyone is anxiously waiting for next shoe to drop regarding trades and acquisitions. Several Caniacs are looking for management to bring in some fresh blood to Raleigh, hopefully which would give the team a shot of adrenaline and a new dynamic, if nothing else.
But be careful what you wish for, because most times, no deal is better than making the wrong deal.
A perfect example of a team making unwise moves at the deadline would be Atlanta in 2007, when they gave up their 1st and 3rd round picks in 2007 and 1st and 2nd rounders in 2008 to acquire Keith Tkachuk. How did that work out? The Thrashers were swept by the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
Atlanta also gave up promising youngster Braydon Coburn, who is now a mainstay on the Flyers blueline, for old-timer Alexei Zhitnik, who was out of the league the very next year.
There is no way Jim Rutherford would make those types of deals this season, but he did bring in Anson Carter one year which was an acquisition that did not really improve the team.
There is a lot of chatter out there. Will the Canes be buyers, or sellers, or both?
After the jump, a handful of trade/rumor related links, including more about Brad Richards, Cory Stillman, and our very own Joni Pitkanen:
These players could be yours, if the price is right...
Dallas GM not leaving out any possibility regarding his star player.
Dustin Penner, Ladislav Smid, and more...
Waiver wire is busy on Wednesday. Some teams making cap room?
Chris Phillips is still a possibility.
Coyotes might be interested in Cory Stillman, (and other Panthers).
Columbus in same boat as Canes, not sure whether to buy or sell?
The Hockey News: Rumor Roundup: Rumor Roundup: What's next for the Avs?
Is Colorado done dealing?; what moves will Lombardi make?; will Connolly join the Kings?; and more.
The Hockey News: Rory Boylen's Blog: THN.com Blog: Who wins the weekend's blockbusters?
Two massive trades came out of nowhere in the past few days, so we break down which teams came out on top.
Brophy on Deadline: 10 names to shop - sportsnet.ca
Despite the pre-deadline flurry of activity, there are still names out there to be had, including Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen.