Well, the NHL trade deadline day is upon us and it looks as if there will be quite a bit of player movement today.
The Bruins made another minor AHL trade last night, sending enforcer Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman, both in Providence, to the Anaheim Ducks for a pair of forwards and QMJHL grads in David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput. Laliberte was a fourth-round pick of the Flyers in 2004 and was Red Line Report's 104th-ranked player in their '04 draft guide. The former PEI Rocket was hailed as a solid defensive forward and character player who lacked the offensive skills to be seen as much more than a depth/lower line player. As for Chaput, the center was a fifth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 out of the Lewiston MAINE-iacs the year they won the Stanley Cup and is a center with some playmaking ability, but is a journeyman minor leaguer who isn't likely to ever make much of an NHL impact.
As for the deadline, things will heat up shortly with some pretty big names in play, and it will be interesting to see if Toronto lands Stephen Weiss as has been rumored, or perhaps John-Michael Liles from the free-falling Colorado Avalanche. Will the Rangers grab Brad Richards from Dallas, or will someone else swoop in? The Broadway Blueshirts appear to be primed to make the most noise today, so we will see if it comes to pass.
As for the draft picks in the 2011 draft, Toronto had a strong week, winning two and then losing two in overtime, adding six points to their record and vaulting from fifth to eighth in the draft position. They're still just a few points from dropping back down (and moving up as well over Buffalo and St. Louis, but the Sabres just got Brad Boyes) and the Blues may not be done dealing, but lousy starts from Pittsburgh (not to mention a horrendous game in net from Marc Andre Fleury) and Atlanta forced those games into overtime when they could have been regulation losses for the Leafs. Bruins fans might want to start looking beyond the names they've gotten used to in the top-five all season and start researching the solid options closer to 10: Jonathan Huberdeau, Brandon Saad, Alex Khokhlachev and possibly David Musil (though his stock could drop him well out of the top-10).
We will soon see where everything sits, but unless something drastic happens, don't expect to see much come out of Boston today.
And with that, we'll look to the draft pick update...
2011 Boston Bruins draft picks as of 28 Feb (6 total picks plus one pending conditional 7th from FLA)
8th overall- Toronto (63 points; 27-27-9)- Completes Phil Kessel trade.
48th overall- Minnesota (72 points;33-23-6)- Completes Chuck Kobasew trade.
82nd overall- Phoenix (76 points; 33-21-10) - Completes Derek Morris trade.
115th overall- Boston (79 points; 36-19-7)
145th overall- Boston
175th overall- Boston
186th overall- Florida (conditional 59 pts; 26-29-7)- Jeff LoVecchio, Jordan Knackstedt to Panthers for Sean Zimmerman, cond. 7th
Traded Picks- 2011 (4 Boston 2011 picks traded in Rounds 1-3, 7)
25th overall- Boston pick Traded to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle
55th overall- Boston pick Traded to Ottawa for Chris Kelly
85th overall Boston pick traded to Florida; Completes Nathan Horton deal
205th overall Boston pick traded to Chicago (Zach Trotman)
Boston Bruins 2012 Draft Picks
2nd- Traded to TOR; conditional: If BOS makes Stanley Cup final or Kaberle re-signed, pick goes to Leafs