The Los Angeles Kings Teddy Purcell has been spent most of the last two years playing for the clubs farm team, the Manchester Monarchs. But for two years running, hes been with the parent organization on trade deadline day. Despite being a restricted free agent at seasons end and among the best skaters in the NHL, the affable 23-year-old wasnt concerned about being dealt. It never really crossed my mind, he says from Los Angeles before his Kings were set to host the Dallas Stars Thursday night. I didnt have any indication or feel like that. But then again, other people havent as well when theyve been traded. Just one player, Patrick OSullivan, was shipped out of LA before Wednesdays trade deadline. But the trade a three team jobbie that saw the oft-injured Carolina Hurricanes Justin Williams end up in Los Angeles for OSullivan who was in turn flipped to the Edmonton Oilers, with a draft pick, for former Cane Erik Cole came out of nowhere. Usually there are rumours floating around, but no one really talked about it. Everyone kind of expected the same group to be around. Then, out of nowhere, Sully got traded. (Sully and Purcell had become good friends over the last couple of years.) It goes to show that no one is untouchable and things happen for a reason. Its tough to see some of your good buddies go, but when we signed up for this business, we knew that was part of it. * * * * * Briefly on the subject of trades. Everyone has been making a lot of the Calgary Flames wheeling and dealing on Wednesday. And while I think the acquisitions of Leopold and Jokinen make the Flames an even better team in the West, it wasnt the trade of the day for me. That honour goes to the San Jose Sharks who picked up Travis Moen. Moen, by most standards, is a middle of the road third or fourth line grinder. But what makes him valuable to the Sharks is his playoff experience. Remember the Anaheim Ducks inspired playoff run and subsequent Stanley Cup championship two years ago? In the Western Conference semifinals, Moen scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks to win the game and give Anaheim a 31 series lead. Moen then scored another game-winning goal in Game 1 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final against the Ottawa Senators, and scored the cup-winning goal in Game 5 to win his first Stanley Cup. Mark my word, with a player like Moen added to the already potent Sharks and youve got a team to reckon with in the playoffs.
- July 27, 2010 - 13:55
I think that next year , they should cut the trade time to one hour instead of keeping people in suspense . It was an eight hour tv show about nothing except four or five EXPERTS trying their darndest to to fill in air time with inane / useless information . Which team came out on top ? . Right now i'd say Calgary because Jokinen and Leopold came thru for them right off the bat . Is a team allowed to play two goalies at once ? If so , the leafs can give Gerber a rest every now and then , and put Cujo and Kolzig in the net . Overall , the draft amounted to a lot of hype and was 75% predictable . Looks like one team got better .