Things Get Rolling
Some quick thoughts on a host of major deals that have down in the past 90 minutes:
Brad Richards to Dallas: A perfect No. 2 guy behind the vastly improved Mike Ribeiro, and who knows, maybe Richards takes over the top role in the post-season. The Stars didn't hurt themselves in the deal, other than taking on Richards' huge contract, and even losing shootout Jussi Jokinen isn't that bad because Richards is outstanding on free shots.
For Tampa, they had to move a big contract after signing Dan Boyle. After failing to get the No. 1 goalie they thought they were getting when they picked up Marc Denis, the Bolts have to hope Mike Smith is really the answer this time.
Brian Campbell to San Jose: The Sharks needed that puck-mover on the back end, and Campbell is a player who has gone very deep into the post-season the past two years. The Sabres, in turn, had to get a meaningful player in return, not just futures, and Steve Bernier is a solid youngster and an NHL player right now. But does Campbell solve all the uncertainties with a maddening San Jose team?
Montreal trades away No. 1 goalie Cristobal Huet for a draft pick, leaving rookie Carey Price on his own going into the post-season. For a team thinking it has a chance to win the east, this is a perplexing move, unless there's a veteran goalie going to the Habs before the deadline. Could it be Johan Hedberg from Atlanta if the Marian Hossa deal happens?
And could Ollie Kolzig end up in Ottawa with Huet now in Washington?
And the Leafs? Surely there's more to come than Wade Belak to Florida.