Today's Trade Deadline couldn't have been more boring as only 15 deals were struck with the biggest one coming from the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres which saw Cody Hodgson and Zach Kassian swapped jerseys. The Trade Deadline day I will say is over-hyped but it has been proven to be one of the most important days in the NHL season, as smart teams have added the right pieces and have went on to win Stanley Cups.
I get excited every year for the Trade Deadline and I don't think that will change anytime soon. Now that is over, here are today's winners and losers.
The Flames and Blues head into the dome tonight for a game probably not many fans have had their mind on all day. Both the Flames and Blues decided to stay pat, as neither one made a single trade today. Regardless there is a game to be played and more importantly two points on the line. The Blues have been one of the surprises this season, not the fact that they are in the playoff race but more of the fact that the Blues are competing with the Red Wings for the Central Division crown as they sit just two points back. The Flames on the other hand are trying to just prove that they are a playoff team as they are currently on a 3 game skid and sit 3 points back of the 8th place Dallas Stars.
Greger Buer looks at why Trade Deadline Day has become to most over hyped day on the NHL calender and why the Flames didn't do anything today, but have made moves in the past three months that made up for it.
Inconsistency is the featured word heading into tonight’s clash between the Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the first and only meeting between the clubs this season as in the past two years; each team has one win against each other (10/11- Flames 3-2 SO, 09/10- Flyers- 3-0). Dating back almost a decade shows that Dome ice has been good for the Flyers winning 3 straight since March 2001. Both teams have battled inconsistency this season, causing respective coaches and front office staff to pull the hair out of their head at moments and wonder if their team is a legitimate playoff team.
The Flames and Coyotes come into the Saddledome tonight for their second meeting of the season and to clash in crucial game number 61. The Coyotes came away with a 2-1 overtime victory on Feb. 9 in the Desert and will look for their 4th consecutive victory. The Coyotes are one of the hottest teams in the league going 8-1-1 in their past ten games. The Flames on the other hand will look to bounce back after an extremely disappointing 6-1 loss to their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames currently sit in 9th sitting a point back of the Los Angeles Kings and sit 4 points back of the 7th place Coyotes.