Trade Deadline Day 2013 is a wrap.
Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli officially announced at 4:30 p.m. - when the team's press release was issued - that the club has acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014. The pick becomes a sixth rounder if Redden plays in at least one game of the 2013 playoffs.
Earlier today, the B's confirmed they had acquired center Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Max Sauve.
Redden has appeared in 23 games this year with the St. Louis Blues, scoring two goals and three assists with 11 penalty minutes - the Blues currently sit in the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The 35-year-old veteran has skated in 1017 NHL games between the Ottawa Senators (1995-2008), New York Rangers (2008-2010) and the St. Louis Blues (2012-2013) througout his career and has registered 108 goals and 347 assists for 455 points during that span. Redden recently skated in his 1,000 NHL game on February 7, 2013 against the Detroit Red Wings and is the 10th active defenseman to reach that milestone.
The 6'2", 205-pound native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (second overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He is a former teammate of current Bruins Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly during his stint with the Senators.
Coupled with the addition of Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday, the Bruins just picked up 1,397 more games of NHL experience.
GM Peter Chiarelli is addressing the Boston media at TD Garden at 5:00 p.m. so be sure to follow the live stream via BostonBruins.com and live tweets @NHLBruins.
2:50 PM - Not much to update at this point in the juncture, but there are 10 minutes left until the official trade deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET. Though, as in years past, you can expect trades to be announced past that time, as the NHL files through the technicalities from a flurry of last-minute deals.
So far, only eight trades have been reported, including the B's deal with Chicago for Rob Flick in exchange for Max Sauve that kicked it all off.
1:01 p.m. - The start of Trade Deadline Day saw crickets in the early morning until we hit past noon, but on the inside of course, the 30 NHL general managers, including B's GM Peter Chiarelli, were sure to be working the phones as hard as ever.
As such, the Bruins confirm that they have acquired forward Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Max Sauve.
A few notes on Flick....
The center has skated in 51 games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs this season and has registered three goals and two assists with 97 penalty minutes (ranks 5th on the team). The 22-year old has appeared in 96 AHL games, tallying 10 goals and 8 assists with 188 penality minutes during that span.
Prior to joining the Rockford IceHogs, Flick spent three seasons (2008-2010) with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL where he skated in 181 games and notched 46 goals and 53 assists. Flick also played in 17 games with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye in 2012, where he potted four goals and six assists with 43 penalty minutes. The forward racked up 393 penalty minutes with Mississauga and led the team in 2010 and 2011 with 157 and 167 penalty minutes, respectively. In 46 playoff OHL playoff games with Mississauga, Flick earned 11 goals and 11 assists for 16 points, while accumulating 92 penalty minutes.
The 6'2", 208-pound native of London, Ontario was drafted in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
With the deal, the B's send Sauve to the 'Hawks. In his time in the B's system, Sauve has skated in 52 games this year with the Providence Bruins this season and has scored 10 goals and earned 13 assists. In total, Sauve has appeared in 158 games with the P-Bruins and has registered 44 goals and 45 assists. The forward skated in one NHL game with Boston.
The 6'2", 184-pound forward hails from of Tours, France and was drafted in the second round (47th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.
12:10 p.m. - With less than three hours until the 3:00 p.m. cut-off, and as we await another update from GM Peter Chiarelli, let's take a look back at recent trades surrounding the deadline during the Chiarelli era in Boston, and particularly the key acquisitions that played a role in the 2011 Stanley Cup. This isn't meant to be a precursor of what's to come, but a mere perspective on what has been done on the always highly anticipated day that has impacted the spoked-B...
February 28, 2011
The most important trades surrounding the 2011 deadline were the ones that happened in the lead-up to the day. On February 15, Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a 2011 second-round draft pick (Shane Prince). As many deals often are, this one had been worked on for months, with Chiarelli initially uncomfortable with Ottawa's asking price for a second-round pick.
"The price for Kells did not change and was not going to change as we waited," he remarked after the trade.
Three days later, on February 18, Boston acquired the versatile Rich Peverley from the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers (along with Boris Valabik) for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. Then, prospect Joe Colborne and two draft picks were sent to Toronto for defenseman Tomas Kaberle. All three deals had been intertwined, as the Peverley trade needed to happen in order to clear enough cap space to bring in Kaberle.
While Kaberle is no longer with the B's, the 2011 Cup speaks for itself, and the fact that two main pieces - Kelly and Peverley - are still an important part of Boston's core.
Lost in the shuffle at the time may have been the acquisition on Deadline Day of goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. Now serving as a strong complement to Tuukka Rask as the B's goalie tandem through the compact shortened season, his value is in full effect.
March 3, 2010
Two trades went down on the 2010 trade deadline of March 3, one involving a prospect, and one involving a main component in the Bruins' D-corp and an up-and-comer who's beginning to find his groove.
Chiarelli moved Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 2011 third-round draft pick, which ended up being OHL breakout Anthony Camara with the Barrie Colts, who tallied career highs in goals, assists and points this season with 36-24=60 totals.
The B's GM also picked up defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay's 2010 second-round draft pick (Alexander Petrovic). Though Seidenberg was injured shortly after that acquisition, in the time following, he has been a major part of the B's back end.
Bartkowski may have been a lesser name at the time, but the recent Iginla almost-trade has pushed his name more into the spotlight. And more so in years past, the call-up who has been with Boston since March 22, according to both Chiarelli and Coach Julien, is looking much more comfortable on NHL ice.
March 4, 2009
Through a move that paid dividends on and off the ice, in every aspects of the B's game, and especially for the younger players on the team, Chiarelli brought in Mark Recchi from the Tampa Bay Lightning (along with a 2010 second-round pick which was later traded to Florida in the deal that brought in Seidenberg) in exchange for Matt Lashoff and Martin Karsums.
"I just want to tell everybody how excited I am to be part of the Boston Bruins organization," Recchi said after joining Boston. "And I am looking forward to being a piece of the puzzle to help this team be successful."
And that he did….
Ranging from immediate impacts, to prospects down the road, to draft picks acquired and used in future deals, it's always interesting to think of the implications any one deal could have on the future….
9:02 AM - General Manager Peter Chiarelli and his staff are hard at work - though most of the work has already been done in preparation for the day, especially for a Bruins' team that has a solid lineup, with room to add pieces.
The Bruins GM took a few minutes to check in, and surprisingly, I caught him at a time when his phone took a brief hiatus (not sure how that happened!)
First, he gave a run-down of the day for the B's hockey ops staff.
"Well, it's a busy day. You don't want to force issues, force trades. We've got a couple of little things that we may look in to. Often times on the last day, teams make bigger decisions and sometimes some interesting players – the options on interesting players – fall on your lap, so you have to be prepared for that. Basically, we are prepared, we've already done some deals – player acquisitions. You want to just be prepared for something you don't expect."
"We have cap space and we've got some – we've actually got quite a lot of players, so it would have to be something pretty good for us to do something significant. You've just got to let it happen and you make your calls, and the day happens pretty quickly, actually."
Prior to the acquisition of Jagr yesterday, Chiarelli said he was focusing on adding a defenseman and forward, but reiterated in his press conference regarding Jagr that he was keeping his options open.
So, what is he looking to target today?
"I'm not going to tell you exactly," he said with a smile, knowing I wasn't prying for the specifics. "But there's a couple of players, not like Jagr, or not like Iginla, that we may try and go after. Those are the things we've been working on, anyways, and then you have to make the decision, we made the decision to proceed on Jagr. So, I don't know if we'll really go hard at any of those players. But, I always talk about adding depth, we may do that, defensively, although I like our core, and maybe add one more player up front."
Though this isn't a time when the Bruins are looking to rebuild and rack up draft picks and prospects like some teams around the NHL, the day can often times have ramifications on not only the current roster, but Providence's lineup or the future roster for the B's moving forward.
"We've tried to go into this year with just adding players with expiring contracts, so at least you have the flexibility to decide if you wanted to extend them later on," said Chiarelli.
"The depth extends into Providence; the coach is always on egg shells a little bit around the deadline. But, I don't think we'll move anyone significant down there, or move anyone significant up here. I'm trying to add, I don't want to subtract, so I think everyone can rest easy."
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Welcome in to all of your Boston Bruins coverage for the 2013 Trade Deadline Day on Wednesday, April 3!
This Trade Deadline blog, along with the Bruins mobile app (download it here) and Twitter updates @NHLBruins will bring you all you need on the B's today. Any official updates would be posted first to our official Twitter account, so be sure to follow along.
I'll also be bringing you news and analysis throughout the day via this blog, along with video updates from General Manager Peter Chiarelli.
The Bruins most recent move saw them acquire NHL veteran and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr yesterday (Tuesday, April 2) from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Lane MacDermid, prospect Cody Payne (Plymouth Whalers) and a conditional second-round draft pick in this year's 2013 draft (turns into a first-round pick if the B's make the Eastern Conference Finals in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs). Read the official press release here. Read reaction from Coach and the B's on the trade following last night's game here.
When GM Peter Chiarelli was asked on Tuesday during his press conference if he was done in the market, he responded:
"It’s never done. We’ll see what happens. The thought going into tomorrow, if nothing was done today, is that, for example, if we didn’t get Jaromir [Jagr] that there would be players that would come about. There are always players like that coming up at the last minute; you don’t like to be surprised that way, but you’re prepared for it."
"I would imagine that there would be players like that tomorrow, and if there are some things that we think can help us in the proper context, then we’ll look at it."
Chiarelli said last Thursday, after the Jarome Iginla trade did not end up happening and he ended up on the Penguins, that he had been looking to add at least a forward and defenseman to the B's roster.
Even with the forward pick-up in Jagr, he is still keeping all possibilities open.
"All options," he said, when asked if his focus now shifts to adding a defenseman. "We’ve got [Kaspars] Daugavins that we’ve added, and we’ve got Jagr that we’ve added, and possibly Carl Soderberg. Again, I don’t know what’s going to happen there. So there’s some forwards that are going to be in the mix, so I’m probably leaning more towards defense. But I’m happy with our defense as it stands. I think [Matt] Bartkowski has shown that he’s giving a little different flavor to our group, and I think when we get Adam [McQuaid] back, and Johnny [Boychuk] up and running, I think we’ll be fine. I’m not out there just looking to add numbers."
Soderberg, who's name has come up more and more in the past month, especially in regards to the third line, is still on his playoff run in Sweden with Linkoping HC.
"They [Linkoping HC] won the first round, and they’re down two-one in the second round. We’ll see where that goes. Again, I’d like to think we can get him in here this year for this playoff, but we’ll see."
As for Kaspars Daugavins, the forward was finally able to secure his U.S. work visa and joined the team on Tuesday prior to their game against his former team, the Ottawa Senators (see photo proof here).
"I like him as a player, I think he’s got a lot of elements to his game that are consistent with, or compatible with, our game," said Chiarelli on Daugavins. "He’s strong, I think he’s skilled, and for whatever reason he wasn’t getting played a lot, he didn’t fit there, so that’s fine. So we’ll see where he fits. He’s still a young player, so you try to get him in and look at him, and see where it goes."