In what many observers have been waiting for, it looks like the NHL Trade Deadline season is finally getting underway, as two deals completed this afternoon have seen upcoming free agents move from teams out of the playoffs, to teams positioning themselves for a possible Stanley Cup run.
Dallas sends defenseman Nicklas Grossman to Philadelphia
In the first trade of the day, the Dallas Stars sent 27-year-old defenseman Nicklas Grossman to Philadelphia, for a 2nd-round draft pick this summer, and a 3rd-rounder in 2013. The Flyers have been linked to just about every possible blueliner on the market, and TSN's Darren Dreger said on Twitter just a bit ago that they may be looking for another defenseman to shore up their lineup.
With the trade market featuring more buyers than sellers, this presumably makes things a little bit tougher on the other teams out there still looking for help.
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Just look at the face on that guy! He's ready to COMPETE!
Tampa Bay trades center Dominic Moore to San Jose
In a depth move, the San Jose Sharks picked up center Dominic Moore from Tampa Bay, in exchange for Minnesota's 2nd-round pick this summer, which the Sharks had acquired previously (that might end up being pretty decent). His career-best numbers came with Toronto in 2008-9 (13 goals and 32 assists), but Moore had a strong playoff last year for Tampa, chipping in 3 goals and 8 assists in 18 games.
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As is typical lately, it seems like 2nd-round picks are the currency of choice for decent rental players on expiring contracts. I imagine, however, that as certain markets dry up, such as for veteran defensemen capable of 2nd-pair duty, we might see the price creep up a bit.
What are your thoughts on these two deals? Do they impact the Predators' chances of finding what they need (presuming they need anything at all)?