I’m going to pick up where I left off. If you know him, you love him or hate him. (I personally can’t get enough of his Twitter antics) The next trade hits a bit close to my heart. It’s…
Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay for a conditional 7th Round pick in 2013 to Detroit
Mike Commodore has notoriously been THE healthy scratch of the NHL for the past 3 years. In his heyday Commie found steady work with the Carolina Hurricanes in their Stanley Cup winning year and 1 1/2 years following that. After the BLOCKBUSTER trade to Ottawa for Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo (you may now kick yourself, Ottawa) he was shipped to the capital of Canada. He even had decent work in Ottawa for the half year he was there and his first full season in Columbus. The trouble all started in his second season with Columbus. His personal work ethic was called into question and he was shipped between Columbus and Springfield and by 2010-2011, he played a total of 31 games between the Blue Jackets and Falcons. His career began to look up when he was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2011, however, his trade to Tampa Bay gives the impression that he wasn’t leaving too much of a dent in Detroit. This trade is somewhat of a heartbreaker for his fans because the condition of this 7th round pick is that Mike needs to play AT LEAST 10 games this season for the pick trade to be made. In other words, he was given away for free! He played last night against Montreal for the Bolts. 1 down, 9 to go!
Winner: Tampa Bay
Nick Schultz to Edmonton for Tom Gilbert to Minnesota
Character locker room leader Nick Schultz was traded to Edmonton much to the disappointment of his teammates who found out following practice that Schultz, who has been with the organization since its inception in 2000, was traded. When interviewed:
Cal Clutterbuck, upon hearing Schultz had been dealt to Edmonton, needed to process the developments and gather himself before discussing it. Eventually, he said, “To me, he’s what this franchise is all about.”
On the other end of this trade, Tom Gilbert recently came back from a nasty boarding by Chicago’s Dan Carcillo and, on a positive note, he’s coming home! A Bloomington, Minnesota native, Gilbert will be playing in front of friends and family and seemed genuinely excited to return to his roots in his post-trade interview.
Winner: Minnesota Oilers get their much needed senior defenseman; the Wild get their much needed scoring defenseman but in terms of longevity of the trade and sheer numbers, Gilbert has the upperhand.
Carter Ashton to Toronto for Keith Aulie to Tampa Bay
This was a fairly minor trade for the two clubs involved. Carter has been successful in his time with the Norfolk Admirals (19G, 16A) and Aulie has some time (17 games) with the Maple Leafs but only has 2 assists with the big club and one assist with the Marlies.
Winner: Toronto (with time)
Dan Winnick, TJ Galiardi, and 7th Round pick in ’13 to San Jose for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connelly, and Michael Sgarbossa to Colorado
The largest trade of the day in terms of players involved, the Avs were looking for scoring while the Sharks were in need of some penalty killing power. Winnick is a strong puck blocking forward who should be able to help San Jose who are currently ranked 28th in the league in penalty killing. Jamie McGinn has scored 12 goals this season and could be an asset to the Avs who are on the playoff bubble.
Winner: San Jose