It's March 3, 2010 and the trade deadline is at 3pm EST this afternoon. For many teams, it's a last ditched effort to plug any holes or bolster their lineup for the playoff push. While for others, it's about unloading parts that don't fit your plans for the future. Historically, it's a big day and for fans, it's like Christmas.
A lot of movement is likely at this deadline. Many teams think they are capable of winning the Stanley Cup and just about every team in the league has some sort of playoff shot. One the most intriguing scenario's for today has to be the Florida Panthers. The Panthers continue to be one of those teams that knocks on the door of the playoffs every year but falls short. Talent is there but ownership's not willing to take the extra steps needed to get better. The Panthers traded away Jay Bouwmeester, Oli Jokinen in the past few seasons and reports are that Tomas Vokoun will be next if he waives his No trade clause. It will be interesting to see if players like David Booth and Nathan Horton are also moved. With their lack of success and constant trading away of talented players, the Panthers could find themselves in serious trouble of even holding on to that franchise unless a new ideology is found.
Another topic of the day is goaltending. Several teams in the league want an upgrade and should attempt to upgrade. If anyone saw the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders last night, you would know what I'm talking about. Dwayne Roloson withstood a shooting gallery in the first to keep the Islanders in the game, who then erupted for 4 goals in the 2nd period to win easily. Many of the Isles goals tonight could have been stopped and if the Blackhawks think they can win in the playoffs with shotty goaltending they can't, no matter how good they are.
With Ray Emery out for the season, look for the Flyers to acquire a goalie. Could Marty Biron be heading back? Will the Islanders trade Dwayne Roloson or Biron now that Dipietro could be out ? Where does Marty Turco end up? Do the Capitals stand pat with Varlomov and Theodore?
Please comment and discuss the day's action.