Blockbuster at the Deadline


What started as an inquiry the day before the deadline, turned into a blockbuster reported a few minutes after it.  The Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers were able to finalize a deal for Jonathan Toews minutes prior to the deadline, but due to a technical glitch were unable to report it until a conference call with the league. The Capitals sent Tyler Bozak, prospects Dylan Larkin, Kyle Rau, Connor Carrick and their 1st and 2nd draft picks in 2017 to the Oilers for Toews and Michael Frolik.

“At first it was only an inquiry and then discussions continued throughout Saturday morning and afternoon. We were able to come to an agreement a few minutes prior to the deadline. We are extremely happy we could acquire a player like Toews. He will bring great leadership to this team. We are sad to see Larkin go, but it is the price you pay for elite players,” GM Torrie told the media.

Toews and Frolik will add more depth to an already deep lineup. Toews will likely line-up with Corey Perry and James Neal on the first line, while Frolik will lineup Nick Bonino and new acquired Benoit Pouliot.

Prior to the deadline, the Caps made several trades to improve their team’s chances in the playoffs. Over the past month, the Caps have brought in Brent Seabrook, Mike Green, Mike Hoffman, Pouliot, Boyd Gordon, Andrew Campbell, Brad Boyes and Kimmo Timonen. The team has improved their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs with the new additions.

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At the start if the year GM Mark Rogers drafted what he thought was a pretty good Avalanche team. Starting the season the team was under performing and battling for the 8th seed in the West. Often on the outside looking in. Something wasn’t clicking…..

Flash Back 30 Games ago. Colorado made a blockbuster trade with St.Louis bringing in:

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Since the Trade the Avs have went an impressive (19-4-6-1) picking up 45 of a possible 60 points over 30 games. They have sky rocketed to the Top of the Western Conference defeating many of the best in the East along the way!

St.Louis has been teamed up with Mike Fisher & Jeff Carter on the Avs 2nd line. Putting up 19 points (7goals & 12 Assists) with a +8 Rating….. with St. Louis Carter has been on a tear!! Flirting with the Player of the Month awards.

Markov since the move has been on the top pairing D-line with David Savard. Putting up an impressive 16 points in 30 games. (2 Goals & 14 Assists) with a +5 rating taking away a lot of pressure off #1 Defencemen Ryan Suter


With the trade deadline coming up this month…..Many teams will be looking to change up the fortunes of their team much like the Avalanche have done! Should be an interesting month!