Usually the NHL trade deadline is on a Tuesday, but this year the NHL goofed and scheduled a bunch of games tonight.
And games are hard to play when half the league's rosters have been shaken. So they bumped the deadline -- when stuff really happens -- back to Wednesday, creating one extra day of
nothing speculation and rumors. Which is great! ... Right?
With zero trades as games begin on this traditionally fat Tuesday, here instead is what we've learned today:
- There are a lot of rentals still on the lot.
- Gary Roberts sounds like one desperate veteran who maybe should have thought about where he was signing last summer if he wanted to go out in a blaze of playoff glory.
- There are a lot of moneyed guys on waivers like Miro Satan...
- ...But not a lot of money to go around when you gave it all to Daniel Briere...
- ...Yet the Wild found a lot of it for Niklas Backstrom...
- ... And Chris Neil wants some, and apparently the Sens are considering it?
- Rumored and bandied big deals will probably just be, alas, big rumors...
- ...But the rumored Bill Guerin deal from Saturday is "not dead."
- It's okay if the Leafs hold guys like Dominic [sic] Moore and Nik Antropov out for a possible trade, or the Lightning, too, with Mark Recchi, but somehow Garth Snow is a fool for doing the same.
- And that weasel whose new coach once said "he doesn't belong in the league"? He's back in the league, presumably ready to face the Islanders at the Coliseum Thursday. This way to the circus.