2010 trade deadline deals: where are they now?

Yes, this is the NHL website.

Yes, this is the NHL website.

Today, I’m taking the five largest deals (in my opinion) from the 2010 draft, telling you where everyone has ended up, and who won the deal. Get ready from some real interesting stuff, my followers who don’t actually read these.

But first, look at the picture above. This is from the NHL website. It’s like the guy designing it accidentally turned on caps lock and then realized it four trades later, turning it off without fixing it.

5. The Boston Bruins trade D Derek Morris to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional pick in 2011 (later became F Anthony Camara). 

The Coyotes seem to have taken a liking for Morris, having traded for him twice (first from Colorado). He’s been a great player for the Coyotes, scoring a respectable 17 points this season, 16 of which have been even strength.

Considering that they got him back for Anthony Camara, who (so far) is only most memorable for this, that’s a pretty respectable deal. Camara is only 20 years old, however, so he’s got a lot of time to develop. The Bruins are great at developing young players as well, and according to Hockey’s Future, Camara is their top LW prospect. We’ll see if he turns out, though Boston may be kicking themselves for letting Morris go, considering the holes on the blueline.

Who won? – I gotta say it’s the Yotes right now, Morris is solid. Camara is pretty solid too, though. Like, brick wall solid.

4. Los Angeles trade F Teddy Purcell and a 2010 3rd round pick (Brock Beukeboom) for F Jeff Halpern.

A very lopsided deal looking back on it, though if I remember correctly, Purcell was a highly sought after free agent that never really panned out in Los Angeles. Halpern has never put up more than 46 points in a season, but they seemed  to think he’d be more help than Purcell.

Well, they were wrong. Halpern registered just two assists in 16 games, and no points in the playoffs that season. Purcell went on to put up 51 points in his first full season in Tampa, and registering 17 points in 18 playoff games that year. The draft pick, Beukeboom, doesn’t really look like he’s going to develop into an NHL player, again though he’s only 21. Not even sure what system he’s in anymore, if any.

Who won? – Tampa still won this trade by miles, though. Purcell has turned out to be a great offensive player, and Halpern is now with the Coyotes.

3. Calgary Flames trade F Olli Jokinen and forward Brandon Prust to the New York Rangers for F Ales Kotalik and F Christopher Higgins.

Not really sure how I feel about this one. Jokinen has proved in Winnipeg that he can still score points. Prust consistently puts up over 100 PIMS each season for the Habs. Kotalik is M.I.A. and is playing in the Czech league, and Higgins has been good for the Canucks.

Who won? – Well, since none of these players are with the clubs they were traded to in 2010, it’s a tough call to say who won the trade, though I have to believe the Rangers have the edge, strictly because Kotalik. He was sort of a dud in Calgary, and actually got sent down to their AHL affiliate towards the twilight of his North American hockey career.

2. Calgary Flames trade D Dion Phaneuf, F Fredrik Sjostrom, and D Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Matt Stajan, F Niklas Hagman, F Jamal Mayers and D Ian White. 

Phaneuf is a staple in Toronto, playing the most minutes of any player on his team. Sjostrom didn’t do much as a Leaf, and is now in the DEL. Aulie was traded straight across to the Lightning for Carter Ashton, who hasn’t received much playing time this season in Toronto, despite notching 18 points in 16 games for the Marlies prior to his call-up.

On the other side, Stajan is a mainstay in Calgary, though never really living up to his potential. He’s turned his defensive game up, though, and there’s obviously a reason the management want to keep him around. Hagman put up a few points and peaced to Europe after a brief stint in Anaheim, Mayers now plays for the Blackhawks and White eventually got dumped for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos.

So, basically, Calgary traded one of the best defensemen they’ve had in a long time in Phaneuf for Matt Stajan. Everyone else as either become or is irrelevant.

Who won? – My obvious opinion sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s Toronto. As much praise as I have for Stajan, Phaneuf is a fantastic player. Case closed.

1. Atlanta Thrashers trade F Ilya Kovalchuk, D Anssi Salmela and a 2010 second-round pick (John Merrill) to the New Jersey Devils for D Johnny Oduya, F Niclas Bergfors, F Patrice Cormier, and a first (Kevin Hayes) and second-rounder (Justin Holl) in 2010.

Now the Winnipeg Jets, the Thrashers made waves that year, dealing their franchise player after they reportedly couldn’t come to an agreement on an extension.

Unfortunately for New Jersey, they lost Kovalchuk, too, this time to retirement(?). But, let’s go through the trade first.

Kovalchuk put up some numbers for the Devils when he was there. He was a point-per-game player in his career. Salmela isn’t expected to make an impact in the NHL, but John Merrill is currently their most highly-touted defenseman, according to Hockey’s Future.

Oduya, now with the Blackhawks, was dumped from the Jets for two picks, which (I believe, not 100%) ended up being G Eric Comrie and F J.C. Lipon. Not a bad return so far, as they are number two and six respectively on their respective prospect depth charts (again, according to Hockey’s Future).

Bergfors was dealt to the Panthers a year later for Radek Dvorak and a pick, which is probably not very good. Cormier is still in the Jets’ system, just ahead of Lipon on the centre depth chart.

And those picks? Well, they were dealt to Chicago in a huge deal, most notable name being Dustin Byfuglien. Those picks, Hayes and Holl, remain in the Hawks’ system. Hayes is number three on the centre depth chart (though good luck cracking that lineup), and Holl is seventh in defensemen.

Who won? – Not really sure. Both teams sort of got screwed. Kovalchuk left and inflicted some damage on the Devils, though they recently got pardoned (somewhat). Atlanta/Winnipeg didn’t really get much in return, I guess except inadvertently Byfuglien. Trades are hard.

Well, that’s it! Stay tuned for the next 47 instalments of this.

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