Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Trade Deadline Round up

The dust has finally settled from the furious activity leading up the WHL trade deadline which passed on Wednesday. Here is a recap of the transactions from deadline day and eve.

West Palm <-------> Portland
Jarome Iginla---------Alex Burrows
Stephane Robidas----Roman Hamrlik
10th (MVB), 15th ----6th (WTF), 14th

New Jersey <----> Montreal
Troy Brouwer-----Carey Price

California <----> Portland
Simon Gagne-------Matt Cooke
11th, 13th----------8th, 15th

W. Edmonton <----> California
Brian Rolston------Kris Letang
Nick Schultz-------Alex Steen
5th, 7th-----------7th, 10th

Beantown <-------> Stuttgart
Niclas Bergfors----Guillaume Latendresse

New Jersey <-------> Stuttgart
Craig Anderson-------Erik Johnson
16th (PINT)----------12th

New Jersey <------------> Sparta
Henrik Zetterberg, 13th---2nd (CSKA)

California <-----> Sparta
Marek Zidlicky-----Christoph Schubert

A quick review of some key rules pertaining to keepers and trades:

* To be keeper-eligible, a player must be on a (not necessarily your) WHL roster by the trade deadline and remain on that roster for the rest of the season. This means that a player who is dropped after the trading deadline will lose keeper eligibility.

* There are two reasons for the keeper eligibility deadline: 1) to prevent a run on young, cheap players at the end of the season or in the offseason, which would circumvent the draft; 2) to make owners show at least a modest (one-month) commitment to a player before keeping him.

* Just like the NHL, trading is open during the offseason. Trades may be made from the day after the end of the regular season up until the keeper selection deadline (Sept. 8). Any player who is keeper eligible (see requirements above) will retain that eligibility if traded.