Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone. And as TSN’s James Duthie mentioned, it might take five years before the trades involving prospects and draft picks can be fairly evaluated.
So let’s do exactly that and take a look back at trade deadline day 2006, which happened to be a very busy one for the Vancouver Canucks and then GM Dave Nonis.
1. To Vancouver – Miko Noronen, to Buffalo – a second round draft pick.
Noronen played in only four games for the Canucks, with a record of 1-1. He departed for Russia following the season.
The second round pick was used by Buffalo to select goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who after several years of development in Sweden is now the Sabres third-string goalie and has a 3-2-1 record with the big club.
The really interesting thing about this trade is that had the Canucks retained that draft pick, they may have taken a flyer on a local kid named Milan Lucic, who was still on the board at 46th overall. Moments after the Sabres selected Enroth, Lucic was drafted by the Boston Bruins and we all know how that worked out.
Winner: Buffalo, since Enroth has played and won more games in the NHL than Noronen has since the trade, and that’s before any consideration of Lucic’s potential.
2. To Vancouver – Eric Weinrich, to St. Louis – Tomas Mojzis and a third round draft pick.
Weinrich was a huge disappointment in Vancouver. In 16 games, Weinrich was a minus-13 and tallied a grand total of zero points.
Tomas Mojzis played only six games for the St. Louis Blues–scoring one goal–before landing in Minnesota and then Europe.
The third round pick was eventually acquired by New Jersey who drafted Vladimir Zharkov. Five years later it is still a bit tricky to evaluate this part of the trade, but Zharkov has played over 60 games–has a goal and an assist so far this season–and may turn into a serviceable NHL player.
Winner: Blues, for ridding themselves of an aging Weinrich and getting at least something back in return.
3. To Vancouver – a conditional seventh round pick, to Atlanta – Steve McCarthy.
McCarthy exploded for seven goals and three assists upon arriving in Atlanta, and considering how narrowly the Canucks missed the playoffs that year, that kind of production down the stretch would have been incredibly valuable. McCarthy played two more seasons in Atlanta, but never quite lived up to expectations and now plays in Sweden.
Winners: Atlanta, for getting great short term production for free.
4. To Vancouver – Sean Brown, to New Jersey – a fourth round draft pick.
Like Weinrich, Brown was a disappointment for Canucks fans, playing only 12 games and registering no points and was a minus-3. Following the season, he left for Germany, where he played for the next few years.
The fourth round pick was used by New Jersey to select defenseman TJ Miller, who played four seasons with Northern Michigan University. He is currently under contract with the Devils’ ECHL affiliate in Trenton.
Winner: none – this trade is a wash.
Overall deadline day 2006 left Canucks’ fans with a great sense of anticipation, but the players acquired did not give the team the edge they needed as the Canucks fell short of the post season.
Luckily, Dave Nonis learned some lessons from his experience that day. A few months later, he made a franchise changing trade by acquiring Roberto Luongo, Lucas Krajicek and a sixth round pick (Sergei Shirokov) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen (who was also traded to Carolina today). Unlike the trade deadline day deals in ’06, this particular exchange has somewhat benefitted the Canucks.