The In Lou We Trust Trade Deadline Day Open Thread

Note: I did write this before the conclusion of the Devils-Sharks game.  Do check out Steve's recap when it's up.

Anyway, today will be a busy day in the NHL as it's the season's trade deadline.  Please use this post for all your thoughts and comments about today's trade activity throughout the league.  Laugh at bad deals, worry about deals that make intra-division opponents stronger, and scratch your head over what future consideration could possibly mean. I'd like to thank user elesias for giving me the idea; but I can't update FanShots to be pushed up the page so this should suffice.

If there are any Devils-related trades, Steve will have something up during the day or I'll have a post on it in the evening. Remember that the Devils already made one big trade, acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela from Atlanta for Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, prospect Patrice Cormier, and a first round pick (second rounders were also swapped).  I doubt they'll make a second massive trade, despite how bad the team looked before the Olympic break.

Last week, given Paul Martin's injury, most of the readers polled felt the Devils should go out and get a defenseman.  I agree If there's a deal done, I would want it to be for a defenseman; but with Lou Lamoriello, you can never tell what he'll do.  Normally, he makes a trade at the deadline but it's usually not a huge deal; like the Anssi Salmela for Niclas Havelid swap last season or Cam Janssen for Bryce Salvador.  Given the blockbuster trade from February, I personally doubt he'll do much more than that if anything at all. Paul Martin may be all that this team needs, really.

Here are some resources that I recommend for trade deadline day:

Again, please leave all your thoughts and feelings about today's trade deadline action in the comments. All rules apply as usual; please link to all reports out there (link to the Tweet, news story, etc.) and don't make things up in the comments.  Especially on a day like today.

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