It’s coming down to the 11th hour (or 1400 military time). Anyway, the trade waters are rustling a little quicker as the deadline approaches, with the Florida Panthers continuing to be busy bees and the Chicago Blackhawks adding a piece for their title defense hopes.
The Panthers have been in strip-down mode for the last week, and made their third deal of the day and their fifth in the last week by sending defenseman Bryan Allen to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Sergei Samsonov. Florida saves a little payroll for the balance of this season by moving the big, physical Allen to Carolina, and get a player who showed some tremendous skill in his first few NHL seasons.
But that was nearly a decade ago and Samsonov is 32 years old now with plenty of miles on him. But he is in the last year of his contract and Florida still needs some NHL players to finish out a season that has seen them shed most of them.
Allen will add some depth to the blue line, much like Chris Campoli will for the Blackhawks. Campoli went to Chicago for prospect Ryan Potulny and a second-round draft pick.
Campoli is the latest of the Senators players to go in their fire sale and maybe part of the price Ottawa had to pay to keep Chris Phillips around.