- The New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers will play each other in the 2012 Winter Classic. Should be a pretty good death match.
- Oh wait, maybe it won't with the recent trades in Philadelphia.
First, Jeff Carter was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and a first-round and third-round pick in 2011.
Huge. But Paul Holmgren wasn't close to done.
Second, Mike Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick.
- Then the San Jose Sharks re-signed Devin Setoguchi to a three-year deal and traded him with prospect Charlie Coyle, and a 2011 first-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Brent Burns and a second-round pick in 2012.
- The New York Islanders traded Bruno Gervais to the Tampa Lightning for future considerations.
- Brian Campbell was traded to the Florida Panthers for Rostislav Olesz, straight up beetches.
- The Blackhawks weren't done. They traded Troy Brouwer to the Washington Capitals for their first round pick.
- John-Michael Liles is now a Maple Leaf after the avalanche dealt him for a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.
- The Ottawa Senators acquired Nikita Filatov from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick.
- Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik and a second-round pick in 2012 were traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Chris Butler and Paul Byron.
- We're calling this the 'Ryan Smyth Saga' because it looked like a done deal with Edmonton for Gilbert Brule but questions about Brule's health put the deal on hold.
- Now onto other things.
The Islanders have reached a lease agreement for a new arena. Someday they won't have the crappiest arena in all of hockey.
- For Ottawa Senators fans, Dave Cameron and Mark Reeds were named as assistant coaches.
- The Winnipeg Jets are official now. It's kind of weird to see that they're back, with the same name. But it's also pretty cool. They also named Claude Noel as their head coach.
- St. Louis Blues re-signed BJ Crombeen to a two-year deal with a cap hit of only one million.
- Alex Tanguay and the Calgary Flames agreed to an extension for five years worth 17.5 million.
- The Montreal Canadiens re-signed Andrei Markov to a three-year deal. Let's hope that he stays healthy this time around.