Loose Change: What might have been

Like Il Divo Sings Metallica, Trade Deadline Day 2006 didn’t quite deliver as promised. Aside for Jose Theodore moving to Colorado, there were no really big names involved in trades (except for Brandon Bochenski who has a big name but lacks that star power). Funny thing is, the day had the potential to be monumental. That is if you believe the stories I’m fabricating I’ve heard.

At least six teams had interest in center Alexei Yashin. And, if you count the Islanders, it’s seven.

The Rangers had a deal with Ottawa that would have sent Steve Rucchin and a fifth rounder to the Senators for Zdeno Chara. Glen Sather canned the deal upon realizing that Chara was in fact Slovakian and not Czech.

A trade that would have seen Eddie Belfour in Vancouver was nixed at the last minute when the Canucks couldn’t guarantee Eddie a permanent wheelchair parking space.

Calgary actually acquired the first line center they had long craved when they picked up Vincent Lecavalier from Tampa. The deal sent Jarome Iginla to the Lightning. Calgary, then seeking a first-line scoring winger to compliment Vinny, acquired Jarome Iginla from Tampa for Lecavalier. Calgary then inquired into the availability of Tampa’s first line center, but balked at the asking price of Jarome Iginla.

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The Canadiens tried valiantly to deal for Washington’s Olaf Kolzig. They’re hoping to collect citizens of all the major nations in the Second World War and only need a German, Austrian and Pole to complete the set.

Brian Burke made a strong play for Todd Bertuzzi, but unfortunately fell short. Burke wants to guarantee he has a player on the roster capable of hitting from behind should Ruslan Salei leave this summer through free agency.

Three big trades fell through at the last minute for Leafs GM John Ferguson. Such is the nature of eBay.

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