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NHL trade deadline frenzy heats up

Roberto Luongo returns to Florida
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The 2014 NHL trade deadline is 3:00 pm ET on Wed, March 5. If March 4 was any indication, those trade deadline shows may actually be worth watching. Teams were wheeling and dealing on the day before the deadline.

Here's a look at the deals that went down on Tuesday, March 4:

Vancouver Canucks traded G Roberto Luongo and F Steve Anthony to Florida Panthers, in exchange for G Jakob Markstrom and F Shawn Matthias

Anaheim Ducks traded F Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals in exchnage for a fourth rd pick in 2014. Ducks then swapped that fourth rd pick for D Stephane Robidas of the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota Wild, in exchange for a fifth rd pick in 2014, and a fourth rd pick in 2015. Oilers then traded those picks to Anaheim in exchange for G Viktor Fasth.

Phoenix Coyotes sent F Martin Erat and F John Mitchell to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for F Chris Brown, D Rostislav Klesla, and a fourth rd pick in 2015. Coyotes also sent D David Rundblad, and D Mathieu Brisebois to Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for a second rd draft pick in 2014.

NY Islanders traded D Andrew MacDonald to the Philadelphia Flyers, in exchange for F Matt Mangene, a third rd pick in 2014, and a second rd pick in 2015.

Montreal Canadiens acquired D Mike Weaver for the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth rd pick in 2015.

That is quite a bit of movement, and some pretty big deals. The table is now set for what is all to often, too many tedious hours of televised trade deadline day coverage (NHL Network) set to begin at 8:00 am ET on Wednesday, March 5.

With big names like Ryan Kesler, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Ales Hemsky, Martin St Louis, and various combinations of L.A. Kings players (if you believe the rumors) allegedly on the trade block, it should make for at least a somewhat interesting day of coverage.

The Anaheim Ducks have compiled a lot of draft picks, are they done dealing ?

What about the two Ryans ? Both Callahan of NY Rangers, and Kesler of Vancouver could be traded.

Does Florida really plan to keep both Luongo, and Tim Thomas ?

Are the L.A. Kings still in the market for a scoring left wing ?

These questions and many more will all be answered on Wednesday.

Many NHL teams may look a lot different when the pucks drops for the Wednesday night games.

Have fun dreaming and speculating.

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