Friday, February 29, 2008

Instant Gratification For Deadline Dealers

I have always found it fascinating how often traded players tend to score in their first games with their new teams. While much is being made of Brad Richards' debut in Dallas, and for good reason, it is not just the traditional scorers who seem to get things off on the right foot.

There's a new Star in Dallas!

With that in mind I thought I would chronicle all of the successful debuts for players who were moved at the trade deadline on Tuesday:
  • Tuomo Ruutu (CAR) - 1 assist, +1 and 40 stitches
  • Steve Bernier (BUF) - 2 goals, 1 assist, and +3
  • Jan Hlavac (NSH) - 1 goal
  • Brian Campbell (SJS) - 1 assist
  • Jeff Halpern (TB) - 1 goal, 1 assist, and +1
  • Pascal Dupuis (PIT) - 1 goal
  • Colby Armstrong (ATL) - 1 assist
  • Brad Richards (DAL) - 5 assists, and +2
  • Andrew Ladd (CHI) - 1 goal
  • Cristobal Huet (WSH) - stopped 18 of 18 shots against New Jersey
  • Sergei Fedorov (WSH) - 1 assist
That's a pretty significant list of players making an immediate impact on their new clubs. It always amazes me how things seem to work out like this every season after the trade deadline. Hopefully we can add Marian Hossa to the list when he gets a full game under his belt with the Pens.

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