Deadline Duds in Action
(2/28/12) We got our first look at several players on new teams Tuesday, and it was just about as exciting as deadline day itself. The two big movers and shakers, Nashville and Vancouver were in action, but there was no immediate impact from their new acquisitions.
For Nashville, Andrei Kostitsyn played 12 minutes and was mostly invisible. He didn't register a shot, and the only things you'll find on his stat sheet are a penalty and a takeaway. If you picked him up in hopes of a spark, it's not the start you were hoping for. Still, we'd give Kostitsyn a little more time to settle in. He could easily be phased into a larger role as he gets acclimated, and one game isn't enough to declare things a wash. Then again, he arrived in the midst of a nine game pointless drought. Make it ten...
And in Vancouver, Zack Kassian and Sammy Pahlsson were in the Canucks' lineup for the first time. Kassian played on the fourth line, registering five hits and a penalty. And Pahlsson centered the third line, recording three shots. Vancouver lost the game 2-1 to the Coyotes, a team that acquired Vermette a few days before the deadline, and is also one of the hottest in the league.
Even the focus of the biggest move of the deadline - though it didn't come on the final day - Jeff Carter was held without a point for the third straight game since arriving in L.A. The Kings have scored 10 goals in his three starts, but Carter has yet to factor, and was held off the score sheet again in a 4-0 win Tuesday.