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UPDATE: Torres to Buffalo, Jurcina to Washington, Plus Modin, Roy and Picard Dealt – Trade Deadline Madness

The Trade Deadline is here and we at FTC will try to keep you up to date on all the latest trades and rumors throughout the day.

Raffi Torres was dealt to the Buffalo Sabers for defenseman Nathan Paetsch and a 2nd round pick. Paetsch is 26-year-old defenseman who’s a pending free agent this summer.

Washington has also reacquired defenseman Milan Jurcina. Awaiting details. The Dispatch’s Tom Reed reports the Blue Jackets will receive a 6th round pick for Jurcina.

Fredrik Modin has reportedly been dealt to the LA Kings for a conditional 7th round pick. Some questions surrounding whether the trade was submitted on time.

Mathieu Roy was dealt to the Florida Panthers for University of Michigan center Matt Rust.

Alexander Picard dealt to Phoenix for prospect Chad Kolarik.

Possible Targets:

Tom Gilbert of Edmonton might be the target of a Jurcina-Torres package deal. The Oilers are trying to clear cap space for some big summer moves.Gilbert still has four seasons at $4million left on a six-year extension he signed in 2008. His numbers are way off from a career high 45 points last season. Gilbert’s a big, mobile defenseman with a hard right-handed shot.

Ryan Parent of Philadelphia is the name that’s come up most often in Flyers discussion. Parent is still rehabbing from injury but he’s a young tough defenseman. Philadelphia does not have a 1st or 2nd round pick.

Trade Assets:

Raffi Torres: It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the gritty winger will have a new home by 3pm this afternoon. He’s been linked all over the league and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Scott Howson has set a 1st round pick as the asking price. Don’t be surprised if he is moved for a young roster player or packaged with Milan Jurcina. Teams that have been linked to the winger are numerous but include Edmonton, LA, Boston and Phoenix with long shots including Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

Milan Jurcina: Despite Pierre McGuire’s burn on the lanky Slovak, make no mistake Jurcina’s stock is on the rise. He was left out of last night’s lineup. Although management assured that is was an injury precaution. Jurcina’s response: “Whatever they said they said.” Boston may be a potential suitor especially after the Bruins trade of Derek Morris. Add Vancouver to that list and the Capitals may even be interested in reacquiring Jurcina’s services. My feeling is that Jurcina and Torres will be packaged.

Fredrik Modin: A lot less suitors for the Big Swede who looked solid in a few games with Team Sweden, but his injury history and high salary make him difficult to move. Edmonton and Tampa Bay are couple teams that have been linked with Modin. I’ve heard from a couple sources that Modin would allow a trade.

We’ll be updating throughout the day with any rumors or deals that can be confirmed.

-Bart Logan

Twitter: BartFTC

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