Many believed that the New York Islanders would be active in the trade market on Wednesday by trading at least one of Dwayne Roloson or Martin Biron. It didn't happen. Why not? The market.
This is the market Snow was dealing with. To sell, you need a buyer. To gain, you have to give up. To give up, you have to have something worth buying. The Islanders, sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 26th overall in the league, don't have much of that -- unless they want to give up an important piece of the rebuild. For now, maybe next year.
Still, the one move the Islanders did move one player in the days leading up to the deadline and as it turns out, they got pretty good value for him. Back to Dominik...
I'll end with one final plea about the price fetched for Andy Sutton: Look around at the defensemen acquired today, and notice how the price went lower and lower: Derek Morris for a 4th. Martin Skoula for a 5th. Milan Jurcina for a 6th. Aaron Ward for a 4th and scraps. The 2010 draft is considered deeper than 2011, and you have a limited number of buyers at this deadline -- therefore a limited number of picks for sale. No 1st-rounders changed hands -- and the one case where a team was holding out for a 1st, for Torres, did not pan out that way.