Tomorrow is D-day, at 3pm on Wednesday the final trades of the NHL season will come across the desk of the commissioners office waiting for approval.

Tuesday was like the calm before the storm for the Canadian NHL teams, with a few deals and a lot of talk setting the table for the hectic “National Holiday” surrounding the leagues trade deadline day.


The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars, in exchange for defenceman Kevin Connauton and a 2nd-round pick in 2013.

“Everything happens for a reason and I’m excited to be a Canuck,” Roy said on a conference call from Dallas after Tuesdays deal.  He plans to be in Vancouver Tuesday night and ready for practice Wednesday.

The Edmonton Oilers were also busy on Tuesday as they acquired defenceman Garrett Stafford from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Dane Byers. The 33-year-old has played in seven career NHL games between the Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings, posting two assists.  He has scored 1 goal and has 20 assists in 48 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL this season.

In another minor move the Montreal Canadiens picked up defenceman Davis Drewiske from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick .  The 28 year old Drewiske, had one goal and three assists in 20 games for the Kings this season but has been a healthy scratch recently.

“Davis Drewiske is a defenceman with good size and experience who has already played more than 120 games in the NHL,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “He adds significant depth to our group of defencemen.”

Drewskie can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Winnipeg Jets also announced the singing of defenceman Jacob Trouba Tuesday.   The University of Michigan Wolverine, played 37 games in the 2012-13 season netting 12 goals and 17 assists and racking up 88 penalty minutes.

Keep tuned into Awesome Canada for the latest on all the happenings with the Canadian NHL teams on trade deadline Wednesday.



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