Big Day: Winnik, Sekera, and Tlusty All Traded
Less than a week before the trade deadline, some pieces up for sale found their new and temporary homes. Wednesday afternoon, all in a matter of three hours of each other, Daniel Winnik, Andrej Sekera, and Jiri Tlusty were all traded. Tlusty heads out of Carolina and will joins the Jets, while Andrej Sekera also leaves Carolina and goes to Los Angeles. Daniel Winnik, one of Toronto’s bright spots this year, was traded to Pittsburgh.
The Winnik Deal
Less than 24 hours after Sean Bergenheim was traded to Minnesota, the second piece of the domino set fell. Toronto dealt away Daniel Winnik to Pittsburgh in exchange for 26 year-old Zack Sill, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2015 fourth round pick. Winnik signed late in the offseason in Toronto for one year at 1.3 million. Since then, he has re-captured his game, tallying seven goals and 19 assists, while playing in all 60 of Toronto’s games. Winnik leads the league in penalty kill time per game among forwards, at 3:27. Winnik will nestle in nicely on the Penguins’ bottom-six, and will replace Craig Adams full time in the lineup. He also brings (knock on wood) a very coveted asset to Pittsburgh now-a-days – a versatile player.
The Tlusty Deal
Ron Francis began dealing away his fortunes in exchange for draft picks to push the rebuild along when he decided to trade Jiri Tlusty to the Jets today in exchange for a third round pick and a conditional seventh round pick. Tlusty is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and has 23 points in 52 games this year. He can currently fill in for Blake Wheeler in the top-6, since he was just put on injured reserve (can return March 3rd), and will then slide down to a depth scoring role on the third line after.
The Sekera Deal
Just a couple of hours after he dealt away Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg, Ron Francis also sent Andrej Sekera packing to sunny Los Angeles. The return was great for Carolina, garnering a first round pick (in 2015 if Los Angeles makes the playoffs this year, 2016 if they miss) and 2014 second round pick Roland McKeown. McKeown currently plays for Kingston in the OHL, and has 24 points in 54 games. McKeown helps add to a lacking defensive prospect pool in Carolina (that could have really used Derrick Pouliot), who’s only real big name coming up on the back end is Haydn Fleury.
Sekera will help fill the gap that Slava Voynov left in the top-4, and Dean Lombardi will no doubt do his diligence to attempt to re-sign Sekera in the offseason. The streaking LA Kings have won 8 in a row and that will only improve with Sekera on the blueline.