Trades Highlight Day Two of 2015 NHL Draft
Although nothing will out-do the hours leading up to the draft yesterday, day two was no bust on the trade front. The GMs worked tirelessly to improve their teams whilst trying to find gems in the later round of the draft. Day two saw the trade of Cam Talbot finally, but still no Patrick Sharp or Phil Kessel.
The Carolina Hurricanes made some of the biggest rifts of all the teams. They acquired Eddie Lack for picks, as well as James Wisniewski from Anaheim in exchange for Anton Khudobin. Lack will likely be the starter in Carolina, and Wiz adds to their severely lacking defensive core. Ron Francis did a tremendous job today.
Another active member of the general manager regime was Glen Sather. Sather traded both Talbot and Hagelin in separate deals. Talbot went to Edmonton in exchange for picks #57, #79 and #184. The initial asking price was a first round pick, and Sather was even offered to seconds (believed to be Calgary before they traded for Hamilton). Sather waited too long and did not get good value out of this.
Sather also traded Carl Hagelin, or at least his RFA rights. Hagelin obviously did not fit into the Rangers’ plan long term money wise, so he was dealt out west to Anaheim. Hagelin will do well in the much more open ended Western Conference style of play, even if checking is more evident. Great pickup by Bob Murray, even at the cost of Emerson Etem plus picks which is good for the Rangers.
Anti Niemi’s rights were also dealt to Dallas for a 7th round pick. Niemi will go 1A/1B with Lehtonen, who wasn’t good last year at all. With one or two more solid defenders, Dallas will be scary again next season.
Two trades also went down after the draft ended between Arizona and Philly & the Rangers and Chicago.
Arizona needed contacts to get to the cap floor and they did exactly that. They acquired Nick Grossman along with Chris Pronger’s contract in exchange for Sam Gagner and a conditional pick going back to Philly. Arizona gains upwards to 8 million in cap space in the deal to get to the floor, whereas Philadelphia sheds two nasty contracts. Reports indicate that Sam Gagner may be bought out by Philadelphia.
The last trade that went down was a minor one between Chicago and New York. Chicago traded Antti Raanta to the Rangers in exchange for forward Ryan Haggerty. Raanta will be used in case Skapski isn’t ready, and was traded due to his fallout in Chicago after Scott Darling’s emergence.
Posted on June 27, 2015, in Ana. Ducks, Arz. Coyotes, Car. Hurricanes, Chi. Blackhawks, Dal. Stars, Draft 2015, Edm. Oilers, NHL, Rangers, SJ Sharks and tagged NHL, NHL Draft. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.