Running analysis of the 2016 NHL trade deadline 


To Arizona: Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood

To Colorado: Mikkel Boedker

First domino of trade deadline day has fallen. Mikkel Boedker was traded to Colorado in the first big deal of the day with just under two hours until the deadline. 

For a rental, it was a huge package to give up. The veteran Tanguay is a tough piece to lose for the run but he hasn’t been good enough this year. Bleackley, a former first round pick, is having another great season in the WHL. Bleackley currently has 41 points in 47 games. He has been in the range of point-per-game for all three years he has been in the WHL. 

I have to chalk this up as a win for Arizona. Getting a first round pick from two years ago plus a veteran presence to mentor the kids is huge. Kyle Wood isn’t a stud prospect, but he has put up good numbers in the OHL. Boedker hasn’t been impressive this year but he does bring a large amount of speed to his game.  


To Colorado: Eric Gelinas 

To New Jersey: third round pick 

Colorado got their defensemen just minutes after trading for Mikkel Boedker. They acquired Eric Gelinas for a third. They now have no third or forth in the draft. (edit: third is in 2017, not 2016. Avs still have their 2016 third)

Gelinas’ time in New Jersey was obviously done. The former second overall pick in 2009 has 6 points in 34 games this year and 54 points in 156 games total. 

This is a solid trade for both teams. Shero gets a third for a depleting asset while Colorado gets an analytically sound young defenseman. However, only time will tell how this deal truly works out. 


To Calgary: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, second round pick 

To Dallas: Kris Russell

The Flames get a nice haul for Russell here, who was not going to re-sign. Jokipakka is serviceable and a second is nice. Pollock, a forward prospect and former second round pick in 2014, is a point-per-game WHL player. He currently has 67 points in 63 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings. 

I think Hamhuis would have been a better option for Dallas. Russell blocks a lot of shots, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. He could really be hung out to dry in Dallas with the explosive offense and lack of defense. 

It is still possible Dallas gets Hamhuis, but they need the price to drop big time. 

This deal is a win for the Flames in my opinion. They got a lot for Russell, who’s price was dramatically dropping, especially in the eyes of analytically based teams. 


To Anaheim: Bradon Pirri

To Florida: sixth round picks 

Going to start right off the bat saying that this is a win for Anaheim. Pirri is only 24 years old and has 24 points in 52 games this year. After acquiring Purcell and Hudler the other day, Pirri was the odd man out in Florida. 

I am surprised Pirri did not get a larger return. Yes, he is a defensive liability at times and not a strong skater, but he has a wicked shot and can score with it. He would’ve looked nice on a team like New Jersey. 

For Anaheim, it’s more depth. Pirri can slide nicely into a middle six role with the Ducks. The Ducks are not shy to slower forwards since their defense is so active. Good deal for them. 


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