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The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Quite frankly, it was pretty boring this year. No big or surprising names were moved. However, there was certainly enough action to determine winners or losers of the past few days.
Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are practically out of playoff contention at this point, but they had a solid trade deadline nonetheless. They acquired a good defensive prospect, Erik Cernak, and a few picks from Los Angeles in exchange for Ben Bishop, a player who was not coming back next year. They also got a second rounder and a good depth player, Byron Froese, in exchange for Brian Boyle.
Steve Yzerman’s biggest pair of moves were preparations for the upcoming expansion draft. First, he dealt Valtteri Filppula and a fourth to Philadelphia for Mark Streit. Filppula has a no-movement clause, therefore Tampa Bay would have been required to protect him for the upcoming expansion draft. That is no longer an issue for them, plus Philadelphia does not have to worry about losing anyone significant up front.
Yzerman then flipped Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth round pick, which is not a bad return for an aging defender especially with this market.
Although on the surface it may not look like much, Tampa Bay had a great trade deadline day.
Loser: New Jersey Devils
The Devils had a number of assets to sell on Wednesday and the days leading up to it, but they came out with virtually nothing to show for it.
Shero started off earlier than most, trading Vernon Fiddler to Nashville a few weeks prior to the deadline for a fourth round pick. Not a bad deal, but certainly nothing to write home about.
Today, however, was a disaster for New Jersey. They traded Kyle Quincey to Columbus for tough guy Dalton Prout, which is basically a wash. They also only got a sixth rounder for P-A Parenteau.
The Devils were unable to move Mike Cammalleri and Keith Kinkaid amongst others as well.
Winner: Vancouver Canucks
Although he has had some questionable moves in the past, Jim Benning was beyond successful at this year’s trade deadline.
He turned Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, two aging forwards on close to expiring deals, into elite prospects Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin.
Dahlen, originally a Senators pick, is tearing it up in Sweden currently and put on a great showing at the World Juniors. Currently, he is out producing Filip Forsberg when he was the same age in the same league.
Goldobin was a first round pick a few years back for San Jose and is almost a point-per-game in the AHL this year. He is expected to play an immediate role in Vancouver.
Benning’s past has not been great — but there is no denying that he did fantastic work this week.
Loser: New York Islanders
The Islanders came into the deadline with a lot of chatter, but wound up exiting with nothing. They were the only team not to make a trade this NHL season.
Even if Garth Snow didn’t land Matt Duchene, it was expected that he would add a player to help a bubble team make the playoffs. There were multiple names, like Jordan Eberle, Anthony Duclair, and Tyler Ennis, thrown around but nothing came to fruition.
Garth Snow failed to act this trade deadline and New York’s playoff hopes are looking dim because of it.
Winner: Washington Capitals
Washington went for quality over quantity this trade deadline. They acquired big fish Kevin Shattenkirk from St. Louis prior to the deadline in exchange for Zach Sanford, a first round pick, and a conditional second round pick.
The Capitals understand that their window to win is now. Shattenkirk likely won’t stay with Washington next season, so it is imperative that they go for it all this year.
The move to get Shattenkirk was to bolster their defense, but keeping him away from Pittsburgh and New York may also have been on MacLellan’s mind. The fact that he was able to get Shattenkirk without giving up Vrana or Bowey is an immediate with for Washington.
Loser: Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens were certainly the busiest team this trade deadline, but that does not mean that they made out the best. Marc Bergevin opted to go for size and grit instead of skill.
Montreal wound up bringing in five players: Jordie Benn, Andreas Martinsen, Steve Ott, Dwight King, and Brandon Davidson.
The Davidson trade was good because it for Desharnais off the books. However, other than that it doesn’t look too great. Montreal needed skill and they failed to add that.
On to the playoff march we go.
Re-visiting major trades from recent years and how they turned out today. This is Part I of a series.
The Spezza deal
Dallas receives: Jason Spezza, Ludwig Karlsson
Ottawa receives: Nick Paul, Alex Guptill, Alex Chiasson, 2015 2nd
This was a relatively unimpressive haul for the Senators. Alex Chiasson was just recently traded to Calgary for Patrick Sieloff, a depth defenseman. Alex Guptill is no longer with the organization and is in Buffalo’s farm system. The 2015 second turned out to be Gabriel Gagne, who is putting up average numbers (28 points in 34 games) in the QMJHL. Nick Paul, a fourth round pick in 2013, has seen playing time in Ottawa but only has five points in 24 games. There’s room for improvement with Paul, however.
As for Dallas, they got a consistent 60 point scorer and a veteran presence. Spezza helped lead Dallas to the best record in the Western Conference this past season. Ludwig Karlsson, an undrafted free agent, is no longer with the Stars organization.
It essentially turned out as:
Jason Spezza for Patrick Sieloff, Nick Paul, and Gabriel Gagne
Verdict: Stars win the trade
The Kesler deal
Anaheim receives: Ryan Kesler, 2015 3rd
Vancouver receives: Luca Sbisa, Nick Bonino, 2014 1st, 2014 3rd
As for this trade, the Ducks have found consistency in it, where the Canucks have found all but that. Ryan Kesler has slotted in nicely behind Ryan Getzlaf, and even earned himself a new six year deal in the summer of 2015. The contract has the potential to be bad in the future, but it locked up a good asset in the present for the Ducks. As for the 2015 third, the Ducks selected Devan Sideroff, who had 59 points in 63 WHL games last season and played in one AHL game for San Diego with no points.
The Canucks, like Anaheim, locked up a player from the deal to a new contact. Luca Sbisa got a three year deal with Vancouver at the end of the 2014-2015 season, but has been relatively unimpressive since. Nick Bonino was flipped for Brandon Sutter in a deal that also sent a second round pick to Pittsburgh. Sutter missed most of the 2015-2016 campaign with injury while Bonino helped propel the Penguins to a Stanley Cup. Lastly, the two picks for Vancouver turned out to be Jared McCann and Derek Dorsett. McCann was recently traded in a deal that sent Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver. Dorsett was signed to a four year deal at the same time Sbisa signed his deal, and he now carried a gruesome 2.65m cap hit for three more years.
It essentially turned out as:
Ryan Kesler and Devan Siederoff for Luca Sbisa, Erik Gudbranson, Derek Dorsett, and Brandon Sutter
Verdict: Ducks win the trade
In all likelihood, Milan Lucic will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. The 28 year old winger has spent time in both Boston and Los Angeles, accumulating 647 career games, 397 career points, and 851 career penalty minutes. Read the rest of this entry
The stalemate for NHL trades is seemingly coming to an end. Dustin Byfuglien’s new deal with the Winnipeg Jets signals the start of what appears to be an active and exciting trading period.
Many teams were holding back from making a move while waiting to see what Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff would do with impending unrestricted free agents Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd. The former was solved on Monday, with Byfuglien inking a new five year, 7.6 million per deal. This in all likelihood means that Andrew Ladd will be traded and gives the teams around the league a clearer outlook on what is going to happen on the trade front.
The second ripple came just a day after of the Byfuglien signing, with Dion Phaneuf being dealt to Ottawa in a monstrous nine-player deal. Salary, prospects, and picks were exchanged, leaving most fans shocked.
A few hours later, it was reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports that Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers was going to be a heathy scratch tonight possibly due to a trade. Schultz has been awful, for lack of a better term, this year but has the potential to thrive in the right situation. Buffalo and San Jose could be two teams in on him (among others).
With Byfuglien off the market, Roman Polak’s and Dan Hamhuis’ value have increased. A weak defensive pool both trade wise and free agent wise could leave the Leafs and Canucks in a good position if they choose to move said players. The Kings have been long rumored to be going after a tough defenseman and were linked to Byfuglien, so Polak would make sense. Colorado and Washington would also be fits.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Keith Yandle have both been asked about but it is doubtful either move.
The defensive market has definitely opened up and the forward group shouldn’t be too far behind. I would expect an active trade deadline, which is now less than three weeks away.
The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and is now about one month away. Teams are beginning to see whether or not they want to sell their players at the deadline meaning the speculation will continue to increase.
The Buffalo Sabres are still shopping Tyler Ennis but to no avail yet. He has been disappointing this year and with a crowded top-six of young players in Buffalo, he may not have a spot. Due to his high salary, some will have to be retained. Jamie McGinn is also being looked at around the league, but Buffalo likes him. Could he pull a Matt Moulson and sign back with Buffalo in the summer after being traded? We’ll see.
The Canucks have been looking around the league for potential suitors for Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis. The latter has had injury problems this year, however Vrbata would be a nice pickup for a team in the playoff hunt. Someone like Florida, Nashville, or one of the New York teams could have interest in the forward.
The Coyotes are very reluctant to move Mikkel Boedker although nothing is impossible. The Danish left winger is due for a big pay increase from his current 3.75 million.
You wonder what the deal is with Yevgeni Medvedev and the Flyers is. He is a good defenseman and would be great for a playoff run for any team but the Flyers are still in the thick of the playoff race themselves. The Flyers also have an influx of young defensemen coming up through the system which could make Medvedev expendable.
Keith Yandle continues to be shopped but nothing as of yet. It might be in best interest for the Rangers, given their closing window, to get this playoff run out of him.
Columbus is expected to be very aggressive at the trade deadline. Although they have no big unrestricted free agents, certain names could be moved out such as Kerby Rychel. The David Clarkson contract has been thrown out there but to no takers.
The Islanders seem to be at a gridlock with Travis Hamonic and Kyle Okposo. Hamonic’s trade won’t come until the offseason and the Islanders don’t want to give up Okposo for futures so they may end up keeping him and risk losing him to free agency.
The Jets have equally looked around for Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. Nothing is out of the question for the deadline for either player. Ladd is the more feasible option for the team, however.
Don’t be surprised if the Anaheim Ducks make another move prior to February 29th. Likely a defense for offense move.
More to come as the trade deadline draws nearer.
Last year, I wrote an article on how well things were looking in Vancouver under Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins. They acquired a good haul for Ryan Kesler, who likely wasn’t returning once he was a free agent. They picked up Linden Vey for nothing, along with shedding salary with trading Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay. Radim Vrbata was signed to a cheap deal and turned into an all-star. They made the playoffs but got knocked out in the first round, but now it’s turning into a big mess again. Read the rest of this entry
Last season, the Vancouver Canucks did not play like the Vancouver Canucks. They finished sixth-to-last in the league, their worst finish in a long time. Last year was the first and only season John Tortorella would coach the Canucks, and it would also be the last season Mike Gillis would be the general manager.
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The Canucks motto for 2014-2015 was “Change is Coming”. They certainly got that right.
After a horrid 2013-2014 year, which saw the firing of both coach John Tortorella and GM Mike Gillis, many penciled the Canucks out of the playoffs for the upcoming season. But under the wing of new general manager Jim Benning, the Canucks have been steered back in the right direction after a successful offseason. There are still a few questions to be answered, but Vancouver is not looking as bad as they’re being wrote off to be.