By: Rossy Pasternak
Since the trade deadline is basically the 3 days leading up, I think we’ll start with the first big trades that happened, the Ben Bishop and Martin Hanzal trades. They broke back-to-back, and both shocked me.
LA gets: G Ben Bishop, 2017 5th round pick
TBL gets: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, 2017 7th round pick, conditional pick
The Kings just got Quick back from injury, and have more pressing needs to address. They need scoring, and using valuable cap space and draft picks to get a backup goalie isn’t smart.
LA gets: Jarome Iginla
COL gets: 2018 conditional 4th round pick
The Kings traded Dwight King for a conditional 4th, and turned that pick into Iginla. Although he isn’t nearly the player he used to be, Iginla will fit well with the Kings. He should help the scoring problems LA is having.
MIN gets: C Martin Hanzal, C Ryan White, 2017 4th round pick
ARI gets: 2017 1st round pick, 2018 2nd round pick, 2019 conditional 4th round pick, F Grayson Downing
Martin Hanzal is a quality centre, and Ryan White is a great depth add for the playoffs, but this was a hefty price to pay for Minnesota. In a wide open Western Conference, the Wild are positioned to make a deep run into the playoffs. Their forward depth is a little ridiculous, and now they have Mikko Koivu, Hanzal, and Eric Staal centring their top three lines. It wasn’t cheap, but I think this trade makes the Wild the favourites out West.
On Arizona’s side, this is a great haul for two expiring deals. GM John Chayka continues to stockpile draft picks for their rebuild. The future looks a little bit brighter in the Desert after today.
Toronto gets: C Brian Boyle
Tampa gets: C Byron Froese, 2017 2nd round pick
The Leafs are really gunning for the playoffs. Although I love the fact that the Leafs are trying to get this young group some playoff experience, I hate giving up a 2nd round pick for a rental. Brian Boyle is what Freddy “the goat” Gauthier, #33, will be in a couple of years. Boyle can provide some much needed experience and leadership if the Leafs make the playoffs, and the Leafs still have one 2nd round pick. I’m pretty split on my thoughts about this trade, as you can see. There’s good and bad aspects to it, but in the end, it was a trade for a 4th line centre. Likely, this trade will prove inconsequential in the long-term.
Montreal gets in separate trades: D Jordie Benn, D Brandon Davidson, C Steve Ott, F Dwight King, F Andreas Martinsen
DAL gets: D Greg Pateryn, 2017 4th round pick
EDM gets: C David Desharnais
DET gets: 2018 6th round pick
LA gets: 2018 conditional 4th round pick
CBJ gets: F Sven Andrighetto
Montreal now has ridiculous depth on defence. Jordie Benn, not to be confused with brother Jamie, will add some grit to the Habs, and any team with both he and Shea Weber is a team I would hate to play. Bergevin manages to get rid of David Desharnais, and Davidson isn’t a terrible return. Ott replaces him in a depth role. King and Martinsen provide a lot of size up front for the Canadiens, who will be much harder to play against after today. Overall, the Canadiens have opted for depth moves, and that approach could pay off.
Ottawa gets in separate trades: F Alex Burrows, F Viktor Stalberg
VAN gets: C Jonathan Dahlen
CAR gets: 2017 3rd round pick
I actually love both of these trades for the Sens in the short-term. Stalberg was a favourite of mine when he played on the Leafs, and can provide some depth scoring on the third line. He has a quick, deceptive release on his wrist shot, and plays a solid two-way game. The Burrows deal looks pretty bad in the long-term, especially because they signed him to a 2 year, $5M extension. Giving up Dahlen is a tough price to pay, but Burrows makes the Senators immediately better, and a proven playoff performer.
Dahlen is a very good prospect, and the Canucks are hoping he and Bo Horvat will develop into their first and second line centres. Stalberg is a pending UFA, so the Hurricanes did a good job getting what they could for him now.
WSH gets: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
STL gets: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, 2017 1st round pick, 2019 conditional 2nd round pick
The conditions on the 2019 conditional 2nd round pick St. Louis gets are a little ridiculous, so I’m not gonna go into those. Shattenkirk finally moves, which ends a bunch of speculation, and he goes to a team no one thought was in on him. Washington looks like a legitimate cup favourite out of the East, which is something we have said for the past couple of years now. Even Ovechkin said it, “Every year we talk about ‘This is our year, this is our year.’ Enough talk. it’s time to do something.” The Capitals are all on on this year, and I think they now have the team to back up that talk.
St. Louis gets what they can for a pending UFA who was going to walk at the end of the season. After letting Backes do that last season, that was a must. It is a great package that they get back as well, and the loss of Shattenkirk is mitigated by the incredible defensive prospect group they have.
NYR gets: D Brandon Smith
DET gets: 2017 3rd round pick, 2018 2nd round pick
It’s another hefty price to pay for a pending UFA, but also another needed one. The Rangers defence features Adam Clendening and Brady Skjei on the second pairing, which does not bode well for a long playoff run. Adding Smith to this group helps, but if they were willing to pay this price for Smith, why not go out and try to beat Washington’s offer for Shattenkirk? Both are rentals, and Shattenkirk is substantially better.
On Detroit’s end, it is weird to see them be sellers at deadline. Ken Holland has been working, getting picks for Smith, Ott, and Tomas Jurco, who got a 3rd round pick in return. With Holland’s great drafting record, and the picks he has accrued, this team will be back to the playoff soon. For now however, their 25 year playoff streak will end this year.
SJS gets: F Jannik Hansen
Van gets: F Nikolay Goldobin, 2017 conditional 4th round pick
San Jose gets literally the perfect forward to play with Big Joe and Little Joe, Thornton and Pavelski. Hansen is a fast, crafty forward who can play all three zones of the ice. The prospect depth that the Sharks have on forward enabled them to make this trade, and Hansen is worth it. This trade basically guarantees they will win the Pacific Division, and have home-ice advantage through at least the conference semi-finals.
Goldobin will reportedly go straight to Vancouver, so this trade is also a call-up for him. He has 41 points in 46 games in the AHL this season, and for a Canucks franchise desperate for any prospects, they got a good one. Goldobin has shown flashes in his short NHL stints of being a good third line forward, and should get every chance to be one in Vancouver.
CHI gets: D Johnny Oduya
DAL gets: C Mark McNeill, 2018 conditional 4th round pick
Chicago gets back an integral part of two of their Stanley Cup winning teams. Usually during the playoffs, Chicago ends up riding their top two pairs on defence. Adding Oduya gives the Blackhawks three pairings they can be comfortable deploying in any situation, an added luxury. Chicago always makes smart depth moves at the deadline, and this is another.
Speaking of players returning to their former teams, TSN had big news today…
TSN has re-acquired Jay and Dan!
By far the best news of the day, Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are coming back to Canada! Although Fox Sports traded them to TSN for a conditional 7th round pick, – which is only conveyed to Fox Sports if Jay and Dan win an Emmy (unlikely) – Jay and Dan are happy to be back. And we are even happier to have them back!
FLA gets: Tomas Vanek
DET gets: D Dylan Mcllrath, 2017 3rd round pick
Florida gets some help with their scoring. They have been much improved recently, and the addition of Vanek should hypothetically propel them even further up the standings. However, Florida loaded up at the deadline last year, and it didn’t produce results, so there are reasons for cautious optimism in Florida.
CBJ gets: D Kyle Quincey
NJD gets: D Dalton Prout
Columbus makes another smart move, picking up Kyle Quincey as a rental from the Devils. Quincey is a personal favourite, and is well regarded around the league. He’ll help bolster the back-end for the Blue Jackets as they get ready to make a deep playoff run. Things are looking up for the Blue Jackets, and I absolutely love everything they have done in the past couple of years. This was a good team that hit a stretch of bad luck, but they have hit on a lot of their draft picks, and are prime to have a long run of success in the NHL.
PIT gets: D Mark Streit, D Frank Corrado
TBL gets: 2018 4th round pick
PHI gets: C Valtteri Filppula, 2017 4th round pick, 2017 conditional 7th round pick
TOR gets: F Eric Fehr, D Steve Oleksy, 2017 4th round pick
This was one of the most complicated sequence of trades I have ever seen. First, the Lightning traded Filppula, and those two picks to Philly for Streit, creating $5M in cap room for next year. Then, the Penguins traded Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy to the Leafs, adding a 4th round pick as a sweetener for taking on the salary. Corrado is also a good depth add for Pittsburgh, if he gets the chance to play. That trade allowed the Penguins to trade for Mark Streit, getting him for a 4th round pick.
For Pittsburgh, these trades fill a huge need on defence. Olli Maata and Trevor Daley are out, and Streit and Corrado will be counted upon to hold down the fort until their return.
This trade is huge for Tampa, as they were able to get out from under Filppula’s expensive contract. This will give them a lot more room to fit all of their pending RFA’s under the cap this summer, including Drouin, Palat, and Johnson.
The Leafs gain a depth forward for this season in Fehr, who will likely round out the fourth line with Matt Martin and also newly-acquired Brian Boyle. He’s a likely candidate for the “Brooks Laich” treatment next season.
For Philadelphia, Filppula allows them to move Brayden Shenn back to the wing, and therefore deepen their top six. They will need him to contribute immediately and hugely if they want to make a run for a playoff spot.
CGY gets: C Curtis Lazar, D Mike Kostka
OTT gets: D Jyrki Jokipakka, 2nd round pick
Brian Burke, loose tie and all, managed to make a big splash on deadline day. Curtis Lazar only has one assist this season, but his potential is way higher than that. In a down year, Lazar wanted out of Ottawa and got his wish. He’ll probably get more playing time in Calgary, and will try to make an impression before his restricted free agency.
I was surprised Ottawa gave up on Lazar, a former first round pick and Canada World Jr. Captain, so quickly. He is only 21 years old and projects to at least be a good 3rd or 4th line centre with quality leadership characteristics. Jokipakka and a 2nd rounder isn’t a terrible return, considering the fact that Lazar only has one point this season, so not a terrible trade.
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