For Sooites who are fans of the NHL, the trade deadline day couldn’t come at a better time as most of the city finds itself snowed in. The trades were few and far between for the early part of the day, before picking up with some big names moving. Below is a recap of all of the trades from February 25th, with some of my opinions on the deals.
Nyquist Traded to Sharks.
The trade deadline day kicked off early, moments after midnight as the Red Wings continued to add to their rebuild, shipping off RW Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 third-round pick. The conditional third-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft would become a second-round pick in the same draft should the Sharks advance to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final or should Nyquist re-sign with the Sharks. The WIngs also have retained 30% of Nyquist’s contract.
Thoughts: A normal hockey trade this time in the year. Nyquist is a rental as he is a pending free agent, and with the Wings 2nd last in the Eastern Conference, there was no need to hang on to a player that may or may not re-sign with the club. The Sharks are still looking to earn themselves a Stanley Cup after falling short of that in 2016 and losing to the Penguins in the finals. The Erik Karlsson trade to start the season showed exactly how determined they are to win this year. Nyquist is usually good for a guaranteed 40 points, and now being added to a team with a plethora of offensive weapons, his points totals should only jump. Nyquist also had to waive his No Trade Clause, showing that he knows the Sharks can do some damage in this years playoffs.
Kinkaid to the Blue Jackets
Not much to see here, as Goalie Keith Kincaid was sent from the Devils to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a 5th round pick.
Thoughts: A goalie with well below average stats won’t be a game changer for the Blue Jackets, nor is his skill set enough for GM Jarmo Kekalainen to ship off starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been a focus of trade rumours for the duration of the season. Might be worth it to keep your eye on the Jackets, as many think the team is not done.
Hayes to Jets
Kevin Hayes was sent to the Jets in exchange for Winnipeg’s 1st round pick and forward Prospect Brendan Lemieux.
Thoughts: Winnipeg needed a centre, and they got theirs. Hayes is having the best season in his career with 42 points in 51 games. Lemieux has fallen off a bit, but still is only 22 so he could get things going again but time is against him. Winnipeg’s first round pick is more than likely going to be in the mid to late 20’s, meaning it should be lottery protected. A fair trade that addresses the major concern of the Jets roster.
Weal to the Canadiens
Jordan Weal is sent from the Coyotes to the Canadiens in exchange for Michael Chaput
Thoughts: …Uhh, Montreal, you don’t need anymore fourth liners. Low risk, low reward. Chaput has split the year between the NHL and AHL, but has only managed 5 assists in 32 games in the big league. Weal isn’t faring much better, with his 11 points in 47 games.
Hurricanes Acquire Tomas Jurco
Per NHL.com “Carolina Hurricanes acquire forward Tomas Jurco from Florida Panthers for future considerations. Panthers acquire forward Cliff Pu from Hurricanes for future considerations.”
Thoughts: So, do the future considerations get canceled out? This trade doesn’t make sense when it comes to what was actually dealt. In the end, it just comes out to Jurco for Pu. Jurco will provide a bit more depth scoring for the ‘canes, which they desperately need to keep the skol clap going into the playoffs, but they do end up giving away Cliff Pu. Pu is having a rough go in his first AHL season with just 6 points in 44 games with the Charlotte Checkers.
Avalanche acquire Brassard
Derick Brassard was shipped from the Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche for a third round pick in 2020.
Thoughts: Brassard only lasted 10 games in Florida before being traded yet again. His third team in just two months, the Avalanche find themselves two points out of a wild card spot. I believe it’s worth it for Colorado to write this year off, but they are appearing to want to go for it. The team has been carried by the best line in hockey of Mackinnon – Rantanen – Landeskog, but besides them the line up is fairly thin (sorry Barrie). A third round pick when all things are considered is not a lot to give up, I just don’t think this is the year the Avalanche should being trying to force themselves into the picture.
Blue Jackets acquire McQuaid
Adam McQuaid gets sent from the Rangers to Columbus in exchange for a defenseman Julius Bergman, a 4th and a 7th round pick.
Thoughts: I will openly say I am not a fan of McQuaid, but I do think there is a chance for him to be useful with reduced minutes. An underperforming prospect, plus a 4th and 7th isn’t overpaying by any means, but most advanced stats would suggest that McQuaid’s best days are behind him. The Blue Jackets were also another team that needed to beef up on defence, and McQuaid will add some size and grit. McQuaid has 5 points through 36 games. He also returns to the team that drafted him 55th overall in 2005, but he hadn’t suited up a single game for them.
Flames acquire Oscar Fantenberg
The Flames help stock up on defense with trading away a 4th round pick in 2020 to the LA Kings in exchange for Oscar Fantenberg.
Thoughts: ..Who? I had no idea that this guy even existed, but I guess that’s what happens when you’re a bottom pairing defenseman on one of the leagues bottom feeder teams. He cracked his first NHL lineup last year as a 26 year old rookie, and has since went on to play 73 games and posting 12 points. He is neither a plus or a minus on his career, sitting at a perfect 0.
Granlund for Fiala swap.
A true hockey trade, Mikael Granlund from Minnesota to Nashville for Kevin Fiala. 1 for 1.
Thoughts: Even if I have one thought, I feel that it would be one more than Minnesota had before making this trade. Granlund has 317 points in 461 career games, compared to 97 points in 204 games for Fiala. Fiala is on the final year of his entry level, where as Granlund is on a deal until 2020. I just don’t understand what the Wild think they are gaining from this deal, as Granlund on paper seems to be much more valuable.
With 14 minutes left, Mark Stone is a Vegas Golden Knight.
Mark stone was shipped from the Senators to the Golden Knights for Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindbergh and second
Thoughts: It had to be done. Dorion couldn’t let a big name piece walk for absolutely nothing and they earned themselves a doozy of a prospect. He is a 15th overall draft choice which has received comparisons to Erik Karlsson. He has 28 points in 41 games as a rookie defenseman in the AHL, and also netted 4 goals in this past World Junior Championships. Vegas has picks and prospects to spare, and also are in a comfortable playoff spot. They make yet another move that makes their team that much better now, to hopefully push them over the edge and win that Stanley Cup that was within fingertips reach last year. Another bonus for the Knights, the belief around the league is that an extension is very close to happening. Many believe because of it, the Senators and Knights had no conditions on their picks.
Well, that had me worrying a bit. At times it was hard to keep my eyes open before the major Stone trade happened. Most of the major players that were rumoured to be traded were moved, but names like Simmonds and Howard stayed put to play through the end of the year. Let me know what you think of these trades below.
UPDATE 3:11 PM
I spoke to soon. Wayne Simmonds is a Predator, and the Preds are looking fierce.
Hartman and a 4th (Turns into third if Nashville wins a playoff series) for Simmonds.
Thoughts: WOW. That is an EXCELLENT deal when you take in to consideration how strong Nashville already is. They hardly gave up a thing when it comes to this trade, replacing a roster player with Simmonds, and then giving up a mid round pick. Simmonds, the ex hound, will make Nashville even more miserable to play against.
UPDATE 3:23 PM
Marcus Johansson to the Bruins
Johansson is moving for a 2nd a 4th.
Thoughts: The Devils got a solid return for a player who was rumoured to be moved. A 2nd and 4th won’t hurt the Bruins to badly. Definitely wish I was a fly on the wall for the conversation between Marchand and Johansson though.
UPDATE 3:39 PM
A 1 for 1 swap, Pearson for Gudbranson
The Penguins ship away Tanner Pearson in exchange for Vancouver’s Erik Gudbranson
Thoughts: A defence core that has Jack Johnson and Erik Gudbranson together…the Penguins better hope they can score like the 1980’s because that back end is subpar.
Jets reacquire Hendricks.
Hendricks is being sent for the Wild to the Jets for a 7th round pick.
Thoughts: It’s a 7th round pick. Hard to pick a winner here when Hendricks is more than likely going to be injury insurance, if one of their main guys goes down with an injury. Any time you can trade a 7th for an NHL player, you normally make that trade.
Michael Del Zotto is singing the Blues
Del Zotto goes from the Ducks to the Blues for a 6th
Thoughts: Meh, not a big Del Zotto fan, but if the Blues want to keep the ball rolling all the way through the playoffs, they do need options. Del Zotto can give them plenty of experience, but lets see if his skill can keep up.
Beaulieu to Winnipeg
The Sabres send away Nathan Beaulieu to the Jets for a 6th.
Another deal that sees the Jets stock up further on depth D, which worries many about the status of Josh Morrissey. Either way, they gave up a 6th and 7th for two NHL ready defense. Depending on how far they go in the playoffs will be the deciding factor on if they won these deals or not.
UPDATE 3:45 PM
Winnipeg makes ANOTHER trade.
Bogdan Kiselevich from the Panthers to the Jets for a 7th.
Thoughts: Winnipeg, stop making trades for these depth defenseman. I want to go home! But in all honesty, I don’t see the value in a trade for a 29 year old rookie defenseman. He has 8 assists in 32 games, and isn’t a regular with the team. I’m not sure what the Jets are going to do with so many defenceman, but the press box come playoff time will be full of extra skaters.
UPDATE 3:52 PM
Jets make 6th move, trade Petan
Nic Petan is traded to the Leafs for Par Lindholm
Thoughts: The Leafs are a bit more hot on Trevor Moore than they are on Lindholm, so they had no problem moving the expendable centre. Nic Petan is up and down between the NHL and AHL, and can provide some solid relief if a winger goes down during the stretch.
Sharks and Canucks swap prospects
The Canucks move off Johnathan Dahlen for Linus Karlsson from the Sharks.
Thoughts: A former second rounder for a former third. Not much to say here as neither player has a game of NHL experience. This deal requires time to tell who is the clear winner. The deal is more of a minor league trade than anything for the time being.