This season’s trade deadline has come and gone, most hockey fans call it a second Christmas as the bad teams stock up on young talent and draft picks, and the good teams stock up on veteran players to make the best team they can to make a push for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Unfortunately, this years actual deadline day went pretty slowly, but this season overall has been great on trades. Ryan Johansen to the Predators? James Reimer to the Sharks? Eric Staal to the Rangers? Insanity.
I think the issue for the lack of trades on the actual deadline was sellers demanding wayyy to much for their players. It’s a tough market but I’m just excited to see these teams compete. Lets take a look at them all (in Alphabetical Order).
The desert dogs know exactly what they are. A team that can be entertaining with it’s raw Captain Shane Doan, star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and the “Killer D’s” in Anthony Duclair and Max Domi set for its future.
They know they need to rebuild, and that means prospects. They traded top line forward Mikkel Boedker to the Colorado Avalanche for veteran Alex Tanguay, as well as prospects F Conner Bleackley and D Kyle Wood. Those are two prospects projected to do great things and Tanguay can still produce while serving as a role model to the young kids on their way up. They also traded for F Sergei Plotnikov from Pittsburgh but I’m not gonna lie I don’t know dick about that guy. Overall, the ‘Yotes did good.
The Ducks are back in the playoff picture after a very very rocky start to the year. Corey Perry had a hat trick the other night against the Kings and newly acquired David Perron has found his scoring touch in Southern Cali. With their defensive corps back together, they’ve continued to chug along.
The Ducks made a few depth forward moves, two I approve of, and one that I don’t. The Ducks acquired Forwards Jamie McGinn from Buffalo for a 3rd round pick which /i think is a fair price for the rugged winger that c an have a scoring touch. They also acquired F Brandon Pirri form the Florida Panthers for a 6th ROUND PICK. What a STEAL for the Ducks. Pirri has an insane shot and great hands, he should fit in well on Anaheim’s second or third line. Back when that guy was on the Blackhawks I used to get him and Saad mixed up (that was before Saad was really a household name though). I can totally see that guy being MONEY in the playoffs, or maybe not, Anaheim has a funny way of having great players have mediocre performances once they arrive (Carl Hagelin, Chris Stewart). They also traded away Patrick Maroon to Edmonton which I think is a mistake. Maroon is a big dude who was money last year’s playoffs, I can see that coming back to hurt them.
As a Bruins fan myself I am biased, I like the team we have this year. They’re a lot more fun to watch than last year’s team, scoring more goals, making comebacks, young quick talent, they’re a work in progress.
However, they have a large gaping hole on the blue line. A hole that has allowed the Bruins to fall to 20th in the league for GAA. Many speculated they planned to fix this by trading F Loui Eriksson for a Top-4 defenseman. That did not happen, and we didn’t resign Loui either. I do fear we will lose our beloved Swede to free agency come July 1st, just a year after he returns to his 30 goal, 70 point form he had in Dallas (at least that’s what he’s projected to get). However, right with about 2 minutes left before the deadline, the Bruins pulled the trigger on a deal that sent puck-moving defenseman John Michael-Liles from Carolina to the 617. They gave up a prospect in Anthony Camara, and a 3rd and 5th round pick in 2016 and 2017 respectively. That’s a hefty price for a defenseman that will no doubt help improve the team, but he won’t save us. As my girl T-Swift says “band-aids don’t fix bullet holes”.
They also acquired Lee Stempniak from NJ for a 2nd and 4th round pick. Lee Stempniak went from a PTO offered by the Devils this summer to their leading scorer being traded to his home city Boston for the playoff push. I’m excited to see Stempniak play, that guy can play, he’s a hard worker, has a great shot, and loves Boston so much he lives there in the off-season. However, Jiri Hudler was acquired for the same price by the Panthers, and which one of these guys would you rather have? Although I do think the Panthers stole Hudler more so than the Bruins overpaid for Stempniak.
Regardless for what they cost, I’m excited to see two new Bruins come tuesday night against Calgary, go get em boys.
Oh Buffalo, sweet Buffalo, they added to their pile of draft picks this trade deadline as they sent Jamie McGinn to Anaheim for a 3rd, and got another 3rd a few weeks ago for defenseman Mike Weber. They also through a bunch of minor league players at Ottawa for a bunch of they minor league players, none of which I know anything about so I can’t really analyze them. Relatively quite deadline for the Sabres who are in the middle of s rebuild so they don’t wanna give everyone away, and don’t want to acquire anyone they know will just be a waste because they won’t make the playoffs just yet.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the Flames did not do so hot this season as many expected. Their great defensive corps on paper wasn’t enough due to questions at goalie. Now they trade one of their best players in Jiri Hudler to the playoff bound Florida Panthers for a 2nd and 4th round picks, which many would question including myself. But they made up for it in the steep price the Dallas Stars accepted to send D-man Kris Russell to the Lone Star State. They got D Jyrki Jokipakka, D Brett Pollock, and a conditional 2016 2nd round pick. Two dandy prospects and a possible 2nd for Russell? They also traded Markus Granlund to the Vancouver Canucks for Hunter Shinkaruk, who’s name sounds familiar but I cannot place. Bravo.
The Canes made a huge move by moving their star center that lost his touch in Eric Staal. I made the accurate prediction that Eric would go for New York, as they aren’t the strongest team down the middle and they’re serious about contending. In return for Staal they received F Aleksi Saarela and two 2nd rounders. They also dealt Kris Versteeg to the LA Kings for F Vlatin Zykov and a conditional 5th round pick. And of course they traded defenseman John Michael-Liles to the Boston Bruins for Anthony Carmara and a 3rd and 5th round pick. They also sent goalie Drew MacIntyre to CHI for defensive prospect Dennis Roberston. That’s a lot of assets gained for a team that is clearly in the same boat as Arizona, and has a good chance of landing Auston Matthews in the draft. I’m sure they would’ve preferred some of those draft picks to be a little higher but they’ll take what they can get.
So much to say about the Blackhawks so I’m just going to limit it to this to their deadline acquisitions. the Blackhawks acquired Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser, and Jay Harrison back from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Marko Dano, a 1st round pick in 2016, and another conditional pick. They ALSO got Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2nd round pick in 2018. Then they traded Rob Scuderi for Christian Ehrhoff. And they got goaltending depth from the Canes as mentioned above.
Did the Hawks just become one of the deepest teams in the league? I think they fucking did. Andrew Ladd bringing back the size and skill on the top line with Toews and Hossa, Weise sniping everywhere like he does in the playoffs ALWAYS. (see below)
AND (sorry Tuukka)
Money in the bank, I assume Fleischmann will fit in somewhere on the 3rd or 4th line depending on the night but he has some assets that can win you games for sure. All in for the cup CHI goes again.
PS Love how they can just throw top prospects at teams like they’re peasants cause they know damn well they’re winning it all again.
The Avalanche have been a a disappointment ever since being favored heavily in the 2013-2014 playoffs, but this year, lead by Matt Duchene and captain Gabriel Landeskog, they’ve clung to a second wild card spot in the West. That being said, they sure were busy. The Avs got F Shawn Matthias from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Colin Smith and a 4th rounder. They also got Mikkel Boedker from the Coyotes as mentioned previously. They paid a pretty penny for the speedy forward, but he’ll fit in well with the likes of Duchene and Mackinnon. They also sauced a 3rd rounder New Jersey’s way in exchange for D-man Eric Gelinas, who’s heavy shot is something that is desired everywhere.
This being said, the Avs changed a lot for a team thats on the bubble, they’re all in for making the playoffs when all I can see is them being knocked out in the first round by Chicago or something. I hope for the team’s sake that I’m wrong.
Columbus Blue Jackets
OH Lumbus, how lost you have become. Very bold strategy trading a franchise center for a franchise defenseman. Defense may win championships, but you need offense to make it to the playoffs. You do have a decent squad, lots of speed and talent. Cam Atkinson is a stud. These guys had a quiet deadline, and if they’re gonna get better, I suggest they start tanking and tanking fast to try and get that top center back in Auston Matthews.
Damn Dallas, back at it again with the playoff push! With the emergence of star defenseman John Klingberg that give me flashes of Erik Karlsson; the one-two punch down the middle of Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza and the size, speed, and skill of captain Jamie Benn leaves a force to to be reckoned with. They made the smart decision by fixing their most apparent issue by acquiring Kris Russell from the Flames. Sure they gave up two prospects and a pick for him but FUCK IT. The Stars have a decent chance of going far this year and its time to test the waters. Get after it.
Detroit Red Wings
Brad Richards and Pavel Datsyuk / Henrik Zetterbergwnwould be an unreal duo of centers in 2006 but today they are from the strongest duo. That being said, don’t ever count out Detroit, with their seemingly endless pipeline of young talent, they could make some noise but I still don’t see them making to any further than the first round. The other teams in the East are too strong.
Only way I can see them making it out of the first round is if their playoff experience can out duel a young and relatively inexperienced team (like the Panthers). Speaking of the Panthers, that’s who the Red Wings traded Defenseman Jakub Kindl to for a 6th round pick. I wanna know what kind of voodoo magic the Panthers pulled because I would’ve expected at least a 5th rounder of Kindl as he still a formidable defenseman, but the Wings knew they had no room for him, and so did the Panthers.
Peter Chiarelli hasn’t done too bad in his first year in the Great North. He has the greatest rookie in the league back in the lineup and and spent the deadline getting rid of guys they didn’t really need and reaping in the rewards. He sent Teddy Purcell to the Sunshine State in return for a 3rd round pick, made a few small deals which resulted in a 5th round pick from VAN in exchange for the rights to RFA Defenseman Philip Larsen. Then he sent Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a 3rd rounder, and goalie Anders Nilsson to STL for a 5th rounder and Goalie Niklas Lundstrom. Sending out roster players, raking in the prospects and picks, Chiarelli knows what he’s doing, he’s tanking all over again, why the hell not go for Auston Matthews? Get the two best new players in years in back to back drafts, thats so bold but I love it. If each season is a marathon, then the Oilers are strapping jetpacks on like Wiley Coyote, just hoping this time the fuse stays lit. They also stole Patrick Maroon from Anaheim in exchange for D Martin Gernat and a 4th round pick.
The Panthers arguably won the deadline in my opinion. They acknowledged that they were a relatively young and inexperienced team lead by veterans like Jaromir Jagr, Shawn Thornton, and Captain Willie Mitchell (who I had to double check that he didn’t retire). To add to the veteran corps, they brought in Jiri Hudler from Calgary in exchange for a 2nd a 4th, Teddy Purcell for a 3rd, and Jakub Kindl for a 6th. They didn’t overspend, didn’t give away any top prospects, added some depth and experience and leadership. What more can you ask for?
My only complaint is giving away Brandon Pirri for a 6th rounder to Anaheim. Anyone who scores 22 goals in 49 games last season is probably worth more than that, but maybe that’s just me.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings look to be right back where they belong in the Pacific division. No longer having to worry about Anze Kopitar’s contract, they can focus on making a long run at the cup once again. Earlier in the year they traded for depth at forward and defense, bringing in Luke Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier from Philly in exchange for prospect Jordan Weal and a 3rd round pick. Lecavalier has been fantastic in LA, scoring on one timers from all over the place and when parked in front of the net as well. I have a feeling he’ll be their next Justin Williams come the postseason.
They brought in Kris Versteeg from Carolina as mentioned earlier for additional scoring depth on the wing, and brought back Rob Scuderi in exchange for Chirstian Ehrhoff. Sure they lost a couple prospects and a few picks but I think its worth it and I’ll be praying and hoping for another Chicago vs LA playoff series with lots of high scoring and overtimes and a Game 7 to look forward to while I’m gone all summer.
The Wild were HEAVILY speculated to make a trade for Loui Eriksson but never pulled the trigger. They ended up dumping salary cap by trading G Niklas Backstrom to the Flames in exchange for David Jones. They also made a minor league trade with the Habs in which they gave up F Michael Keranen for D Conor Allen and sent F Brett Sutter to LA for F Scott Sabourin.
I don’t expect big things from the Wild, but I also expected a first round exit from them the past two years and they always find a way to surprise me.
What a start the Habs had to their year, starting like 11-0 or something and as soon as Carey Price got injured they started to slip, and when they start to slip they rush their goalie back from injury which leads to him getting hurt even more and now he’s out for almost the rest of the season (Steve Dangle). Now the Habs are on fire and crashing back down to Earth, they are like 30-27 and out of the playoff picture. Now what we are seeing are the Habs giving up.
They made no moves at the deadline that suggested a playoff push and ended up trading roster player Devante Smith-Pelly to the Devils in exchange for F Stefan Matteau, and that guy aint gonna save them. Their coach blames specific players for losses, poor PK Subban tried throwing a puck into the stands at practice for some lucky fans to catch and ended up hitting like a 2 month old baby (that has no idea how to catch a puck nor any concept of hockey or anything else for that matter) right in the FACE. That about sums up their season right there. PK donates 10 million bucks to a children’s hospital and ends up putting a baby right inside of it. (Don’t worry last I heard the baby is ok, the Habs are not).
The Predators were involved in arguably the trade of the year when they acquired top line center Ryan Johansen in exchange for young defenseman Seth Jones. I hope they make it to the post season cause I want to see Johansen light it up. At the deadline they made some small deals which included acquiring D Corey Potter (remember that fuckin guy Bruins fans?) for “future considerations”, which basically means for free. How would you feel if you were Potter knowing damn well you were traded for dick?
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey has been a pleasant surprise this season. Corey Schneider has been performing at the Vezina level and newcomer Kyle Palmeri has been going off and is on pace for like 30 goals after being a 3rd line guy in Anaheim. New Jersey is a lot like the land of misfit toys, like all of a sudden the guys no one gave a shit about (Lee Stempniak, Kyle Palmeri, Mike Cammalleri) just came together and decided to be nasty. That combined with a defensive corps that all have absolute bombs for shots and you got a feisty team that can be shell of a lot of fun to watch. Obviously the Devils main moves were Stempniak and Gelinas and in return they got 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks.
The Devils can sit happy and ride out the rest of the season, knowing they got picks on picks and nasty prospects on the rise.
New York Islanders
The sole move the Isles made was getting Marc-Andre Cliche from the Avs in exchange for Tyler Beck, a move I didn’t even notice until I looked it up right now. Looks like the Isles are going into the playoffs with the “just fuck me up fam” mentality, they aren’t the only ones. The Isles have been quietly mediocre this season, they’ll come outta no where and beat your team and you’re just like “well fuck” but other than that I don’t really hear much about them other than Kyle Okposo getting a hat trick or Johnny T making some retarded pass that defies the laws of physics.
New York Rangers
The Rangers know they aren’t getting any younger as many sports analysts have noticed lately. They know their window is now and they always like to make some ouse at the deadline. Power moves only for NYR, last year it was getting Keith Yandle and this year its Eric Staal, who they hope can fulfill what they’re missing down the middle that tends to lead to their demise year in and year out. I talked about what they gave up earlier, and they can only hope this might be the year they win it all.
The Sens are interesting specimens, they made a lot of minor league deals with players I dont even feel like typing out so I’m just gonna talk about their big move for Dion Phanuef. Toronto sent Dion “traffic cone” Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Repert, Cody Donaughey to the Sens for Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Tobias Lindberg, and a 2017 2nd rounder. I like the move for both teams. This makes the tank a lot easier for Toronto with their best and most veteran defenseman gone. And now Ottawa has s guy on their top pairing that can play ALL the defense and allow Karlsson to basically be the 4th forward on the ice which is basically what he is anyway.
Besides the Schenn and Lecavalier move to LA last month, the Flyers didn’t do dick at the deadline. They did get Jordan Weal who is a nasty prospect and the 3rd rounder helped their cause, but for a team that is half way to decent and half way to total shit show, you would’ve expected them to sell more and stock up for the future.
The Penguins did not hold back in adding to their team this season. This deadline they acquired defenseman Justin Schultz from Edmonton for a 3rd rounder and made a small trade with the Coyotes for a minor league player that I mentioned earlier. However in the past two months they’ve gotten speedy Carl Hagelin and the great skating D-man Trevor Daley. Now that Crosby is up to his old tricks, theres no doubt they’ll make it to the playoffs where Marc-Andre Fleury will likely blow it for them, and if he doesn’t, the defense will.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are looking decent people, they added some depth scoring in Nick Spaling and Roman Polak from Toronto in exchange for Raffi Torres and 2 second round picks. They also added goaltending depth in James Reimer(they also received F Jeremy Morin), also from Toronto, who’s had a fantastic season. They got him for Alec Stalock, Ben Smith, and a 4th round pick. I expected a much bigger return for a goalie that was often one of the best in the league. But if you l at what they got for Spaling and Polak, one might consider it a decent return. But I still think a 1st rounder was in order for Reimer.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues also didn’t do dick after failing to acquire Loui Eriksson from the Bruins. Going into the playoffs looking for a first round win they’ve been searching for, but not adding anyone at the deadline to help them isn’t helping their chances.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Also didn’t do dick at the deadline but with virtually the same squad that made it to the Stanley Cup Final with last year, they’re just a whole lot less consistent. They are a grew team, but the Stamkos situation rests over everyone’s heads, and off ice drama with that and Drouin might be a reason for that consistency but we’ll see, but I know they are not the best in the East anymore.
Toronto Maple Leafs
I’ve already talked about what the Leafs got in return for their players but I’ma little disappointed they didn’t sell more. I was expecting PA Parenteau, Michael Grabner, Jake Gardiner, and maybe even Nazem Kadri and more to be gonezo. Total firesale, but nope. they got decent returns for what they gave away but I’m not worried about the Maple Leafs. Their future is bright and the Toronto Marlies are the best team in the AHL, with the likes of the Nylander brothers and Kasperi Kapanen on the rise, they’ll be just fine. Also good on them for getting Brooks Laich and another 2nd round pick and prospect, almost forgot about that.
The Canucks failed the deadline. They got a few small guys but failed to deal either Hamhuis or Vrbata. They could’ve gotten a big return for both but failed miserably. Mr. Jim Benning has some explaining to do. The Canucks are a dumpster fire with the aging Sedins as the only thing holding them together.
The Caps got Mike Weber, Daniel Winnik, and a couple other minor guys and it doesn’t really matter what they gave up cause they’re all in this year. Cup or bust, lets get it.
Obviously traded Andrew Ladd andd brought in skill forward Marko Dano and a 1st rounder. Good on them, best they could do with the assets they had.