The Trade Deadline: It’s Time.

Man does the Trade Deadline pass quick, here’s my take on all those last minute/day/3 days trades.

 

The Most Complicated trade in NHL history?

What a way to start this post. The most complicated trade I’ve ever seen, it’s been rejected once and allegedly twice or more. The Penguins have finally got their final piece to be a three-peat, and probably a 4-peat. So from my understanding (pulls up chalkboard): The Penguins acquire Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn and a 2018 3th rounder from Ottawa, plus Tobias Lindberg from Vegas. Vegas gets Ryan Reaves, Vancouver’s 2018 4th round pick from Pittsburgh and take 2 million in cap hit of Brassard’s contract. Ottawa gets Pittsburgh’s first round pick this year, plus their 3rd rounder in 2019, Ian Cole and Filip Gustavsson.

(Deep breath), you’ve got to be kidding me! Derick Brassard of course is a pretty good centre, now imagine that guy being the 3rd line centre on your team… a 50-55 point guy. Vincent Dunn, not to be confused with Vince Dunn, the defenseman for the St. Louis Blues, is a low scoring, ECHL/AHL centre. The 22 year old is usually only up in the AHL for brief stints, but not this year, he’s played over 17 games with the Belleville Senators, not really doing much though. He’s young, so one day he may help one of the Penguins’ farm teams. Tobias Lindberg is admittedly my favourite Marlie ever, but that has nothing to do with this. Lindberg has played 6 NHL games in his career, scoring two points. Lindberg seems like every GMs favourite guy to acquire. He’s a decent, young AHLer who can probably make a flash in the NHL in callups, but won’t make the team full time yet. He’ll make a good addition to the Penguins AHL team. Ryan Reaves was originally acquired to add toughness to the Penguins, they gave up this and their top prospect , and only got Reaves and a pick they used on Zachary Lauzon.  That’s not the point though. Apparently Vegas legitimately WANTED Reaves, which is a bit mindboggling. Reaves is a low-scoring, tough guy and fan favourite, but the Knights have that already, I recently compared Reaves to “that guy”. I don’t believe Reaves helps the Golden Knights too much, but I might be wrong?

 

Now for the hard part:

Pittsburgh gave up:

  • a 2018 1st rounder
  • a 2018 4th rounder, originally Vancouver’s
  • a 2019 3rd rounder
  • Ian Cole
  • Ryan Reaves
  • Filip Gustavsson

And managed to get.

  • Derek Brassard
  • Vincent Dunn
  • Ottawa’s 3rd rounder in 2018
  • Tobias Lindberg

The Pens were trying their best to trade Ian Cole, they didn’t need him, neither did they really need Reaves on their team. The Pens are apparently full of goalies too, so they didn’t need Gustavsson. We can assume the third rounders they gave and took are null for now, as we don’t know who’s drafted with either. The Penguins probably need a pick later rather than sooner, so giving the 2019 pick wasn’t great as the Pens need someone to help the team after Crosby/Malkin slow down, but Ottawa stinks this year, and the Penguins won’t next year, so they probably pick much higher in the third then they would with the 2019 pick. Dunn won’t make an impact on the Penguins. Lindberg might make a good call up.To rephrase this trade in the worst way possible, like I will for each team:

  • A low 1st rounder this year, who still could’ve made an impact on the Pens
  • Two midrange picks this year and next year
  • An NHL 3rd pairing defenseman
  • A fan favourite/fan hated
  • A top goalie prospect

for

  • A number 2 centre who the Pens will use as a number 3 this year and next year (but only 60% of his contract
  • An ECHL/AHLer
  • A high midrange pick this year
  • An AHLer/NHL callup

 

Yikes!

Vegas gave

  • Tobias Lindberg
  • 2 million in cap space

For

  • Ryan Reaves
  • Vancouver’s 4th round pick this year via Pittsburgh.

 

This is a bit of a head scratcher on Vegas’ part. Lindberg wasn’t going to make a huge impact on the Vegas roster, maybe in callups, but that’s as far as it would’ve gone. That 40% of Brassard’s contract, aka 2 million for 2 years is. This is a team actually contending, you aren’t the Montreal Canadiens, that can do this, but for some younger assets. In exchange? Ryan Reaves… someone who Vegas probably didn’t need. He’ll slot nicely on the Golden Knights 4th line, but that requires a trade of one of Vegas’ RWs. That 4rd rounder just adds on to the Vegas stockpile of picks, it’s high, seeing as it’s Vancouver’s, but it’s still a 4th. Basically:

Vegas gave:

  • An AHLer/NHL Call up
  • 2 million in cap space

for

  • A possible roster player
  • a midrange pick this year

You know, it isn’t as bad as people say it is. The fate of this relies on that pick, how Ryan Reaves performs, and how the Knights handle July 1st (Free Agency).

 

Ottawa gave:

  • Derick Brassard
  • Vincent Dunn
  • a 3rd rounder this year

for

  • a 1st this year
  • a 3rd next year (both from Pittsburgh)
  • Ian Cole
  • Filip Gustavsson

 

Wow, talk about starting a rebuild! (Let’s ignore any other trade Dorion has made). The Sens gave up a top 2 line centre, a non factor of an ECHL forward, and a 3rd rounder this year for all that. The Sens now have an extra 1st rounder this year, which helps with the rebuild, swapped their midrange pick this year for one next year, a nice trade asset in Cole, and a possible future starter/backup. The Sens got everything they wanted in this trade (for once)… and they weren’t even the ones who had to pay some of Brassard’s salary (Eugene “Krabs” Melnyk takes a sigh of relief). It’s not everyday that the Sens win something! Still:

Ottawa gave:

  • The final piece of a three-peat for Pittsburgh
  • A young player (in the ECHL)
  • A 3rd this year

for

  • A late 1st
  • A late 3rd
  • An aging defenseman
  • A goalie who may or may not make an impact in the NHL

 

I believe Ottawa wins this trade in terms of what they got, which will help their rebuild. Pittsburgh will probably now win two more Cups. I think that makes Vegas the loser, the only thing they’ve lost since they’ve been created?

 

A minor boost for a playoff spot?

The Edmonton Oilers trade Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders for a 3rd rounder. Davidson is a young, decent NHL left handed defenseman. A third round pick is a lot for a decent player in a position that’s usually more stacked on teams than it’s opposite side (LD is usually more stacked than RD?). There’s also the fact that Davidson has been frequently scratched on the Edmonton Oilers and the Canadiens this season, two bottom teams. The Islanders aren’t the only team that takes an L here. I mentioned both Montreal and Edmonton as teams he’s played for this season. Around last year’s trade deadline, Davidson was traded to Montreal for pending UFA David Desharnais. He scored 4 points in 18 regular season games, and the same in 13 playoffs games before signing with NYR. Davidson played 23 games in total this year and last year with Montreal, frequently healthy scratched, before being waived this year. Guess who claimed him, Edmonton. That fact that Montreal lost Davidson, and he fetched a 3rd rounder make this a huge loss for both New York, and even Montreal, who weren’t even involved in the actual trade.

 

Highway robbery.

The Rangers have traded Rick Nash to Boston for Ryan Spooner, Ryan Lindgren, Matt Beleskey, Boston’s first and it’s 7th round pick this year. Rangers retain 3.9 million dollars of Nash’s salary, Boston retains 1.9 million of Beleskey’s salary. Nash has been on the trade block for a while, the aging winger has declined in production over the years, having gone from almost 70 points to not even 40 points like that. The Canadian winger’s contract expires on July 1st, making him a rental for the Bruins. One of the top players dealt for Nash is Spooner, here is where this trade starts becoming a head scratcher for the Bruins. This season, Spooner has scored at a rate of 0.64 points per game, Nash has scored at 0.46. I should also mention Spooner is 7 years younger than Nash, and Spooner becomes an RFA when his contract expires this year, so he can be resigned much easier. That already seems like a bad trade. Ryan Lindgren was one of the Bruins’ top defensive prospects. At 20, the stay at home defenseman seems to be doing well with his university team, and losing him could be a big blow in the future. That’s two young players, amazing for the Rangers’ rebuild. The reason I’ve heard that they overpaid is because of Matt Beleskey. Beleskey has a horrendous contract, and has spent most of this season in the AHL, so he’s a waste of cap space. Maybe, just maybe I’d call it an okay excuse… but they retained 50% of his contract. If you’re going to give so much away, you may as well give them the whole contract. Sure, the Bruins got only 50% of Nash’s contract, but to give up that much? They gave a 1st rounder, a young player who produces more than Nash, a prospect, a 7th and an AHLer with a bad contract for an aging forward who has an expiring contract (and only 50% of his contract) and to give away 50% of that bad AHLer’s contract. I think the Rangers are doing this whole rebuild thing right, take notes Buffalo/Vancouver/Any other basement team not including Edmonton.

 

Montreal finally does it right!

I’ve somehow insulted Montreal/Marc Bergevin about 14 times here on puckstuff.net (seriously, check it out for yourself), this won’t be one of them. Montreal traded Tomas Plekanec (50% retained) and Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a 2018 2nd rounder. Montreal had been trying to ship out almost everyone for a while, and this is a good start. Plekanec’s contract expires after this year, so if he’d want to sign in Montreal again, he could. Kyle Baun is a low scoring AHL forward who might struggle to find success with the stacked Marlies.  The grandson of once Stanley Cup winning goal scorer Bob Baun is barely a prospect at 25, a free agent after this year, and is unlikely to be signed by the Leafs after. For now, Baun is just a rental to fill in Rychel’s spot and to help in the Calder Cup playoffs. Plekanec is a nice rental addition to the Maple Leafs, especially at a time when 1C Auston Matthews is injured. When Matthews is healthy, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have one of the best 4th lines in the league with either Tyler Bozak or Tomas Plekanec centring it. Montreal also put that cap space to good use, taking 3 million of Plekanec’s 6 million dollar contract. Kerby Rychel is someone I had interest in as a Maple Leafs fan. The former 1st rounder was traded from Columbus to Toronto for Scott Harrington, recently acquired in the Phil Kessel trade. Rychel had NHL experience, and scored 50 points in the AHL last season, pretty impressive. I recently listed him as the 4th best LW on the Leafs under 25, but there’s an argument for him to fit as 3rd (or 5th) best. The 23 year old was set to be an RFA next year, so the Leafs were more likely to resign him or not. He may be a good fit on the Habs, he’s young and has the ability to produce in the NHL, but for now he’s more of an AHLer. Rinat Valiev was someone largely forgotten on the Maple Leafs with their massive depth. Valiev has some NHL experience and is solid in the AHL. I believe he has the ability to fit on the Habs’ roster one day. The soon to be RFA is still young and has time to improve. It’s worth noting Valiev allegedly asked for a trade. This trade was good for both teams, but especially for the Habs. They got two young players who they can easily resign and a 2nd rounder, which will eventually come back at the Leafs, but knowing the Habs, they’ll end up picking a bag of pucks (this won’t age well.). The Leafs got someone to strengthen their playoff run at half price, and only produces a little less than Rick Nash, who as you can see earlier, fetched a lot. I think I’d rather take Plekanec for a 2nd (and a bit more) than Luke Glendening for a 3rd. Still, I want to give the edge to the Habs for once. They got what they needed, and took what the Leafs needed. The Leafs are going to be a young team if they aren’t already. Matthews, Marner and Nylander haven’t hit their prime, forget Kapanen, Dermott and all the other young guys, Rychel had the possibility to produce a bit in the NHL, Valiev asked for a trade, so I can’t really see him on the Leafs at all as a callup, he wouldn’t make the team fully with the Leafs’ depth at LD. That 2nd probably could’ve been a key piece on the Leafs one day. Let’s face it, the Leafs aren’t winning a Stanley Cup this year, sure Plekanec would help the playoff run, but it’s hard to see this as a win more than it being even for them. Habs win this trade.

A Three Way Trade

The Edmonton Oilers trade Mark Letestu to Nashville for Pontus Aberg, Nashville then flipped Letestu to Columbus for a 2018 4th rounder. Letestu is a 20-30 point centre who usually slots in at the bottom 6. The soon to be UFA was probably bought in as a rental. Columbus The price? The younger, cheaper Pontus Aberg. Aberg is a lower scoring forward at the NHL level, but at the AHL level he’s been pretty good, so it’s probably only a matter of time for the 24 year old to start producing, he has another year before being an RFA, making it easier to sign, at a cheap amount, so he has time. Aberg may fit on the Oilers’ young forward corps if he starts producing. For Nashville, a 4th round pick for Aberg isn’t bad, they didn’t really need Aberg, nor do they need that 4th rounder. There isn’t really a loser in this trade, Nashville does nothing right or wrong here, they were just there to transport Letestu to Columbus and Aberg to Edmonton. They got a 4th for a low scoring forward. Edmonton gets a young, cheap forward who still needs to find his feet in the NHL for a rental. They probably could’ve gotten more, but we’ll have to see how Aberg does. Columbus got a bottom 6 rental for a 4th rounder which isn’t bad either. None of these teams get especially better after this trade, so I’d say it’s a three way tie.

 

Minor League Strengthening

San Jose traded Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick to Nashville for a 2018 6th rounder. Bollig was once a rough and tough NHLer. Now? He’s just a rough and tough AHLer. Bollig brings toughness to any team… but that’s pretty much it. I guess he would bring experience to a playoff team… if the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate were one. His contract expires this year, so he’s only a rental for the Admirals for now. Troy Grosenick is a solid AHL goalie, having only gone under .900 SV% once. Grosenick has potential to one day be temporarily be called up, otherwise expect him in the AHL until he becomes a UFA after next season. These are both minor league players who won’t affect the Predators in any way. In exchange, the Sharks still got a 6th round pick, which can be used as an asset, or pick a player who has a shot of affecting the Sharks. I’d give the win to San Jose.

 

There’s Cole in Columbus

Ian Cole was traded from Canada’s Capital to Columbus for Nick Moutrey and a 2020 3rd round pick. Cole was recently acquired by Ottawa in the whole Brassard trade, and was speculated to be going to Vegas/a playoff team while the trade was being reworked. Cole is a solid defenseman who will boost Columbus’ defense corps for the rest of the season and the playoffs. He was bought in as a rental, with his contract expiring soon. Moutrey is an AHL forward who rarely scores. He’s still young at 22, so he has time to develop, but any NHL future seems unlikely. Moutrey becomes an RFA after this season, but I doubt the forward is given a qualifying offer. In my opinion, a 3rd round pick (and some) isn’t bad for a rental defenseman you didn’t need. Ottawa got a 3rd round pick to help their rebuild… and best of all… Eugene Melnyk saved some money. Ottawa gets the win here.

 

Stan Bowman won something other than a Cup?

Chicago trades Ryan Hartman and a 2018 5th rounder to Nashville for Victor Ejdsell, a 2018 1st round pick, and a 2018 4th round pick. Ryan Hartman is a young forward who can score, and he’s proven it, as we’ve seen with the Hawks. Ejdsell is a forward prospect who seems to be doing well in Europe, he’d help the Hawks if he decides to come to North America. Look. Ryan Hartman is a good, young player on a cheap contract, but he’s not worth a team’s first round pick. I’m not saying that a late first round pick is a lot to get for Hartman, but your team’s 1st rounder is a lot to pay. It’s your best chance to get a new really young player. Hartman had his breakout season last season… and that was a 30 point season. This season, with the Hawks, he’s on a pace of 35 points in 82 games. That’s only 2 more points than what he was on pace to score last season had he played 82 games that year. This isn’t a player who is improving too rapidly. He’s still young right? He’s 23, so that’s young, but if he’s a 30 point player right now, after 5 pro seasons, how much better is he at his peak? Sure you got a solid 30 point player, he’s on a super cheap contract right now, but next year he’s an RFA, and you just paid a premium for him, so he’s going to ask for a substantial bit, won’t he?  The fact that you also gave up a nice prospect for him makes it worse. I haven’t even gotten to the fact that Chicago basically swapped a 5th round pick for a late 4th rounder. It looks like Chicago is preparing for the future, and they’re doing a nice job of it. Unless Hartman suddenly develops into a 20-30 goal player, this trade is a win for Chicago.

A surprise rental?

The St. Louis Blues trade Paul Stastny (50% retained) to Winnipeg Jets for Eric Foley and a 2018 first round pick. Statsny is a good player, in the last season of his contract. The only head scratcher here is, St. Louis wasn’t doing bad, in fact at the time they were doing decent at the playoff race. Don’t just take it from me, take it from Brayden Schenn! The forward expressed his concern after the trade for the same reason. To be honest though, a late 1st rounder isn’t horrible for someone producing at a 52 point pace (if he plays 82 games) this year from the Jets point of view. They’re a playoff team, having another forward gives their already great forward group greater. If it were a team that was rebuilding, I’d actually give the win to the Blues, they would’ve gotten what they wanted for someone who wasn’t gonna do much in a rebuild anyways, a late 1st and a nice prospect in Erik Foley, who’s been doing well in College Hockey, both who may help the NHL organization later on. That’s the problem, they’re not rebuilding. This is a playoff hopeful that just gave up a roster impact player for the future, it’s just bad timing. For that, and that only, I give the W to Winnipeg, heck, they got a playoff hopeful to retain salary!

 

A meaningless minor NHL swap?

Vancouver swaps Philip Holm to Vegas for Brendan Leipsic. Holm is a solid defenseman who did well in Europe, but after a lacklustre training camp with the Canucks, he spent most of this year in the AHL. He has the potential to become an NHLer one day, but at 26, he’s barely a prospect. Brendan Leispic is, as a Leafs fan, someone I have a good idea about. He was once someone who was of great interest as a prospect in the AHL, lighting it on fire. Then, he was picked in the expansion draft by Vegas. He was used in a bottom 6 role, still getting over 10 points. I believe Leipsic will help the young, budding Canucks team, who with Boeser and Co., finally can become a playoff team soon. I think Vancouver won this trade. Vegas won’t benefit from Holm that much. Vancouver will get a lot out of Leipsic now and in the future.

 

Someone picked the wrong phone up?

Arizona trades Ryan Kujawinski to Columbus for Jordan Maletta. Who? Ryan Kujawinski is a 22 year old prospect currently in the AHL. He doesn’t score much, and hasn’t played over 59 games in an AHL season, which is quite alarming. I really don’t see much of a future for him as a Blue Jacket/in the organization. Maletta is also a 22 year old prospect at centre like Kujawinski, who had a decent/okay rookie season in the AHL, with over 20 points. This year? He’s slowed down drastically, having 4 points before the trade, more than Kujawinski, but in more games. With what Maletta has shown in the past though, I think he can get it back. I believe Arizona wins because of that only… not that it matters. Who knows, the other phone waiting for Columbus could’ve been [Big Name].

It was (a minor) 1 for 1

The Islanders swap Jason Chimera, who lands in Anaheim, for Chris Wagner. Wagner is a youngish centre, who doesn’t produce too much, but is cheap on an expiring contract. The Islanders aren’t a playoff team anyways, they don’t need too much, they just need to be younger at this point. Jason Chimera, is not younger. Chimera had quietly gone under the radar, scoring 20 goals twice in the last two years… he’s 38. This year, he’s slowed down, as age seemed to catch up to him. Chimera is more expensive on his expiring contract, but will boost the Ducks’ playoff run. Don’t expect him to resign, after such a season I’d expect him to retire. The Ducks got a better player in Chimera, but the Islanders unloaded a significant amount of cap… possibly to resign… JOSH BAILEY! This really depends on how you look at it. If this somehow helps in resigning John Tavares, I’d give it to the Islanders, but for now, Ducks win in my opinion.

 

Did the Canadiens switch GMs?

Look. I’ve already gone over how much I hate Marc Bergevin and how many times I’ve insulted him. Man this doesn’t seem to be one of those posts. Montreal trades Joe Morrow to Winnipeg for a 2018 4th round pick. Before this season, Morrow wasn’t much of a full time defenseman. Even on the Canadiens, he was frequently healthy scratched.  Morrow is a cheap, young RD who becomes an RFA next year. Sure that’s great but, isn’t a mid draft pick too much for a dude who literally can’t make a rebuilding team’s lineup? I’d say the Canadiens win. This season was long lost, they seem to be doing this rebuild thing better now. They got something that could be a piece of their future, (or with their drafting skills, a french speaking puck), for someone they didn’t need. Winnipeg on the other hand probably could’ve gotten more with that pick.

Marc Bergevin’s clone?

I’ve slandered the Canadiens a lot blah blah blah. Today I’ve been favouring them quite a bit. Montreal got Mike Reilly from Minnesota for a 2019 5th round pick. Yes yes, I just criticized Winnipeg for a similar trade. Reilly is a young, often scratched defenseman on a cheap contract. Here’s the thing. Reilly is younger than Morrow, he’s being scratched on a playoff team, and his contract is longer. I’d argue I’d rather have Reilly than Morrow, and the Canadiens got him for cheaper. Reilly would help the Canadiens through the rebuild, and maybe even after. I say Canadiens win this trade.

What’s the point?

Ottawa trades Nick Shore to Calgary for a 2020 7th rounder. Nick Shore was originally acquired in the Phaneuf trade. as I said when the trade happened… ” Nick Shore is a relatively productive bottom centre (compared to Thompson). He would fit nicely in Thompson’s spot as a Sen.”. I wasn’t lying. Shore is a young centre, who slots nicely on a teams 4th line, and he produces while on it. He was on pace for 18 points in 82 games on the Kings 4th line this year, not bad (not good either). A 2020 7th rounder has already been set as the price for Eric Fehr. An NHLer in the AHL on a pretty expensive contract doing well, and becomes a UFA next year. I believe it should not be the price of a young NHLer who is cheaper and becomes an RFA next year. Calgary made a good deal to strengthen its young forward group, for a super cheap price. I say Calgary wins, Ottawa could’ve gotten more to help their rebuild.

Remember them?

On today’s episode of: Remember them? Josh Jooris was traded from Carolina to Pittsburgh for Greg McKegg. Jooris is a fringe NHLer who finds himself in and out of the lineup frequently. Jooris barely makes the Hurricanes squad, so I seriously doubt he makes the NHL Penguins… he might help the AHL Penguins though? This is his last year on a cheap contract before becoming a UFA, so I do not believe he makes an impact with Pittsburgh. McKegg, at 25, is barely/not even a prospect anymore, but he was once a top Leafs prospect. McKegg has quietly played over 20 games with Pittsburgh this year, not doing much though. McKegg is on a minimum contract before he becomes an RFA next season, meaning he’s easier to resign. He’s still kind of young, so he could be a fit on the Hurricanes for years to come. He was just part of the back to back champ’s roster, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be a Hurricane. I think Carolina wins, they got a possible roster callup player, on a mega cheap contract that they can resign for an older healthy scratch who they’ll probably let go after this season.

 

Bruins keep renting

The Boston Bruins acquired Tommy Wingels for a conditional 5th round pick (becomes a 4th if Boston advances to the 2nd round.). Wingels isn’t an amazing player. There was once a point in his career where he was a 30 point player, but he’s seriously declined from that now. Wingels will probably centre the Bruins 3rd line. I, personally, think this is a good trade for the Hawks. They’re already out of a playoff spot, and Wingels is in the last year of his contract before being a UFA, so he had no future with the Hawks after this year. The Hawks made good use of the low scoring forward though, shipping him for a mid-range pick. It’s also entirely possible that their 5th will become a 4th. Boston’s 1st round match for the playoffs will most likely be Toronto, and Boston is capable of being Toronto (laughs, slowly starts crying). I think this is a good trade for Chicago, Wingels wasn’t of value to them anymore, and they got something out of him too.

 

A legitimate (Minor League) trade!

The Coyotes trade Tyler Gaudet and John Ramage to Smashville for Trevor Murphy and Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Gaudet is a pretty decent AHL centre, who has made appearances in the NHL. The 24 year old seemed to be having a breakout season, matching his season total last year in 14 less games. The pending UFA is unlikely to be resigned after this season though. I actually wrote a bit about Ramage in my last post. Ramage was recently literally given away to the Coyotes via the whole future considerations thing. Ramage has been in the minors for a while, and at 27, has played in 2 NHL games. Ramage, like Gaudet, is a pending UFA who is unlikely to be resigned. Trevor Murphy is a young, high producing defenseman. At 22, he has already had 2 30 point seasons in the AHL… he’s played 2 AHL seasons. The undrafted defenseman already produces more than most AHL forwards I’ve written about here. Murphy is an RFA next year, in my opinion, the Coyotes should resign him, he seems like a promising defenseman. Labrie is a veteran AHLer. He doesn’t produce that much, but he’s 2 years removed from a breakout 30 point/20 goal season at 29, but is a UFA next season. None of these guys have much of a future with their organizations, the only player who catches my eye is Murphy, a young pending RFA rather than a UFA. I think he would be a good fit on a rebuilding Coyotes roster one day, so for that, I give the Coyotes the win.

 

Prospect Swap?

The Rangers get Chris Bigras from Colorado for Ryan Graves. Bigras is a 23 year old defenseman who has NHL experience, 46 games to be exact. He should fit well with the Rangers rebuild, he’s young and seems NHL ready. Bigras is an RFA next year, whether the Rangers want to resign him or not is beyond me. Graves is a younger defenseman at 22 (but was drafted in the same draft, later birthday), and is a solid AHL defenseman. He’s on a cheaper contract and is a RFA next year as well. I think this trade is won by the Rangers. They got a young defenseman who can already play in the NHL, for an AHL defenseman his age.

 

The Disaster in Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers trade Patrick Maroon to New Jersey for a 2019 3rd and Joey Dudek. Maroon is a relatively productive winger, having scored 40 points last season, and may top it this year. He was someone who the Oilers were shopping, with Maroon’s contract expiring soon. He’ll help the Devil’s offence during their playoff run without a doubt. Dudek is a 22 year old forward prospect in college. Dudek doesn’t score too much, I don’t see him in the NHL, at least any time soon. This trade is basically just Maroon for a 3rd. Looking at the market for a winger currently, I believe Maroon could’ve gotten more. A 2nd is a stretch, but maybe Maroon for a 3rd and a 4th/okay young player would’ve been suiting? I think New Jersey wins this trade.

 

How many more years?

The Vancouver Canucks trade Thomas Vanek to Columbus for Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte. Vanek was one of the Canuck’s best trade assets to work with (along with Gudbranson and Tanev). Vanek, who seems to be on the trading block every year, was a highly coveted rental this year. He was on pace for 55 points with the Canucks this year, and should help the Blue Jackets greatly during their playoff push/run. Jussi Jokinen has been put on waivers multiple times this season alone. His production has greatly dropped since a 60 point season only 2 seasons ago, and even a 28 point season last year. The pending UFA was on pace for a measly 17 points in 82 games before the trade. I don’t see how he’ll be of any use for the Canucks, as this this a lost season, and I don’t see them resigning him. Motte is a 23 year old forward, who has slotted in as part of the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets for over 30 games each. Motte seemed to be having a breakout season in the AHL while he wasn’t in the NHL compared to last season, but the centre didn’t improve on his NHL total from last year, having 2 less points in 2 less games. If Motte develops into a full time NHL level centre, he’ll do great on Brock Boeser’s Canucks, if he stays at the level he is right now… I’m not too sure. He does have another year before becoming an RFA so we’ll see. This trade overall is a huge disappointment. The Canucks needed to get picks in return for their trade bait but what they did get was an aging declining, pending UFA, and a lower level AHL/NHL prospect. Huge L for Vancouver, Columbus barely gave much away for someone who’s having a better season than usual, most of which on one of the worst teams in the league.

How long can a rebuild take!?

The Sabres trade Evander Kane to San Jose for a 2019 conditional 1st, a 2019 4th and Dan O’Regan. Evander Kane was arguably the most coveted rental on the market this year. The 26 year old was on pace for a career high 53 points on the lowly Sabres. There’s no telling what he may achieve with the higher level Sharks this year. Kane will strengthen the Sharks’ offence, and maybe even help bring poor Jumbo Joe Thornton a cup (laughs). Dan O’Regan is a 24 year old centre who is pretty good in the AHL, and has even earned a few calls up to the NHL. At 24, he is barely a prospect, and with only 2 seasons of play so far, there isn’t much to show if he’s really good or not besides a season where he was on pace for 75 points had he played 82 games in the AHL, and this season, where before the trade, he was on pace for 66 points, plus a total of 5 points in 22 NHL games (18 points in 82 game pace) in his career. He could fit on the Sabres’ offence spearheaded by Jack Eichel one day, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Look, at first I love this trade. A 1st, 4th and prospect for a player on an expiring contract? Score! It’s about what we expected Kane to fetch. Then you realize the condition on that first is, Kane must be resigned or it’s a 2nd. A 2nd, 4th and a prospect for Kane is much more underwhelming, seeing that what others who were mentioned in the same space as him got. This is a huge steal for the Sharks… unless they do the unthinkable and sign Kane.

 

Disaster: The Sequel

The Vegas Golden Knights acquire Tomas Tatar from Detroit for a 2018 first, a 2019 2nd, and a 2021 3rd. Tomas Tatar is an NHL winger of course, who’s been a 20 goal, 40 point scorer for 3 seasons straight, missing out on 4 due to missing 9 games, only needing a goal to make it four. This year, Tatar has dropped in terms of scoring, being on pace for 37 points if he were to play all 82 games. Tatar is on contract until after 2021-22, where he becomes a UFA. He earns 5 mill until he is 31, which to me, seems like quite a bit, especially for a solid 40 point player. Tomas Tatar is definitely not worth a first, second, and a 3rd. In fact, I’d argue he isn’t even worth that late 1st. This is a huge loss for Vegas, and a huge win for a rebuilding Detroit.

 

BLOCKBUSTER like it’s the 2000s!

The New York Rangers finally trade Ryan McDonagh, and J.T Miller to Tampa Bay for Vladislav Namestikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a 2018 1st and a 2019 conditional 1st. Ryan McDonagh, of course, has been one of the Rangers’ top defenseman for years, and was their team captain. I honestly don’t know how much I can write about him, he’s pretty well known, and there isn’t much to say. McDonagh is on a pretty cheap contract at a 4.7 million cap hit, which expires after next season. He will greatly help the Lightning’s blue line, especially throughout this amazing season for Tampa. J.T. Miller has been doing great recently. Coming off of two 40 point seasons (reaching 50 last year), Miller put himself on pace for another 50 point season if he were to play 82 games. Miller will help the already overpowered Tampa Bay offence. Miller becomes an RFA next year, and I’d expect the Lightning to resign him. Namestikov is, like Miller, a 25 year old forward (he’s a few months older than Miller though). He was on a breakout season with Tampa, on pace for 56 points if he were to play a full season. Much more than the 28 points he had last year, or his career high, 35 points. He’s no J.T. Miller, but he’s on a similar contract, and is currently producing at a similar pace. Libor Hajek is a defensive prospect, currently doing solid in the WHL. The left handed defenseman can produce, and has size too. He may fit as a New York Ranger in the near future. The 20 year old was signed to his entry level contract just last year, so he has 2 more years before he is an RFA. Brett Howden is a centre currently playing in the WHL. The former 1st rounder is producing at well over a point per game, and scored 4 points in 5 games in the AHL last season. The 19 year old, who turns 20 soon, has two years left on his entry level contract before he’s an RFA, that makes two years to impress during the rebuild. This trade looks a lot less impressive when I tell you that Tampa needs to win a Stanley Cup this year or next year for the 2019 1st to not be a 2nd. Look, Tampa is my pick to win this Cup, but man, the best team doesn’t always win. At first, this trade is a disappointment, I mean, fans were saying the Leafs had to give up guys like Liljegren and a first, or even Nylander/Marner and Gardiner! The return they got here wasn’t as much as they thought.  This is a great move for the Rangers’ rebuild, they got prospects and picks for guys who probably weren’t gonna be a Ranger for long, especially if their bet on the Lightning winning it all comes true. This is also a snag for the Lightning, they got two amazing players for, a good portion of their future yes, but as a Cup contender, sometimes that’s necessary. Even if they give up the 31st overall pick one year, the trade served it’s purpose. I think this is a good trade for both teams, but Jeff Gorton could’ve gotten more, without the gamble.

 

Props to you if you got through almost 6500 words of trade! Do you agree? Did your favourite team triumph, or fall?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trade Deadline: The Calm Before the Storm

The Trade deadline is coming up, and a handful of trades have already happened, so why not review some of them?

Note: I’m only using trades as of January 12th.

Future Considerations?

On January 22nd, the Blue Jackets traded John Ramage to the Coyotes for future considerations. The long time minor leaguer has played 2 games in his NHL career, with different teams. I’d look upon this as less of a trade and more of a long-term loan. I can’t remember the last time future considerations amounted to anything, it’s literally a term for nothing, but it’s legal. The Coyotes kinda win this one by default. A minor leaguer with little to no salary problems given away.

Another Loan?

The L.A. Kings traded Jeff Zatkoff to the Blue Jackets for future considerations. The Kings already have a good starter and backup in Quick and Kuemper. They also have a nice starter in the AHL in Jack Campbell, so there wasn’t much use for Zatkoff. Zatkoff was sent to the AHL immediately though. The Jackets still got an NHL backup/AHL starter for probably nothing.

Note: To make this a bigger L for the Kings, they retain half of Zatkoff’s salary. Didn’t think that could get worse.

And Another one.

Tampa Bay acquires Edward Pasquale from the Oilers for future considerations. This feels like a weird move to me. Of all teams that would probably need a solid moderately young/old goalie, it’d be the Edmonton Oilers, the team who needs to prepare for everything so that McDavid wins a Cup or something like that. The Lightning however, not only have All-Star starter Andrei Vasilevskiy, they also have (an injured) proven NHL backup in Peter Budaj, and a younger backup in Louis Domingue. Not to mention a young goalie prospect in the AHL in Connor Ingram. Why not just scoop up an AHL backup though. Pasquale is a solid backup, he was a good piece of the Calder Cup winning Grand Rapid Griffins, and hasn’t finished a single AHL season under .900 save percentage. Of course, by default, I give this to Tampa, its like a small crack in a soon to be Stanley Cup contender to compete, that can’t possibly go wrong right?

A Minor League Swap

On February 3rd he Nashville Predators traded Andrew O’Brien to Dallas for Mark McNeill. O’Brien is an AHL defenseman, the only other pro league he’s played in is the ECHL. McNeill is slightly more accomplished, having played in two NHL games, but is an AHL centre. This was a trade they honestly could’ve completed in the AHL and no one would’ve cared, but here we are! This was just two NHL teams probably trying to fill in some weaknesses in their AHL teams, or just one paying the price to fill in a hole in their AHL team. Either way, this is nothing more of a minor league swap, and there’s no clearly better player here. If I were to lean on one player here, it’s the player who hasn’t played in the ECHL, and has played in the NHL (McNeill).

Note: This is also just a bit of a typical draft bust story, McNeill being a former 1st round pick by the Hawks when they could’ve taken the likes of Nikita Kucherov, Richard Rakell, Ondrej Palat and so much more.

More Unwanted Players?

Did you know Vegas had an AHL affiliate? I didn’t! The Chicago Wolves are Vegas’ AHL affiliate, the unofficial affiliate of the Blues, not to mention Leafs Prospect Kasimir Kaskisuo plays there on a loan. Let me cut to the chase. On February 5th, the L.A Kings traded Zac Leslie to Vegas for future considerations. At first, I saw this like: “Hm, it’s not like they have an AHL team to feed”. I realize they do. Leslie, a defensive prospect, is pretty good apparently, I found him mentioned in many discussions of Kings’ prospects, but I also saw some say that he was lost in the depth (See: Leivo, Joshua) (Also see: Corrado, Frank). The Knights got a possible future player on defense (debatable), for nothing. That’s a win by default right?

An Actual [Minor League] Trade!

On February the 8th, the Devils traded Viktor Loov to the Wild for Christoph Bertschy and Mario Lucia. Loov is an AHL defenseman but does have some NHL experience. The former Toronto Maple Leaf played 4 NHL games with the team. Mario Lucia is a mid-range AHL forward who doesn’t score too much apparently. Lucia has 2 less points in 4 more AHL games than Loov, a defenseman. Bertschy also doesn’t score too much, with the same amount of points as a forward in 9 more games as Loov, a defenseman. Bertschy however was actually called up this season, and seems to be a more regular call up than Loov. This of course was just an AHL team needing to fill in some roster holes. Although Loov is a solid defender that has potential to be called up, and has offensive talent, Bertschy is also a call up quality AHLer, and although his stats don’t show why specifically, he gets called up much more often. If it were one for one, I’d call it a tie, but the Wild threw in Lucia, a solid AHL forward. That tips the scale to New Jersey.

A [Minor-League] Blockbuster!

The Rangers trade Adam Chapie and Joe Whitney to Washington for Hubert Labrie and John Albert. I swear to god I didn’t make those up. Chapie was an undrafted forward, who’s more of a bottom 6 for an AHL team (I mean, he’s also over a point per game in the ECHL this season?). Whitney, at 30, has spent the majority of his career as a minor-leaguer. His points slowly but surely, decrease over his years in the AHL. He’s an experienced forward, having played in 5 NHL games, scoring a goal. Unlike Chapie, he still produces moderately, and can probably slot in as a 2nd/3rd liner. Labrie is an AHL defenseman, who has a bit of experience in the ECHL. He isn’t much for a top pairing defenseman, but he could be a nice depth addition. Albert is the only player in this trade who’s ever been drafted. The forward had a few promising AHL seasons with the Jets’ AHL teams, earned himself 9 games with the Jets, scoring a goal, went to Finland, and then signed with Washington. He’s proven he can score, but so far, he hasn’t as much, but he’s still doing pretty well. Both Chapie and Labrie are mostly unknowns, but Chapie hasn’t had too much success as a forward, so I’d give a 1 on 1 edge to Labrie. Whitney and Albert being compared at a 1 on 1? Whitney’s production has steadily declined over the years, Albert hasn’t as much, but so far in his first year back in the AHL after a year away, he’s being outscored by Whitney. I’d give this trade a tie, but we’ll have to see how they do.

IT’S HAPPENING

I’m writing this seconds after news broke that Dion Phaneuf has been traded. Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson have been traded from Ottawa to Los Angeles for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. Ottawa, of course, retains 25 percent of Phaneuf’s salary. Wow! The first major trade of February folks. Dion Phaneuf has, of course, been a solid defenseman for years. The only problem with him is probably A. His bad reputation with some teams (Leafs), but more importantly, B. His horrid cap hit. 25 percent off of Phaneuf should help out with that though. Phaneuf wasn’t the most favourable Sen, and the Kings’ left side isn’t the best, so this should probably be less surprising soon. Nate Thompson is a solid bottom two line centre, who could replace Nick Shore on the 4th line. Speaking of Shore, Nick Shore is a relatively productive bottom centre (compared to Thompson). He would fit nicely in Thompson’s spot as a Sen. Gaborik is a veteran who’s not quite a legend, but isn’t just a veteran either. Gaborik has reached the 30 and 40 goal marks numerous times in his career, but he’s far from that now. The aging forward finds himself often injured, but still provides 10 goals and 10 assists per season. This trade isn’t all too close to me though. The Kings swapped a young 4th line centre that can actually produce, for an older 4th line centre who doesn’t score as much. (Note: Shore is 25, Thompson’s 33). At that part, I’d give the Sens the edge. The Kings also got an aging, yet solid defenseman with an unreasonable contract for an often injured 3rd liner. I didn’t mention one thing about Gaborik… his contract has the same term as Phaneuf. If Phaneuf’s full contract was traded, easy win for the Sens. The Sens took 25% back. The Sens pay Gaborik 4.875 million per year, over 300 thousand more than Phaneuf’s paid (assume the amount Phaneuf is paid by the Sens balances out Shore for Thompson). What gives me the edge to the Sens are: A. The Kings are a playoff team, they really need that cap space to go far in the playoffs, not to spend on a mediocre defenseman. B. How much easier does that make it to sign Doughty and C. Phaneuf is probably going to play that entire contract. Gaborik is likely to retire before it ends or, inevitably gets injured again, and it becomes unfortunately bad enough that they had to put him on LTIR. Not only have the Sens rid of most of his contract, they laugh at Kings fans and The Kings who are about to go insane looking at Phaneuf’s poor performance and cap hit on a yearly contender. Until this ages horribly enough that I have to wear a bag on my head, I’d say the Sens finally won something.

Trade Baited?

Note: Yeah this is kinda biased, me being a Leafs fan and everything, tried my best to be fair though!

The St. Louis Blues traded away a 4th round pick (in 2019) to Toronto for Nikita Soshnikov. Soshnikov has been trade bait for a while, the young Russian winger hasn’t been able to crack the lineup this year. In his first year, he showed promise, scoring 5 points in 11 games. Last year, he did get his full time opportunity, and failed, scoring 9 points in 59 games. The injury-prone former Leaf was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint and did pretty well, prompting me, along with other Leafs fans to believe he may fetch a decent amount. Don’t get me wrong, a 4th round pick isn’t bad, but it isn’t good. Like I’ve said before, trading picks can go completely amazing, but it can also fall flat, it’s not very often a 4th round pick does well in the NHL, forget being able to crack the Leafs’ roster. I wouldn’t speak too soon on this trade. Soshnikov has done well before, but like we saw last season, he can also fall flat. A 4th round pick is also a mystery, even without the fact that we don’t know a ton about the 2019 draft pool, so this should take a while before we get a final verdict. Me, being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, would currently call this a disappointment.

Note: Just to add in, the Leafs freed up a contract spot… time to overreact!

Depth Trade

The Ottawa Senators trade Chris DiDominico to the Hawks for Ville Pokka. Didominico has had a long journey through his career, being drafted by the Leafs in ’07, traded in the deal for Versteeg, flipping through the AHL and ECHL, through Italy and Switzerland, signed by Ottawa, claimed on waivers by Tampa, and claimed back by Ottawa only to finally get his chance. He scored 10 points in 24 games with Ottawa, pretty solid on a disastrous Sens team in a bottom six role. Ville Pokka was a relatively high pick, who was traded to the Hawks in a trade for Nick Leddy. Now, he’s an AHL defenseman, who could probably peak at a 3rd pairing defenseman, but the Sens have a lot of those, Pokka is still young, so he could do better, and would make sense to acquire seeing that the Sens seem to want to look to the future. Didominico’s spot has also kinda been taken by Nick Shore, Thompson was the 4th liner shipped back, but he was injured, with Didominico taking his spot, with an arguably better Nick Shore in his spot, Didominico had no use. I still feel like a decent NHLer could’ve fetched more than an AHL defenseman who may peak as a 3rd or at best 2nd pairing defenseman. I’d give the Hawks the W.

A Minor Holdup

The Hawks traded defenseman Michal Kempny to Washington for a 3rd round pick. It’s not the trade that was quite odd, it’s how we found out. Kempny allegedly walked out of the arena with his sticks, saying he was traded to the Caps. That spawned a few minutes of confusion/speculation before the trade was announced. I could go on forever about how idiotic that was, but that’s not the point here. Kempny is a solid left handed defenseman. I don’t know why the Caps would need them, with names like Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on the left, along with Christian Djoos doing great on the left, I don’t see any of them being sent down (Djoos may be a possibility, but it’d be a really poor decision.). Kempny’s contract expires this year, so obviously the Caps were looking for a rental for their playoff run. Unless a trade happens involving one of the Caps’ LDs, this trade seems like a waste of a 3rd round pick.

Note: The higher pick of Washington’s own pick, and Toronto’s pick they acquired, will be the payment to the Hawks. The Leafs gave that in compensation for signing their current GM to the Devils, who traded it to Washington, and it may find it’s way to the Windy City.

Open the floodgates?

Finally, someone rumoured to be on the trade block for a while now has been traded (Sorry Dion Phaneuf, but I believe you don’t count.) Petr Mrazek was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia for a conditional 3rd in 2019 and a conditional 4th in 2018. At first, this seems bad, both are conditional picks! Apparently it’s not as bad as that. At worst, the Red Wings get a 2018 4th. If Mrazek wins 5 games, which he may, it’s a 3rd. If the Flyers advance to the Conference Final, it becomes a 2nd. If Mrazek is signed, then they get the other pick, the 3rd in 2019. The Red Wings took a huge risk here. If Mrazek completely flops in Philadelphia, the return is equivalent to what the Leafs got for Nikita Soshnikov. That’s unlikely though, Mrazek isn’t as bad as the market sees him as. Remember, once he was the future of Detroit goaltending, he has potential… also I think he can win 5 out of less than 20 games. A third isn’t bad for someone who was left exposed in the expansion draft, and wasn’t taken. It’s also more than fellow backup Al Montoya fetched, along with a lot of other backup goalies. The Flyers probably won’t make it to the CF, so forget about the 2nd. The Flyers also have a starter and backup, so I doubt Mrazek is resigned, so no extra 3rd. The fate of this trade depends on the pick. If it’s a 4th, compared to other trades, it’s good. Considering the market right now holds an AHL forward/NHL bottom 6 forward for a 4th, it’s horrible for someone who was recently a 1B, to a team that desperately needs a goalie. In my opinion, the Wings could’ve fetched a lot more for this young backup/former 1B.

It’s time to blow it up!

The New York Rangers have most probably now started their rebuild. They traded Nick Holden to Boston for a 3rd round pick in 2018 and Rob O’Gara. Holden is a decent depth defenseman who could take on a 3rd or even 2nd pairing role. The 30 year old’s contract expires soon, so he’s mostly just a rental defenseman. Rob O’Gara is a minor league defenseman who has been called up by the Bruins to play in 8 games this season. O’Gara is 24, so he could provide substantial depth for the whole rebuild thing. I give the Rangers a huge win here. Holden’s contract expires after this year, the Rangers have no use for him due to their disastrous season. They swapped him for a mid range pick that could be a piece of their future, and even got another possible callup/AHL piece. I’d say the Rangers won this, probably the only thing they’ll win through the whole rebuild.

Contract free up?

The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Eric Fehr to San Jose for a 2020 7th round pick. Fehr was once a key part of the Pittsburgh Penguins, before joining the Leafs via Frank Corrado, former prisoner of Babcock Limbo, getting injured in his first game, being beaten out for 4th line centre by Dominic Moore/Miro Aaltonen, being sent down, being amazing in the AHL, and now here. Fehr was on loan to the San Diego Gulls at the time of this trade, with no role on the Leafs for a while (if Moore leaves, Aaltonen probably fills in barring a trade to acquire another centre.). Fehr’s absence now opens up a contract spot, so the Leafs now have 2 contract spots open. Even then, they still got something back. A 7th round pick who may be someone who’s currently 15, granted, but it could still be a nice piece of the Leafs in a few years? I want to give the Leafs the W for giving away an uneeded player and contract spot, and still got something back.

Bergevin’s back!

I may have expressed this before, but I’m not a huge fan of Marc Bergevin, in fact, I wasn’t even a fan of his last move. The unfavourable GM has done it again, trading Jakub Jerabek from Montreal to Washington for a 5th round pick in 2019. Jerabek is a young defenseman who has just come off of a pretty good season in the KHL. Jerabek is a solid depth defenseman, whose stat line may not be appealing, but you try playing for the Montreal Canadiens. Jerabek’s contract expires soon, he’s eligible to be a UFA. Surely more playoff teams were looking for a young rental depth defender for more right? What makes minimal sense about this deal is the fact that, like I said earlier, Washington already has a ton of left handed defensemen, and this February alone, they’ve acquired two more. From an asset point of view, this seems like an amazing steal for Washington. If Jerabek plays out the rest of the contract in the AHL though, he’s probably going back to the KHL. If Washington wants to play him, they have to find someone who’ll take two of Niskanen, Orpik, Djoos or Kempny. I give Washington to win in terms of the trade so far, but the situation they’ve put themselves in might tip the scale sooner or later, (laughs), nah.

Depth deal?

The Arizona Coyotes trade Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood to L.A. for Darcy Kuemper. Tobias Rieder is a skilled, young winger who you can count on for at least 10 goals a season. He’s a good boost to the Kings’ offense as they push to keep their playoff spot, and then a good offensive piece if/when they get there. Scott Wedgewood is an okay backup who’s still young. He should take Kuemper’s role as backup. Kuemper has had a spectacular season with the Kings. He would’ve been a great keeper for the Kings. Don’t expect him to be as good with the horrendous Coyotes though, the Kings are actually a playoff team, the Yotes, not so much. This trade may look good until Quick gets injured, and L.A. is stuck with a goalie tandem of Jack Campbell and Scott Wedgewood. The Coyotes don’t get much either. Poor Kuemper’s spectacular season will have to go to waste, and so will that 2 year extension he signed after the trade, where Arizona will probably be rebuilding. Rieder and Wedgewood have expiring contracts, but they’re RFAs, so they’re likely to be resigned. This trade fully depends on if Jonathan Quick gets injured after the deadline or not, which if he does I laugh at the L.A Kings for eternity. For now though, I give them the win. They strengthened their offense for their playoff run and probably the near future, for a gamble. Kuemper would’ve been great, but do you need him that bad with Jonathan Quick? This trade depends on that being a no.

Note: Arizona retains $333,750 of Rieder’s salary, because why not.

A questionable deal.

The Boston Bruins trade Frank Vatrano for a 3rd round pick this year. Vatrano was born and raised near Boston, was dropped down the depth chart due to injuries, and is having a very off season. Before though, Vatrano would’ve averaged over 15 goals in each of his two other NHL seasons had he played a full season. Not only is he a hometown boy, he’s actually productive too (sometimes). I haven’t even mentioned that barring his first pro games in 2014-15, he’s a goal per game AHLer! The Bruins are a playoff team, if they wanted to swap Vatrano, a player who can legitimately help them in the playoffs, they should’ve gotten an impact player back rather than a pick. This doesn’t exactly make sense for Florida either. Florida is very unlikely to make the playoffs, that pick could be something that could help them go to the playoffs in the future. Sure Vatrano is young but he’s not as young as the piece that could’ve been picked with that pick. Both teams would’ve been fine without it. Can I award both teams a loss?

Blowing it up! Part Two!

Michael Grabner has been traded from the Rangers to New Jersey for a 2018 second rounder and prospect Yegor Rykov. Grabner has had an amazing season on a contract year, he could potentially hit 30 goals this year, and adds speed and offense to the Devils for their playoff run. Rykov is a prospect on defense who’s currently plays in the VHL. Rykov has found success in the KHL, that’s very promising for a 20 year old blue liner. He’s spent most of this season in the KHL, but currently plays in their farm league, the VHL for some reason. Even there, he’s done his job, and is producing quite a bit. If Rykov ends up playing with the Rangers, it’s really good for New York, who would’ve lost Grabner soon. Rykov would help the Rangers through and after their rebuild on a position that’s arguably the hardest to stock up on. The Rangers got exactly what they needed for Grabner, two young pieces for their rebuild. The Devils probably won’t win the Cup this year, but since they’re arguably contenders, them getting rentals is understandable. My only problem with it is, the Devils are a young team, trading two potential parts of their up and coming young team doesn’t make the most sense. I say the Rangers win this one for getting exactly what they needed.

 

 

This is probably the calm before the storm, the trade deadline will be absolutely hectic, so here’s to all our teams surviving it. Good luck

A Brief History of Radko Gudas’ Incidents

Radko Gudas is probably one of the dirtiest players in the NHL, and his hit on Palmeri proves it, why does he still play? Let’s see some of his incidents.

 

March 12th 2013

This was his first NHL game and he already got himself into an incident. Gudas and Kris Versteeg were rushing towards the puck, and Gudas checks Versteeg in the knee, and while Versteeg literally slides across the ice grabbing his knee, Gudas with no remorse, goes to the puck like nothing happened. Versteeg ended up needing season ending surgery due to the hit. Here’s a link to the video. He’s just a rookie at this point. It’s only one unfortunate hit, right?

 

October 27th 2013

Scottie Upshall squirts water at Gudas after he falls in front of the Panthers bench, what did he do to retaliate? Swing his stick at the Panthers bench, earning him an ejection. Come on, that could’ve seriously hurt someone, it was just a water bottle squirt sheesh. Maybe this is getting a bit out of hand… nah.

 

April 5th 2014

Gudas and Roussel both rush for the puck, Gudas gets it and headshots Antoine Roussel. This is just idiotic. The hit sent Roussel’s helmet flying, but partially due to the fact that Roussel had made himself in a vulnerable position, it only earned Gudas a match penalty. Luckily, Roussel returned to action a few minutes later. Maybe Gudas is a bit of a problem now.

 

December 1st 2015

Mika Zibanejad has the puck. Here comes Gudas! Gudas nails him in the head, injuring Zibanejad.  No penalty was called on the play, but Gudas was suspended three games later for it. At this point you have to wonder why he’s in the NHL.

 

February 16th 2016

Bobby Farnham chats with another player on the opposing team, and Gudas swoops in and hits him in the head, Farnham wasn’t even close to being near play! This only got him ejected though.

 

October 3rd 2016

What is this? Vesey gets the puck beside the boards, and BOOM, Gudas viciously boards him! That earned him yet another ejection.

 

October 8th 2016

Austin Czarnik has the puck, Radko Gudas and Dale Weise are after him, so he passes it away. Weise stops, and goes towards the puck. At the same time Gudas keeps going, and around a second or two after Czarnik lets go of the puck, Gudas gives Czarnik a headshot. Interference and hit to the head. Gudas got 6 games for this, Czarnik didn’t return to the game.

 

October 27th 2017

Chris Wideman has the puck, looks for someone to pass to, and *deep breath* Gudas nails him in the head. Wideman had to leave the game, and Gudas earned another ejection. Is there an achievement in NHL 18 I’m not aware of where you need 50 ejections?

 

November 20th 2017

There’s a fight going on for the puck, and Mathieu Perreault and Gudas are two of a few battling for the puck. They shove a bit, Gudas pushes Perreault down and slashes his neck with great force! This is not a hit to the head where you could say it was an accident, it is not a boarding where you could say the other player was out of position. This was an extremely dangerous slash to the neck, that could’ve gone horribly wrong. Gudas got a 10 game suspension, and Perreault avoided serious injury. If there’s anything here that makes Gudas deserve to be barred from the NHL, it’s this one.

 

Honourable mentions

Gudas hits Stalberg in the jaw, injuring Stalberg. No call was made on this one. Gudas literally pulls Soderberg to drop him on the ice. Only a penalty was issued. Gudas hits Turris after another player has possession of the puck. Fortunately, Turris came back after.the hit. Gudas hits Kadri with a knee on knee. Kadri wasn’t hurt enough to sit out on this, but it did look painful. Gudas was only penalized on this. Gudas hip checks Hossa into the Chicago bench. This isn’t too bad of a hit, but this really could’ve injured someone on the bench or Hossa.  Rookie Daniel Catenacci battles for the puck, gets off balance, and suddenly Gudas swoops in and hits him in the head. This could’ve gone really badly. Gudas wasn’t suspended for that though.

 

There are so many incidents involving Gudas that could’ve seriously hurt someone, so why is he allowed to play?