Another NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and there was a pretty solid crop of moves. The deadline day itself was rather quiet, but that was largely because most of the players expected to be dealt were dealt before hand. So let’s take a look at what has transpired in the past week, starting with the Montreal-Anaheim deal last Tuesday.
NOTE: Only recapping trades of NHL players. I.E. not ones such as T.J. Brennan for Spencer Abbott
Montreal trades Jiri Sekac to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly
A little confusing from Anaheim’s standpoint considering Smith-Pelly was key for them in the playoffs last year, but a good deal for Montreal as they add size and more speed to an already lightning fast team.
Minnesota trades 2016 3rd round pick to Florida for Sean Bergenheim, 2016 7th round pick
Not a whole lot to report here. Minnesota adding depth as they prepare for the final push to the playoffs, while Florida gets something in return for a pending UFA. Solid deal for both sides.
Winnipeg trades 2016 3rd round pick and conditional 2016 6th round pick to Carolina for Jiri Tlusty
Carolina gets a return for a pending UFA, while Winnipeg adds a solid depth player, they have a shot at re-signing. Tlusty should help provide some secondary scoring to the gritty Jets team as they hunt for their first playoff appearance since moving to Winnipeg.
Pittsburgh trades Zach Sill, 2016 2nd round pick and 2015 4th round pick to Toronto for Daniel Winnik
A pretty hefty price to pay for a depth player. Winnik will provide the Penguins with some grit in their bottom six, but he could very easily walk after this season. Toronto meanwhile gets a couple of nice picks in return, and Zach Sill who will likely be gone after the season, as he was only included to take a contract off the books.
Carolina trades Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles for Roland McKeown and a conditional 1st round pick
A steep price for Dean Lombardi to pay, but a price that he needed to pay. Without Alec Martinez and Slava Voynov, the Kings defense has struggled and the defending champs are in danger of missing the playoffs. Carolina meanwhile, does very nicely for themselves, bolstering their prospect pool and adding a 1st rounder either this year or next depending on whether or not Los Angeles makes the playoffs this season. If they do, the pick will be in 2015. If not, it will be in 2016.
Florida trades 2015 2nd round pick and 2016 3rd round pick to New Jersey for Jaromir Jagr
This is a head scratcher. Florida really isn’t in a spot to be a contender this year, so why would they give up two solid draft picks for a pending UFA, especially when they made an effort to trade other UFA’s. Even if Jagr does help them to the playoffs, it’s not going to pay off in the long run. Lou Lamiorello on the other hand, does a very nice job acquiring two very good picks for the 43 year old Jagr.
Toronto trades David Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton
Interesting trade here. Horton’s career may be unfortunately over, so the Jackets probably figure they might as well trade him for someone who can actually play, even if Clarkson’s cap hit is enormous. Toronto meanwhile, does a magnificent job getting Clarkson’s contract off the books without retaining any salary and they also put themselves in a win-win with Horton. If he never plays, they dump off Clarkson’s contract for nothing, but open cap space. If Horton does play, Toronto gets, when healthy a very effective NHL forward.
Chicago trades 2015 2nd round pick and 2016 conditional 4th round pick to Philadelphia for Kimmo Timonen
This is a HUGE price to pay for a guy who just was cleared to play after blood clots. Timonen does provide good offensive skills and veteran leadership on the backend for Chicago, but it’s also very unknown how well he’s going to recover. Philadelphia meanwhile does well to sell off the veteran Timonen, and net themselves a nice return.
Washington trades Jack Hillen and 2015 4th round pick to Carolina for Tim Gleason
Caps get some veteran defensive help from Gleason, while Carolina gets a depth defenseman and a pick back for the pending UFA. Value just about right for both sides, and no real risk either.
Anaheim trades Dany Heatley and 2015 3rd round pick to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann
Heatley is simply included to exchange contracts, while Anaheim picks up Fleischmann to replace Rene Bourque. Florida also gains a solid draft choice in the upcoming draft, and an outside hope that Heatley can find some of his old self if the Panthers make the playoffs. Crazy to think that he once upon a time was a 50 goal scorer.
Chicago trades Klas Dahlbeck and 2015 1st round pick to Arizona for Antoine Vermette
Very good deal for both sides. Chicago adds the center depth they have been craving for some time, while Arizona adds a decent defense prospect and a 1st round pick, albeit a late one most likely. Dahlbeck has potential to be a 5/6 defenseman in Arizona in a couple years.
Washington trades 2015 2nd round pick and 2015 3rd round pick to Calgary for Curtis Glencross
Big price for Washington to pay. Glencross is a solid checking forward, but probably isn’t worth the price of two draft picks. Calgary moves out out a pending UFA who had fallen out of favor and gets two real nice draft picks in return.
Arizona trades Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and 2015 4th round pick to New York for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, conditional 2016 1st round pick and 2015 2nd round pick
Definitely the blockbuster of the week.The Rangers are all in this year, trading one of only two good prospects in Duclair, along with a young defenseman in Moore and two good draft picks to get Yandle. It definitely gives the Rangers a superb defensive corps, but also wipes out most of their future. If they don’t win within the next two years, and can’t resign Yandle, this trade will be a massive bust for the Rangers. Arizona adds yet another 1st rounder and 2nd rounder in the next couple seasons along with a good defenseman in Moore, and a very good prospect in Duclair.
New York trades Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg for Carl Klingberg
Nothing much to see here, just the Rangers trading a depth guy to make room for James Sheppard. Solid trade for Winnipeg though. Klingberg had just been reassigned earlier in the day, and Stempniak’s style of play fits in very nicely with the Jets gritty style.
New York trades 2016 4th round pick to San Jose for James Sheppard
The Rangers ship out a depth guy, and get a younger one who can play center in Sheppard. He’ll likely slot in on the 4th line either at center or wing. San Jose meanwhile, moves a guy they don’t need and likely wouldn’t make an effort to re-sign this summer.