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Every Trade That Went Down At The NHL Trade Deadline | Analysis & Details

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

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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.

Detroit trades Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and 2015 2nd round pick to Dallas for Erik Cole and conditional 3rd round pick.
Pretty good trade for the Red Wings, who add some grit and veteran leadership with Johan Franzen and Darren Helm hurt. Detroit also does it without parting with any top tier prospects as both Backman and Janmark are middle of the pack type players. They also sneak a 3rd rounder out of it, unless they make the conference finals and Cole plays in half of the games in which the pick would return to Dallas. The Stars move out a pending UFA, and get a pretty solid return back.
Boston trades 2015 2nd round pick and 2016 2nd round pick to Tampa Bay for Brett Connolly
Boston essentially just traded Johnny Boychuk for Brett Connolly. This is clearly a desperation move from Peter Chiarelli, as two 2nds is a massive overpayment for a reclamation project with 15 points. Tampa Bay has to be pleased that they turned a player they didn’t need into a pair of good draft picks. The interesting thing is that Boston paid more for Connolly than what Chris Stewart ended up going for, though it’s likely that the price changed as the deadline neared.
Tampa trades 2015 1st round pick, 2015 3rd round pick and Radko Gudas to Philadelphia for Braydon Coburn
After a fantastic move to deal Connolly for a pair of 2nds, Stevie Y makes an interesting move paying a very high price to get the oft-injured and inconsistent Coburn. Tampa Bay did need an upgrade defensively, but should’ve been looking for a right handed shot, and a much lower price. The Flyers get a second 1st rounder and Radko Gudas who’s nasty, physical style will fit in nicely with the Flyers.
Montreal trades 2015 2nd round pick and 2015 conditional 5th round pick to Edmonton for Jeff Petry
Waiting game may have hurt Edmonton, as similar defensemen went for much higher prices than this. With Montreal looking like a favorite right now, that 2nd rounder is likely to be more like an early 3rd rounder than anything. The Habs add the coveted right handed shot, and gives a defensive corps composed of fossils some youth.
Montreal trades 2016 5th round pick to Buffalo for Brian Flynn.
Pretty straightforward. Canadiens add a good energy guy to their bottom 6, Sabres get a pick in return. Fair value for each side.
St. Louis trades Maxim Letunov to Arizona for Zbynek Michalek, conditional draft pick
St. Louis bolsters an inconsistent defense, but at a pretty high price. Letunov is only 19 years old, and has an impressive 53 points in 47 games for Youngstown of the USHL. The issue for St. Louis is that Michalek is currently injured, and has had health issues now for a number of years. When healthy, he’s a good shutdown defenseman but if he can’t stay healthy then the Blues have paid a hefty price for nothing.
St. Louis trades Ian Cole to Pittsburgh for Robert Bortuzzo and 2016 7th round pick
This one really doesn’t make sense. Cole and Bortuzzo are really identical as bottom pairing physical defenseman. They’re also the same age, and pending free agents making one wonder why exactly this trade needed to occur.
San Jose trades Tyler Kennedy to New York Islanders for conditional 2017 7th round draft pick
This trade comes with some of the weirdest conditions. If the Isles win the Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in half of the Final games then this pick becomes either the Islanders 2016 3rd rounder or Vancouver’s 2016 3rd rounder. If not, it’s only a 7th rounder for a guy San Jose gave up a 2nd round pick to get. Good move for the Islanders though, as they add some forward depth with Kyle Okposo’s eye injury still keeping him out.
Detroit trades conditional picks to New Jersey for Marek Zidlicky
The pick situation is funky.  The Devils will receive a third-round draft pick in 2016, but they will also get a fifth-rounder this year if Detroit reaches the Eastern Conference finals. If the Red Wings reach the Stanley Cup Finals, the third-rounder next year becomes a second-round pick, but the fifth-round choice in 2015 is wiped out. So New Jersey gets some solid value for the veteran Zidlicky, while Detroit adds the right handed shot they’ve wanted at a pretty cheap price.
Buffalo trades Michal Neuvirth to New York Islanders for Chad Johnson and 2016 conditional 3rd round pick
This one of the most overlooked trades of the deadline. The Isles fill a huge void at backup goalie, adding the red hot Michal Neuvirth and only giving up lackluster Chad Johnson, which all but says that Buffalo is in full tank mode. Neuvirth hasn’t had a game with a SV under .900 since January, and will be a very important piece for the Islanders down the stretch.
Anaheim trades William Karlsson, Rene Bourque, 2015 2nd round pick to Columbus for James Wisniewski, 2015 3rd round pick
Nice deal for both sides. Anaheim improves their struggling defense, and finds a power play replacement for the injured Sami Vatanen. They do so, without giving up anything of real importance to them as Karlsson seems to have lost his spot to Rickard Rakell. For Columbus, they clear cap room and add a good prospect in Karlsson along with a nice draft choice. Not totally sure why Bourque was in there, but obviously Columbus had some kind of interest in him.
Minnesota trades Justin Falk and 2015 5th round pick to Columbus for Jordan Leopold
Good trade for the Wild, as they add a great veteran presence to their young defense and give themselves some depth for the end of the year. Columbus gets pretty much fair value for Leopold, and make his daughter happy in the process.
St. Louis trades Joakim Lindstrom and conditional 2016 6th round pick to Toronto for Olli Jokinen
St. Louis adds veteran depth with Jokinen and Dave Nonis gets something for the aging center. Lindstrom is only here to balance contracts and he almost certainly won’t be re-signed by Toronto after the season.
Boston trades Jordan Caron and 2016 6th round pick to Colorado for Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey
Not a move that makes much sense for either side. Talbot and Carey don’t provide much for Boston, while Caron is nothing more than a 4th liner. Boston may like Talbot’s grit and experience but he’s not going to be a game breaker by any means. Carey has one assist in 22 games, so he’s probably not going to be much more than an AHL call up.
Anaheim trades Ben Lovejoy to Pittsburgh for Simon Despres
Not a particularly smart trade for Pittsburgh. Lovejoy isn’t all that much of an upgrade over Despres, and is also 8 years older. Anaheim takes on a once highly touted defenseman to add some youth and maybe see if they can turn him into something.
Montreal trades Jack Nevins, and 2016 7th round pick to Buffalo for Torrey Mitchell
Pretty much the same story as the Flynn trade. Montreal gets some energy and grit for about as bare minimum of a price as you can find. Let’s put it this way, the 7th round pick has the same amount of AHL points as Jack Nevins does in 32 games.
Anaheim trades Eric Brewer and 2016 5th round pick to Toronto for Korbinian Holzer
Not sure what value this holds for Anaheim. Holzer is 27 years old and is a pending UFA and he’s not really an upgrade over anything they have. Toronto takes on the Brewer contract with full intentions of letting him walk this summer, and snag a late round pick out of it as well.
Vancouver trades 2015 2nd round pick to Calgary for Sven Baertschi
This trade is incredibly intriguing. Vancouver pays a pretty high price, but takes a chance on the 22 year old Baertschi. He had asked out of Calgary, and was no longer in the Flames plans, so they get solid value for him.  Vancouver will pair him with one of his old Portland coaches in Travis Green to see if they can rediscover the scoring touch that had him so highly touted. High risk, high reward for Vancouver as it’s a pretty high pick but could be very rewarding if Baertschi pans out.
Minnesota trades 2017 2nd round pick to Buffalo for Chris Stewart
This wasn’t a trade Minnesota needed to make. Stewart really doesn’t fit their style of defensive hockey and while the price isn’t terrible, it means one of their depth guys will have to leave the lineup right as they were getting going. The big question here is whether or not Tim Murray had better offers that he waited too long on, and just had to take what he had as the deadline approached.
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