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Breaking Down The Biggest Trades Of The NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline has officially passed. It helped to cap off a pretty eventful week of player movement that involved some expected, surprising and truly shocking trades. So why were some of these trades made? Which trades were good? What about the bad trades? Hint: The answer is below.

By: Adam Pyde  - @Adam_Pyde

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nathan Horton
Columbus Blue Jackets: David Clarkson

This is a big deal. Mainly because David Clarkson is at best a middling 3rd line player, and quite honestly more closely resembles a fourth liner, and he makes 5.2 million dollars against the cap for another 5 years. Horton is a very good winger that has a back injury that has forced him into unofficial retirement. It is almost a certainty that he will not play again considering the doctor’s advice was “wheelchair by age 45 or never play again” basically.

So the Leafs got out of an impossible contract hell because Columbus could not spare the cash to pay someone not to play because they could not get Horton’s contract insured because of his injury history. It’s the kind of move I’ve been tremendously surprised that the Leafs have yet to exercise more often considering the Leafs have like a kajillion dollars in annual revenue. The Leafs make out real well here getting 5+ million in cap relief.

As for the Jackets, meh. I guess they made the best of a bad situation. Unfortunate for them that it came to this.

Philadelphia Flyers: Radko Gudas, first round pick, third round pick
Tampa Bay Lightning: Braydon Coburn

I like it when team’s make trades where both of them do well.

The Bolts load up their defence and now have easily the best six defenders in the Eastern conference. Coburn is also signed for another season at a very reasonable $4.5 million dollar cap hit. So now in Tampa, this is the defence:


That will alleviate any qualms they may have in net.

For Philly, they pick up a warm body in Radko Gudas who, while strong as a bull, is not very good at hockey. The real prize is the draft picks as this can allow the Flyers to try to make a few moves at the deadline for roster players, or attempt a quick little two-year rebuild.

Edmonton Oilers: Second round pick, conditional fifth round pick
Montreal Canadiens: Jeff Petry

Hab’s GM Marc Bergevin is a genius. He absolutely robbed the Oilers blind here. If you could acquire a #3 defenceman for some spare picks you do it. Petry can play all over the lineup and since he isn’t on a tire fire of a team he will probably look a lot better. He was asked to do too much as the Oilers defacto #1 but as a second pairing player he can be excellent.

In Edmonton, this either says how little of an asset manager GM Craig MacTavish is, or just how bad the rest of the Oilers defence is viewed by the rest of the league if this was the best offer for their #1 defenceman.

Or both. He painted himself into a corner with Petry, who is good, and this was all he could do considering how poorly he mangled the rest of the defence.

Either way, its embarrassing to be an Oiler fan with this man making the decisions. Many lesser players went for more on the trade market. I think this can officially mark the beginning of Rebuild 3.0

Boston Bruins: Brett Connolly
Tampa Bay Lightning: Second round picks in 2015 and 2016

Vancouver Canucks: Sven Baertschi
Calgary Flames: Second round pick in 2017

Why are these trades together? Because I wanted to make note of something I think is smart. If you are going to pay up future considerations in any kind of significance or quantity, you could do a lot worse than this.

What is this? Spending a couple of draft picks to acquire former top prospects that still have potential. Not 27-year-old “prospect” potential. But 22-year-old young player who still has potential to be a good contributor.

It is something the Canucks have done a few times now, actually, with previous trades of a 2nd round pick for Linden Vey and a prospect for Adam Clendening.

What you essentially do is just speed up the maturation process of your picks. Will it always pay off? No. But its more likely to do so than some picks you’re waiting 4-6 years on.

Read the full list over on Talking Baws

So what do you think? Any big winners or losers I missed? What about how wrong I am? Make sure to let me know.


Cute Alert: Jordan Leopold’s Daughter Predicts The Future In Adorable Letter

Jordan Leopold has had himself a pretty nice career. He has managed to hang around the in the NHL for over a decade and he has been a pretty good contributor almost everywhere he goes. After Monday’s NHL trade deadline, he is now onto his 8th team in his career.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

Lucky for him, it appears he went exactly where he was wanted. Not only just by his new team in Minnesota, but by his daughter who wrote this adorable letter to the Wild about trading for her father.

Originally posted on Talking Baws

Just look at this.

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To be honest, I think this girl could make a better GM than a whole lot of the guys in the NHL right now. That was quite the sell job she did for her father.

Who knows what would have happened if they did not make the trade. Would she have been making people in Minnesota bite the curb?


Breaking Down the Winnipeg Jets-Buffalo Sabres Trade for Evander Kane and Tyler Myers

This morning the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres completed about as big a blockbuster trade as you are going to see in the NHL these days. Out goes the maligned Evander Kane and in comes the slightly less maligned Tyler Myers for Winnipeg, primarily. Meanwhile the Sabres move some underperforming pieces and prospects in bulk for some more established players.

Originally posted on Talking Baws

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

The full trade, courtesy of TSN:

The Jets traded Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.

Lets run this down player by player, starting with the Buffalo acquisitions:

Evander Kane: He is the best player in the trade. Now whether he fully realizes his potential is another thing. Scoring wingers with size and a mean streak are not common in the NHL. Just ask every NHL team that burns draft picks year after year trying to find the next Milan Lucic and failing.

Hopefully, the Jets can “sort” him out. I feel that a change of scenery is all he really needed and that going to a team where he can play a bigger role and hopefully on a line with better than bad players will be immense for him. He’s like almost any winger in the NHL – his production is reliant on his center and in Winnipeg he used to play with a good one in Alex Burmistrov, before playing with bad center Olli Jokinen and the merely okay Mark Scheifele. Zemgus Girgensons and potentially Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart should be a good mix.

Zach Bogosian: He’s probably the second best player in the trade. It’s hard to say if he’s really better than Myers, but I’d lean to yes. It’s situational as he has been in a more suited part of the roster in Winnipeg as a #4. In Buffalo, he’ll asked to be a #1 which could make for a bit of a mess but he really could not do much worse than Tyler Myers was doing. He has more edge to his game but he has also proven to be more injured.

Jason Kasdorf: Do not honestly know much about the guy. Feels like a throw-in prospect.

Meanwhile in Winnipeg:

Tyler Myers: The Jets get themselves a once highly regarded young defenceman, much in the same manner as Zach Bogosian. While I think Bogosian is a better player, Myers will likely benefit from being able to play behind Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tobias Enstrom. He carries a large cap hit, but it is more or less washed out by the Kane contract and most of the money has already been paid by Buffalo.

Drew Stafford: Winnipeg gets a bit of immediate help at forward with Stafford who theoretically replaces Kane in the short-term. Stafford has shown flashes in his career of being a quality top six forward and if he can give that to the Jets, they’re better off than with an injured player. Do not kid yourself though into thinking he’s any better than Kane.

Brendan Lemieux: He is a former second round pick from the 2014 draft class. So far in junior he’s shows great shooting talent and a mean streak with 35 goals and 120 penalty minutes on the season. There is some potential here for a middle-six winger.

Joel Armia: A former first round draft pick from 2011, he has shown some pretty solid potential in the AHL after coming over from Finland. He also possesses some quality size at 6’3″ and probably would be on an NHL roster but they were protecting him from the crap waterfall that the Sabres are this year, like a good organization does with prospects.

First round pick: This pick is conditional from what I have read to be the latest of Buffalo’s selections this year (They currently have three with their own, the New York Islanders, and St. Louis Blues). The Jet’s get a nice pick that they could turn into something more at the trade deadline or at the draft.

I’ll give the win to the Sabres here, but the Jets make out pretty okay considering the pickle they were in.


NHL 2014 Preview: Top 5 Players Likely to be Traded

Everyone loves trades in the NHL. They’re so exciting. Everyone gets to judge who won and who lost? “Oh that team is so stupid!” “Wow that team is so smart!” “Why couldn’t my team do that trade?” If you cheer for a team involved you get strangely defensive of the move regardless of how good or bad it was. So why not profile the top five players that could be traded this season?

By: Adam Pyde - @Adam_Pyde

Just going to stick to some of the bigger names out there.

5. Dustin Byfuglien, Defence, Winnipeg Jets Byfuglien This is a weird situation. He hasn’t asked out and he’s been the perfect soldier publicly, but there have always been rumblings. His relationship with new coach Paul Maurice is also a little wonky.

He wants to play defence. Maurice continues to play him at forward, but only on the third line. The team seems to have no idea what to do with him, despite the fact he’s probably their greatest weapon. With another losing season on the horizon, you have to wonder if things come to an amicable end.

He’d have no shortage of suitors on the trade market and Winnipeg could get a solid return.

Suitors: New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings

4. Johnny Boychuk, Defence, Boston Bruins Boychuk is a good player on a contending team on a very reasonable contract. Why would he be traded?

The Bruins are in a cap crunch and are desperate for some scoring in their top-six and general forward depth that is good and not bad. Things are so thin up front their most recent draft pick, 25th overall, has been talked about as making the team.

With the emergence of the depth defenceman on the Bruins beginning to break through and Boychuk’s upcoming UFA status, he makes for the kind of trade chip a team would use to push for a championship in a mid-season trade.

Suitors: Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche

Read the full article at Talking Baws

NHL Summer Watch: Three Very Different Teams

With the game’s greatest prize heading back to the beaches of SoCal for the second time in three years, the other 29 NHL clubs are dealt back in, and are preparing for a summer of business, and transactions to get them to the next level, to be a contender.

Let’s start by taking a look at the three of the most interesting teams to watch for now that the cup has been delivered.

Teams in the NHL have seemingly found themselves lumped into three separate groups. The first category being “Not Even Close” which would include teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, and Florida Panthers, These are the teams that just can not figure it out, and won’t be close for awhile, if ever, or so it seems.

The second groupings of teams are “Close but not quite” These teams are good, always competitive, but when it comes down to things, they’re still a cut below the best.   Teams like the  St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Philadephia Flyers, This is the most populated group of the bunch, and these teams are itching to get into the next tier.

The final grouping of teams are the “We’re Here” teams.  Teams that contend seriously for the Stanley Cup each year.  The LA Kings, obviously.  The Boston Bruins and The Chicago Blackhawks. MA Fleury has officially dropped the Penguins into the middle pack.

Let’s take a look at one team out each of these groupings as the most intriguing to watch this summer.  Coming from the not even close grouping, has to be the Edmonton Oilers.  You’ve probably been saying this for the last half a decade, but at some point it just has to click for them… doesn’t it?  The Oilers seem to have fixed their crease, but continue to have a lowly group of defenseman, and the same forward cloned nine times.  Look for them to make some changes to fix the blue line, add some size up front.  Mactavish has proved to be a very active GM, and very open about the changes needed to be made.  They’ve made some changes on the bench this year, and upstairs already having added former Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson into the mix.  This group absolutely has to be eager to get going, and at the very least move into the “Close, but not quite” group.

Coming out of the “Close, but not yet” group is the newest team to join this party, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins are continually the top of their division, 2005-2006 was the last season that the Penguins didn’t either win their division, or finish second being only a couple points shy of first.  Yet, they still only have one Stanley Cup in that time.  No question they have some of, if not the two best players in the game, but is it working anymore?  After another quick playoff exit, the Penguins have showed they’re tired of being first to the party, and first to leave year after year.  Winning divisions, and opening rounds is no longer acceptable.  Ray Shero, and Dan Bylsma were the first to feel the brunt of that.  But, can this team really win another Stanley cup with MA Fleury in net?  Hard to blame MAF for their woes this playoff, especially when you’re up 3-1 in a series but by now it’s as much a mental barrier, and a distraction with him back there.  He loves to let in bad goals, and the media is constantly talking about it around the Penguins.  The Penguins have to be careful to not change too much, too quickly, but look for them to add some secondary scoring, some depth in net, if not a new starter.  Penguins have wasted no time making headlines since their exit; look for them to continue doing so.  They won’t be content being in this group for very long, not with 87 and 71 on your team.

Now that flightless birds have slipped out of this group, were left with three teams that are rest above the rest.  Hawks. Bruins. Champions.  We’ll look to the LA Kings to be the most intriguing team amongst these three this summer.  Defending champs are always an interesting group to watch going into the next season.  How much hangover will they have?  There are a few key players that are without a contract for 2014-15 season.  Willie Mitchell & Matt Greene who were both quietly very effective for the LA Kings are now free agents.  These two will be sought after by many of the second grouping of teams.  They’re older, but still have some grit, and game left. You can’t win without these types of players.  But, with Mitchell having earned $3.5M last season, and Green earning $2.95M, something tells me these two will need to take a significant pay cut to remain with this group.  Secondly, up front the LA Kings will need to make a decision on Marian Gaborik who was phenomenal for them in the playoffs, and then as well Mike Richards.  Gaborik collected a cool $7.5M last season, which is more than Drew, and more than Anze.  Can’t see Lombardi signing Gabby for any more than his two best players, so alike the rugged defenseman, Gabby will need to be happy with a pay cut if he wants to stick around in LA LA Land.  Mike Richards will be another interesting issue for the Kings.  The guy knows how to win, no doubt.  All he seems to do outside of the nightlife, is win.  But, his role was decreased dramatically, centering the fourth line, scoring only eleven goals in the regular season, and three more in playoffs.  Richards will either need to open up his training program manual a few more times this off season if he doesn’t want to be bought out by the Kings.  The Kings also seem to do a terrific job developing players from Manchester and bringing them in at the right times to be effective with the big club.  See Toffoli, and Pearson.   There is going to be a new Stanley Cup banner raised at Staples Center come opening day, but there is sure to be some new faces as well.

Here comes the summer!