1.Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche
AGE: 26 SALARY CAP HIT: $6 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 54 G 16 A 20 P 36
POTENTIAL SUITORS: MONTREAL CANADIENS, NEW YORK ISLANDERS, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
EXPECTED RETURN: TOP FORWARD AND YOUNG DEFENSEMAN
As it turns out, Joe Sakic‘s asking price for Matt Duchene was too high for any GM to pay. The Avalanche may have traded away Jarome Iginla, but they did not make many other moves to improve their organization. This is not to say that Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog leaving would have improved the team. It just means that the team has not changed, and thus the on ice product will not change either.
There are several factors at play here. The first and most obvious is the return you would demand for a young player like Landeskog or Duchene. Any GM in the league would be looking for top picks and top-tier prospects. That is an understandable and reasonable return, especially considering the returns Hanzal and Shattenkirk brought.
Any organization would love to have young talent like Duchene and Landeskog. Young talent is a limited and highly coveted resource in the league. Teams want to protect it at all costs, as they should. But when your team is as bad as the Avalanche are, and that young talent is your only tradable asset, you need to be realistic with your expectations.
When do you make a change?
Avs said they wouldn't be pressured into deadline deal unless their prices were met. Their prices were not met, so off to off season we go.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2017
There is a possibility that the Avalanche did not get a good enough offer from any teams. Joe Sakic clearly believes that to be the case. He must truly be expecting a blockbuster of a deal to happen in the offseason when teams have more flexibility. And he may very well get it.
The problem is with the message this deadline sends to the Avalanche fanbase, and to hockey fans alike. By not moving a significant piece at the deadline, the Avalanche have left their fans wondering when things will get better. When will the front office demonstrate the competence to put a competitive team on the ice?
Some time coming up, the Avalanche will have to start advertising season ticket renewals. They will have to show the fans that this organization deserves their support. When you look back at times like this, that might just be a tough sell.
Until then, expect more of the same from the league- worst Colorado Avalanche.
2.Kevin Shattenkirk, D, St. Louis Blues
AGE: 28 SALARY CAP HIT: $4.25 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 60 G 11 A 31 P 42
POTENTIAL SUITORS: NEW YORK RANGERS, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, BOSTON BRUINS
EXPECTED RETURN: FIRST ROUND PICK AND TOP PROSPECT
TRADED TO: Washington capitals
ACTUAL RETURN: FIRST ROUND PICK+CONDITIONAL PICK+ Brad malone+Zac Sanford
The Washington Capitals acquired Shattenkirk on Monday evening in exchange for Zac Sandford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first-round selection, and one conditional pick. The terms of this pick are complicated to say the least. They depend on both the Capitals’ playoff run, as well as Shattenkirk’s status on the team come July 1st.
Washington’s conditional pick could range anywhere from a second-round selection to a seventh-round pick in 2019. The Capitals also acquired 25 year old goaltender Phoenix Copely in the trade.
St. Louis’ original asking price was thought to be a first-round pick and a top prospect. This return is not far off, however Zac Sanford doesn’t exactly qualify as a top prospect. The Capitals were somehow able to maintain all three of their true top prospects- Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey, and Ilya Samsonov- in this deal.
St. Louis did well in acquiring picks. What is truly head-scratching about this deal, though, is the players they settled for. If they truly were looking for a top prospect, why did they settle for Zac Sanford and a 28 year old fringe NHL forward?
When NHL.com ranked the Capitals’ top prospects before the season, Sanford didn’t even land in the top 5. Similarly, hockeysfuture.com has Sanford as the Capitals’ third-ranked left wing prospect. With all due respect to Sanford, he is in no way a “top prospect.”
This is not a dig at Sanford, nor at the Blues for picking him up. Maybe they were looking for a player like Sanford all along. But if a player of his quality was the return, then why did a team like the Rangers not pay up?
With all the young talent the Rangers have up front already, could they not have dangled someone like Ryan Gropp at St. Louis? Surely that would be a better quality return than Sanford and Malone. It’s possible that New York didn’t want to give him up, but why not? They don’t have many years of Henrik Lundqvist left to make a run.
It’s also possible that the Blues offered the Rangers and Capitals two different prices. Knowing that Shattenkirk wants to end up in New York, Doug Armstrong likely offered Shattenkirk to the Rangers at a sign and trade price, while offering the Capitals a rental deal. St Louis probably asked for Pavel Buchnevich and a first. If that is the case, the Rangers are smart to not have paid up.
At the end of the day, the Capitals are sending the message that they are willing to go for it all this year. The Rangers, on the other hand, are left looking for defensive help once more. Look for Brendan Smith to be coming their way unless Detroit decides to re-sign him.
3.Thomas Vanek, LW, Detroit Red Wings
AGE: 33 SALARY CAP HIT: $2.6 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 47 G 15 A 23 P 38
POTENTIAL SUITORS:LOS ANGELES KINGS, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, OTTAWA SENATORS
EXPECTED RETURN: CONDITIONAL SECOND OR A THIRD AND A FOURTH ROUND PICK
TRADED TO: Florida panthers
ACTUAL RETURN: Third ROUND PICK+ Dylan mcllrath
Thomas Vanek is headed to South Beach. The Panthers sent the Red Wings a 2017 3rd round draft pick and former Rangers prospect Dylan Mcllrath. The Panthers had been rumored to be looking for offense, so it is no surprise that they went after Vanek.
This trade is on par with what was expected value wise. It was predicted that Vanek would garner a third round pick plus as a rental. Dylan Mcllrath is a 24 year old big man that has struggled making the jump to the NHL.
The real surprising factor in this trade is who isn’t getting Vanek. The LA Kings desperately need scoring help. Could they really not spare a third round pick and a lower-tier NHL prospect? Regardless, Vanek was believed to be one of the top targets for LA, so now they must shift focus to adding scoring elsewhere.
No salary retained in the Kings-Habs trade, which is key because LA needed to clear some space to make another move I think
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 1, 2017
Maybe the Kings have something big up their sleeve. If they want to make a run in the playoffs, they surely will have to make an addition. Stay tuned.
4.Martin Hanzal, C, Arizona Coyotes
AGE: 29 SALARY CAP HIT: $3.1 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 50 G 15 A 10 P 25
POTENTIAL SUITORS:MONTREAL CANADIENS, OTTAWA SENATORS, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
EXPECTED RETURN: FIRST ROUND PICK
TRADED TO: MINNESOTA WILD
ACTUAL RETURN: FIRST ROUND PICK+SECOND ROUND PICK+CONDITIONAL PICK
The Coyotes Sent Hanzal and veteran forward Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild, much to the displeasure of Shane Doan. In return, they received a hefty return of draft picks, including a first and second in 2017. The Conditional draft pick is for 2018, and can be upgraded to a second rounder based on the Wild’s playoff performance.
Conditional pick: If MIN wins one playoff round this year, it becomes 3rd round pick; if MIN wins two rounds, it becomes 2nd round pick.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2017
The wild were fairly quiet on trade fronts before the deadline. Now they have a strong set of centers down the middle with Staal, Koivu, Hanzal, and Haula. Three conclusions can be made from the Wild’s aggressive move.
First, and most obviously, the Wild are finally going for it all this year. They have been on the cusp before, and made the finals a few times as the old North Stars, but have never made it to the promised land. They must believe that this is the year.
Second, the Wild must have faith in their young prospects to deal so many picks. Both White and Hanzal are UFA’s on July 1st. The chance of both of these guys walking after this year is high, so there must be confidence that their young guys can make the move to the NHL soon.
The last conclusion you can make is that the Wild are buying into the idea that 2017 is a weak draft class. It’s been rumored that teams will be more likely to let go of first round picks at the deadline this year because of this. The Wild have set the standard in this respect.
5: Patrick Sharp, C, Dallas Stars
AGE: 35 SALARY CAP HIT: $5.9 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 34 G 7 A 7 P 14
POTENTIAL SUITORS:ANAHEIM DUCKS, WASHINGTON CAPITALS, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
EXPECTED RETURN: GOALTENDER OR A YOUNG FORWARD + THIRD ROUND PICK
Was not traded due to injury
The day before the deadline, it was revealed that team doctors had met with Sharp about a possible injury. This immediately became a problem for trade discussions involving the 35 year-old forward. Trade talk had surrounded Sharp and the Dallas Stars for weeks, so for the possibility of him being unavailable was surprising to say the least.
Jim Nill says that Patrick Sharp will eventually require season ending surgery. Has been playing with the injury, & will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/MsdWrBWxGQ
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 1, 2017
This is really unfortunate for the Stars, who were clearly sellers at the deadline and wanted to gain some assets. Sharp will be a UFA on July 1st, so the Stars definitely missed out on a few draft picks with this unlucky turn of events. I am sure this will cost Sharp some leverage in upcoming free agent discussions, as well.
6.Brendan Smith, D, Detroit Red Wings
AGE: 27 SALARY CAP HIT: $2.75 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 33 G 2 A 3 P 5
POTENTIAL SUITORS:NEW YORK RANGERS, MONTREAL CANADIENS, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
EXPECTED RETURN: SECOND OR THIRD ROUND PICK AND A YOUNG PROSPECT
Traded to: New york Rangers
actual return: 2018 second round pick and 2017 third round pick
The New York Rangers desperately needed to add some defensive help for the postseason. Their main target was Kevin Shattenkirk, but decided not to sell the farm for him. Their plan B was Smith the entire time.
Brendan Smith familiar with McDonagh and Stepan from their Wisconsin days so that should help the transition.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 28, 2017
Smith’s numbers do not exactly jump out at you, with just 5 points in 33 games for the Red Wings this season. Smith suffers from inconsistency, but maybe he would benefit from playing alongside Ryan McDonagh. No matter where he plays, Smith will provide the depth that the Rangers need if they are going to make a run in the playoffs.
If Smith doesn’t work out, his $2.75 AAV comes off the books on July 1st. This will likely pave the way for Ryan Graves, their AHL prospect who logged the hardest slapshot at the AHL all star skills competition.
Overall, probably the best move the Rangers could have made in their position.
7.Johnny Oduya, D, Dallas Stars
AGE: 35 SALARY CAP HIT: $3.75 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 36 G 1 A 6 P 7
POTENTIAL SUITORS:, NEW YORK RANGERS, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
EXPECTED RETURN: SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK
TRADED TO: Chicago Blackhawks
ACTUAL RETURN: Mark Mcneill+ conditional fourth round pick
Johnny Oduya is back in Chicago. Like most contenders, the Hawks were looking for blueline help at the deadline. What better option than to go back to someone you already know? They brought back a guy that has already won two Stanley Cups in Chicago.
All of a sudden, the Blackhawks have one of the deeper defense corps in the league. And they accomplished it with a trade that cost them very little. Stan Bowman sent the Stars a former first round selection that never made it to the NHL and a fourth round pick. The short and long term success of the NHL squad was not affected in any aspect.
Once Niklas Hjalmarsson returns after the Blackhawks’ four day break, Johnny Oduya will likely be reunited with his old partner. They will likely be on the second pairing, behind Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. On the third pairing could be Trevor Van Riemsdyk and Brian Campbell, with Michal Kempany the odd man out.
They may not have gotten another scoring threat, but watch out for the Blackhawks in the postseason. Chicago is not a team that I would want to play in the postseason.
8.Jarome Iginla, RW, Colorado Avalanche
AGE: 39 SALARY CAP HIT: $5.33 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 59 G 8 A 10 P 18
POTENTIAL SUITORS:LOS ANGELES KINGS, MINNESOTA WILD, SAN JOSE SHARKS
EXPECTED RETURN: CONDITIONAL THIRD ROUND PICK
TRADED to: LOS Angeles kings
ACTUAL RETURN: CONDITIONAL 4th round PICK
The Kings added one of the NHL’s active legends at the deadline in Jarome Iginla. Seeking scoring help, the Kings will be getting a 39 year old winger with 18 points in 61 games for the Avalanche.
Iginla has recently expressed interest in going to a contender for one last run at the Stanley Cup. The Avalanche will receive a conditional draft pick for Iggy, whose recent performance may have made him difficult to move. The Avalanche received a conditional fourth round pick in 2018 and retained half of Iginla’s salary.
So, just to review, pending trade call, COL will send Jarome Iginla to LA for 2018 cond'l 4th round pick. COL to retain 50 per cent salary.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2017
Nevertheless, the price paid by the Kings was no shock. They are willing to roll the dice with a conditional pick on getting some scoring help, specifically on the power play. Iginla, despite his history, is no replacement for missing out on Vanek. If the Kings want scoring help, they will still need more pieces.
Iginla is widely respected around the league. If his value does not pan out offensively, the Kings still may be lucky to have his experience for their playoff push.
9.Anthony Duclair, LW, Arizona Coyotes
AGE: 21 SALARY CAP HIT: $0.77 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 41 G 3 A 6 P 9
POTENTIAL SUITORS:PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, OTTAWA SENATORS
EXPECTED RETURN: YOUNG CENTER AND A LATE PICK
It looks like the Coyotes were not selling just as much as they let on. Arizona kept Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata, and Anthony Duclair despite taking offers on all three. Arizona will have to make a decision on Duclair at some point. Either they will bring him up to the NHL club or have to trade him before his stock gets too low.
10.Mark Streit, D, Philadelphia Flyers
AGE: 39 SALARY CAP HIT: $5.25 MILLION
2016-2017 STATS: GP 47 G 5 A 15 P 20
POTENTIAL SUITORS:LOS ANGELES KINGS, EDMONTON OILERS, MONTREAL CANADIENS
EXPECTED RETURN: SECOND OR THIRD ROUND PICK
TRADED TO:Tampa Bay Lightning
Actual Return: Valtteri Filppula+ 2017 Fourth round pick+ 2017 Seventh Round Pick
Mark Streit was expected to be traded at the deadline. He is a veteran defenseman with powerplay talent, which is coveted for playoff contenders. What was not expected is that his return would include Valtteri Filppula.
It was reported that Filppula rejected a trade to the Maple Leafs earlier in the week. The Lightning has been shopping him hard, though, because they wanted to open up cap space to sign their other forwards. But why did the Flyers want him?
Jake Voracek leads the Flyers with 22 5v5 points. Valtteri Filppula has 23 5v5 points this season. This should help their depth scoring.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) March 1, 2017
The Flyers desperately needed help scoring goals at even strength. They currently stand at 28th in the league in 5v5 scoring per 60 minutes. Their strong special teams play has hidden some of their glaring even strength weaknesses. Valtteri Fillpula should help to patch some of the holes the Flyers have at even strength.
Streit’s tenure in Tampa Bay did not last long, though. Less than an hour after he was traded to the Lightning, Streit was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2018 4th round pick. He will likely fill in on the third defensive pairing while Olli maatta and Trevor Daley recover from injuries. He and Ron Hainsey share a similar role.
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