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Recap: NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Welcome to NHL Trade Deadline Day! We’ll be keeping track of trades all day long until the deadline. All trades will be updated on the fly so refresh for updates..

Here’s a recap of all the trades leading up to today, courtesy of

  • Toronto Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Repert, Cody Donaghey to Ottawa Senators for Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Tobias Lindberg, 2017 2nd-round pick.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs trade Shawn Matthias to Colorado Avalanche for Colin Smith and 2016 4th-round pick
  • Toronto Maple Leafs trade Roman Polak, Nick Spaling to San Jose Sharks for Raffi Torres, 2017 2nd-round pick, 2018 2nd-round pick
  • Calgary Flames trade Markus Granlund to Vancouver Canucks for Hunter Shinkaruk
  • Washington Capitals trade 2017 3rd-round pick to Buffalo Sabres for Mike Weber
  • Edmonton Oilers trade rights to restricted free agent defenseman Philip Larsen to Vancouver Canucks for conditional 2017 5th-round pick
  • Winnipeg Jets trade Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison to Chicago Blackhawks for Marko Dano, 2016 1st-round pick and conditional pick in 2018 Draft
  • Chicago Blackhawks trade Rob Scuderi to Los Angeles Kings for Christian Ehrhoff
  • Montreal Canadiens trade Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise to Chicago Blackhawks for Phillip Danault, 2018 2nd-round pick
  • Edmonton Oilers trade G Anders Nilsson to St. Louis Blues in exchange for G Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 5th-round pick
  • Toronto Maple Leafs trade G James Reimer, F Jeremy Morin to San Jose Sharks in exchange for G Alex Stalock, F Ben Smith, 2018 conditional 4th-round pick
  • Detroit Red Wings trade D Jakub Kindl to Florida Panthers in exchange for 2017 6th-round pick
  • Calgary Flames trade F Jiri Hudler to Florida Panthers in exchange for future 2nd-, 4th-round picks
  • Edmonton Oilers trade D Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for 2016 3rd-round pick
  • Edmonton Oilers trade F Teddy Purcell to Florida Panthers in exchange for 2016 3rd-round pick
  • Buffalo Sabres trade F Jason Akeson, F Philip Varone, D Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, conditional 2016 7th-round pick to Ottawa Senators in exchange for D Michael Sdao, F Eric O’Dell, F Cole Schneider, F Alex Guptill
  • Carolina Hurricanes trade F Eric Staal to New York Rangers in exchange for F Aleksi Saarela, 2016 2nd-round pick, 2017 2nd-round pick
  • New York Rangers trade F Ryan Bourque to Washington Capitals in exchange for F Chris Brown
  • Carolina Hurricanes trade F Kris Versteeg to Los Angeles Kings in exchange for F Valentin Zykov, conditional 2016 5th-round pick
  • Washington Capitals trade F Brooks Laich, D Connor Carrick, 2016 2nd-round pick to Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Daniel Winnik, 2016 5th-round pick (previously acquired from Anaheim)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins trade F Sergei Plotnikov to Arizona Coyotes in exchange for F Matthias Plachta and 2017 7th round pick.



NHL Trade Tracker 2016

Team/Player Acquired Team/Player Acquired
Chicago Blackhawks acquire goalie Drew MacIntyre from Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina Hurricanes acquire defenseman Dennis Robertson.
Colorado Avalanche acquire forward Mikkel Boedker from Arizona Coyotes. Arizona Coyotes acquire forwards Alex Tanguay and Connor Bleakley, and defenseman Kyle Wood.
Dallas Stars acquire defenseman Kris Russell from Calgary Flames. Calgary Flames acquire defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock, and a conditional 2nd round pick from Dallas Stars.
Colorado Avalanche acquire defenseman Eric Gelinas from New Jersey Devils. New Jersey Devils acquire a 3rd round pick of the 2017 NHL Draft from Colorado Avalanche.
Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Brandon Pirri from Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers acquire a 6th round pick of the 2016 NHL Draft from Anaheim Ducks.
Boston Bruins acquire defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina Hurricanes acquire a 3rd round pick, a 5th round pick, and forward Anthony Camara.
Ottawa Senators acquire a 3rd round pick of the 2016 NHL Draft from New York Islanders. New York Islanders acquire forward Shane Prince and a 7th round pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Boston Bruins acquire Lee Stempniak from the New Jersey Devils. New Jersey Devils acquire a 2nd round draft pick of the 2017 NHL Draft and a 4th round draft pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Minnesota Wild acquire defenseman Conor Allen from the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa Senators acquire forward Michael Keranen from the Minnesota Wild.
Montreal Canadiens acquire forward Stefan Matteau from New Jersey Devils. New Jersey Devils acquire forward Devante Smith-Pelly from Montreal Canadiens.
Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Jamie McGinn from Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo Sabres acquire a conditional 3rd round pick of the 2017 NHL Draft from Anaheim Ducks.
Los Angeles Kings acquire forward Brett Sutter from Minnesota Wild. Minnesota Wild acquire forward Scott Sabourin from Los Angeles Kings.
Colorado Avalanche acquire forward Taylor Beck from New York Islanders. New York Islanders acquire forward Marc-Andre Cliché from Colorado Avalanche.
Edmonton Oilers acquire forward Patrick Maroon from Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks acquire defenseman Martin Gernat and a 4th round pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Anaheim acquires forward Corey Tropp from Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Tim Jackman and a 7th round pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Pittsburgh Penguins acquire forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Dan O’ Donoghue, and defenseman James Melindy from Arizona Coyotes. Arizona Coyotes acquire forward Matia Marcantuoni from Pittsburgh Penguins.
Nashville Predators acquire defenseman Corey Potter from Arizona Coyotes. Arizona Coyotes will get future considerations.
Minnesota Wild acquire forward David Jones from the Calgary Flames. Calgary Flames acquire goalie Niklas Backstrom and a 6th round pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.



NHL Trade Deadline Analysis: Pacific Division

It’s that time of the year again, when the playoff race starts and every playoff contender and hopeful fight for a spot in the 2016 postseason. It’s also nearing that time when every team tries to look for pieces to deal and get better either for the playoffs or for the future. That said, for the next four weeks, I’ll be analyzing every team’s surpluses and needs per division leading up to the trade deadline on February 29th.

Oh yes, and I’m doing the teams in alphabetical order. In this final part, we’ll take a look at the Pacific Division.


Anaheim Ducks

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Depth forward

Final Analysis: The Anaheim Ducks have been unbelievably the best team coming into the second half of the season. They are now second place in the Pacific Division, and are a resounding 8-1-1 in their last ten games. One would definitely think that after the Western Conference Final elimination by the Chicago Blackhawks, they’re planning on going all in this year. Only thing is they need more scoring. Maybe acquiring another forward into their line-up would be nice to bolster up that offense even further.


Arizona Coyotes

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Defensive depth

Final Analysis: With Arizona losing the battle for a playoff spot, they might as well gear up for next season. While they have loads of talent at forward position, it’s definitely time for an upgrade on defense. Mikkel Boedker is a name that’s been thrown into the mix of possible trades for the Coyotes. Maybe shop him and a prospect or pick for a good defenseman?


Calgary Flames

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Defense and goaltending

Final Analysis: Calgary has struggled mightily this season. They’re the second worst team in the Pacific Division, and there’s no question that they need help defensively, and may need some help in net as well as Jonas Hiller has not been getting it done this season. According to a report on Bleacher Report, Kris Russell, Jiri Hudler, Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris, Jonas Hiller, and David Jones are rumored to be in the trade mix for the Flames ahead of the deadline.


Edmonton Oilers

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Defense and goaltending

Final Analysis: The Oilers — no surprise — are bottom dwellers for yet another year. Fortunately for them, there is hope. they have 2015 first round pick Connor McDavid back in the line-up. They have a pretty darn good coaching staff in Todd McLellan and company. But then again, you have to wonder if there really is hope for this organization since recent poor performance have forced McLellan to sound the alarm on the team, indicating “big changes” are coming to the Edmonton Oilers line-up. In fact, GM Peter Chiarelli certainly has not dismissed the idea of some big moves to come if not by trade deadline, then by the offseason. Let’s just say this. Anyone who isn’t named Taylor Hall or Connor McDavid is up for grabs.


Los Angeles Kings

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Top-6 Forward

Final Analysis: Earlier this year, we all said that the L.A. Kings — with the way other Pacific teams had been then — were going to run away with the division because they were absolutely on fire. Well, lately, they’ve cooled down a bit, and it’s enabled teams like Anaheim and San Jose — especially Anaheim — to climb back within reach to take over the division. Now, this team is obviously a playoff contender. Cup contender? Maybe so as well, but GM Dean Lombardi could be on the phone to acquire one more piece before they attempt that Cup run again. According to multiple sources, the Kings are one of the teams gaining interest on forward Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets. Also, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Kings are looking to acquire a defenseman.


San Jose Sharks

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Forward, defensive depth, and back-up goalie

Final Analysis: After the crap show that was last season, Doug Wilson made some pretty key acquisitions in the offseason that have gotten the Sharks to where they are now, and at least so far, that’s a pretty good sign. Joel Ward’s been a pretty good signing. Paul Martin has been… good enough being paired with Brent Burns. The most impressive acquisition through trade I would say so far in terms of guys within the NHL has been Martin Jones. While he’s had his moments, he’s kept the Sharks in games when he’s been called upon. The most impressive signing overall has to be Joonas Donskoi. He’s got hockey sense, the work ethic, and hell, he’s even got the mitts!

That said, that doesn’t mean the Sharks don’t still need to improve. Two days ago, Wilson pulled an early morning trade to acquire Nick Spaling — who recorded his first goal and point as a Shark last night against Colorado — and Roman Polak. That also meant that Raffi Torres’ time as a Shark was done, despite still being with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL on a loan. The move itself did address a bit of the offensive and defensive depth issues. With Tommy Wingels out with an injury still, Dainius Zubrus has taken his place while Spaling replaced Mike Brown last night, which could possibly mean that Brown will be seeing less and less time in a teal sweater for the rest of the season.

However, the feeling so far within the organization is that there are a select few forwards on the roster and in the system still who could be moved if not by the deadline then in the summer. The aforementioned Tommy Wingels feels like one of them. Matt Nieto, who has also struggled to produce points the past two seasons with the Sharks, could also be one of them, along with Ben Smith down in the Barracuda. Longtime forward Patrick Marleau had also been in the rumor mill earlier in the year. Either way, the Sharks need to upgrade their depth at forward as well as on the blue line.

Since Alex Stalock has continued not to perform up to par, spanning from last season, he could be on his way out as well sooner than later as the Sharks scour the trade market for a back-up goalie. Now, here’s the interesting thing. With the playoffs just months away, do the Sharks try to acquire a back-up goalie like they possibly will be in the next few days up until the end of Monday, or do they just stick with what they have in the development system and call up either Aaron Dell or Troy Grosenick for the playoffs? Only time will time, I guess.


Vancouver Canucks

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Depth forwards and defense

Final Analysis: This Vancouver team… I honestly don’t even know what the hell they’re doing, to be quite honest, and I don’t think anyone else knows either. Whatever the case is, it’s looking like it’s going to be a fire sale just like what Lou Lamoriello is doing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and according to a report from The Score that’s exactly what Jim Benning has essentially announced. Hunter Shinkaruk, a promising first-rounder from the 2013 Draft, was dealt to the Calgary Flames for Markus Granlund, a player who split time between the NHL and AHL. Other players up next will be a combination of the following: Linden Vey, Matt Bartkowski, Ronalds Kenins, Adam Cracknell, Chris Higgins, Brandon Prust, Yannick Weber, Radim Vrbata, and Dan Hamhuis. Six of those players are set to become UFAs after this season, according to General Fanager. This is going to be a long rebuild process for Vancouver.

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Coach’s Challenge in the NHL: Yay or Nay?

The Coach’s Challenge was introduced this season to undo any controversial goals that shouldn’t have been allowed in the first place. Essentially, if a coach feels that a goal was scored by the other team but should have been called off because the refs missed a violation, that coach can then challenge the goal for either offside or goalie interference. The risk of the challenge? The team issuing it would lose their timeout if the goal stands.

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Rene Fasel: ‘Politics’ holding Great Britain back

The first period intermission of Great Britain versus Serbia in Group G of the IIHF Winter Olympic pre-Qualification tournament in Cortina, Italy was a pretty inconspicuous 15-20 minute period. Too many short breaks in play where fresh ice was cut and the players took a well earned breather.

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Great Brits Abroad


Whilst the presence of imports in British Ice Hockey is a topic widely discussed by coaches, players and fans alike, the icing of British ice hockey players abroad is a theme largely overlooked within the sport.

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis: Central Division

It’s that time of the year again, when the playoff race starts and every playoff contender and hopeful fight for a spot in the 2016 postseason. It’s also nearing that time when every team tries to look for pieces to deal and get better either for the playoffs or for the future. That said, for the next four weeks, I’ll be analyzing every team’s surpluses and needs per division leading up to the trade deadline on February 29th.

Editor’s note: Since I’ve been busy with other stuff, our very own Ben Chopping has the Central Division analysis. 


Chicago Blackhawks

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Defensive depth and a top line left winger

Final Analysis: The Blackhawks, once again, have a strong enough team to go all the way in the post-season. However, they could do with a bit more depth on the blue-line, and possibly pull off another Oduya move to help in that area. Andrew Shaw is currently playing very well on the left of the Toews line, but surely that can’t last forever.

A true top-line forward would immensely boost the team. There have been murmurs that the reigning champions are looking into a deal for ex-Hawk Andrew Ladd. His wages are quite hefty, but they do want to be-rid of Bryan Bickell’s $4m. Maybe if a deal included a prospect like Ryan Hartman and possibly a pick then Ladd could return to Chicago, even if it is on a “loaner”.


Colorado Avalanche

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Two-way center and a goal scoring winger

Final Analysis: Colorado are still in the fight for the playoffs and, given the huge amount of youth flowing through the team, they could probably shift some picks to boost their team – along with impending UFA Alex Tanguay and his $3.5 million contract. It’s also been seen that they have plenty of depth in goal, and that Berra and Pickard could man the crease. But would the Avs really be willing to part ways with Varlamov – despite his $5.9 million cap hit?

One team that happens to have a goal scoring winger and a two-way center, ready to hit this summer’s free agency, is the New York Islanders. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen are UFA’s at the end of the season, as it stands. However, these are two of NYI’s better forwards so it might take some top picks or prospects to pull them in.


Dallas Stars

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Goal scoring forward

Final Analysis: The Stars will be pushing for a strong cup run this season, but won’t see the need to ship off their top prospects for the sake of one season. However, until their youngsters can start to score at a similar level to Spezza, Benn, Seguin and Sharp, they’ll need someone to fill in, in the short term.

If the Stars were to make a move before the close, they could use any of their impending UFA defensemen – Goligoski, Demers or Jordie Benn – as trade bait. St. Louis’ two-way center David Backes is always around the scoring. He’s running out of contract, and unlikely to renew, but he would only really benefit Dallas’ scoring lines if Spezza was able to play on either wing.


Minnesota Wild

Buy/Sell: Buy and sell

Needs: Forwards

Final Analysis: Now that Mike Yeo has been shown the door – and John Torchetti has been brought in as interim head coach – the Wild will have to quickly evaluate how much belief they have in making the post-season. Prior to the Nashville trade, Minnesota were heavily linked to Ryan Johansen, and are still linked to Tampa-talent Jonathan Drouin.

Two things are very clear: Minnesota need to switch up their forward lines and; they have a lot of top young defensemen. Dumba, Scandella, Brodin and Spurgeon have all been mentioned as potential trade-aways if the Wild were to move for a forward.


Nashville Predators

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Top-6 Forward

Final Analysis: The Preds greatly improved their primary need in the Johansen trade – whilst giving up fairly little, dept wise – however, they still need another top forward to bring up their scoring.

Nashville have a ton of cap space remaining and are willing to spend big in the final weeks of the window – such as when they flushed their 2015 1st round pick to Toronto last season. But, could a move for the biggest potential UFA be on the cards for Nashville? The Tennessee team could make a big move for Steven Stamkos. He’s all but snubbed a recent low-ball offer, and surely TBL won’t let a player of his calibre leave for nothing.


St. Louis Blues

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Playmaker

Final Analysis: Whilst having a tiny amount of wiggle room between them and the ceiling, the Blues have a very good, well-rounded team. But if they were to improve their team, maybe a playmaking forward for their top lines would be the way to go.

There’s plenty of interest in Kevin Shattenkirk and David Backes to pull in a decent deal for St. Louis. A player like Parenteau or Eriksson would be a good move, and they’re said to be a front runner in the chase for Tampa-want-away Jonathan Drouin.


Winnipeg Jets

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Prospects and goaltending

Final Analysis: Getting Dustin Byfuglien back on board was huge for the Jets but their captain, Andrew Ladd, is yet to follow suit – and he has a lot of fans. With Winnipeg being quite a way from the playoff spots they should look to bring through more top young players and re-build even further.

There’s another twist to the Jets. With Hellebyuck’s immense play so far, it’s come into question if Pavelec will be able to stay as their first choice keeper, and if he’d be willing to play in tandem – or as back up to – the rookie sensation. The Flames have two back-up quality keepers in Hiller and Ramo, and both are running out of contract. There could be a deal here for Winnipeg to: free up some cap, get a solid back-up to Hellebyuck and maybe pick up a prospect – to add to their already impressive pool.

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis: Metropolitan Division

It’s that time of the year again, when the playoff race starts and every playoff contender and hopeful fight for a spot in the 2016 postseason. It’s also nearing that time when every team tries to look for pieces to deal and get better either for the playoffs or for the future. That said, for the next four weeks, I’ll be analyzing every team’s surpluses and needs per division leading up to the trade deadline on February 29th.

Oh yes, and I’m doing the teams in alphabetical order. This week, we’ll take a look at the Metropolitan Division.


Carolina Hurricanes

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Forward prospects

Final analysis: The last time the Hurricanes qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals in ’09. As of now, they need much more consistency from a forward group that has been dry for the most part. Their youthful defense has been solid, but they need help. Captain Eric Staal is a guy who’s been talked about being potential trade bait. Maybe also pitch in a few impending UFAs.


Columbus Blue Jackets

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Defense

Final analysis: Even after making a blockbuster deal with the Nashville Predators, giving up Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones to have more support on the blue line, you get the feeling that general manager Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t done. The Blue Jackets are in the bottom-3 of the League standings, but overall they really are the worst team in the League aside from the usual suspects (Leafs and Oilers, of course). Kekalainen had said earlier this year that anyone can be traded, and obviously the Johansen deal was an example of that. Unfortunately, they don’t have many other big chips to deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a little more roster cleaning for more picks and prospects as they are definitely in need of replenishing their picks and prospect pool.


New Jersey Devils

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Forwards and defense

Final analysis: The Devils are the mix this year, but expect them to be sellers looking for more stability on the blue line as well as offensive support.


New York Islanders

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Top-6 forward

Final analysis: The Isles find themselves in the playoff mix yet again. They could be looking to bolster up their offense in the top-6 category. Other than that, they’re good. One player to look out for is Kyle Okposo, who’s almost always a threat to opposing teams. A pending UFA this summer, the Isles so far look like they’re going to let the 27-year-old walk.


New York Rangers

Buy/Sell: Buy and sell

Needs: Prospects and picks

Final analysis: With their window closing, the Rangers may want to look at giving up some of their UFAs for their future. Currently, the big question mark is on defenseman Keith Yandle, who was traded to Broadway in a deal that sent forward prospect Anthony Duclair to Arizona. Will fans see Yandle in a Rangers jersey for long before the deadline approaches?


Philadelphia Flyers

Buy/Sell: Sell

Needs: Top-six forward and top-four defenseman

Final analysis: For a group that’s struggled in recent years, the Flyers will have to be sellers on the deadline. Get a top-six forward, a winger, and a top-four defenseman to help stabilize the back end. In the meantime, they’re also going to want to replenish their picks.


Pittsburgh Penguins

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Forward depth and defense

Final analysis: The Penguins are currently cap strapped with almost no room to make any moves to improve unless it’s something good, but they do need help at forward to help with a forward group that’s been injury-prone this season. Another defenseman would be nice too.


Washington Capitals

Buy/Sell: Buy

Needs: Forward depth and veteran defense.

Final analysis: The Caps have been in cruise control for quite some time this season, and are showing no signs of stopping. It seems that they really have won the TJ Oshie trade big time, and other acquisitions like Stanley Cup Champion and forward L.A. King Justin Williams are paying huge dividends. They could maybe look to bolster up the forward depth a little more, and have a little more veteran presence on the blue line.

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