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2016 Trade Deadline Blog

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

5:11 p.m. ET - Just wrapping things up, the Kings acquired Brett Sutter to Minnesota in exchange for Scott Sabourin.  Edmonton has also acquired Patrick Maroon from Anaheim for an as of yet unnamed prospect and a fourth-round pick.


Assuming nothing else happens, that means this trade deadline day featured 15 trades, with a significant majority of them being announced after the 3:00 p.m. ET deadline.  So in the end we did get a decent number of transactions, though there wasn't much in the way of big name players getting moved.  In fact, the bigger story is who didn't get traded.  Loui Eriksson is still with Boston, Jonathan Drouin still belongs to Tampa Bay, and Dan Hamhuis will finish the season with Vancouver.


But it's not as if the 2015-16 season hasn't featured some major trades, they just didn't happen today.  Nashville and Columbus swapping Seth Jones and Ryan Johansen would have been the favorite subject of the media had it been a deadline deal, but that trade was done in January.  Looking at the deals that happened this month; Dion Phaneuf, Markus Granlund, Hunter Shinkaruk, Andrew Ladd, Tomas Fleischmann, James Reimer, Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell, Eric Staal, and Kris Versteeg were all traded prior to the final day, which removed many of the potential headliners off the block on Monday.


You can't fault teams for taking care of business early though.  Nor can you fault them for being disciplined rather than give into the temptation of selling off their future for what in some cases is an outside shot of winning the Stanley Cup.  Honestly, looking at the moves Boston made, I can't help but wonder if they should have stayed quiet too and they were one of the bigger spenders on Monday, even if in this case that just means acquiring Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles.


I'll be writing a trade deadline winner/losers column that will go into more detail about my thoughts on how teams fared today and through the month of February, but for now I'm signing off.  Thank you for joining me and Rotoworld today.

3:49 p.m. ET - So the return for McGinn is a conditional third-round pick that has the potential to become a second rounder, according to Bob McKenzie.  That's a pretty decent return for Buffalo.

3:44 p.m. ET - Anaheim has acquired Jamie McGinn from Buffalo, per Elliotte Friedman.  We'll have to wait to see what the return is.

3:36 p.m. ET - Circling back to the Devils trading Stempniak to Boston, it seems New Jersey is getting back a 2017 second rounder and a 2016 fourth-round pick, per Bob McKenzie.  Stempniak was a pleasant surprise for New Jersey this season and while the Devils had doubtlessly hoped that it would be enough to push them into the postseason, they're instead settling for getting some future assets out of him.

3:33 p.m. ET - Montreal announced that they've acquired Stefan Matteau from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Devante Smith-Pelly.  This is about giving two promising youngsters a change of scenery.

3:21 p.m. ET - Carolina is reportedly getting a third-round pick, fifth-round selection, and AHLer Anthony Camara from Boston as payment for Liles, according to Pierre LeBrun.

3:17 p.m. ET - While we wait on details on some of these other trades: The Avalanche have acquired Taylor Beck from the Islanders in exchange for Marc-Andre Cliche.  It's an AHL deal.

3:12 p.m. ET - The Boston Bruins have reportedly acquired Lee Stempniak from New Jersey, per Bob McKenzie.  No details yet.

3:10 p.m. ET - So a few more trades are trickling in before we close the book on the 2015-2016 trade season.  Boston has added John-Michael Liles from Caorlina, although what the Hurricanes are getting in return isn't known yet.  The New York Islanders have acquired Shane Prince and a 2016 seventh-round pick from Ottawa in exchange for a 2016 third-round pick.  It looks like Calgary will also announced another trade, but the details of that one are unknown.

3:04 p.m. ET - Jonathan Drouin is also not being moved today.  He remains suspended by the Tampa Bay Lightning for refusing to play in the AHL.  Drouin has demanded a trade, but now he'll have to wait until this summer at the earliest for this to be resolved.  He has so much potential, but obviously not playing hockey isn't helping his future.

3:02 p.m. ET - The trade deadline has passed.  Although trades can still be announced, no deals that weren't already agreed upon can happen now.  It looks like Loui Eriksson speficially won't be dealt though.  The Bruins risk losing him for nothing as a free agent, but they're still in the playoff hunt so you can understand their hesitation if the offers for him were not to their liking.

2:55 p.m. ET - The last trade deadline day that resulted in less than 10 trades was 1993 when there were nine, per Jonas Siegel.  We need four more trades to beat that.  The deadline's almost upon us, but again trades can be announced after the deadline passes.

2:50 p.m. ET - There's been just six trades made so far today.  That might still change despite how close we are to the deadline, but right now we're looking at this being perhaps the least active deadline day in memory.

2:31 p.m. ET - Just under 30 minutes left before the trade deadline.  Keep in mind that while no trade can be made after 3:00 p.m., deals can certainly be announced after that point.  Don't be shocked if the trades are still trickling in as late as 5:00 p.m., although given how quiet it's been today, that might not prove to be the case this year.

2:18 p.m. ET - The Florida Pnathers have shipped Brandon Pirri to Anaheim for a 2016 sixth-round pick.  Not a bad grab for the Ducks here.  The cost makes it low-risk and at 24 years old, Pirri still has some upside.  Pirri is out with an ankle injury, but it might not be long before he's ready to make his Ducks debut.

1:58 p.m. ET - Here's a fun fact: Calgary acquired Russell from St. Louis for a 2014 fifth-round pick back in 2013.  Boy did that trade ever pay off for the Flames.

1:56 p.m. ET - So Calgary now has a reason to root for Dallas in the playoffs.  If the Stars get to the conference finals and Russell's played in at least 50% of Dallas' games in those first two rounds, then the second-round pick Calgary is set to acquire will become a first rounder.

1:48 p.m. ET - The return for Russell appears to be Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, and conditional second rounder, per Mike Hieka.  Pollock is a 19-year-old forward prospect that Dallas took in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  He has 25 goals, 67 points, and 66 penalty minutes in 63 WHL games this season.

Dallas is certainly addressing a need with this trade, but Calgary got a pretty good haul for him.

As far as the Gelinas trade goes, the third-round pick that New Jersey is getting from Colorado is for 2017.

1:43 p.m. ET - With Kris Russell off the board, Dan Hamhuis is likely the best defenseman still on the market.  Dallas might go after Hamhuis too if Vancouver lowers its asking price, per Darran Dreger.

1:36 p.m. ET - Things are starting to heat up now.  Looks like Dallas will acquire Calgary defenseman Kris Russell while Colorado is close to getting Eric Gelinas from New Jersey for a third-round pick.  Both of those are being reported by Elliotte Friedman.

1:30 p.m. ET - Just to sumamrize, Boedker has been dealt to Colorado in exchange for Tanguay, Bleackley, and Wood.  Tanguay is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Bleackley and Wood are both noteworthy prospects.  Bleackley in particular is an interesting get for Arizona after Colorado took him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.


Whether or not this deal will prove to a good one for Colorado will be largely dependent on  their negotiations with Boedker.  One assumes they'll want to re-sign him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Boedker is still just 26 years old, so this has the potential to be far more than a rental.

1:13 p.m. ET - Looks like Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley, and Kyle Wood are going to Arizona in the Boedker trade.  We'll see if that's the extent of the move.

1:09 p.m. ET - It appears Arizona Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker will be traded, per Darren Dreger.  Craig Custance says that he's heading to Colorado.  We still don't have all the details on this one and nothing's confirmed yet, but this might be the first leak in the floodgates.

12:54 p.m. ET - It's been a quiet day as far as actual trades go thus far.  That will probably change as we approach the deadline, but in the meantime we do have a minor deal to pass on.  Carolina has acquired blueliner Dennis Robertson from Chicago in exchange for Drew MacIntyre.  This is a minor-league swap so naturally I don't expect it to have any impact at the NHL level this season.

12:40 p.m. ET - Alex Stalock has successfully cleared waivers and has been sent to the AHL Marlies.  Toronto acquired Stalock from San Jose as part of the James Reimer deal, but given that Stalock will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, he wasn't considered a big part of this trade to begin with.  It wouldn't be surprising to find out that San Jose insisted on the Maple Leafs taking Stalock to make it easier on the Sharks with their acquisition of his replacement in Reimer.  Still if you remove Stalock from the equation then that dael looks even less appealing for Toronto as the other pieces the Leafs got back were a Ben Smith and a conditional fourth round pick.


The Maple Leafs might have figured that anything was better than nothing for Reimer, given that he had the option of simply walking this summer anyways.  Still, one can't help but wonder if Toronto's main motivation behind closed doors for trading Reimer was to weaken its goaltending in an effort to finish in last place this season and thus get the best chance possible of winning the draft lottery.

12:31 p.m. ET - While we wait for the trades to start rolling in, the NHL has announced that Filip Forsberg, Ryan Callahan, and Mike Condon are the three stars of the week.  Forsberg and Callahan have of course been involved in midseason trades themselves back in 2013 and 2014 respectively, but the interesting one here is Canadiens goalie Condon.  It might be too little, too late for Montreal, but if Condon can maintain this hot streak for a little longer and Carey Price manages to return in the next few weeks, then the Canadiens might make something out of this season after all.

12:14 p.m. ET - Montreal also claimed Mike Brown off waivers from San Jose while New Jersey claimed former Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky.  Each of those players will provide their new club with depth, but not much else.

12:05 p.m. ET - Edmonton has claimed defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Adam Cracknell from Winnipeg and Vancouver respectively off waivers.  The Oilers traded Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz last week and they might not be done yet, so these players are stopgap measures in light of that.


11:38 a.m. ET - The Toronto Maple Leafs called up William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman, and Ben Smith this morning and surprisingly they're all going to play tonight, per Jonas Siegel.  Combined that with the recent trades the Maple Leafs have made and Toronto's roster will look very different going forward.  The Maple Leafs probably aren't going to win many games for the rest of 2015-16 - not that they were particularly competitive before - but it will be interesting to see how some of their younger players perform.  Nylander in particular will be fun to watch given his high skill ceiling.

11:31 a.m. ET - Kerby Rychel got some attention for being seen walking out of Madison Square Garden before the conclusion of the Blue Jackets' morning skate.  It came out that he's been sent to the minors, probably so that he'll be eligible to play in the minors during the postseason, but Bob McKenzie suggested that he still might be traded this afternoon.

11:19 a.m. ET - Eric Staal is projected to play with Derek Stepan and, once he returns from a leg injury, Rich Nash.  That trio certainly has a lot of potential and it's a great opportunity for Staal to bounce back after a less than ideal season.  If nothing else it will be a fun situation to watch play out, but given Nash's injury I don't expect them to really hit their stride as a unit until the playoffs, if at all.

11:06 a.m. ET = The Oilers got off to an early start by signing Brandon Davidson and Laurent Brossoit to two-year extensions worth $2.85 million and $1.5 million respectively.  Between them, Brossoit is the more interesting signing because his one-way deal implies that Edmonton sees him as the team's backup goaltender going forward.  Brossoit is 22 years old, which is fairly young for a goaltender establishing himself in the NHL, but from a fantasy perspective he's nothing to get excited about for now, especially given how unkind playing for Edmonton has been to goaltenders.

10:50 a.m. ET - Welcome to the start of the trade deadline.  Typically things tend to start off slow on deadline day and then really pick up as we approach then deadline and continue to be hectic for a couple hours after the official end of the trade season given the delay between when trades are finalized and when they're ready to be announced.  We'll see if today follows that trend.


We've already seen a fair amount of movement over the last couple of days though.  Among the highlights have been Los Angeles getting Kris Versteeg, the New York Rangers getting Eric Staal, Florida acquiring forwards Teddy Purcell and Jiri Hudler, and Chicago adding forwards Andrew Ladd and Tomas Fleischmann.


Among the players I'm keeping an eye on today is Jonathan Drouin, the 20-year-old top prospect who has been stuck in a self-inflicted limbo for refusing to play in the AHL until he's traded.  Drouin might not make a splash right away, but he has so much upside that he might prove to be the most important player moved today in the long term.


I'm also particularly curious to see what Boston does with Loui Eriksson.  The Bruins are very likely to make the playoffs, but this probably isn't their year to win the Cup and losing Eriksson for nothing as a free agent would be a tough pill to swallow.  Eriksson has 23 goals and 48 points in 63 contests this season, making him one of the better players on the market.


We'll likely be talking about them and many more before the day is done.

Ryan Dadoun
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