A few words of warning and a note on the tone of this piece before getting into some of the notable players included in recent trades. This post isn’t going to be about rumors or projection of players in play in talks around the league. Here we are going to focus on some significant acquisitions.
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As we approach the NHL Trade Deadline, there have already been a number of smaller deals and some significant. Some of the more notable trades.
The Bolts gave up a significant package, but ended up picking up a player that makes them a legit offensive threat in every on-ice situation. Coleman has emerged as poster boy for the ‘power kill’ the concept of taking offensive measures in a primarily defensive situation, like killing a penalty. I outlined Coleman’s effect in a post earlier this season tying him in with the ‘power kill’ movement. Tied for the NHL lead with four shorthanded points, he’s already matched his three goals career high. The former Devils winger has turned individual shorthanded efforts into an art form and with the Lightning finding their way almost halfway through the season, this acquisition makes them stronger all round. Coleman can also move up and down the roster should the need arise – as a form of insurance for injured players over a long playoff haul, it’s difficult to think that the Lightning didn’t just solidify a potential Stanley Cup.
Led the Kings with 18 goals at the time of the trade and the 27 year old winger is one pace for his fourth 20-goal season. Settled among other struggling scorers in an arid environment like LA, he played primarily with Jeff Carter and a rotating third that included extended periods with Anze Kopitar. Not quite career year pace at 5v5, but something to keep in mind is the IPP (82.8%). Toffoli has been involved in a high percentage of scoring in a difficult environment to produce and will be replacing the likes of Micheal Ferland and now even Brock Beoser who are lost to injury. Playing alongside Elias Pettersson proposes some tantalizing outcomes even if the endeavor is one of futility overall with the Canucks uncertain of their playoff aspirations. With all the injury and uncertainty for the immediate future, how does a rental acquisition help out in the current environment? If Toffoli could produce under the Kings, moving to Vancouver should be a more organic environment and even enticing enough to sign on again.
Vegas is set to acquire him and it isn’t for the point production, but the stability offered by the veteran defender. A cornerstone piece with decent on-ice differentials in shot attempts and expected goals – slightly trailing with scoring chances – it is LA after all. Partnered with Drew Doughty for 230 minutes drew the most difficult matchups at 5v5 and the first penalty killing unit, he should be able to slip into the Vegas blueline in a support or a lead role.
Florida Panthers winger has been listed as a possible trade target if the club is looking to shed some salary and could help a team looking for a pure sniper. A dwindling breed with a focused albeit one-dimensional ability to fire shots at a consistent pace – despite this season where shot rates are slightly depressed. Interest in teammate according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Vincent Trocheck would be a substantial get, should a team be able to wrangle him away from the Panthers. A case could be made he is the better of two players, even with an ankle injury casting doubt. Preparation and due diligence is required here. Perhaps that deal isn’t there at this deadline, but it might still be available during the offseason.
Slightly off pace of his career high 2018-19 season at 5v5, despite outperforming expected goals (8.12) by a heavy margin – with 13 goals. He’s also riding his career worst Corsi and on-ice conditions in his eight year career, more indicative of the retooling of the Rangers than personal performance. A team looking for immediate scoring help should be pounding down the Rangers door, however, he doesn’t have to be a rental. There could be the intention to re-sign with the acquiring club if the 28-year old isn’t inclined to test the free agent market. A substantial asset here for the taking.
The Russian found new life in a Habs uniform after being dealt from Los Angeles and could still be a worthy target if there’s interest from other teams for a cheap option, with veteran talent that could slip in and out of the lineup.
His aged counterpart in San Jose may be willing to be moved to a contender as well, but it’s not likely that either of them have an immediate impact. Thornton has aged, but the vision and hands are still there. If nothing more than used as a power play option at this point, despite the measly four points in 107 minutes during this dreadful San Jose season. The Sharks have struggled all season long and this has affected production – not capability. Could an interested team could take his sub goal line play to specialize on the power play rather than a regular shift in lieu of more advanced talent?
One of the most underrated deals was the Jets passing on a 3rd round pick for Dylan DeMelo. A responsible and mobile defender, will be an unrestricted free agent, and despite playing on a dreadful Ottawa team put up his career best Corsi. He will slip into the Jets depth, but has more to give than just a depth role. Versatility and ability to move up and down the lineup based on situation is a low-key advantage for the former Sharks and Senators defenseman.
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 18, 2020
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