A month ago, we watched as one of the most interesting trade deadlines in recent memory unfolded. It appeared as if the deadline itself was going to be relatively anticlimactic since most of the big name players were moved before the big day. Much to everyone’s surprise, deadline day saw a flurry of moves with a handful of surprising names swapping jerseys.
How do some of those interesting moves look a month later? Let’s take a look (at 10 of them!)
Buffalo Sabres trade forward Chris Stewart to the Minnesota Wild for a second round pick in 2017:
This is a nice deal for both teams. For Buffalo, they moved a guy that could actually help the team win a couple games here and there, because that’s something they absolutely don’t want to be doing. The Wild got a player in Stewart who can nicely slide onto the second line with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter and provide some depth offence. The winner of this deal is probably Chris Stewart, though. He’s set to become a UFA this offseason and he’s certainly more likely to get a nice contract if he can put together a good playoff run with the Wild than he would have fumbling around with Buffalo’s tank effort. He obviously isn’t the player he was back in 2009-11 when he scored 28 goals in back-to-back seasons with Colorado, but three goals and six assists in 14 games so far with Minnesota is a step in the right direction.
At a quick glance, it looks like Simon Despres has actually been better in Anaheim than Ben Lovejoy has been in Pittsburgh since the two were swapped for one another at the deadline. This is likely the consequence of Anaheim being a stronger team, but Despres makes less starts in the offensive zone than Lovejoy does and has a better relative Corsi For percentage. Of course, a lot more goes into a defenceman than just looking at the stat sheet, but right now this deal is looking nice for the Ducks. Despres is only 23 years old and has another season before becoming an RFA, while Lovejoy is 31 and will become a UFA in 2016. If Lovejoy and Despres are a wash right now, I think Anaheim wins the deal based on the fact they got the younger player.
Next up is Simon Despres’ D-partner, James Wisniewski. The Ducks did well in this deal. They moved a forward in Bourque who wasn’t really doing anything for them for a defenceman with a bit of a bloated contract who can log 20 minutes a night and provide some offence. Wiz starts around 55 per cent of his even strength shifts in the defensive zone, has a positive relative Corsi For, and a PDO of 95.1, which would suggest he’s doing the right things, he just isn’t getting the results he would want. In 10 games, he has five assists, and all of them have come on the power play. Bourque has a cap hit of $3.33 mil that expires in 2016, while Wiz has a hit of $5.50 mil and will become a UFA in 2017. This deal has worked out nicely for both the Ducks so far, but the real prize in the deal for Columbus is William Karlsson and the second round pick, so we’ll have to wait a while to see who won this one.
Edmonton Oilers trade defenceman Jeff Petry to the Montreal Canadiens for a second round pick in 2015 and a conditional fifth round pick:
I really think the Oilers could have got more for Petry, but whatever. Petry has been very unspectacular since joining the Canadiens, as he only has one goal and one assist through 14 games. That isn’t really surprising though, because Petry isn’t going to be seeing a hell of a lot of power play time behind P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov and he’s more useful for Montreal in a shut down role. Petry starts about 52 per cent of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone, which is a slight step up from his 49 per cent in Edmonton. His shot attempts per 60 minutes are also slightly down since leaving Edmonton (56.4 in Edmonton vs. 51.1 in Montreal), while his shot attempts against per 60 minutes have gone up significantly (59.6 in Edmonton vs. 71.1 in Montreal). It seems Petry is having a rough time hitting his stride in Montreal.
I thought this was a pretty steep price to pay for Braydon Coburn. It’s difficult to say otherwise, especially considering Coburn has been a glass cannon this season. He’s only played four games with the Lightning and he’s not expected to return until the playoffs. Well, at least he’s suited up for his new team. Radko Gudas won’t make his Philadelphia Flyers debut until next season. I still think Gudas, a first and a third was a lot to give up for Coburn, who becomes a UFA after next season.
Tampa Bay Lightning trade forward Brett Connolly for a second round pick in 2015 and 2016:
The blow felt moving this year’s first round pick in the deal for Coburn is slightly lessened by the fact the Lightning managed to get two second rounders for Brett Connolly, a guy who looked like he wasn’t going to figure it out in Tampa. Well, they also have the Rangers’ first round pick, so they aren’t doing too badly. Connolly, like Gudas and Coburn, has had bad luck with injury since being traded. In his first practice with the Bruins, Connolly got hit by a puck and broke a finger. He’s going to make his Bruins debut this week apparently.
New York Rangers trade defenceman John Moore, forward Anthony Duclair, a conditional first round pick in 2016, and a second round pick in 2015 to the Arizona Coyotes for defenceman Keith Yandle, Chris Summers, and a fourth round pick in 2015:
It’s like the Rangers are never going to have a first round draft pick again (they haven’t since 2012). They’re going all in, and I think it’s working out for them. Arizona got a really nice haul of prospects and pick for Yandle, who is set to become a UFA after next season, so this looks like a win for both sides. This is especially nice for the Coyotes because it helped make them really, really bad. Since trading Yandle on March 1, the Coyotes have won only three games and have fully immersed themselves in the McEichel sweepstakes. The Rangers, on the other hand, have won 10 of 15 games and have cemented themselves as one of, if not the best team in the East.
Calgary Flames trade forward Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for a second and third round pick in 2015:
I think the Flames got good value for Glencross, a heart and soul player set to become a UFA this summer, but I thought it was weird they moved him when they were in the midst of a playoff push. Ultimately you need to think long term, and two top-90 picks in a stacked draft will certainly help, but I still find the move somewhat curious. Glencross has been good for the Caps. He has four goals and three assists in 13 games while making roughly 55 per cent of his starts in the defensive zone. He also has a 56.4 Corsi For percentage and a positive Corsi in relation to his teammates, so he’s been a good pickup.
Arizona Coyotes trade forward Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Klas Dahlbeck and a first round pick in 2015:
Antoine Vermette has been pretty awful since joining the Hawks. Through 13 games, he hasn’t scored a goal and he only has three assists despite having a PDO of 100.7. Also, his Corsi For percentage in relation to his teammates is deep in the red zone at -6.8 despite starting roughly 47 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone. I think the Hawks expected a lot more when they moved a first round pick for him, but all that really matters is how well he, and the team, performs in the playoffs, because there’s really no way he’s going to be back in Chicago next year. He’s set to become a UFA and he’s likely going to be looking for an upgrade on his $3.75 million contract, which the cap-strapped Hawks sure as hell won’t be able to afford.
New Jersey Devils trade forward Jaromir Jagr for a second round pick in 2015 and a third round pick in 2016:
Jagr is the biggest reason I’m pulling for the unlikely Panthers to grab the final playoff spot in the East this year. The Panthers save a couple of pretty high picks over the next couple of years for the old man’s services and it seems to be paying off. Jagr has four goals and eight assists in 15 games and has been good enough for General Manager Dale Tallon to suggest resigning the team’s new step dad. Seven more years!
Thanks to Hockey Reference for the stats.