The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2018: Central Division

Updated: February 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm by Cam Lewis

For the first time in a long time, the power in the Central Division is shifting away from Chicago. The Blackhawks sold at the trade deadline while the Jets bought as Winnipeg is looking to make a deep playoff run for the first time in franchise history.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Traded Ryan Hartman and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the Nashville Predators for Victor Ejdsell and a 2018 first and fourth-round pick.
  • Traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a 2018 third-round pick.
  • Traded Tommy Wingles to the Boston Bruins for a 2019 conditional fifth-round pick.

For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, the Blackhawks are selling at the deadline. They’re going to miss the playoffs this year for the first time since Patrick Kane’s rookie year, and Stan Bowman responded by dealing Ryan Hartman, Michael Kempny, and Tommy Wingles. The latter two didn’t net much, but he managed to pull back  king’s ransom for Hartman, getting the Predators to give up a first rounder for the middle-six forward. That deal alone made the day successful for Chicago.

Colorado Avalanche

  • Traded Chris Bigras to the New York Rangers for Ryan Graves.

Not much to see here. A bust prospect was dealt for some other nothing prospect.

Dallas Stars

Literally nothing to see here. Dallas stood pat. They’re in the heat of a playoff race and chose not to sell or buy, which makes sense given their short- and long-term position.

Minnesota Wild

  • Traded Mike Rielly to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

The Wild are also right in the thick of a playoff chase and all they did was deal struggling prospect Mike Rielly to the Canadiens for a fifth. That said, given what St. Louis did, the Wild might end up being okay.

Nashville Predators

  • Traded Victor Ejdsell and a 2018 first and fourth-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ryan Hartman and a 2018 fifth-round pick.
  • Signed Mike Fisher to a one-year contract.
  • Traded a 2018 sixth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick.
  • Traded Pontus Aberg to the Edmonton Oilers for Mark Letestu and traded Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2018 fourth-round pick.

Nashville had a pretty big day as they’re actively competing with Vegas and Winnipeg to come out of the Western Conference again. They paid a premium for Ryan Hartman, who they ultimately view as a longer-term piece as he’s still on his entry-level deal. They also officially announced the return of Mike Fisher, which gives them more veteran depth down the middle. The Preds are rolling and made some minor tweaks to improve, though it did cost them a pretty sweep price.

St. Louis Blues

  • Traded Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2018 first-round pick and Erik Foley.

For the second year in a row, the Blues chose to sell a key impending UFA despite being in the thick of a playoff race. They sent Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a prospect and first-round pick, which is a reasonable return. St. Louis sits one point out of a playoff spot and this deal will hurt them in the short term, but it recoups a pick they gave away in the Brayden Schenn deal, which helps them long-term.

Winnipeg Jets

  • Traded a 2018 first-round pick and Erik Foley to the St. Louis Blues for Paul Stastny.
  • Traded a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Joe Morrow.

The Jets are all in. They dealt a first and a pick for Paul Stastny, giving them a versatile player who can slot in as a top-six centre or winger and provide offence and an effective two-way game. The price to acquire him was reasonable, especially given that it was in the division, and the team has a real chance to not only win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history, but go on a deep run.

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