The San Jose Sharks made a major splash at this week’s trade deadline, separating themselves from the pack of teams (Anaheim, Calgary, and Los Angeles) currently in a battle for playoff positions who largely stood pat.
- Signed Chris Kelly to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
- Traded Chris Wagner to the New York Islanders for Jason Chimera
The Ducks are in the heat of a playoff race with a handful of other teams in the Western Conference. Specifically, they’re battling with Los Angeles, Calgary, and San Jose for two spots in the Pacific Division behind Vegas, and possible a wild card seed.
They didn’t really do anything to make themselves better this week though. Anaheim swapped out Chris Wagner for Jason Chimera, which at best is a marginal upgrade, and they inked Chris Kelly to a deal for the rest of the season despite his thoroughly unspectacular stint in the AHL and at the Olympics.
- Traded Jordan Maletta to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Ryan Kujawinski.
- Traded Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood to the Los Angeles Kings for Darcy Kuemper.
The Coyotes appeared to be certain sellers rolling into the deadline, but, despite being extremely bad, they don’t have all that many assets to sell. Guys like Luke Schenn, Kevin Connauton, Brad Richardson, and Zac Rinaldo aren’t going to net you much at the deadline, so Arizona largely stood pat.
- Claimed Chris Stewart off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
- Traded a 2019 seventh-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for Nick Shore.
I mentioned that the Ducks didn’t do much this week, but the Flames and Kings didn’t either. Calgary made a couple minor adds snagging Nick Shore from the Senators for a seventh-round pick next year, which is essentially a pat on the back, and Chris Stewart off waivers from Minnesota.
Neither player is a game-changer, but Calgary went all-in with their Travis Hamonic acquisition over the summer so there wasn’t much in the cupboard to help facilitate a big deadline.
- Traded Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders for a 2019 third-round pick.
- Traded Mark Letestu to the Nashville Predators for Pontus Aberg.
- Traded Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils for Joey Dudek and a 2019 third-round pick.
The Oilers didn’t expect to be sellers at the deadline given how much spare cap space Peter Chiarelli left the team with after free agency. But they were. They sold Brandon Davidson, Patrick Maroon, and Mark Letestu, and got Pontus Aberg, an unspectacular depth winger, two third-round picks in 2019, and a guy scoring a point every second game in the NCAA.
Given how much cap room they had, you’d have thought Peter Chiarelli could have flexed some creativity and taken on a bad deal in order to help another team facilitate a trade. It didn’t transpire, and the Oilers ended up with not a hell of a lot from a deadline nobody was hoping for.
- Traded Darcy Kuemper to the Arizona Coyotes for Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood.
The Kings, Ducks, and Flames all kinda stood past with some minor additions this week. The only thing the Kings did was send backup goalie Darcy Kuemper, who was having a shockingly good year, to Arizona for winger Tobias Rieder and backup Scott Wedgewood. The biggest deadline addition for L.A., though, is the return of Jeff Carter who’s been out pretty much all year.
- Traded a 2019 conditional first-round pick and a 2019 fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Evander Kane.
- Traded Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick to the Nashville Predators for a 2018 sixth-round pick.
- Traded a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Eric Fehr.
The Sharks were the one team in the jumble of teams battling for spots that actually did something major this week. They pulled the trigger on a couple minor moves I’m not going to bother talking about and then prior to the deadline they sent two draft picks to Buffalo for Evander Kane. If the Sharks don’t re-sign Kane, which apparently they don’t intend to do, the picks becomes a second in 2019. That’s not much to give up for a top-six winger.
- Traded Philip Holm to the Vegas Golden Knights for Brendan Leipsic.
- Traded Thomas Vanek to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen.
The Canucks are rebuilding, apparently, yet they refuse to acquire draft picks. They pulled an interesting one-for-one swapping Philip Holm for Brendan Leipsic, but they dealt Thomas Vanek for Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte, which was sort of an odd return for, like I said, a team apparently rebuilding.
- Acquired Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for eating 40 per cent of Derrick Brassard’s contract.
- Traded Brendan Leipsic to the Vancouver Canucks for Philip Holm.
- Traded a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and a 2012 third-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Tomas Tatar.
I don’t think Vegas expected to be in this position. But here we are. They’re challenging for the Presidents Trophy and went all-in, sending three picks to Detroit for Tomas Tatar, who’s under control for three more seasons. They also didn’t see any impending UFAs, like James Neal or David Perron, and are clearly gunning for a deep playoff run. Despite deadline three picks, Vegas will still draft 12 times in the first three rounds of the next three drafts.