The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Metropolitan Division

Updated: February 28, 2018 at 11:23 pm by Cam Lewis

The Rangers said that they were going to go on a rebuild and they certainly didn’t disappoint as they essentially gutted their entire team for prospects and picks. The Penguins, Devils, and Blue Jackets all made additions, making this division’s race all the more fascinating.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Traded Josh Jooris to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Greg McKegg.

Not much to talk about here. The Canes dealt a depth forward to Pittsburgh for a younger depth forward.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Traded Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte to the Vancouver Canucks for Thomas Vanek.
  • Traded Jordan Maletta to the Arizona Coyotes for Ryan Kujawinski.
  • Traded Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for Ian Cole.
  • Traded a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Nashville Predators for Mark Letestu.

The Blue Jackets had a pretty busy deadline week, even if none of it was all too exciting. They added depth defenceman Ian Cole, they added a scorer in Thomas Vanek, and a defensive centre in Mark Letestu for virtually nothing. Like I said, not exciting, but these moves add depth to the team.

What they didn’t do was deal veteran defender Jack Johnson who reportedly asked for a trade earlier in the season. Johnson wanted to play somewhere with a bigger role as he heads to free agency this summer, but the Jackets could use him for their playoff run.

New Jersey Devils

  • Traded a 2019 third-round pick and Joey Dudek to the Edmonton Oilers for Patrick Maroon.
  • Traded Yegor Rykov and a 2018 second-round pick to the New York Rangers for Michael Grabner.

The Devils are shockingly right in the thick of a playoff run, so they dealt two draft picks to Edmonton and New York respectively for Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner to improve the team’s depth scoring. Taylor Hall is carrying this team kicking and screaming right now so giving him some weapons that can thrive on the second and third lines could be the difference between making the playoffs and not.

New York Islanders

  • Traded Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Wagner.
  • Traded a 2019 third-round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Brandon Davidson.

It’s the final year of John Tavares’ contract with the Islanders. What are you gonna do? Well, acquire a defenceman who was on waivers earlier in the season and swap depth forwards with Anaheim, of course. Another deadline passed and the Islanders have given Tavares nothing to work with yet again.

New York Rangers

  • Traded Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 conditional first-round pick.
  • Traded Ryan Graves to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris Bigras.
  • Traded Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins for Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner, a 2018 first- and seventh-round pick.
  • Traded Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils for Yegor Rykov and a 2018 second-round pick.
  • Traded Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-round pick.

The New York Rangers announced on Twitter a while back that they were gonna blow it up. They didn’t break their promise. They dealt Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, and Michael Grabner, effectively gutting the team, and they got back a massive load of prospects and draft picks. I mean, if you’re going to rebuild, you might as well go all in. And the Rangers are doing it properly.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Traded a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick and a 2019 conditional third-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Petr Mrazek.

The Flyers have always had a hell of a time finding a goaltender. They had done pretty well this year with their duo of Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, but both got injured, so they desperately acquired Petr Mrazek from the Red Wings. Mrazek was struggling in Detroit, but he’s been excellent with the Flyers thus far, so they might have caught lightning in a bottle for a cheap price.

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Traded Greg McKegg to the Carolina Hurricanes for Josh Jooris.
  • Were involved in a three-way deal with Ottawa and Vegas which resulted in them getting Derrick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, Tobias Lindberg, and a 2018 third-round pick for Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 third-round pick.

The Penguins made a big splash acquiring Derrick Brassard from the Sens in a confusing three-way trade that involved Vegas retaining money for Ottawa. Adding Brassard gives the Penguins some absurd centre depth as they now essentially have three first-line centres down the middle. Giving up a first is never fun, but why the hell not when you have a chance to win for a third time in a row.

Washington Capitals

  • Traded a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Jakub Jerabek.
  • Traded a 2018 third-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Michal Kempny.

Wait, the Capitals didn’t do anything significant and the Penguins loaded up for a playoff run? Uh oh! I can see where this is going!

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