NHL Trade Deadline Roundup

The NHL trade deadline came and went at 3 PM Monday afternoon.

When the dust finally settled, 21 teams had been involved in at least one trade, and 15 teams participated in more than one trade, including the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, and Anaheim Ducks, who each made four trades on the day.

In the week leading up to the trade deadline, 28 of the NHL’s 30 teams were part of at least one trade. The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators were the only teams to not make any moves over the week.

Let’s take a look at some of the major deals of deadline day:

NHL Trade Deadline recap:

Boston Bruins get:
Tampa Bay Lightning get:
RW Brett Connolly 2015 2nd-round Draft Pick
2016 2nd-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

In acquiring Brett Connolly, the Bruins get a player who was touted highly enough to be drafted 6th overall by the Lightning in the 2010 Entry Draft. Though he has found success at the AHL level, Connolly has yet to show much flash at the NHL level, collecting just 32 points in 134 NHL games. Connolly is only 22 years old, and will become a Restricted Free Agent at the end of the season. If he produces with Boston for the remainder of the season, the Bruins may seek to retain him moving forward. A medium-risk trade for the Bruins, in giving up second-round picks in two consecutive drafts, with the possibility of high reward if Connolly can find his stride.

Philadelphia Flyers get:
Tampa Bay Lightning get:
D Radko Gudas
2015 1st-round Draft Pick
2015 3rd-round Draft Pick
D Braydon Coburn
Braydon Coburn leaves Philadelphia to join the Lightning in sunny Tampa Bay.

Braydon Coburn leaves behind Philadelphia to join the Lightning in sunny Tampa Bay.

Quick Analysis:

The Tampa Bay Lightning currently sit in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Monday, the Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers to stabilize their defense. Coburn, who scored a goal and had nine points in 39 games for the Flyers this season, offers the Lightning a proven veteran presence with playoff experience and steady defensive play. For the Flyers, who are at the moment six points out of the 8th seed in the East, the acquisition of 24 year-old defenseman Radko Gudas, and two 2015 Draft Picks shows a sign of building towards the future. Gudas, who underwent knee surgery in January, has been ruled out for the remainder of this season, but will give the Flyers physical play next season. He is signed through 2015 after which he will become a Restricted Free Agent.

Chicago Blackhawks get:
San Jose Sharks get:
C Andrew Desjardins RW Ben Smith
Conditional 2017 7th-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

In a move that appears at least in partiality to be a salary cap move for the Chicago Blackhawks, they exchanged right winger Ben Smith for Sharks center Andrew Desjardins. Smith exits Chicago with five goals and nine points in 61 games this season. The advantage of Desjardins over Smith for the ‘Hawks, is in relieving themselves of Smith’s $1.5million cap hit next season. Desjardins will become an unrestricted free agent at the close of the season, and the Sharks will pay half of his remaining salary. In 56 games with the Sharks this season, Desjardins scored five goals and eight points.

New York Islanders get:
San Jose Sharks get:
RW Tyler Kennedy Conditional 2017 7th-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

The New York Islanders acquired right winger Tyler Kennedy from the Sharks Monday in a move that helps to solidify their bottom-six forward group and adds a veteran, who can also provide power-play help, as they march on towards the playoffs. The Islanders are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference and in adding Kennedy, add a solid offensive producer who has scored double-digit goals, including a career-high 21 goals in 2010, in five of his eight NHL seasons. Kennedy has four goals and nine points in 25 games this season.

Detroit Red Wings get:
New Jersey Devils get:
D Marek Zidlicky Conditional 2016 2nd-round or 3rd-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

Outside of Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser, the Red Wings have seen limited offensive production from their defensemen. In adding Marek Zidlicky, the Red Wings acquire a strong defender who can also produce on offense, as proven by his 23 points in 63 games this season with the Devils. Zidlicky will aid the Red Wings defensive core as they look forward to the playoffs. If the Red Wings reach the Stanley Cup Finals, they will send a 2nd-round draft pick to the Devils; if not, the pick will be a 3rd-round selection.

New York Islanders get:
Buffalo Sabres get:
G Michal Neuvirth G Chad Johnson
2015 3rd-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

In the lone goalie-for-goalie deal of the day, the Islanders shipped backup goaltender Chad Johnson and a 3rd round pick to the Sabres for Michal Neuvirth, who struggled early this season, but has come around recently, going 3-2-1 in his last 6 games. The 26 year-old Neuvirth will jump into the backup spot behind Jaroslav Halak who has been phenomenal for the Isles this season. Johnson joins Anders Lindback as the backstops for the Sabres, and should provide solid play for the Sabres who sit in the NHL cellar with just 19 wins this season, and will aim to rebuild this offseason.

Minnesota Wild get:
Columbus Blue Jackets get:
D Jordan Leopold D Justin Falk
2015 5th-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

The move with the best backstory belongs to the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets, as defenseman Jordan Leopold is traded to his home state of Minnesota, surely to the delight of his daughter. Leopold’s 11 year-old daughter Jordyn had written a letter in January, requesting the Wild trade for her father, and he wish came true Monday, as the Wild sent defenseman Justin Falk and a 5th round pick to Columbus to complete the deal. Leopold has three points in 25 games played this season. Falk recorded no points in 13 games with the Wild this season. For the Jackets, they get younger on defense, with the 26 year-old Falk taking the place of the 34 year-old Leopold, and the Wild get a veteran blue-liner, and in turn, make an 11 year-old girl very happy to have her dad playing closer to home.

Boston Bruins get:
Colorado Avalanche get:
C Maxime Talbot
C Paul Carey
C Jordan Caron
2016 6th-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

While the Bruins acquired a former first-round draft pick Monday in Brett Connolly, they traded away one of their own former first-round picks in Jordan Caron, sending him to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for veteran center Maxime Talbot and center Paul Carey. Talbot, who has played well for the Avalanche this season producing 15 points in 63 games, will provide the Bruins with forward depth and likely see action on the third and fourth line, as Boston works to stay in the playoff picture. The Avalanche, a team with young talent leading the way on offense, receive a former first-round pick who has not yet produced as such in his career. Caron saw just 11 games of action with the Bruins this season. For the Avalanche, the deal presents the opportunity for a player who has spent much of his career transitioning between the NHL and AHL level, to get consistent playing time and possibly play up to expectations of a high draft pick.

Anaheim Ducks get:
Columbus Blue Jackets get:
D James Wisniewski
2015 3rd-round Draft Pick
C William Karlsson
LW Rene Bourque
2015 2nd-round Draft Pick

Quick Analysis:

With the playoffs on the horizon, the Anaheim Ducks made a move to solidify their defensive core, bringing in veteran puck-moving defenseman James Wisniewski. To get Wisniewski, they sent 22 year-old William Karlsson, veteran left winger Rene Bourque, and a 2nd-round pick. Wisniewski has provided 14 of his 29 points this season on the power play and can provide the Ducks with offensive production and defensive prowess on special teams. Bourque, who recorded 10 points in 43 games for the Ducks this season, will report to the Jackets AHL team. The move for Columbus nets them a young talent in Karlsson, and a higher draft pick than the one they traded away, giving the Ducks a 3rd-round selection in addition to Wisniewski.