NHL calm down as trade deadline passes • The Tulane Hullabaloo
Another NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, this one being the quietest hockey fans have seen since the 2000 deadline. Only 17 exchanges were made, moving 26 players in total. The number of players traded has decreased compared to last year by more than 50%, and the individual transaction amount decreased by 47%. This could be due to increased quarantine rules, so players like Eric Staal that were traded across the Canada-US border had to wait seven days to get back on the ice. All of the players who needed to be dealt with were traded early in the deadline, which made the day itself less entertaining than usual. Luckily, there are always a GM or two willing to do the unconventional business to push their limits. Using the flat cap, many teams had to invite a third party to help pay for some of the players they traded for, which made the day a lot more enjoyable. Despite all these differences, the main theme remains intact: suitors bought and bottom feeders sold. Here are the biggest trades that came from the NHL trade deadline and which I think won them overall.
Taylor Hall in Boston Bruins:
During the past season, Hall was one of the NHL’s most renowned free players. He was looking to chase a Stanley Cup, so he chose to sign with the Buffalo Sabers. After enjoying an 18-game winless streak, scoring just 2 goals and injuring his main co-star Jack Eichel for the season, it was safe to say the former league MVP wasn’t that hot. Depending on how Hall does with the Bruins, this trade can go both ways. At this point, it looks like a big win for the Bruins, as getting a former MVP for next to nothing should be a win in anyone’s book. Although, with the way Hall has played this season, it may not have been enough for the Bruins to overcome the bump.
Sam Bennett at the Florida Panthers:
Florida didn’t expect to be in the playoff picture by the deadline. Ranked third in the top heavy Central division, they’re just behind last year’s Stanley Cup champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes, who advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago. After losing their best defender to the season due to broken leg, Florida decided to strengthen his D body by swapping for Buffalo D man Brandon Montour. Their biggest acquisition, however, was former fourth overall pick Bennett. Similar to Hall’s trade, it’s hard to judge based on outlook and picks, but as of now, it looks like the Calgary Flames have gained the upper hand. Getting more value for Bennett than the Sabers, Hall is a huge deal and Heineman isn’t doing too badly to be a 19-year-old at the top. Swedish League.
Nick Foligno in Toronto Maple leaves:
It’s one of two three-team jobs that Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was able to orchestrate. With the course remaining flat this season, many contending teams are up against the ceiling. Kekalainen used the Sharks’ vacant space to help the Maple Leafs offload Nick Foligno. In return, the sharks were compensated with a pickaxe. San Jose is smart to join this deal, as Foligno’s contract will expire after this year. SJ was not in a rival position, so the free money burned a hole in their pockets. Now they have an additional selection in the next draft without having to give up any players or prospects.
David Savard in Tampa Bay Lightning:
Similar to how San Jose got involved in the Foligno deal, the Red Wings used their hats to help facilitate a deal between the other two teams. Savard went to Detroit, then to Tampa Bay, and both trades were at 50% pay retention. Knowing the reputation of their CEO Steve Yzerman and how he built the Lightning into the power they are today, this decision cannot be commended, especially when looking at the other trades he has achieved. on the deadline.
Anthony Mantha in Washington Capitals:
In what’s known as the Deadline Blockbuster, the Washington Capitals get Anthony Mantha from Detroit. But like the famous Wario meme says: “I won, but at what cost?” Anthony Mantha is a good NHL player. He has 194 points in 302 career games with the Red Wings, scoring one point in 195 of 303 career games. Jakub Vrana alone scored in 55.3% of his games. Washington then added Richard Panik, a first-round pick and a second-round pick next year. Anyone who follows Detroit hockey should idolize Steve Yzerman. What he can do is magic.
Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac at New York Islanders:
After captain Anders Lee was injured, veteran GM Lou Lamoriello placed him in the long-term injured reserve., freeing up $ 7 million in ceiling space. He chose to trade five times 20-goal scorer Kyle Palmieri, as well as 1000+ game veteran Travis Zajac, while ensuring that the Devils keep half of their salary. The Islanders are getting a huge addition not only filling a scoring need, but also bringing in a playoff veteran for a younger team with Stanley Cup aspirations. All of this at a lower price than Washington paid for a player.