Trade Deadline RECAP

It was a pretty slow day overall, but some moves did shake up the playoff race.

Tampa Bay receives: F JT Miller and D Ryan McDonagh
New York receives: F Vlad Namestnikov, D Libor Hajek, F Brett Howden, 2018 1st round pick, conditional 2nd round pick.
Who wins the deal?
Tampa Bay. Getting a top 4 defencemen and a top 6 winger for prospects who (in my opinion) aren’t “can’t miss prospects” is a pretty good get for GM Steve Yzerman. After seeing Brett Howden over the last 2 years, he doesn’t seem to be much more than a 3rd line centre. Hajek is a good defencemen who won’t “wow” anyone, but is a safe player who is best suited for your 2nd pairing. Tampa Bay wasn’t going to pay Namestnikov (who’s an RFA) this offseason, he has inflated numbers by playing with Stamkos and Kucherov. JT Miller can fit anywhere into the Lightning’s high powered offense and is capable of 25+ goals. As for the draft picks, the 1 st rounder is probably going to be In the last 5 picks of the draft and the Rangers weren’t trading McDonagh if a 1st rounder wasn’t coming back. All in all the teams both addressed certain needs, but the Lightning win this deal.
San Jose receives: F Evander Kane
Buffalo receives: Conditional 2019 1st round pick, Conditional 2020 2nd round pick, F Dan O’Regan
Who wins the deal?
Both teams did what they had to do. San Jose gets a top 6 forward who is built for the playoffs, they also fill the on-ice void left by Patrick Marleau leaving, as for the off-ice… We will see if his clothes end up in the shower (see: Evander Kane getting trade from the Winnipeg Jets). Buffalo trades a player who was leaving July 1st regardless and at least they got assets in return (unlike Ken Holland keeping Mike Green for 2 more months), the conditions on the 1st round pick are that it reportedly becomes a 2nd if Kane resigns in San Jose which GM Doug Wilson has already said that they would like him to stay. It would have been nice to see Buffalo receive a 1st round pick with no conditions. Dan O’Regan seems to be a throw-in for this trade, a 24-year-old who has 5 career points in 22 career NHL games, doesn’t seem like he’ll move the needle much for the Sabres.
Detroit receives: 2018 1st round pick, 2019 2nd round pick, 2020 3rd round pick
Vegas receives: F Tomas Tatar
Who wins the deal?
As a Red Wings fan, I’d be happy with the return.. With that being said, Vegas is playing with house money due to how many draft picks they have accumulated through side deals in the expansion draft. I’ll say the Golden Knights win this deal, nobody would have thought that they would be buying at the trade deadline let alone a top 3 team. Tatar is on pace for his 4th straight 20 goal season and he adds speed to Vegas’ lineup. The Red Wings get a nice return for a player who they already had 2 of (see Gustav Nyquist) I’ll say Tatar is the better player, but getting 3 picks in the top 3 rounds is good for a rebuilding team. Good for you on this one Ken Holland, but he ruined this trade later in the day by not trading Mike Green.

Winnipeg receives: F Paul Stastny
St. Louis receives: 2018 1st round pick, F Eric Foley (unsigned NCAA prospect), and a conditional 4th round pick.
Who wins the deal?
What is the Blues GM Doug Armstrong doing? He traded a top 6 forward to a division rival for a 1st round pick? Winnipeg wins this deal, and this might be the biggest steal of the day. St. Louis has been struggling lately but this makes no sense to me. As for Winnipeg, they round out what is the best forward group in the NHL and now look to challenge Nashville for top spot in the Central Division. The Blues were expected to make a big splash by trading for a Mike Hoffman, Max Pacioretty or even Patrick Maroon. Instead, they subtracted from their top 9 and pissed off one of their best players in the process ( Eric Foley is a nice prospect who has had success for USA at the World Juniors, but at the same time. Unsigned prospects don’t help out a team that was supposed to compete in May.
Edmonton receives: 3rd round pick, F J.D. Dudek
New Jersey receives: F Patrick Maroon
Who wins the deal?
As I posted on twitter (@worldhockeyrpt), with the drafting record of the Oilers (outside of the 1st round) they might as well have just given Maroon away for nothing. New Jersey wins this deal easily, after adding speed to their lineup (Michael Grabner), they go out and add size in Patrick Maroon. A big player who has playoff experience and can play anywhere in the lineup. A 3rd round pick to the Oilers doesn’t mean much when you think about Connor McDavid adding an extra $10 million to his cap hit next year. The Oilers also get Forward J.D. Dudek in the deal, 6 goals in 33 games at Boston College probably shows he is a ways away from making any impact, and that’s if he even makes the team.

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