Sunday, November 5, 2017
NHL trade review: Avs, Sens, Preds pull off blockbuster deal
The Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche have pulled off a blockbuster deal that included six players and three draft picks. There is so many assets, here's the easiest and most understandable way to recap the trade.
To Senators: C Matt Duchene (from Avalanche)
To Predators: C Kyle Turris (from Senators)
To Avalanche: D Samuel Girard, F Vladislav Kamenev and 2nd round pick, (all from Nashville) plus forward Shane Bowers, goalie Andrew Hammond, 1st and 3rd round picks (from Ottawa)
The Sens got Duchene, but gave up Turris, Bowers (who was a first round pick this past draft), Hammond, a depth goalie, plus two picks. Turris isn't that far below Duchene, and all other players aren't really filling that small gap between Duchene and Turris evenly. I think the Sens got the worst deal out of the three teams.
Duchene, 26, has scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in 13 games this season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Duchene has scored 178 goals and 250 assists for 428 points in 585 games.
The Preds got the second best part of the trade, only because how much the Avs got. Kamenev and Girard are decent prospects, but they didn't give up Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm or Dante Fabbro, so that's a win.
Turris, 28, has scored three goals and six assists for nine points in 11 games for the Sens. In his NHL career for the Sens and Phoenix Coyotes, Turris has scored 320 points (136 goals and 184 assists) in 544 games.
The Avs clearly won the deal. They got three picks and four players just for Matt Duchene. Duchene is no superstar, he's only a star. They got way too much, but that's good for them. Girard and Kamenev are NHL ready, while Bowers has his time to grow. Hammond will be their third goalie if either Semyon Varlamov or Jonathan Bernier go down.
Girard, 19, made his NHL debut this year for the Preds, scoring a goal and two assists for three points in five games.
Kamenev, 21, made his NHL debut last year, scoring no points in two games. He hasn't played in the NHL this year.
Bowers, 18, was drafted 28th overall this past draft. He's scored four goals and two assists for six points in 10 games for Boston University this year.
Hammond, 29, hasn't played in the league this year. The "Hamburglar" has a career GAA of 2.31, and a .923 SV% in 55 games, all in Ottawa.