Monday, February 26, 2018

2015 NHL trade deadline revisited



           Today is the 2018 trade deadline. So far, there hasn't been too many moves today (just Ian Cole to Columbus), but there will be more, including a potential deal between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks. But, about three years ago was the 2015 trade deadline. There weren't many big deals, but today, we'll be re-visiting some of those.

            Trade number one: Montreal Canadiens acquire defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2015 2nd round pick (flipped to the Rangers in the Cam Talbot deal, then again so the Capitals could move up in the draft, and they picked defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler) and a conditional 5th round pick in the same draft (became a 4th, and they selected defenseman Caleb Jones).

            Current winner: Montreal.

            Petry has been a top 4 defenseman for Montreal, scoring 26 goals and 81 points in 211 games since the trade, and is currently still on Montreal, though he could be traded soon. Jones and Siegenthaler haven't played in the NHL yet, but remember that they are still very young. Petry has scored four points, including three goals in 18 career playoff games for Montreal.

           Trade number two: Vancouver Canucks acquire winger Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames for a 2015 2nd rounder (Rasmus Andersson).

            Winner: still TBD.

            Baertschi has been a good pickup for the Canucks, with double digit goals every year for them, including 49 in his 190 game Canuck career. Andersson is one of the Flames top prospects, and while he has just two games of NHL experience, but has scored 33 points in 45 games in the AHL as a defenseman, so this trade's outcome is currently based on if Andersson can live up to his potential.

           Trade number three: Anaheim Ducks acquire defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third (Brent Gates) from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a 2015 2nd rounder (Kevin Stenlund).

           Winner: Blue Jackets.

           Wisniewski was a rental, and had just five assists in 13 games for them. Bourque scored 12 points in 57 games for Columbus. Now having an amazing season for the Golden Knights, Karlsson was durable in his Blue Jackets career, missing just two games from 2015-16 to 2016-17. He scored less points then than this season in Vegas, but he was still better in Columbus than Wisniewski in Vegas. Neither Gates or Stenlund have done anything in the NHL, so it's a trade-off between them, but Karlsson and Bourque helped more in Columbus than Wisniewski, and that's what matters.

             Trade number four: Tampa Bay Lightning acquire defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas, a 2015 1st round pick (pick was flipped twice, and Columbus selected Gabriel Carlsson, the Flyers moved up when they flipped the pick, and even though they just missed out on Brock Boeser, they drafted Travis Konecny) and a 2015 3rd rounder (goalie Matej Tomek).

             Winner: Philadelphia.

              Gudas for Coburn straight up is a win for them, as Gudas has been a solid player for them, scoring 47 points in 193 games since the trade. Coburn hasn't been as effective, and has scored 35 points in 219 games. Yes, he is a defensive defenseman, but since the Flyers got Konecny out of it, who has scored 26 goals and 62 points in 131 games in his two year career, and is still 20, is an even bigger win. This is a no-brainer looking back at it.

             Trade number five: New York Rangers acquire defenseman Keith Yandle, defenseman Chris Summers and a 4th round pick in 2016 (Tarmo Reunanen) from the Arizona Coyotes for Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore, a 2016 first rounder (the Coyotes traded it to Detroit to move up to draft Jakob Chychrun, Detroit picked Dennis Cholowski) and a 2015 2nd (traded to Calgary Flames, who picked Oliver Kylington).

             Winner: Arizona.

              This is a very, very close trade. Yandle was very useful during his time with the Rangers, scoring 58 points in 107 games. Duclair had one good season in Arizona, but struggled the next two until being traded to Chicago. He had a 34-40-74 stat-line in 172 games in the desert. Chychrun is the deciding factor. He has a stat-line of 1-9-10 in 32 career games, but has lots of upside for them.

               Trade number six: Florida Panthers acquire F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2015 2nd (was traded in the Kyle Palmieri deal, then again for Carl Hagelin, Rangers picked Ryan Gropp) and a 2016 3rd (this pick was traded a multiple amount of times, eventually to the Predators, who drafted Rem Pitlick.

              Winner: Panthers.

              It seemed obvious at the time that the Devils won this trade. Jagr was in his 40s, and Florida gave up too much for him. The Devils ended up trading that pick for Palmieri, who is one of their best players, but the pick wasn't the main part of that trade. Jagr had a stat-line of 49-81-130 in 180 games for the Panthers, and even though he was a rental at the time, the Cats repeatedly signed Jagr to one year extension, and they had him for two and a 1/4 years.

               Trade number seven: Los Angeles Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Roland McKeown and a 2015 1st round pick (the pick was conditional, and since the Kings made the playoffs, it became a 2016 1st, and Julien Gauthier was selected).

                Winner: TBD

                Carolina ended up with two good prospects, and it is more likely that they'll win. Sekera was a rental, and Sekera scored just four points in 16 games for them. Unless McKeown and Gauthier flop, Carolina wins.

                 Trade number eight: Nashville Predators acquire forward Mike Santorelli and defenseman Cody Franson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen and a 2015 1st rounder (it was the pick the Flyers traded up to get Konecny, so now we're mixing two deals).

                  Winner: Nashville

                  Leipsic played six games for Toronto until being in the Vegas' expansion draft. Jokinen six games as well in Toronto. Franson scored four points in 23 games in his second stint with the Preds (he was with them before the Leafs). Santorelli also previously played in Nashville, and scored four points in 22 games in his second stint. Nashville only wins because their players were more effective as rentals than the returning players.

                   Trade number nine: Detroit Red Wings acquire forward Erik Cole and a 2015 3rd rounder (Vili Saarijarvi) from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Mattias Backman, forward Mattias Janmark and a 2015 2nd rounder (Roope Hintz).

                  Winner: Dallas.

                  Janmark has been a good top 9 player for the Stars, with a stat-line of 31-28-59 in 135 games in his two year career for them. Backman never made the NHL, but Hintz could make it one day, and is a decent AHL player. Cole was a rental, but was helpful, and scored six points in 11 games. But, he didn't play in the playoffs for them, though that was the reason for his acquisition. But, Janmark has been more effective in Dallas than Cole was in Detroit, thus, they win.

                 Last trade (number 10): Winnipeg acquires defensman Tyler Myers, forwards Drew Stafford, Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 1st rounder (Jack Roslovic) from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goalie Jason Kasdorf.

                Winner: Winnipeg

                This is a close one. Despite many injuries, Myers has a 20-60-80 stat-line in 170 career games for Winnipeg. Stafford was a good player for them as well, with a  34-36-70 stat-line in 144 games. Armia has a 24-27-51 line in 159 games for them. Lemieux has played in nine career games, all in Winnipeg. Roslovic has scored eight points in 21 career games. On the other hand, Kane might be traded as I'm writing this, but has a 68-50-118 line in 196 games for Buffalo. Bogosian has a line in Buffalo of 9-34-43 line in 159 games. Kasdorf played in one NHL game. Winnipeg had more successful players, and that matters more.

               I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you like it, and this article gets, let's say, 65 pageviews, I'll write a 2014 trade deadline re-visited post.

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