Monday, October 28, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Red Wings acquire Perlini

          The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Brendan Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Alec Regula.

          The Blackhawks have not been using Perlini. He had been healthy scratched in all but one of the Blackhawks' first 10 games this season, leading to him asking for a trade. A former 12th overall pick, the United Kingdom native has potential. The Red Wings could use Perlini for their bottom six. He is still 23, and is making under $900k. He will be an RFA after the season. Perlini was acquired with Dylan Strome from the Coyotes last season, and had 15 points in 46 games post trade.

          Perlini, 23, has no points in one game this year. He scored 14 goals with seven assists for 21 points in 68 games last season. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes, Perlini has scored 45 goals with 27 assists for 72 points in 200 games.

           In return for their extra forward, the Blackhawks received Regula. He was drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2018. The defenseman is currently off to a very hot start for the OHL's London Knights. Up until their five goal effort yesterday, the Blackhawks had scored just 20 goals in nine games this season, but that is now up to a not terrible 25 in 10 games. Giving a forward like Perlini a chance could have helped. However, Regula is a good prospect, and this could be a big win for them.

            Regula, 19, has scored four goal with seven assists for 11 points in 10 games for the Knights this year. In three seasons for London, Regula has scored 22 goals with 53 assists for 75 points in 143 games.

Friday, October 25, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Ducks acquire Gudbranson

         The Anaheim Ducks have acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Andreas Martinsen and a 2021 7th round pick.

         The Ducks could use a defenseman. Besides Josh Manson, they didn't have any right handed shot defenseman with 100 games played since the start of the 2016-17 season. However, Gudbranson isn't much of an impact player. Including 2019-20, he has two years left on his contract with a $4 million cap hit. Gudbranson is a physical defenseman, but he doesn't have much appeal besides that. He is still an upgrade for the Ducks, who are seeking defensive help. They recently signed Luca Sbisa, but he was claimed off waivers immediately.

          Gudbranson, 27, has no points in seven games this season. In his NHL career for the Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers, the former 3rd overall pick has 16 goals with 48 assists for 64 points in 474 games.

           The Penguins need cap room. They were shopping bottom pairing defensemen Gudbranson and Jack Johnson, who are both overpaid. They had come close to some trades including Johnson, but they haven't completed any yet. Martinsen is a depth forward with some NHL experience. The Penguins badly need forwards with Alex Galchenyuk, Nick Bjugstad, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin on IR, the latter two being on LTIR.

           Martinsen, 29, scored one goal with three assists for four points in 24 games for the Blackhawks in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, Martinsen has scored nine goals with 14 assists for 23 points in 152 games.

Monday, October 7, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Senators acquire Namestnikov

From Newsday
        The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert and a 2021 4th round draft pick.

        The Senators likely will be at the bottom of the league this season. But in Namestnikov, they see a player that can be traded later. A pending UFA, Namestnikov has a lot to play for this season. If he has a good stint with the Senators, he can be flipped for picks at the trade deadline. He didn't have a good two games for the Rangers this year, with no points and a -2 rating. He has struggled since joining the Rangers at the 2018 trade deadline. The Rangers retained 18.8% of Namestnikov's contract ($750k).

        Namestnikov, 26, has no points in two games this year. He scored 11 goals with 31 points in 78 games for the Rangers last season. In his NHL career for the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, Namestnikov has scored 66 goals with 92 assists for 158 points in 362 games.

        Namestnikov had fallen out of favor in New York, and with valuable youngsters Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov in the AHL, the eyes were on Namestnikov to play well. He didn't, and now he is gone. Trade talks surrounding him took place throughout the offseason, with his contract soon expiring. They get a defenseman in Ebert that came back to North America after a stint in the Swedish League.

         Ebert, 25, has no points in 1 AHL game this season. He scored 11 goals with 22 assists for 33 points in 49 Swedish League games this past season.