The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and while it wasn’t the most exciting deadline day in recent memory, there were quite a few notable moves. Here are the winners and losers of the “wild” Central Division:
- Acquired Tomas Jurco from Detroit Red Wings for 2017 third-round pick
- Acquired Johnny Oduya from Dallas Stars for conditional 2018 fourth-round pick and Mark McNeill
Of course the Blackhawks are winners on deadline day. Did you expect any less? Although they didn’t make any major moves, Chicago brought in two players via trade that can help them immediately. Oduya, a former Blackhawk, is still familiar with the system and has played with many of the current players. Oduya should be able to step in right away, play major minutes, and form a shutdown pair with Niklas Hjalmarsson (when he’s healthy). Just like the good ’ol days. Meanwhile, like nearly any forward, Jurco has a skill set that will fit in well with Chicago’s star forwards and for just the cost of a third-rounder, could represent a long-term fit with the Blackhawks.
- Acquired conditional 2017 second-round pick from Anaheim Ducks for Patrick Eaves
- Acquired 2017 fourth-round pick and Greg Pateryn from Montreal Canadiens for Jordie Benn
- Acquired conditional 2018 fourth-round pick and Mark McNeill from Chicago Blackhawks for Johnny Oduya
- Acquired Dillon Heatherington from Columbus Blue Jackets for Lauri Korpikoski
The Stars are a tough team to place at the 2017 deadline. They are in the midst of an unforeseen epic collapse of a season and have done well to trade their impending free agents. If Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, and Adam Cracknell weren’t all hurt, Dallas would be a deadline loser for not moving them. As it stands, they did hold on to Jiri Hudler, but traded their three other healthy upcoming UFAs. Eaves earned them great value in return and Korpikoski, a late off-season addition, nets a promising young defenseman in Heatherington. Even McNeill and a fourth-rounder for Oduya is a pretty good deal. So for those three moves anyway, GM Jim Nill did well. With that said, the Benn trade was ill-timed and doesn’t make your team better. Benn still had term on his contract and was the team’s best defensive defenseman and, of course, captain Jamie Benn’s older brother. Dallas will likely regret that move. The Stars are teetering on the edge of winner and loser, but they’ve been through enough this season, so we’ll call them winners.
- Acquired Martin Hanzal, Ryan White, and a 2017 fourth-round pick from Arizona Coyotes for 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, conditional 2019 fourth-round pick, and Grayson Downing
- Acquired “future considerations” from Arizona Coyotes for Teemu Pulkkinen
The Wild did give up a lot to get the big Coyotes pivot Hanzal. This trade could even turn out to be a disaster. For now though, Minnesota has to be a winner for going out and getting the top forward on the trade block. Many expected the Wild to be quiet at the deadline and instead they swooped in and stole Hanzal right out from underneath several other hungry contenders. The move gives Minnesota undeniable depth down the middle for the stretch run and postseason and may just make all the difference in the playoffs this time around. If the Wild win the Stanley Cup in 2017, no one will be that worried about losing three years of high picks.
St. Louis Blues:
- Acquired 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2019 draft pick, Zach Sanford, and Brad Malone from Washington Capitals for Kevin Shattenkirk and Pheonix Copley
The hardest thing for a GM to do is to trade an impending free agent star in the middle of a playoff race. Doug Armstrong deserves a lot of credit for having the guts to move Shattenkirk with the Blues in the thick of the Western Conference wild card race. Could he have gotten more for Shattenkirk this summer or even earlier this season? Yes. However, the return he ended up getting is a strong one, especially considering the Capitals see Shattenkirk as a rental instead of a long-term investment. The 2017 pick and Sanford will help St. Louis to rebuild on the fly. After moving Shattenkirk, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see the Blues target some extra help on the blue line or use the cap space on a rental scorer, but neither of those players would put St. Louis over the top as a contender this season, so no use wasting capital.
- Acquired Brendan Ranford from Arizona Coyotes for Joe Whitney
- Acquired conditional 2018 fourth-round pick from Los Angeles Kings for Jarome Iginla
- Acquired Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens for Andreas Martinsen
If you’re looking for the trade deadline’s biggest loser look no further; not because they held on to Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog – those are more of off-season deals – but because they held on to almost everyone else. When you’re the worst team in the league (by a mile) what reason do you have to not trade any impending free agent that has any value at all? Joe Sakic succeeded in moving Iginla, to his credit, but sat on his hands regarding a multitude of other pieces. It’s hard to believe that no one made a suitable offer for any of Blake Comeau, Joe Colborne, John Mitchell, Rene Bourque, Fedor Tyutin, or Patrick Wiercioch. If any of those players could have been moved for picks or prospects, it would have benefited the franchise. Instead, a team with just 37 points on the year will head into the 2017 NHL Draft with just seven picks.
Parenteau is a nice player and GM David Poile got him on sale due to his injury in giving away just a sixth-rounder. Nashville simply needed more at the deadline. The team has won four in a row and is playing perhaps their best hockey of the season right now. However, many expected them to be much better than their current pace. In it’s current composition, the Predators would likely be a long-shot to knock off the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs, and that’s if they can hold off the St. Louis Blues for that divisional spot. Scoring is an issue in Nashville and the team needed a bona fide top-six scorer, which Parenteau (and his 27 points) is not. If anyone was going to make a big play for an Evander Kane, Tyler Johnson, or one of Colorado’s two stars, it would have been Nashville. Instead, Poile decided to play it safe and it could come back to bite him.
Luckily, the Jets at least made one move at the last minute, or they would have been even bigger losers. Winnipeg is out of the playoff race and should have been all-out sellers. They don’t have much in the way of trade capital, but they certainly have more than just Stafford. Did they offer up impending UFA forward Chris Thorburn? How about cast-off goalie Ondrej Pavelec? Did they dangle Shawn Matthias? Did they push Mathieu Perreault or Toby Enstrom? It was all quiet on the Winnipeg front today. No team was less involved in the deadline than the Jets, at least until half an hour or so after it was over. It’s unclear what GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s plan was today, but hopefully this wasn’t it.