Here’s a rundown of the original content over the past seven days here at PHR.
Just before the trade frenzy started, I assessed Winnipeg’s situation heading into the trade deadline. Having already acquired Cody Eakin and Dylan DeMelo, it seemed unlikely that they’d be doing much more and that what wound up happening as they were one of the few teams to stand pat on Monday.
Gavin held two chats this week. The first was in the morning on trade deadline day which wound up featuring way more activity early in the day than we’ve seen in a long time. He also held his usual Thursday chat. Topics included Jacob Markstrom’s future, a prediction for who gets the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, Colorado’s goaltending situation heading into the playoffs, evaluating Anaheim’s recent trades, and more.
As is often the case, there was no shortage of draft picks moving around leading up to the trade deadline. Now that the moves have come to an end, Gavin broke down the draft pick situation for each team. Montreal leads the way with 14 selections in June’s draft while Ottawa sits one behind them at 13 but has three first-rounders at their disposal. At the opposite end, Pittsburgh has just four with the earliest coming in the third round.
While it is realistically too early to conclusively state which team had the best showing at the trade deadline, waiting the number of years that is needed to fairly do so just isn’t that fun. With that in mind, we have a poll on who you think had the best showing at the deadline. Click here to make your pick.
Zach took a tour around college hockey which is seeing its regular season soon come to an end. On top of going over the recent results, he took a look at the future Frozen Four applications as well as a key injury to one of the top prospects that was moved at the trade deadline.
March 1st is more than just another day on the NHL calendar as it has some implications on the transaction front. I took a look at the CBA elements that come into effect as of then and why there will likely be an influx of prospect signings in the near future.
With Robin Lehner being traded to Vegas, it appears he is no longer in Chicago’s plans to be their goalie of the future. Corey Crawford is 35 and isn’t going to be around much longer. That means GM Stan Bowman has a decision to make. Does he stick with Crawford on a short-term contract or look to make a splash in free agency this summer? Which route is the right one to go? Have your say by voting in our poll.