Monday, February 26, 2018

NHL Trade Deadline 2018 - Live Blog

NHL Trade Deadline Day is my favourite day of the year, both as a hockey fan and as a blogger, and this will be the 4th Annual Forman Faceoff NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog. This will be my 9th straight NHL trade deadline, going back to the 2009/2010 season. Here's a look at how the numbers have played out in recent trade deadlines:

While the numbers have been down in recent years, there are a number of teams with players still available and Trade Deadline 2018 is shaping up to be a great day!

NHL Trade Tracker:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM:
-Up bright and early at 7:00 AM for my favourite day of the year!
-This will be my 9th consecutive NHL Trade Deadline covered as mentioned above
-There are a lot of big pieces still in play today, namely 3 Captains on selling teams - Erik Karlsson in Ottawa, Ryan McDonagh in New York and Max Pacioretty in Montreal. Will be interesting to see if any of these 3 get dealt today
-"I grew up in Ottawa, I've never seen a fan base so upset and angry before" - Duthie on the current state of the Senators
-"He's got one job...don't do the Joe Thornton trade" O-Dog on Pierre Dorion not screwing up the potential Karlsson deal
-Darryl Sutter on the panel for Trade Deadline day "I find it hard to believe we're sitting hear and talking about Erik Karlsson"
-"There's nothing like old school idiocy, which is great because there's new school idiocy with the return of Jay and Dan!" - Duthie
-"Kudos to our ESPN Overlords" - Jay Onrait
-Duthie asked Sutter about the time he traded his own son "I traded my brother once too, hockey is a business at the end of the day"
-Hour 1 has come and gone and there are no trades yet, here's a look at former NHL Coaches Darryl Sutter and Paul MacLean on the panel today:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM:
-"I've been covering this team for 19 years, this is the most tense I've ever seen it here" - Brent Wallace on the Senators
-"To go from all-in, to all-out in 2 months, that's unprecedented in the NHL today" - Duthie on the Senators since the Matt Duchene trade
-Up for movie of the year, TSN's new feature "Is there Ketchup on that?"
-First trade of the day at 9:40 AM, Ian Cole heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets
-TRADE #1: Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire D Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators for F Nick Moutrey and a 3rd-round pick.
Analysis: After acquiring Cole from the Penguins in the Derick Brassard trade, the Senators flip him to the Blue Jackets for a 3rd round pick and a prospect. The Blue Jackets acquire a 2-time Stanley Cup winner and a veteran defenseman that gives them depth on the back-end
-Hour #2 has come to and end and we have our first trade of the day!
-Here's a look at Trade Centre 2017 where the boys Jay and Dan announced their magnificent return to Canada.

Image result for jay and dan trade centre

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM:
-Frank Seravalli says 18-year old Finnish Olympic star Eeli Tolvanen will be joining the Predators once his KHL season ends
-Brian Gionta (Boston) and Chris Kelly (Anaheim) both return to the NHL after captaining Team USA and Canada in the Olympics
-The second TSN Feature of the day "Fourth Line Winger"
-Darryl Sutter back on the panel, talking his former team the Calgary Flames "I really like their forward depth, they are as strong on the left wing as any team in the NHL"
-"Is your goal to make the playoffs or to win the Stanley Cup" - Sutter on the Flames potential for deals at the deadline
-Hour #3 has come to an end and we sit at just 1 trade on the day

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM:
-The Predators announce former Captain Mike Fisher is officially back, a 1-year $1 million deal for the remainder of the season.
-Tomas Plekanec practicing with the Maple Leafs in Tampa Bay this morning, he will make his Leafs debut vs the Lightning tonight.
-Rumblings of a Predators/Blackhawks trade involving Ryan Hartman, details to come
-Hour #4 has come and gone and we still have just 1 deal on that table
-A first look at Tomas Plekanec chatting with his new Head Coach Mike Babcock, who shaved his signature goatee to comply with Lou Lamiorello's "No facial hair" rule:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:
-A trio of players claimed on waivers: Johnny Oduya to Philadelphia, Mark Alt to Colorado and Chris Stewart to Calgary. Alex Burrows goes unclaimed after being waived yesterday by Ottawa
-"Seems like I'm talking to you guys every year around this time" - Chris Stewart to Duthie on joining the Calgary Flames.
-TRADE #2: Nashville Predators acquire F Ryan Hartman and a 5th-round pick (2018) from the Chicago Blackhawks for F Victor Esdjell, a 1st-round pick (2018) and a 4th-round pick (2018)
Analysis: The Predators add a former 1st round pick in the 23-year old Ryan Hartman, who in return send the Blackhawks a 1st and 4th round pick. With the Blackhawks in danger of missing the playoffs for the firs time since 2007/08, this looks like a move for the future for Stan Bowman
-TRADE #3: Winnipeg Jets acquire F Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues for F Erik Foley, a 1st-round pick (2018) and a conditional 4th-round pick (2020).
Analysis: The Jets add reliable veteran center to an already stacked forward group, and continue to build towards being Stanley Cup contenders this season. They pay a big price in acquiring the 32-year old Stastny, sending a 1st and 4th round picks plus a prospect. The Blues will also retain 50% of Stastny's salary ($7 million), who is a UFA this summer
-TRADE #4: Vancouver Canucks acquire F Brendan Leipsic from the Vegas Golden Knights for D Philip Holm
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-Trades starting to pick up now with 3 in the last hour, as we are now 2 hours away from 3PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM:
-Frank Seravalli says this is the first Trade Deadline Day since 2008 where multiple 1st-round picks have been traded
-"I think because it's Winnipeg, there's a lot of excitement there" Paul Stastny on his trade to the Winnipeg Jets
-Pierre LeBrun says the interest in Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh is heating up, remains to be seen if New York moves him now or this summer.
-TRADE #5: Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire F Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes for F Jordan Maletta
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-We're now ONE HOUR from the deadline, still a lot of pieces in play and deals left to be reported. As always, many deals don't come in until an hour or two after the deadline

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM:
-Bob McKenzie reports the Sharks are close to acquiring Evander Kane
-TRADE #6: New York Islanders acquire F Chris Wagner from the Anaheim Ducks for F Jason Chimera
Analysis: The Islanders and Ducks swap depth fowards, with Wagner heading to Long Island and Chimera to Anaheim.
-TRADE #7: San Jose Sharks acquire F Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres for F Dan O'Regan, a 1st-round pick (2019) and a 4th-round pick (2020)
Analysis: Kane was one of the expected rental players to go at the deadline, and the Sharks add the power-forward from Buffalo while sending a prospect and 2 picks back in return. If Kane can find a way to fit in and not be a distraction in San Jose, this will be a great move for the Sharks. The 1st round pick becomes a 2nd round pick if Kane doesn't re-sign in San Jose this summer
-TRADE #8: Columbus Blue Jackets acquire F Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks for F Jussi Jokinen and F Tyler Motte
Analysis: A guy who seems to be traded every year, Vanek is on to his 8th NHL team since the 2013/14 season. The Blue Jackets send 2 depth forwards in Jokinen (on to his 4th team this season) and Motte in order to receive the 34-year old Vanek.
-The Deadline has passed with 8 trades happening so far, but lots still coming in during the next few hours.

3:00 PM Deadline and On:
-Just minutes after the 3 pm deadline passed, we have the two biggest trades of the deadline: Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Red Wings winger Tomas Tatar heading to the Vegas Golden Knights. BOOM!
-TRADE #9: Vegas Golden Knights acquire F Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for a 1st-round pick (2018), 2nd-round pick (2019) and 3rd-round pick (2021)
Analysis: Through the expansion draft the Golden Knights accumulated 14 picks in the 1st/2nd/3rd rounds in the next 2 NHL drafts, so you knew if they made a move they had assets to move. George McPhee pays a steep price in getting Tatar trading a 1st 2nd and 3rd, but Tatar is just 27 years old and will be a nice fit in Vegas
-TRADE #10: Tampa Bay Lightning acquire D Ryan McDonagh and F JT Miller from the New York Rangers for F Vladislav Namestnikov, F Brett Howden, D Libor Hajek, a 1st-round pick (2018) and a conditional 2nd-round pick (2019)
Analysis: The blockbuster trade of the day, wow! The Lightning acquire the Rangers Captain McDonagh and their top center JT Miller, sending a Namesnikov, a 1st and 2nd round pick, and 2 prospects in return. The Lightning pay a steep price but add 2 legit pieces that solidify them as big-time Stanley Cup contenders. The fact that Steve Yzerman was able to acquire both McDonagh and Miller without moving any of Cal Foote, Mikhail Sergachev or Brayden Point is remarkable. The 2nd-round pick in 2019 becomes a 1st-round pick if Tampa Bay wins the Cup this or next season.
-TRADE #11: Pittsburgh Penguins acquire F Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes for F Gregg McKegg
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-TRADE #12: Winnipeg Jets acquire D Joe Morrow from the Montreal Canadiens for a 4th-round pick (2018)
Analysis: The Jets add a depth defenseman in Morrow and pay a relatively cheap price sending a 4th round pick back to Montreal
-TRADE #13: Calgary Flames acquire F Nick Shore from the Ottawa Senators for a 7th-round pick (2019)
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-TRADE #14: Montreal Canadiens acquire D Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild for a 5th-round pick (2019)
Analysis: The Canadiens add a depth defenseman in the 24-year old Reilly for a 5th round pick
-TRADE #15: New Jersey Devils acquire F Pat Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers for F J.D. Dudek and a 3rd-round pick (2018)
-TRADE #16: Boston Bruins acquire F Tommy Wingels from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 5th-round pick
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-TRADE #17: Arizona Coyotes acquire D Trevor Murphy and F Pierre-Cedric Labrie from the Nashville Predators for D John Ramage and F Tyler Gaudet
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-TRADE #18: New York Rangers acquire D Chris Bigras from the Colorado Avalanche for D Ryan Graves
Analysis: Minor-league deal
-Interesting Stat of the Day: With the last minute Bigras for Graves deal, the Colorado Avalanche have now made a trade in 16 straight trade deadline days

NHL Trade Deadline 2018 - Final Tally:
# of Trades: 18
# of Players involved: 37
# of Draft picks involved: 18
# of Teams involved: 25
# of Teams with no trades: 6 (Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington)

Best Trade of the Day: The Lightning acquiring both Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller from the Rangers, without having to give up any of Cal Foote/Mikhail Sergachev/Brayden Point. While they trade Namestnikov, a 1st and 2nd, and 2 prospects, they instantly upgrade their defense with McDonagh and Miller will fit nicely into their top 9 forwards.

Worst Trade of the Day: The Sabres trading Evander Kane and only receiving a conditional 1st and 4th round picks in return. For months of speculating Kane would be dealt, the Sabres waited until the last second and got a sub-par return that was a lot less than they were asking for. This trade is great for the Sharks however, as the conditional 1st becomes a 2nd round pick if Kane doesn't resign in San Jose. So it's either a 2nd + 4th + prospect for Kane as a rental, or a 1st + 4th + prospect for Kane to sign longterm in San Jose, seems like a win-win to me

Now we wait for the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, until next year!

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