Archive for the ‘Trades’ Category

rafael diaz

The Montreal Canadiens are interesting. It’s common knowledge that their goal-scorers are, when compared to other teams around the league, noticeably small. And indeed, Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin has noticed this. With that info, it feels like his goal has become to counterbalance those small players with what he believes to be big tough guys (Parros, White, Prust, Moen…even Doug Murray), so the team’s average height/weight isn’t embarrassing.

And so, here we are: they’ve now brought in 6’2″ 210-pound forward Dale Weiss, and shipped out 5’11″ 198-pound d-man Raphael Diaz.

The problem here, is that Diaz is a second-pair-level defenseman seeing close to 19 minutes of ice time a night, and Weise is a 4th line waiver-claim player who logs less than eight. Vancouver’s new player has double Weise’ points-per-game, and he’s not a forward. He’s pretty useful, all told.

Diaz was set to become a UFA (Weise is a pending RFA), and with talent in the minors on its way, I understand Montreal felt they had an asset to move. I just don’t think they used that asset to make their team better. In the NHL, players like Weise are often available for nothing.

Kevin Klein

In four of the first five games of the 2013-14 season, Michael Del Zotto played around 20 minutes for coach Alain Vigneault. It’s now been 11 straight games where he hasn’t been anywhere near that, and he most recently played a mere 12 minutes in yesterday’s loss to the Islanders. Vigneault said this earlier in the year after a healthy scratching him a few times:

“I’ve been told that Michael Del Zotto is a much better player than I’ve seen so far.”

And just like that, he won’t have to see him much more.

This deal seems to be about a couple things: Read the rest of this entry »

scrivens

In a nutshell: Devan Dubnyk was traded to Nashville for Matt Hendricks. The Oilers then flipped a third-rounder to LA for Ben Scrivens.

When you make a trade, you’re saying something about your team needs, and there’s always hope that the trade benefits both sides. I wouldn’t be shocked to see these deals benefit everyone.

First off, Nashville isn’t short on grinders. One of them, Matt Hendricks, has a slightly-too large contract. With Pekka Rinne still out, Nashville’s goaltending hasn’t been up to its world-beating standards – Carter Hutton (.902) and Marek Mazanec (.902) aren’t getting the job done. So, Nashville bought low on another good goalie who might be better than people think behind a real defense. If you’re Nashville, you’ve gained some some cap flexibility (the Oilers are eating some of Dubnyk’s salary, UFA after this season), and improved your goaltending. Way to go. (But be worried about what it says about Rinne’s status.)

If you’re the Kings, Martin Jones has made it unnecessary for you to keep both him and Ben Scrivens. They’re basically playing equals, as demonstrated by their performances behind the Kings this year. Scrivens has more name cache, and was going to be worth more in a trade. You grab a 3rd-rounder to make your team zero percent worse, and you can flip that pick for some of the offense you’re after later. High five.

If you’re the Oilers, your goaltending also gets roughly zero percent worse (some will say it got a lot better – and it might have improved a touch – but we’ll see once Scrivens is behind Edmonton’s D), and for the cost of a third-rounder, you get a “10th forward” of sorts (3rd/4th liner) who can actually be functional (unlike, say, Gazdic). He’s a bombastic guy who’s a proven NHLer who kills it in the shootout. You don’t have to love his deal, but with the cap going up and the Oilers cap situation, $1.85 per isn’t the worst deal to acquire Actual NHLers, something Edmonton needs.

Today’s NHL trades aren’t monumental, but there’s at least some logic behind what each team was thinking.

The only real issue: what do we tell Ben Scriven’s wife?

In fairness, ….no I’m kidding, I’m not about to be sensitive.

David Perron meets with the Edmonton media two weeks after his trade from the St. Louis Blues to the Oilers. (Photo by EdmontonOilers.com)

David Perron meets with the Edmonton media two weeks after his trade to the Oilers.  (Photo by EdmontonOilers.com)

Hotel life isn’t out of the ordinary for David Perron. After six seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, bunking with a teammate in different cities during a road trip is simply part of the job and hardly even a hassle.

But this isn’t the usual hotel stay for Perron. He’s not sharing space with a teammate as they prepare to play a game the following night. Instead, his roommates are his girlfriend, two dogs and a cat. There’s no game the next day or the day after that. All that awaits Perron in Edmonton, two weeks before the Oilers start training camp on Sept. 11, is a day with an informal practice with new his teammates and another extended search for a place to live in his new city.

Perron and his family would share that hotel room for 10 days before they finally found a suitable home in Edmonton with owners willing to rent to a couple with three pets.

“Oh what a mess that was,” Perron said. “I was with two dogs, one cat and my girlfriend in a hotel room for a week and a half. It’s tough to get the dogs some exercise. They don’t know where they are, so every time someone walks in the hallway, they’re barking.

“After a couple days there, they kind of settled down and got used to it. But the first couple days, were, well, different.”

The NHL lifestyle has its perks to be sure, but there are pockets of stress around every corner when you’ve been traded. It was especially true for Perron, whose first NHL trade sent him to an unfamiliar city to join unfamiliar teammates, none of whom he could lean on for help during the summer.

It also left him with the unenviable task of having to move twice in about two months. Read the rest of this entry »

Anything you can do I can do better. Even if it's nothing. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Anything you can do I can do better. Even if it’s nothing. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

A grand total of 17 trades were made on April 3rd, most of them happening close to the noon (Western) deadline, making it utterly pointless for TSN Tradecentre to start at 8 AM and making it even more pointless for me to wake up at 5 AM Pacific to run a livechat for Pass it to Bulis. If you thought Archi Zuber and Kyle Smith had it tough with their trade deadline drinking game, I was mainlining Beaver Buzz after 3 hours of sleep and taking care of a 16-month-old child at the same time. You punks in the East have it easy.

Ah, the hard knock life of a blogger.

The biggest criticisms on trade deadline day are frequently reserved for the teams that do nothing. Since I was running a Canucks-centric trade deadline chat, I saw a lot of frustration when the deadline came and went without a single trade for the Canucks, particularly with Roberto Luongo still sitting on the bench with a $5.3 million cap hit. But the Canucks didn’t really do nothing. The Derek Roy trade may not have happened on trade deadline day, but it was still a deadline deal.

So let’s extend things back to March 22nd, when the New Jersey Devils acquired Matt D’Agostini from the St. Louis Blues. That essentially gives us a two-week window of “trade deadline” trades. Things really kicked off in earnest when Pittsburgh traded Joe Morrow for Brendan Morrow and had me secretly hoping they were bringing Ethan Moreau out of retirement simultaneously.

There were 37 trades made during the 2 weeks leading up to the deadline. So which teams did the least? Six teams made just one trade: the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks. Two teams, however, did absolutely nothing — the New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets — and they’re both in very similar situations.

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Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Jaromir Jagr has been traded to the Boston Bruins, because the Dallas Stars are in sell mode, and the B’s needed a little help up front.

So there you have it.

The Bruins are more or less league average in goals-per-game, which doesn’t exactly cut it when your goal is a Stanley Cup. Though they’ve done it before, they’re one of the few teams with a legit shot at the big prize who don’t have a Crosby/Malkin, Datsyuk/Zetterberg, Kane/Toews, etc. type of threat on their top line. I think Seguin can come close, but Lucic hasn’t been scoring at the rate they need, and Jagr will simply give them another option.

At the very least, it’s an answer to the Penguins’ Iginla move. STOP THE PENS, JAROMIR! (Don’t actually, they’re really fun to watch.)

More reaction when we find out just what the Bruins had to part with to get this done. Read the rest of this entry »

Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

In an ongoing effort to make Actual Trade Deadline Day as painful as possible for those of us covering it, two more (relatively) big name players were dealt yesterday. Let’s take a look at the deals, and share some thoughts.

Trade

To St. Louis: Jay Bouwmeester

To Calgary: The Blues 2013 1st-round pick, minor-league d-man Mark Cundari, goaltender Reto Berra of the Swiss League. Read the rest of this entry »