Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jets Trade For Harrison

The Winnipeg Jets have traded with the Carolina Hurricanes, acquiring defenseman Jay Harrison in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft, according to

As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Jets' defensive corps has been decimated. Within hours of the news that Winnipeg would be without defenseman Mark Stuart until the mid-winter timeframe, the Jets had completed the trade for veteran blueliner Harrison.

As noted in The News-Observer, Harrison had previously played for current Jets head coach Paul Maurice while both were with the Hurricanes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sabres and Blue Jackets AHL Forward Trade

In a trade announced on Tuesday, December 16, the Buffalo Sabres received AHL forward Jerry D'Amigo from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for AHL forward Luke Adam, according to

D'Amigo, who was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009, and hails from Binghamton, NY, played in 22 NHL games with the Leafs last season, notching 3 points.

Adam is a left-shooting centerman who was drafted by the Sabres in 2008, and has seen 87 NHL regular season games.  In those 87 contests, he's notched 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Erixon Traded to Blackhawks for Morin

At least two NHL teams have decided to make a significant roster move prior to the holiday freeze period.  As reported by CBS Sports, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Jeremy Morin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Tim Erixon.

Tim Erixon, a big young defenseman, had played in 20 games for the Blue Jackets this season, notching 6 points (goal, 5 assists).  He is currently signed to a one-year deal worth $600K.

Jeremy Morin meanwhile is a young forward making $800K annually on a two-year deal expiring after next season.  He had notched 11 points in 24 games last season.  In 15 games this season, he has not yet tallied a point.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 NHL Holiday Roster Freeze

The National Hockey League will be enacting a roster freeze for the holiday season, which will take place between 11:59 p.m. on December 19 and 12:01 a.m. on December 28. There will be no trades occurring within this time period. Loans are also prohibited during this time period. The waiver situation gets a little bit more murky however. According to the Carolina Hurricanes website, players can be claimed after the freeze, if they were put on waivers prior to the beginning of the freeze. A player on emergency recall can also be returned to the AHL during the freeze period. For more detail, see the information on the Hurricanes' website.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spezza Trade to Dallas

The Ottawa Senators traded Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson to the Dallas Stars in exhcnage for Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill, according to It is expected that Spezza will play center on the second line, with Tyler Seguin (acquired from Boston last year) playing the pivot on the first line.

Spezza is entering the final year of a seven-year contract, for which he will be paid $4 million, but count $7 million against the cap. There are several Stars players who carry a higher salary for 2014-15.

The trade makes the Stars very strong up the middle, with Seguin, Spezza, as well as Cody Eakin and Shawn Horcoff playing the pivot. It's also thought that Valeri Nichushkin could eventually spend time at the center position.

In the trade, the Stars give up a winger in Alex Chiasson, who notched 39 points in 79 regular season games for 2013-14.

As for Ottawa, Chiasson's cap hit for next season is under $1 million, and the trade clears some significant room under the cap for the Senators. Their overall cap payroll sits at just above $50 million for next season, which gives them room to make a big acquisition if they feel it will help them advance through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Iginla Signs with Avalanche

Long-time Calgary Flame forward Jarome Iginla has signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for three-years at $16 million total. According to NBC Sports, the cap hit is $5.3 million annually. This will be Iginla's fourth NHL team in the last few years (Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche).

The Edmonton native continues to excel offensively, putting up 61 points in 78 regular season games for 2013-14, despite getting on in years, as far as professional hockey players go, at 37.

Iginla has not scored less than 30 goals in a full (82-game) NHL season since 1999-2000 (when he scored 29). Colorado was fourth overall in 2013-14 for goals-per-game, and that kind of output should only improve with the addition of a goal-scorer like Iginla.

As far as salaries go, for 2014-15, Iginla will be tied for the second-highest paid player on the Avalanche with Matt Duchene, behind goaltender Seymon Varlamov.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014 NHL Draft Day Trades

List of 2014 NHL Draft Day Trades 

1.  Ryan Kesler and third-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL draft traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and Anaheim's first and third-round draft picks in the 2014 NHL draft.

2.  Jason Garrison, rights to Jeff Costello, and seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Vancouver's 2014 second-round draft pick.

3.  Derek Dorsett traded by the New York Rangers to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Vancouver's third-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.

4.  James Neal traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

5.  The San Jose Sharks traded the 20th and 179th picks in the 2014 NHL draft to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for the 27th and 62nd draft picks in 2014.

6.  The New York Islanders traded the 35th and 57th picks in the 2014 NHL draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 28th overall pick in the 2014 draft.  

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