Sunday, September 8, 2013

2013 NHL Trades: Top 5

The Top Five NHL Trades in 2013

1.  Dallas Stars Trade Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser to the Boston Bruins For Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button

The most interesting thing about this trade is that Tyler Seguin had just signed a six-year extension with the Boston Bruins valued at $34.5 million, prior to being traded.  The 21 year-old center, selected second overall in the 2010 NHL draft, has shown that he can be worthy of those contract terms, based on his point production over his three NHL seasons to-date.  There were obviously other considerations for the Bruins with this trade, outside of Seguin's on-ice talent level.   The Dallas Stars will address any of those considerations, while counting on a high level of production from Seguin.

The other "star" (no pun intended) player in this trade is Loui Eriksson.  The Swedish-born forward has notched 63 or more points in each of the past four full (not counting the lockout-shortened 2012-13) seasons.  It is likely that Eriksson will fill the role that Seguin played on the second line in Boston.  The winger who is considered underrated by many, will likely no longer be described by that term, as his skills will be in the limelight for all to see with the Boston Bruins.

2.  Vancouver Canucks trade Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils For The Ninth Overall Pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft

Not many people saw this trade coming.  The New Jersey Devils didn't have an heir apparent to future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur.  They do have some good young players in their system in Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood.  The Devils apparently were of the mind that they needed to supplant Brodeur's talents with another first stringer in Cory Schneider.

The Vancouver Canucks, on the other hand, felt that they needed to square away their goaltender situation, which has been a drama over the past year to say the least.  They were happy to take the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft in order to settle their net, and have Roberto Luongo be the undisputed starter.

3.  The Los Angeles Kings Trade Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs For Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and a Second-Round Draft Pick in 2014 or 2015, plus $500K

This was another high-profile trade involving some of the top young goaltending talent.  Jonathan Bernier was stuck in a definitive number two slot behind arguably the best NHL netminder in the Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick.  Bernier has improved in net over the past few years, but his opportunity to play has not increased.  With Quick solidly entrenched as the number one in Los Angeles, Bernier became a solid bargaining chip for the Kings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs on the other hand, have a strong young goalie in James Reimer.  While his goals-against-average may not be the lowest in the league, he was tied for seventh during the past regular season in save percentage with a .924 mark.  He also played well for the Leafs in their first playoff series in quite some time.  But it seems like Toronto wanted someone to compete with Reimer for the starting position. Almost as if they wanted to create a competitive atmosphere that would see their netminders raise their skill level to the highest possible level on a regular basis.  This season will show if that is the effect of this trade bringing Bernier to Ontario.

4.  The Calgary Flames Trade Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins For a 2013 First-Round Pick and the Rights to Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski

Jarome Iginla wanted to win the Stanely Cup.  This desire so motivated Iginla that he chose to be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, instead of the Boston Bruins, who also dealt for his services prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL trade deadline.

Iginla was set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.  The Calgary Flames knew there was a chance that they might not be able to re-sign Iginla, particularly in light of the view that they were entering a re-building, or re-loading mode.  So the Flames dealt Iginla  for a pick and two prospects.  The pick turned out to be Morgan Klimchuk, who was the number 28 overall selection in 2013.  The prospects that the Flames picked up in the deal were, Kenneth Agostino, who subsequently won the NCAA Hockey Championship with Yale University in 2013 and notched an assist in the title game, and Ben Hanowski who played with the Flames after finishing his senior season with St. Cloud State, scoring one goal in five NHL games.

5.  The Anaheim Ducks Trade Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators For Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and a First-Round Draft Pick in 2014 

This may wind up being the best trade of offensive stars in 2013.  Bobby Ryan, who is "coming in hot" after being traded to the Ottawa Senators, has not scored less than 57 points in any full NHL season (excluding the lockout-shortened season).  He's averaged .76 points per game over his NHL regular season career, while playing in the shadows of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.  With the Senators, Ryan should be playing on the first line and putting up some of the biggest numbers of his career.  

Jakob Silfverberg, a 22-year-old winger out of Sweden who was selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft, had an impressive rookie season for the Senators.  Silfverberg notched 19 points in 48 games during the regular season, in addition to four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 10 playoff contests.  Silfverberg may indeed move up to the first line with the Anaheim Ducks at the right wing position in his sophomore season.  The Ducks do have some quality talent at right wing so there will certainly be competition for the first line slot.  In any case, Anaheim has landed a budding NHL star in this trade with great upside potential.

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