Monday, March 21, 2016

NHL Trades by Team in 2016

Which NHL team(s) made the most trades in calendar year 2016? The answer might surprise you. Two of the teams with the best records have been the most active in 2016. Their General Managers aren't content to stand pat and wait for their skill-laden teams to advance into the playoffs. These GMs continued to make moves to shore up their squads to ensure they are in the best possible position to not only make the playoffs, but advance well through the playoffs with deep rosters.

And which NHL team made no trades in 2016? Another answer which might surprise you. There was much speculation about a particular player who had requested a trade and where he might land. He wasn't traded and the team in fact made no trades (to-date) in 2016. Here is the current list of NHL trades by team in 2016 so far:

2016 NHL Trades

  Team Number
  Anaheim Ducks 7
  Chicago Blackhawks 7
  Arizona Coyotes 6
  Toronto Maple Leafs 6
  Carolina Hurricanes 5
  Edmonton Oilers 5
  Ottawa Senators 5
  Calgary Flames 4
  Colorado Avalanche 4
  Florida Panthers 4
  Los Angeles Kings 4
  Montreal Canadiens 4
  Nashville Predators 4
  Pittsburgh Penguins 4
  Vancouver Canucks 4
  Boston Bruins 3
  Buffalo Sabres 3
  Minnesota Wild 3
  New Jersey Devils 3
  New York Rangers 3
  St. Louis Blues 3
  Washington Capitals 3
  Detroit Red Wings 2
  New York Islanders 2
  San Jose Sharks 2
  Columbus Blue Jackets 1
  Dallas Stars 1
  Philadelphia Flyers 1
  Winnipeg Jets 1

So which NHL team is missing from this list? Can you tell at first glance? It's the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Drouin wanted more playing time and had requested a trade prior to the February 29 NHL trade deadline. In the end he wasn't traded and wound up back in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. There was some speculation as well that Steven Stamkos might be traded to his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, in advance of the deadline and his upcoming contract expiration. That didn't materialize either as GM Steve Yzerman made it clear that he wasn't about to trade Stamkos

Meanwhile, Chicago Blackhawks' GM Stan Bowman and Anaheim Ducks' GM Bob Murray both were active in acquiring the right parts for their teams, even though they both have fairly stacked cupboards already. 

The Blackhawks acquired Richard Panik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in early 2016. Panik had been playing solely with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season. After coming to Chicago, Panik has gotten into 24 NHL games, notching 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) with a plus-5. A contributor to Chicago's continued success for sure. Chicago also re-acquired former Winnipeg Jets' captain Andrew Ladd. While Ladd has been getting reacquainted with the Windy City, he's notched 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 10 games. 

Anaheim actually traded with Chicago this year, picking up Ryan Garbutt, in exchange for Jiri Sekac. Garbutt has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) through 26 games for Chicago. 

In what could be viewed as a rental situation, the Ducks picked up Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional third-round draft pick. McGinn, who is set to become a UFA after this season, has found success with Anaheim. He's averaging more than half-a-point per game with 5 goals and 1 assist in 10 games, and a plus-1 rating. 

The activity taken by both Chicago and Anaheim management seems to have paid off. Both teams currently hold a playoff position, and the trades they made earlier this year have them positioned for continued success as we head towards April. 

NHL Notes: New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils called up goaltender Scott Wedgewood yesterday from their AHL affiliate Albany Devils. With star netminder Cory Schneider out of the lineup, and Keith Kinkaid needing some rest, the Devils put Wedgewood into the game as the starter against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Wedgewood made 27 saves in his NHL debut en route to the victory, 2-1, ove the Blue Jackets.

The Devils also called up Vojtech Mozik from their AHL affiliate. The 23 year-old defenseman has played in 49 games with Albany this season, notching 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists), with a plus-26. Mozik played just over ten minutes in his first NHL game, recording one shot on goal and one hit.

In a corresponding move, the Devils sent goaltender Yann Danis to Albany. The 34 year-old journeyman netminder has seen two games of action with New Jersey this season. He's played 40 games with Albany and has put up a 2.28 GAA there. He was up with New Jersey primarily as a backup for Keith Kinkaid, while Schneider is hurt. The Devils most likely want to get Wedgewood as much playing time as possible, but would like to have him up with their NHL squad as well. He may wind up platooning with Kinkaid until Schneider returns to the ice.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Many Minor Trades Made on NHL Trade Day

Although there weren't any "blockbuster" NHL trades on trade deadline day, there was a flurry of minor trades towards the end of the day.  The closest thing to a blockbuster happened well before the trade deadline when longtime Toronto Maple Leafs' defenseman Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Ottawa Senators.

But, as said, there were many smaller trades which did occur on Monday, February 29.  Without recounting each and every trade in detail, here are links to each deal if you want more information.

  • Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers to the Anaheim Ducks in a trade for a sixth round conditional draft pick in 2016
  • Jamie McGinn traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Anaheim Ducks for a third round conditional draft pick in 2016
  • Ottawa Senators trade Shane Prince and a seventh round draft pick in 2016 to the New York Islanders for a third round draft pick in 2016
  • Michael Keranen traded by the Minnesota Wild to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Conor Allen
  • John Michael-Liles traded by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Anthony Camara, a third round draft pick in 2016 and a fifth round draft pick in 2017
  • New Jersey Devils trade Lee Stempniak to the Boston Bruins for a fourth round draft pick in 2016 and second round draft pick in 2017
  • The Montreal Canadiens trade Devante Smith-Pelley to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Stefan Matteau
  • New York Islanders trade Taylor Beck to the Colorado Avalanche in return for Marc-Andre Cliche
  • The Los Angeles Kings trade Scott Sabourin to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Brett Sutter (the son of current head coach Darryl Sutter)
  • Chicago Blackhawks trade Corey Tropp to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Tim Jackman and a seventh round draft pick in 2017
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Matia Marcantuoni to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Dustin Jeffrey, Dan O'Donoghue and James Melindy
  • Patrick Maroon traded by the Anaheim Ducks to the Edmonton Oilers in return for Martin Gernat and a fourth round draft pick in 2016
  • Corey Potter traded by the Arizona Coyotes to the Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations
  • The Minnesota Wild trade Niklas Backstrom and a sixth round draft pick to the Calgary Flames for David Jones
You can find all NHL transactions here.  

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