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. 

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