The NHL deal deadline has finally arrived after us and it’s an interesting thing to say the least. Here are the three winners and three losers from the chaos.
Their current playoff chance assessment team has made moves to either make a playoff or rebuild for the future. So who are the winners and losers in these trades?
Here are the three winners and three losers of the NHL trading term.
Trade term winner – Duck
The Ducks are a competitive team but they don’t have a realistic chance of winning the trophy early. Anaheim has continued to rebuild by trading many of its veterans for options and prospects. Duck made a great move by trading Hampus Lindholm for the Bruins. The 28-year-old defender’s contract has expired along with a decline in performance in the past few years. In return, the Ducks win one pick in the first round, two picks in the second, and an elite young prospect.
Anaheim also dealt with Rickard Rakell on a deadline to raise more of his draft capital. Rakell is an elite scorer and will be a weapon for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim took the second pick and two excellent depth players in exchange for the 28-year-old winger.
Rakell is also a puzzle piece that seems to be passing his prime. Rakell’s best seasons were in ’17 and ’18 when he totaled 120 points over two seasons. Rakell has only scored 28 points in 51 games this season but could rejuvenate his career in Pittsburgh.
Trade deadline loser – Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs have a quiet trading deadline though a lot exaggeration and rumours during the past few months. The team was expected to move for a goalkeeper and a defender but the team only had one major signing.
Mark Giordano is the big move for the Maple Leafs and he will strengthen the defensive unit for Toronto. Giordano is a 38-year-old player who can control the ball and help control the ball at the green line. The Leafs also got Colin Blackwell in their deal with the Seattle Kraken. Blackwell is a depth-forward who could be useful on the Leafs’ fourth line. Toronto had to give up the second and third picks for this deal to happen.
Toronto’s deal to secure Giordano isn’t a bad one. It’s rather the fact that there are great players that the team isn’t chasing that’s the problem. Team missed Marc-Andre FleuryJT Miller, Calvin De Haan, etc. How will the Maple Leafs compete with the teams that have improved so much?
Final Deadline Winner – Florida Panthers
The Panthers are a team looking to be Stanley Cup favorites on this year’s trading deadline. The team is just three points away from Colorado Avalanche for the Presidents Cup and has added several elite players to their roster.
Claude Giroux is the first addition to the Panthers top six and he will help create chances to score and win in future confrontations. Giroux’s versatility as a winger and center forward will greatly benefit this Panthers as they have struggled to win head-to-head games all season. The Panthers only gave up 23-year-old Owen Tippett, a first-round pick and a third-round pick to make the deal. Florida will still have plenty of options in the years to come and now there’s a legitimate chance to grab a title.
Ben Chiarot is another huge acquisition for the Panthers. Chariot reinforced Florida’s defensive pairing with Chiarot and Ekblad as the first pair. Chiarot’s size and experience is just what this team needs for a playoff. He possesses great two-way ability and the ability to control the puck to support an explosive group of six top strikers. The cats forgo the first and fourth round picks, but consider it a bargain if Chiarot stays in Florida long term.
The loser of the trade deadline – Coyote
The Coyotes were the perfect candidate to sell many of their players but the deal period ended quietly for Arizona.
Coyotes have the opportunity to exchange for two players in high form, Jacob Chychrun and Phil Kessel. The team was unable to move either of these sections, and instead they opted to trade for the leads. The Coyotes buy 23-year-old Nathan Smith and forward Bryan Little in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Arizona also changed its goalkeeper, Scott Wedgewood, ahead of time. Wedgewood would be a great addition to a campaign team. He kept a percent savings of .911 despite his team playing tight defence. Coyotes only received one conditional fourth round pick through this transaction.
Arizona had a chance to do something special before the deadline passed. It received no first pick and no second pick by the deadline.
Despite the failure this year, the Coyotes have a lot to look forward to. The team has seven picks in the first two rounds of this year. Although they can do more, they still look forward to a bright future.
Trade Term Winner – Wild
The Minnesota Wild went through this season where they looked really good and the others looked terrible. The team is currently 5-4-1 in the last 10 matches and is in third place in the central league. The Wild are in dire need of a move to separate themselves from the wild card teams and compete in this year’s knockouts.
Minnesota gets a top goalkeeper in Marc-Andre Fleury, trades for the veteran player. Although Fleury has had a rough year, he’s still widely regarded as one of the best in the business and an asset to a playoff contender. Fleury has been part of 15 playoff teams and kept a savings rate of .912 during that period. He’s the x-factor for the Vegas Golden Knights expansion team and he should be in the Wild this season.
The Wild also bought it Jacob Middleton to strengthen their defenses. Middleton is a 26-year-old defender and he has been playing for sure for the Sharks this year. Wild gave up Kaapo Kahkonen and a draft pick to get the 6-foot 3, 219 pounder. He could develop into an elite defensive player in the years to come but also make an impact as an instant depth player.
Wild should be in a great position to challenge top dogs like the Avalanche in the West.
The one who lost the trading deadline – Sharks
The Sharks made the mistake of buying on time they should have sold to rebuild their team.
Kaapo Kahkonen is the largest shark acquisition of this term. Sa Jose gave up Jacob Middleton and opted for the draft to get the 25-year-old goalkeeper. Kahkonen is an excellent young puzzle piece for Sharks. He’s played 25 games this season and kept a save rate of 0.910 over that period.
The sharks also made a purchase with Lightning, get Antoine Morand in exchange for Alexei Melnichuk, a 23-year-old goalkeeper. None of these players are expected to make an impact for their team this season
The Sharks, similar to the Coyotes, had the opportunity to sell some of their veterans this season. Thomas Hertl was rumored to be joining the trade bloc, but the Sharks refused to carry on their 28 years.
The Sharks are currently ten points behind the Golden Knights for wild card placement, and this year’s deal deadline hasn’t improved their chances of hitting the playoffs this year or in the future. San Jose appears to be hurting its franchise by prolonging the inevitable rebuild.
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