NHL Trade Deadline: Wednesday Updates

Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline saw a lot of crazy action. Tomas Vanek and Matt Moulson were traded again, and David Legwand is (finally) leaving Nashville. Also, Jaroslav Halak didn’t spend much time in Buffalo and Marian Gaborik is headed to Los Angeles.

Let’s take a look at all of the action from a busy Wednesday in the NHL.

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The Boston Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.

The Buffalo Sabres claimed forward Cory Conacher off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa re-signed veteran defenseman Chris Phillips to a two-year, $5M extension.

The Ottawa Senators dealt a third round pick in 2015 and a fifth round pick in 2014 to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran forward Ales Hemsky. Edmonton will reportedly pay half of Hemsky’s salary for the rest of the season.

The Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker and two 2nd round picks to the LA Kings for forward Hudson Fasching and defenseman Nicolas Deslaurier.

Nashville traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to Montreal for future considerations.

The LA Kings traded forward Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick to Columbus for forward Marian Gaborik.

The Florida Panthers traded forward Marcel Goc to Pittsburgh for a 3rd round pick and a 5th round pick.

Carolina traded veteran forward Tuomo Ruutu to the New Jersey Devils for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2017.

Edmonton traded defenseman Nick Schultz to Columbus for a 5th round pick.

Florida traded goaltender Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars for goaltender Dan Ellis.

Philadelphia traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to Boston for a third round pick.

Vancouver traded defenseman Raphael Diaz to the New York Rangers for a 5th round pick.

Buffalo traded veterans Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota for Torrey Mitchell and picks.

Nashville traded center David Legwand to Detroit for Patrick Eaves, a prospect and a 3rd round pick. The 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick if Wings make playoffs.

Calgary traded goaltender Reto Berra to Colorado for a 2nd round pick.

The New York Islanders traded forward Tomas Vanek to Montreal for Sebastien Collberg, a 2nd round picks 2014 and a 2nd round pick in 2016.

Buffalo traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to Washington for goaltender Michael  Neuvirth.

The Calgary Flames traded forward Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a 3rd round pick.

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56 Responses to NHL Trade Deadline: Wednesday Updates

  1. scottie p says:

    No additions for hawks. Overpaid for a washed up versteeg, overpaid for rubland, got nothing for pirri, paid bickell instead of frolik, got regin for decent value. Talons players still carry this team and I remain skeptical of bowman.

  2. Dave N says:

    @scottie p: are you kidding me?

  3. Peter says:

    Really surprised that all of the Hawks little moves were all that they did. Oh well, let’s see what the rest of the season brings.

  4. JS says:

    Are you joking, Scottie?

  5. JS says:

    Versteeg was picked up for half salary for two guys that were never going to be Hawks. I think Rundblad will be a great addition. He got a TON for Pirri. He traded Frolik for draft picks, had nothing to do with Bickell. And he got Regin and PMB for less than he received back for Pirri.

    Tallon did good work here… but look at the tire fire he has burning in Miami. If only he could draft generationally great players in consecutive years.

  6. scottie p says:

    The players that carry us Talon is responsible for. We can’t add bc of 7 mil to craw and 4 mil to bicks. We won’t get to the Conference finals this year. You’ll see.

  7. scottie p says:

    Who cares what he does in miami

  8. scottie p says:

    Funny how all the players hawks fans complain about (oduya, rozi, bicks, craw) are all bowman decisions to be here but we credit him for so much. He was handed the reigns to a dynasty. I’m not saying he hasn’t done well, I just remain skeptical of plenty decisions he has made.

  9. JS says:

    He was handed a team that HAD TO BE BLOWN UP because of the cap and contracts Tallon handed out. Bowman made plenty of great decisions and got them back to another Stanley Cup after taking care of all the garbage contracts that Tallon handed out. Oduya, Rozsival, Bickell, and Crawford were all key parts to a Stanley Cup team.

    Second, Crawford will never make 7m a year, he’ll make 6m… and that doesn’t start until next year. That contract has nothing to do with him not being able to add at the deadline. He didn’t add at the deadline because Stan Bowman doesn’t add at the deadline. The Hawks don’t need it. They are still the best team in the league because of talent he has acquired.

  10. Sr. Brad says:

    This just in from Bowman…

    Bowman said Kevin Hayes and Stephen Johns would be signed, but not all of the college players…

  11. Sr. Brad says:

    JS, with Hossa injured and Pirri traded, the Hawks have a problem at 2nd line centre, again, until TT arrives in about a month’s time…over the next 3 weeks, how far back will the Hawks fall in the standings and will TT be ready for post season play??? Standing pat worked out for the Hawks last year, so we will see what happens this year…but this nonsense with Zues all season long, has to end.

  12. morrison says:

    Bowman, had to do those things that year & instead of wasting the future by deadline deals (like NAS, PHI, PIT, STL the recent yrs) he stocked the farm. He held back in ’11 & ’12 to do this… So, we can splurge (for the next 10 yrs) when we want/need but have a longterm farm to use for the guys that are good enough to make our roster and the ones that are good but not for our roster can be assets to get a roster player/picks that we can use now… The Bowmans & our staff know what there doing for the short, mid and longterm. I am glad we have the crew we have. We are still the deepest team, even after all these trades.

    Its better to already have a loaded roster, then to trade away future assets to catch up roster wise. Like my fraternity brothers said, ‘Do your homework, before you party’.

  13. scottie p says:

    A stacked farm that seemingly can’t crack our roster. Sounds useful…..as trade bait. When you have a chance at history as the hawks do you chase it imo. And who besides claddening or TT would anyone hate to see go? Ben smith? Jermey morin? Neither will ever be top 6 forwards

  14. scottie p says:

    Mcneil is average at best, hayes probably hates us for trading his brother, I just don’t see the problem dealing some of these future fourth liners. I wouldn’t know anything about frats, never had to pay for friends.

  15. AJ says:

    Whelp, McNeil is playing for the first time ever against men and not teenagers he can boss around because he is a large human. So I’d give him some time. Most of the guys who were in juniors last year are hitting a wall. Not surprising.

    Gonna be interesting to see what happens at the end of the year in terms of roster and line up. Especially in the playoffs.

  16. MS says:

    Scottie – Are you suggesting we have a chance at history only because of Tallon? That is laughable. He did some excellent work but come on. I’ll take SB over DT all day every day. I believe that many prospects will not pan out – that’s how it works. However I am not as certain as you of the specific outcomes. The strength of the organization to be in the mix for a 3rd cup in 5 years speaks volumes.

  17. Tab Bamford says:

    in related news: scottie doesn’t understand the greek system or building sustained success in the NHL.

  18. Tab Bamford says:

    re: Bowman saying not all college players will be signed – Justin Holl (D, Minnesota) will likely not get a deal. Way too much blue line depth in the organization and he hasn’t developed as well as others (Paliotta for one).

  19. Nick says:

    They cannot crack the roster because there is no room or spots. Why have a guy who has a top six skill set play a 4th or even 3rd line role in which he cannot succeed as well. It’s not an issue of talent per se, but skill set. Also, look at Pitt. They try to chase it every year but end up hurting themselves in the long run. They gave up a lot last year only to lose 3rd round and to resign none of them.

  20. morrison says:

    Yea, your right anyone who refers to them as frats don’t know anything about them. Their called, Fraternity.

  21. MS says:

    I will be keeping an eye on Rockford, I mean Florida to see how the Tallon picks work out.

  22. Morgzie says:

    ESPN power rankings have the Hawks, Blues, and Avs in the top 5. That’s going to make it tough to get out of our division trades or no trades. These are good teams. It’d be nice to only have to play one of them, but I’m afraid all those SO loses are going to make that the path.

    The “good” news about the Avs is that they aren’t physical like the Kings or Sharks, so it’d be a more skating kind of series, which favors the Hawks. We’ve just gotta figure out how to exploit their young D and beat Varlamov.

    I’d like to see what Morin can do, not sold on Regin. But gotta get Kane some help.

  23. scottie p says:

    Tab what’s the point of building sustained success if you don’t attack the cup when in position. Sustainable good hockey is good, but its impossible to remain elite forever. When you are in a position to win a cup you should attack it. That’s one of the uses of those assests. Maybe the best seeing as though half our prospects don’t make the roster. Clearly I’m not alone as most of our division made a significant move which will leave us short of the conference finals.

  24. JS says:

    Scottie, they won the damn Stanley Cup last year and their only move was acquiring a guy sitting in a wheel chair in the Sharks press box.

    St. Louis made a completely lateral trade (no matter what anyone “thinks” numbers are numbers). Who did Colorado acquire? A backup goalie! LOOK OUT. UPGRADE!

    The Ducks traded a forward and then… didn’t fill that forward spot.

    The Kings got better if Gaborik cares and/or stays healthy… but they still aren’t as good as the Blackhawks.

    Not to mention you can only trade assets if you HAVE CAP SPACE. The Blackhawks do not. They would have had to move a vital piece off of their Stanley Cup Winning Roster in order to acquire someone that they might not even need. The Hawks have the deepest defensive core in the league and the highest scoring offense in the league. Slumps over an 82 game season are going to happen and if you live and die with each game, it’s going to make life hard.

    The Chicago Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL and without question are built for the long haul.

  25. wall says:

    SB- has been good w/ getting tons of picks…

    But- the Crow and Bickell contracts… I am not a fan of.

    TT w another Goal to tie game in the last 2 minutes!!!

    Still like Morin… and either 27 or 8 is gone this summer… Longshot is 7… I really think Johns/Dbeck could fill in ok w 2… + xtra $5M to spend on a BIG forward asset would be great (but Seabs would be missed by me)

  26. scottie p says:

    Hard for me to call miller lateral, sounds hawks fan bias. Youd be stoked if he came here. Minnesota grabbed a great player too. Im not saying the hawks are bad, I’m simply saying this season isn’t last season. If you think they have played better than anyone else, you may wanna tune into some games that foley isn’t calling.

  27. scottie p says:

    The crow and bickell contracts are what’s handcuffing us

  28. MS says:

    JS hit it on the head that in order to add anyone we had to shed dollars from the current roster – not just prospects and picks. Look at the Penguins last year – made big moves and then get blown out by Boston. It is a crapshoot and it appears that once again the Hawks prefer to err on the side of strong team chemistry. Also it still feels like TT will get a shot at the end of the year.

    Regarding other teams playing as well or better than the Hawks – it is hard to argue with. There is no doubt the competition has improved significantly this year and the Hawks will not get the luxury of playing opponents in the first two rounds like Minn and Detroit last year. I think the playoffs in the West will be brutal with at least six teams capable of winning. Looking forward to some great series.

  29. JS says:

    I didn’t say they have played better than everyone else. I said they are the best team in the league. Pretty big difference.

    Did you even look at Halak’s numbers this year? Or his career numbers versus Miller’s career numbers? The Blue’s allow 26.4 shots per game. That’s the second best in the NHL.

    Let’s say their first playoff series goes 7 games (just to look at more numbers)- The Blues will allow ~185 shots in a 7 game series. With the .917 S% Halak was putting up, they would allow goals. 2.14 GAA. Not too bad.

    Let’s say that Ryan Miller puts up a .930 (which would be way above his career average)- They would allow 13 goals. 1.85 GAA. 2 goals over a 7 game series. .925 s% puts him at 14 goals. In his two games with the Blues so far (I know, sample size) he has a .905 s%. If he carries that beastly number into the playoffs, that’s 18 goals allowed.

    Basically, when teams don’t allow a high number of shots, goalies value decreases. So a MARGINAL (at best) upgrade in net, has even less value for the Blues.

    Wall- I’d agree on both contracts, though, I still think he got better than market value. Maybe not on Crawford, but I still think that was a cover-your-ass move. Had they not made a deal with Crow and he made the olympics/won another cup this year, they had no back up plan.

  30. JS says:

    Scottie- Crawford is making 2.66M this year. HIS CONTRACT ISN’T ON THE BOOKS YET.

  31. scottie p says:

    surely it factors in decision making

  32. scottie p says:

    Those are good stats JS. Halak wasn’t terrible. just would rather have miller than halak. Simple as that. I’m surely not alone best team in the nhl best playing team whatever. The best team is the one that wins the cup. While is agree with MS that they are capable, They won’t be entering as the favorite as they were last year. Their depth scoring just isn’t there. Kaner playing with losers, just not rolling four. Hence why I think no moves was a mistake that will keep them out of hockey s final four

  33. JS says:

    “You just don’t get it, do you, Scott?” – Dr. Evil

  34. scottie p says:

    I get that teams in contention showed a little more commitment to this years cup than we did. I hope they have a run in them, but if they end up the 4/5 and have to really run the gauntlet I’d bet heavily against a deep run. Back to back 7s with colorado/sj/stl/ana would be too tough IMO

  35. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Currently spending the Week in Avs country out in CO for work, so was able to watch the game at an AVS bar. Funny but the highlights they play they use Pat Foley’s voiceover and not their local guys. Nice to be in a great hockey city like Chicago and not in a city like Denver which isnt a hockey market. Anyways fans around here are very confident that the Avs can not only clinch home ice but can beat Chicago with that home ice in the 1st round. If I spent another week around here I might start believing that myself. The Hawks have serious issues at center, that doesn’t mean they can’t repeat but I am starting to believe the rest of the West have caught up to them. The Avs are a point back and have a game in hand. Most around here were disappointed CO didnt add more then Reto for the deadline and were surprised Stasney and O’Reilly stuck around too. Anyways go Hawks!

  36. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Dale did well with hi no brainer draft picks. And yes he made a few nice trades. But he was dumber than a hockey puck when it came to understanding the salary cap and had this team pinned into a corner. Dale also didn’t know how to bring in a proper coach and instead relied on legacy players to man the bench.

    Make no mistake. The 2 Stanley Cups are due to Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville, period. I’ve been following this club passionately since 1981 and make that statement in complete arrogant confidence.

  37. scottie p says:

    I’m not discrediting stan, well I don’t completely. I just ain’t crownin his ass. Love joel. Sometimes being too aware of the salary cap can be harmful too. Dont be ignorant, but the best business decision isn’t Always the best hockey one

  38. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    In today’s NHL it is inordinately tough to win back to back Cups. It’s too damned physically and mentally exhausting for a team’s core players. Honesty compels me to say the Hawks probably don’t get out of the 2nd round this year. So they’ll rest up and tinker some more in the offseason. But make no mistake Stan has this club poised to compete for more Cup runs. Absolutely so. We will probably see TT and Clendening as integral parts next year. And a guy like Leddy and other considerations traded for picks or immediate help. I’m very good with Stan.

  39. Morgzie says:

    I think that it’s also worth it to remember that usually the Cup winner struggles given the long playoffs and short turn around for the next year. In 2011 we barely made the playoffs, the Kings barely made the playoffs. The Hawks have avoided that this year and are among the top teams.

    I vote to appreciate what a strong team we have, the changes they’ve made this year, and celebrate that we’re not having to fight to sneak into the playoffs. No doubt the playoffs will be tough probably having to face Colo & StL and then the Ducks. Brutal, but fun.

    And a little better than when Dollar Bill was in charge.

  40. Tab Bamford says:

    scottie: all you have done is discredit Stan. It’s been laughable, though. keep it coming!

  41. ebonyraptor says:

    The reality of the situation is Stan couldn’t make any major moves without moving one or more players off the active roster – there simply was VERY limitted cap space. The idea of moving players who were part of the Stanley Cup winning team last year is not a decision to be taken lightly like knocking over a pawn on a chessboard. Those players are part of the fabric of the team – they are a part of the whole and subtracting them has the potential to disrupt team chemistry. Sometimes the risk is worth taking but it’s not as cut and dry as “moving a guy to clear salary cap space” – not when Bickell and Leddy are well liked in the locker room and have their names on the Cup. Another angle on whether or not to trade players that were part of the winning team last year is there is something right about letting the team, or as much of the team as possible, try to repeat.

    I’m happy Stan didn’t trade Bickell or Leddy. If the Hawks had Cap space and were able to acquire Kesler or someother viable 2C without trading guys off the roster, that would have been great. But that wasn’t the reality so I’m happy the TDL is in the past so we can stop dreaming of big trades.

    Bottom line for me – if I ask myself if I would trade the Hawks roster for the roster of any other team in the league – my answer is a definitive NO.

    I’m looking forward to seeing if Bickell, Leddy and the rest of the guys can do something great. I believe the Hawks “best game” is still better then he best game of any of the other teams. The thing we’ll find out is if the Hawks can be playing their best at the right time.

  42. Morgzie says:

    Agreed ER. I think the Hawks do a good job of creating place players want to play and part of that is loyalty and trusting the investments you’ve made. Regin said this when he came to Chicago.

    They’ve done right by Hayes, Pirri, and the d-man whose name I’m forgetting. Morin maybe not so much, but hopefully they see him as a part of the future.

    Across town, Theo & Jed with the Cubs, say the way to win championships is to constantly be in the playoffs and constantly giving yourself a chance. Obviously this isn’t baseball or the Cubs, but you’ve gotta like their chances to win it all. Anything can happen in the playoffs, but they are damn solid and have as good a chance as anyone else. Especially if they can play their best at the right time. And have everyone healthy.

  43. Mike57 says:

    Morgzie, please don’t ever bring the Cubs up on this site, as a lifelong Cub fan I don’t like to tarnish my love of the Hawks by even thinking about the Cubs when I am reading this blog., haha.
    Tab, your insights are much appreciated and I agree with you about sb. I still remember Tallon saying something like .. didn’t think everyone would be ready to sign players so quick after the lockout .. that’s when I knew he was in over his head.
    It’s a great time to be a Hawks fan!!

  44. scottie p says:

    Tab you can take his balls out if your mouth now

  45. Tab Bamford says:

    You’re adorable, scottie. Stupid, and adorable.

  46. Mining Man says:

    The Cubs???? have not won in 104 years!!! The last time they won the Dow was 86 points, there were 8,000 cars in all of America and the average wage was 0.22 cents per hour. Great advice from these fellas…..give scottie p a break…he has some excellent points…we should go for it now…see the first sentence and read again!!

  47. Tab Bamford says:

    Now for some reality, since that’s beyond scottie…

    I have always been a big fan of Dale Tallon – http://committedindians.com/blackhawks-continued-success-is-dale-tallons-lasting-legacy/

    BUT

    I’m also a realist. If you look at Bowman’s history as GM – http://committedindians.com/stan-bowman-history-as-chicago-blackhawks-gm/ – you will find quickly that he has made a lot of moves. He has also drafted well, adding impact players thru the draft and trades.

    To say the current roster is exclusively Tallon’s isn’t even naïve – it’s stupid. Tallon drafted Toews at 3 the same way the Bulls drafted Michael Jordan at 3 – it took 2 teams passing on him for a miracle to change the future of the organization. He took Kane at #1 because he could, and credit him for doing that when many thought he should have taken vanRiemdsdyk. What Tallon did exceptionally well was get other idiots to buy his crap for quality players. Tallon’s draft record outside of Toews & Kane was mediocre at best; his trade record was very good. Tallon’s legacy is still on the ice, but this is Stan’s team.

  48. Mining Man says:

    ….and I well remember 1961 and the feeling we had …we were young talent with a great future….we all thought…we knew…several Stanley Cups were in the future…and big disappointment for 49 years straight….obviously I cannot go down this path again and you guys dont want the next cup win when your 65!!

  49. Mining Man says:

    not cutting up Bowman….he’s great, the best, and with Scotty whispering in his ear even that much greater…Just think we could have shored up a bit and go for it back to back…I fear Ebony raptor is correct…an early exit, first or second round but lets hope we are both incorrect

  50. noonan96 says:

    Would it have been nice to have Kesler-Yes
    20-Kesler-88 as the 2nd line? That’s insane. I’m Canadian but that is one heck of a USA dream line.

    But we’ve been blessed with a real shot to repeat in the next 2 to 3 years-I just don’t think it can be this year. But if Crow stands on his head (let’s be honest he can’t be just good this year) I’ll gladly enjoy eating crow this year.

  51. JS says:

    Jesus Christ guys, Bowman could not make a move for anyone without moving an impact player from last years playoffs. Why is this difficult to understand?

    Pretty sure this same freakout happened last year at the trade deadline.

    Pretty sure if he moved a Bickell and a Leddy to get a center and the Hawks were bounced, people would have blamed Stan for being too aggressive and not sticking with what won it last year.

    Please find me a team that doesn’t have holes and I’ll think about reconsidering the Blackhawks as the best team in the league.

    Great post ER.

  52. Peter says:

    JS, good reality check.

    My #1 complaint with Stan is that he hasn’t found a true #2 center. This has been an obvious problem since 09-10. The Blackhawks have won two Cups since then.

    My #2 complaint is that Stan keeps locking up players on the big club, which continues to win and play at a high level, preventing what is perceived to be a fairly good crop of young players from making it to the NHL. That is my #2 complaint, let’s think about that.

    These are probably issues every other fan of every other NHL team would like with their GM as well.

  53. Pete says:

    When you have a chance to repeat as the Hawks do now I favor doing what they can to make it happen. So I was hoping they would go for Kesler or even Legwand. The problem is the salary cap and the reality that other teams that have made splashes at the deadline in recent years haven’t won the cup i.e Rangers and Penguins. I like seeing the draft picks develop, but then its frustrating to see the Hawks hang on to over the hill veterans for a year too long all the time. My big complaint with Bowman remains the trading of Big Buff. He is a unique player and I think the Hawks could have kept him over other players and been creative with the salaries. That’s my opinion.

  54. Mike57 says:

    Did I hear 26 between 88 and 10 for tonights game? Am I missing something? How does 26 help us as 2nd line center? Does anyone have an answer?
    How have we not recalled Morin with Hossa out?
    I hope we don’t go back to BB on a wing.

    It’s a great time to be a Hawks fan!

  55. AJ says:

    Making a move for a position that is an obvious weakness (center) to one where there is some depth (wing or defense) would not be that detrimental. Even if it was Bickell, who played a key part, or Leddy who played no part in last years Cup run.

    There were some pretty drunk deals that went down yesterday.

    That being said, I can only assume that Gillis being Gillis and the fiasco that finally resolved with Lu, the price had to be ABSURD to get Kesler. Like Saad + Leddy + A prospect absurd. Or they were only interested in younger players and wouldn’t eat enough salary to make it work with the cap.

    Lots of ins and outs.

    Hopefully they are healthy down the stretch and get a shot in the arm at the end of the year.

  56. AJ says:

    Oh and Crawford is pretty good at goalie. Regardless of all the people that complain about him he is consistent and obviously good enough to win a Cup. Not sure how much more you want out of that position.

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