Western Conference Trade Deadline Breakdown

The 2014 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and the Western Conference was incredibly busy. In total, nine different picks in the 2014 NHL Draft were traded away by the top ten teams in the Western Conference, while the Blackhawks, Kings, Ducks and Coyotes added picks in this summer’s draft.

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Here’s how teams in the playoff chase helped – or hurt – their chances before the deadline.


(Teams listed in order by record entering play on March 5. All trades since Feb. 28 included)

ana1. Anaheim Ducks – 91 points (62 games)
Added: Stephane Robidas, Andre Petersson
Subtracted: Dustin Penner, Viktor Fasth, Alex Grant
Picks added: 4th (2014), 5th (2014), 3rd (2015)
Picks dealt: 4th (2014)

stl2. St. Louis Blues – 88 points (61 games)
Added: Ryan Miller, Steve Ott
Subtracted: Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier
Picks added: none
Picks dealt: 1st (2015), 3rd (2016)

chi3. Chicago Blackhawks – 86 points (63 games)
Added:David Rundblad, Mathieu Brisebois
Subtracted: Brandon Pirri
Picks added: 3rd (2014), 5th (2016)
Picks dealt: 2nd (2014)

col4. Colorado Avalanche – 85 points (62 games)
Added: Reto Berra
Subtracted: none
Picks added: none
Picks dealt: 2nd (2014)

SJ Sharkssj5. San Jose Sharks – 85 points (63 games)
Added: none
Subtracted: James Livington
Picks added: 7th (2016)
Picks dealt: none

lala6. Los Angeles Kings – 76 points (63 games)
Added: Marian Gaborik, Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker
Subtracted: Hudson Fasching, Nicolas Deslaurier, Matt Frattin, James Livingston
Picks added: 2nd (2014), 2nd (2015)
Picks dealt: 2nd (2014), 3rd (2014)

min7. Minnesota Wild – 75 points (62 games)
Added: Matt Moulson, Ilya Bryzgalov, Cody McCormick
Subtracted: Torrey Mitchell
Picks added: none
Picks dealt: 2nd (2014), 4th (2014), 2nd (2016)

dal8. Dallas Stars – 68 points (62 games)
Added: Tim Thomas
Subtracted: Stephane Robidas, Dan Ellis
Picks added: none
Picks dealt: 4th (2014)

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9. Phoenix Coyotes – 67 points (62 games)
Added: Martin Erat, John Mitchell
Subtracted: Rostislav Klesla, David Rundblad, Mathieu Brisebois, Chris Brown
Picks added: 2nd (2014)
Picks dealt: 4th (2014)

10. Winnipeg Jets – 67 points (63 games)
No trades

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40 Responses to Western Conference Trade Deadline Breakdown

  1. Fan since 2010 says:

    I could have sworn the hawks were gonna trade Kaner

  2. Pete says:

    In light of Bowman not making a move, maybe Runblad’s role is to spell Rosie instead of Brookbank doing it. Brookbank’s role may be borderline non-existent from this point forward.

  3. AJ says:

    Rundbald is probably there to take a spot if they move a defender over the summer. Guy apparently has tremendous upside, just hasn’t been given much of a shot. I think he is playing tonight?

  4. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    The presence of Runblad…and the forward march of Clendening and Johns…strongly telegraphs a change to the defensive corp is coming in the offseason. My best guess would be Leddy traded. Clendening can step into that role and Runblad has similar skating and puck moving credentials.

    In terms of the deadline deals? Well, unfortunately, I think St. Louis really strengthened themselves. To me, they are the team to beat for the Cup. This is their year…if they don’t win the Cup then they failed…simple as that. That team is loaded…lets see if they win, or lets see instead if they come up short ala Vancouver a few years ago.

  5. AJ says:

    I don’t know how STL got stronger… They’re not much different between the pipes and steve ott vs stewart is less scoring for faceoffs. Meh. STL was already good at the dot.

    Plus they gave up an ass ton of futures. AND a solid prospect.

    It has floated around the intewebz as well but corsi and save % are not indicative of one another so swapping goalies who are playing at a similar level is a wash according to the numbers.

    http://www.stats.hockeyanalysis.com/ratings.php?disp=1&db=201013&sit=5v5&pos=goalies&minutes=3000&teamid=0&type=fenwick&sort=ShPctA&sortdir=ASC

    If you look at Miller and Halak the % of total pucks directed on goal over the last 3 years and Halak is marginally better. AND over the last two years Halak has been significantly better.

    Over a two year period more pucks are stopped that are directed to Crawford than Miller.

    So realistically speaking, aside from whatever unmeasurable mental boost you want to argue for, STL gave away a bunch of futures for meh.

  6. JS says:

    I posted a bunch of numbers in the last discussion about how goalies are relatively insignificant when teams barely allow any shots. So even if Miller was a marginal upgrade over Halak (I don’t think he is), it isn’t significant.

    Miller and Ott sure are big names… too bad they traded away more productive players.

  7. AC says:

    Suddenly LA and Minnesota scare me a lot more than they did a week ago. STL needs scoring, not more dumb players that decide to work harder to hit people than play hockey, but didn’t follow through on that. STL still is a favorite, but I don’t believe they got much better, they still have to rely on winning games 2-1.

    Hopefully Hossa gets better in a couple of weeks and Q decides to travel back to the past and use the same 2C from the 2010 cup team (Sharp), and keep Zus as a healthy scratch.

    I agree that the D corps seems to be getting ready to change in the offseason (Leddy and/or Odouya).

    Let’s go Hawks, get that back to back championship.

  8. Dickie Dunn says:

    I’m not sure how much “the team to beat for the Cup” means, especially at this point – really, did ANYONE believe Los Angeles would win going into the 2012 playoffs?

  9. Tab Bamford says:

    re: AC – LA’s stock went up because they acquired Straka I MEAN Gaborik? Nice piece… but let’s not confuse him for Moulson or Vanek. LA’s deadline, like Anaheim’s, was very ‘meh’ to me.

    & for all the talk about Bowman only dealing with Florida, how about Minnesota’s pipeline to Buffalo? Grabbed Pomminville last year and now they get Moulson. Nice relationship there for the Wild…

    The Hawks say they tried to get Rundblad at the deadline last year, and they like his game adapting to Chicago’s style of play. Which is great… now he has to do it on the ice. I would think Oduya would be the piece they put out there at the draft, even with a NTC. No sense in breaking up his chemistry w/ Hjalmarsson now, but next season they can move on.

  10. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    St. Louis is loaded. And I’ll take a motivated Miller over Halak 100 games out of 100. That team has the best combination of defense at the blueline and in their forward mix in all of hockey.

    And yes, I do subscribe to the theory that each season there is one team that is the “it” team….last year it was the Hawks. A few years ago it was the Canucks. And this year, in my strong and growing view, its the Blues. Suffice to say if the Blues don’t win the Cup this year, then they will be labeled as failures on the year. In the same way that the inability of the Canucks to get over the hump for a few years in a row led to damning indictment of that club.

    St. Louis is scary right now. And yes, I agree, Minnesota and LA definitely helped themselves. I still don’t buy into Anaheim in the playoffs. Nor San Jose for that matter.

  11. AJ says:

    Meh, STL is the same team they were last year. Steen has fallen back to earth and they gave up an offensive player. They can win a series but realistically speaking they don’t have enough difference makers to win a Cup. Probably second round exit. Like last year.

    They don’t have the horses to beat LA, Anaheim the Hawks or even SJ over a seven game playoff series unless one of those teams is severely hampered by injury.

  12. AJ says:

    I mean first round like last year, depending on match up.

  13. Joey Zamboni says:

    Hmmmmm St. Louis (the team not the player) may be the “it” team this year…… that is if they play the Cubs for the cup……..

    Just kidding, they are a very good team, but there are plenty of them in the league. The play-offs will prove who are the best teams as they always do……

    Bottom line is the Hawks own the Cup until another team takes it away from them…….

  14. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    On paper STL is the team to beat, but paper champions don’t mean anything. Excited to get the playoffs started the west is wide open. Shocked the Jets did nothing and happy Vancouver’s window has closed. I’m concerned w the Hawks down the middle wonder if TT will really be added for the playoffs.

  15. Sr. Brad says:

    Everyone here, needs to just do what the Hawks are doing…and that’s focusing solely on the Hawks…we don’t need to worry about the Blues or any other team…we may not even meet them in the playoffs, so it is fruitless to worry about them…

    The Hawks, with the Hossa injury, got worse…Kane is in a long scoring funk because he doesn’t have a centre…Sharp went cold after being announced to the Olympic team…and suddenly people are critical of Shaw because he has NO WINGERS…

    The Hawks have won 2 Cups in 4 years not because of their talent, but because of the depth to go along with the talent…yes, we have Toews, Hossa, Kane, Saad, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook and Hammer, but the collective mass that makes up the rest of the team is just as important…because our depth allows us to roll 4 lines, keeping our star players fresh, and takes a lot of heat off of our goaltending which is only average to good…not great.

    Earlier in the season, in fact, the whole season until Handzus and Bickell came back from injuries, we were virtually unbeatable in regulation…sure St. Louis beat us with under a minute to play, but that was about it…and we did this with Brandon Pirri at 2nd line centre doing an okay job, and Jeremy Morin on the 3rd line doing a good job in the limited minutes he got…plus we had 8 DMen on the roster and 2 of them were Kostka and Brookbank…these 4 guys aren’t/weren’t great, but they did their jobs, ate up ice time and allowed us to balance the 4 lines…and everyone was contributing…

    Enter Zus and Bickell, and the wheels have partially come off the rails for the Hawks, who, it seems, could lose any given night…that’s not how’s its been in Chicago for a while…Zus is NOT an everyday player, and his stats as 2nd line Centre (and those of the players around him) are a joke…but that’s the role he has taken since he came back…Bickell was great in the playoffs last year…he was decent to start the season this year on the 3rd line, but since he came back from the injury, he’s below average at best…

    Our talent and roster is NOT that much better than everyone else’s that we can have 2 gaping holes in it, and decent goaltending…thus, we have become little better than a .500 hockey team since Bickell and Zus returned…now with Hossa injured, we are now relying on Saad to come to the first line with the 3rd line centre…we are putting 2 slumping scorers onto the 2nd line with a centre that has JOKES for stats, and we are asking a VERY mediocre player in Regin (who knows NOTHING about winning) to centre a 3rd line with the slumping Bickell…no wonder our 4th line is getting 2nd line minutes…they have been left untouched and have done their jobs…

    So at the deadline Bowman goes out and gives Q yet another under achieving DMan…it doesn’t matter what someone might think he MAY become, he’s a timid DMan struggling because he’s not playing regular minutes…and now he becomes our 8th DMan??? Unless he becomes our new RW on the 3rd line like Sheldon Brookbank, Rundblad is NOT going to get significant minutes in which to turn around his game this season…so Bowman did NOTHING to address the CHRONIC 2nd line centre problem and nothing to help Kane get out of his funk…

    Now Q sends Sharp to join Kane on the good ship Zus, slowly sailing along into mediocrity…and takes Shaw away from his 3rd line centre role, which he has excelled in for the better part of 2 seasons…and Jeremy Morin, the best player in the AHL, sits it NeverEverLand scoring goals every night, with a +7 rating, AND he didn’t skate on the same line as Pirri…

    The fact is this…until the Hawks get Hossa back, and Zus going back to playing every other night, and Regin ACTUALLY stepping up and playing good hockey, we are going to continue to be nothing more than a .500 hockey team, and that won’t go far in the playoffs…adding an underachieving 8th DMan to our roster at the deadline did NOTHING to address the 2 holes in our lineup…and even with Hossa coming back in another couple of weeks, we still have a problem that could easily be solved by bringing up Jeremy Morin, but won’t because we have a coach who holds faith in Michael Handzus where all evidence tells us that he shouldn’t…he’s not a 2nd line centre…just ask Patrick Kane…

  16. JS says:

    Rufus, I don’t think you get it. The goalie position isn’t as important for the Blues as much as it is for every other team in the league. So the minor upgraded with a “motivated” Miller versus an apparently “coasting & just doing it for the funsies” Halak is negligable.

    If the Blues acquired a 41 point a year guy (half a point a game), that would have been a more significant upgrade for them than Miller over Halak.

  17. Sr. Brad says:

    And yes, TT could save us in 3 weeks time, but he could just as easily NOT…but he has become the key…we must have someone skill full centring Kaner on that 2nd line, and get it producing…

  18. Sr. Brad says:

    That’s a great point JS…and if I remember correctly, Halak has better post season numbers across the board than Miller, and that’s over a lot of seasons and a number of different teams…

  19. AJ says:

    Regin is not a mediocre player. That is an absolutely ridiculous and unfounded statement. He has been good at the dot for the Hawks, skates well, wins board battles and DRIVES POSESSION!

    In terms of a checking center he is more than serviceable and a quality addition.

    Allows for a lot of flexibility when Hossa is healthy up and that is kind of important.

    And they got a fairly polished defender for a 2nd in a meh draft. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/david_rundblad/ is the scoop on him.

    While I am slightly irritated that “nothing” happened. It really isn’t the end of the world that they didn’t make a move. In an ideal world they struggle while Hossa is out and peak at the end of the year not dissimilar to the White Sox when they won after almost crapping the bed.

    Jeez… I get theyre frustrating to watch right now but the sky isn’t falling.

  20. MS says:

    Sr. Brad I am with you on most if your post except I think it is way too early to call Regin “very mediocre”. Let the guy play a few games with some consistent line mates before drawing that conclusion. A successful playoff run requires unexpected contributions from depth players such as Zus last year. Let’s hope players like Regin, Krueger or Smith really step up this year (and I wish we could put Morin’s name on that list).

  21. Kubs59 says:

    Question, what’s the 2014 draft look like? Seems like that’s a commodity that most teams have to trade with, … I’m surprised to see that much movement. Seems like there’s a lot of teams that think they’re close and could contend this year for the Cup. Tab, realistically how close are that many teams in the Western Conf?

  22. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Regin is a good hockey player. An underrated addition. He can’t score, but he’ll be fine as an ultimate role player when the playoffs hit.

    The Hawks are doubtful to compete for the Cup this season. That is my unvarnished opinion. The physical and mental energy has been lacking for 2 months plus. Sr. Brad is right in his comment about Sharp. Fact is Sharp has been a shadow of his pre-Olympic selection self, which actually is pissing me off. But what has also been the issue is Bickell being awful, Versteeg being a mistake, Saad plateuing, Shaw regressing, Leddy being mediocre, Crow not going on a sustained run. And Seabrook going into a decline (hint…he’s not worth the contract anymore).

    Hawks get to round 2 and get their ass kicked. Then Bowman goes back to the laboratory and works on getting this team ready for a strong and very serious Cup run in 2014-15. That’s what my head says happens. Reality bites, but I don’t live in denial on things.

  23. AJ says:

    2014 looks like crap

  24. JS says:

    Anyone ever hear of the term “regression to the mean”? This whole BS about Sharp playing for the Olympics and now being a “shadow of his pre-Olympic self” is just crap and wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

    Sharp has been a career 12.1% shooter. Anyone want to guess what Sharp’s shooting percentage is this season? 12%! Holy crap! It’s CRAZY how that works. Anyway, Sharp went on fire in the middle of the season and was hovering around the 17-18% mark. Now, he has sustained that once… but that was back in 07-08. We all should have known that it was very likely that Sharp would REGRESS TO THE MEAN and come back to his career shooting percentage.

    It is very likely that Sharp finishes out the last 20 games scoring once every 8.3 shots, since that is how Patrick Sharp works.

    I’m looking forward to the Hawks ripping off 11 of 12 including 2 moon poundings of the St. Louis Blues so I can stop reading this crap.

  25. AJ says:

    Sharp has historically scored in droves. Meaning he goes on 7-10 game streaks where he scores many goals. Then doesn’t score for a while. Then hits another run.

    Happens Every.Single.Year.

    Watch a game, yikes. Sharp is going to score close to 40 goals this year. That is kind of good.

  26. goldenbladz says:

    I can’t understand why Q realizes that Rosival needs time off and rotates with Brookabank and Kostka (now Rundblad) but can’t understand that Handzus needs the same rotation as Rozy.

  27. Tab Bamford says:

    @goldenbladz – he did sit Handzus in the NYR game after the Olympics. The problem has been carrying 8 defenseman for most of the season and being up against the cap; he didn’t have many options to sit him w/out dressing Brookbank as a forward.

  28. ebonyraptor says:

    Where is this idea that St. Louis needs scoring coming from? The Hawks are the top scoring team in the league at 3.33 G/G. The Blues are 2nd at 3.23 G/G. They have plenty of scoring. Steen’s scoring has slowed down but the same can be said about Kane’s scoring. I think St. Louis got better with the trade – how much is debatable. If Miller makes one or two more saves in the playoffs more than Halak would have – that could be the difference in one or two games and one or two series. So I think that is a meaningful upgrade.

    Gaborik is almost a point per game player when he’s healthy. If he can stay healthy it is a big gain for LA.

    Don’t overlook Minnesota either. Adding Moulson should help their weakness which is scoring.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still like the Hawks chances – but those other teams got better.

  29. JS says:

    ER- a half a point a game forward would end up creating more goals than the addition of Miller prevents.

    Halak is a really good goalie. Not sure why this is getting so much play.

  30. AJ says:

    St Louis does not have any game breakers. None. Steen before December 1 maybe.

    Those are necessary to win a Cup and usually get past the first round unless it is Phoenix playing a beat up Hawks team absent Hossa.

    Halak is kind of good in the playoffs… Better than Miller save % wise by over half a point.

    Explain to me how that is a gain other than conjecture.

  31. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Facepalm. Sharp’s play has been highly uneven for weeks. And yes, there is more to LW play then fucking scoring goals. Sharp is on my shit list right now…deal with it. He’s gotten all uppity on the ice and that shit needs to stop.

  32. JS says:

    Also, Corey Crawford has better career playoff numbers than Miller and is actually comparable in the regular season. Ryan Miller had a good run in the 2010 Olympics… but what else?

    Can you explain what Sharp is doing wrong, Rufus? He turned the puck over which led to the ENG on Tuesday… that was poopie. But what else?

  33. ebonyraptor says:

    JS – adding a half a point a game forward doesn’t add a half a point every game. That new half a point a game forward would displace another forward who also scores at some fraction of a point per game. The net result might be a gain in scoring – but it wouldn’t be a half a point per game.

    The claim that the Blues don’t have any “game breakers” is debatable, but even if it were true – it would necessarity have to mean they have better balance or put another way – more depth scroing. The Hawks have scored 13 more (non shootout) goals than the Blues but they’ve played two more games. Factoring in the two games in hand – the Hawks have scored only 7 more goals than the Blues over 63 games. The Blues may or may not have any game breakers – but somehow they manage to score a lot of goals.

  34. JS says:

    That person can replace Reaves or Lapierre, or a number of other players that won’t get ice time during the playoffs because they are bad.

    Vanek would have been a huge acquisition for them. Matt Moulson would have been nice. A healthy Gaborik.

    All 3 of those guys could have been gotten for less than the Blues gave up for Miller/Ott and would have been a much bigger help.

  35. noonan96 says:

    First of ll I’m in shock-comment from R.T.F– Sr. Brad is right in his comment about Sharp–
    Sr. Brad I totally agree about 26-I don’t get it, I don’t care what anyone says, he needs to slowly exit to the golf course. He’s been valuable but it time for Kane to get a new partner. Please!!
    I do think Kane needs a centre other than TT (whenever he gets here). TT and Kane mirror each other so much they’ll get in each others way and together lack size/grit. There is a solution and Kane will end up with 19. That’s barring something major changing in the next 6 months.

  36. ebonyraptor says:

    JS – you can make the case that every team would be better with a better player or a better scorer in most cases – the debate isn’t whether the Blues could have gotten better by acquiring other players – it’s assessing whether they’re better after the trade.

    I don’t know if Ott is better than Stewart and in fact I think swapping those two players isn’t much of a gain or loss either way. I think the Blues got better by swapping Halak for Miller because I think Miller is a notch better than Halak.

  37. wall says:

    My BOY TT w a filthy assist today on the PP!!!

    TT might be better w/ 10/81… But TT/88 would work to, cuz both have incredible vision/Offensive IQ.

    The Blues don’t have the “prolific” scorer… but they really get in front of net and make life hard on Goalie/D… always seem to get that deflection/tip in goal… one of Hawks few weaknesses is moving bodies from in front of net (usually don’t have to -cuz other teams don’t have puck long enough to allow high traffic)… Blues have that ability.

  38. Dickie Dunn says:

    RTF, ” Fact is Sharp has been a shadow of his pre-Olympic selection self, which actually is pissing me off. But what has also been the issue is Bickell being awful, Versteeg being a mistake, Saad plateuing, Shaw regressing, Leddy being mediocre, Crow not going on a sustained run. And Seabrook going into a decline (hint…he’s not worth the contract anymore).” — and on other days it just rains.

  39. JS says:

    Serious chuckle out of that one, Dickie. :)

  40. RyanDale says:

    guess the joy of Pirri moving on cant offset the disdain within

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