NHL Trade Deadline: Western Conference Review

Here are all the deals impacting the Western Conference playoff race(s) since the Blackhawks game started on Sunday:

(Note: we’re focusing on playoff teams. If you want to keep up with Edmonton or Arizona, check NHL.com)

Los Angeles acquired forward Kris Versteeg from Carolina for right wing Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth-round pick.

Colorado acquired forward Mikkel Boedker from Arizona for forwards Alex Tanguay and Conner Bleackley and defenseman Kyle Wood.

Colorado acquired defenseman Eric Gelinas from New Jersey for a third round pick in 2017.

Dallas acquired defenseman Kris Russell from Calgary for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second round pick in 2016.* (If Dallas makes Conference Final, second round pick becomes a first.)

St. Louis acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from Edmonton in exchange for goaltender Niklas Lundstrom, and a fifth round pick in 2016.

Anaheim acquired center Brandon Pirri from Florida for a sixth round pick in 2016.

Anaheim acquired forward Jamie McGinn from Buffalo for a conditional third round pick.

18 thoughts on “NHL Trade Deadline: Western Conference Review

  • February 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Exactly what Colorado needs — another irresponsible forward from a defensive standpoint. Boedeker makes Stalberg look like Selke award finalist.

  • February 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Bowman had a brilliant week. I love that this team is going for it. Can’t really worry about the future when the opportunity to win another Cup is right now. I see the great Brandon Pirri was traded for a 6th round pick and used ice sharpener. Yet again, validation for why Quenneville and Bowman soured on the poor skating one-dimensional center.

  • February 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    The only position I see as being weaker this year for the Hawks is the #4 D spot. Would have been nice to see Hamhuis there. It sounds like there were talks regarding Hamhuis. Luckily, stronger at 5 through 8 though.

    As with all the contenders, it will boil down to staying healthy and great goal tending. SB has given them another great shot at it!

    I would be more confident with home ice in the playoffs but not if it burns them out.

  • February 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I know he did not get on the score sheet but I was at the Caps game yesterday morning and was very impressed with the passing of Fleishmann. I did not realize he had such good vision. He’s a real nice add, IMO. Ladd obviously we know about him…interested to see how gritty Weise is.

    I am glad we added a bit of depth in goal too. Drew MacIntyre has not had a great year but he’s been a pretty decent goalie a long time and has played stronger in the playoffs in the past. Hoping both our clubs have long playoff runs!

    Russell is a nice pickup by Dallas…I would have liked having him or Schlemko.


  • February 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Hope there’s one more trade for the hawks today. I mean the team is so solid as is, but a true #4 defenseman would really just be the icing on the cake. Of the traded defensemen (russel, liles, gelinas) I was wondering anyone’s thoughts on if the hawks hypothetically could/should have made those moves and who at this point might still be a realistic, available trade? especially on toronto if a deal is indeed possible with them (aka bickell)

  • February 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Stan Bowman did a fine job solidifying this team for the playoffs and for a very good chance at another cup. If he is not recognized this year for GM of the year, that would be a damn shame. If anything, the league owes him for the last several years.

    The same with Q. It is about time the NHL recongnized him for his coaching success. Yes, he has a generational core, however, to get this year’s team where it is today has been a phenomenal job. By my count, once Ehrhoff and Weise play, the Hawks will have had 33 or more players play at the NHL level this year. That is a lot. And, Q has the Hawks at the top of the Western Conf in points and 2nd in the NHL in points.

    How about some of that East Coast love making its way to these gentlemen for the Dynasty, yes – Dynasty, they helped create.

    Go Hawks!!! I am optimistic that the cup is ours to lose. No team in the NHL has the Championship heart and caliber that this team and organization have. Let’s bring it home boys.

  • February 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Hamhuis admits waiving the no trade clause for Chicago (and Dallas). Dang, it should have happened. Obviously the cap space limited the options.

  • February 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I only regret the unnecessary loss of Sekac. I think he looked quite well in limited time and could have been signed for 1-2 more seasons for around 700k. Would not be bad depth player at all, after rentals will leave on 1st of July…

  • February 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    …. as for Dallas, Kris Russell is comparable to Van Riemsdyk. Further, goalie ping-pong b/w Niemi & Lehtonen — their “D” remains a problem.

    Let’s hope for a nice sunny cool day for the parade in June.

  • February 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Just finished reading Winnepeg Jets blog on Ladd trade. He really endeared himself to those fans as he did in Chicago. A real class act. A real boost to Blackhawk cup chances. Congrats to SB and Q for putting the finishing touches to an already competitive team. I only hope that Ladd can be more than a rental, but I think Buff’s contract will make that very difficult. I think the Jets offered 6mil/yr for 6 years to a guy who led the team in points three out of four years, huh?

  • March 1, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Two years in a row, the early bird got the worm. Stan nabbed Vermette last year, Ladd this year. Wiese and Fleischmann make even stronger.

    A lot of what moved on Tuesday were the consolation prizes.

    Mark Mcneill is still a Hawk, that is a bit surprising. Ville Pokka is still a very solid prospect.

    With 47 contracts, I am curious to see who the Hawks sign, as undrafted free agents out of the NCAA.

  • March 1, 2016 at 6:49 am

    @ Craig

    The Hawks find players better then anyone else right now. They also know what they are looking for. They have 3 umdrafted players on this team alone, Panarin, TVR, and Rasmussen. I believe Gus was drafted by the Oilers and then not signed, and then signed here.

  • March 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Mark McNeil has no trade value, so hardly surprised he wasn’t moved. Good filler for Rockford.

    Pressure definitely on Hitchcock in St. Louis. It will be interesting to see which team shows up come playoff time. If they bow out early again there will be some major house cleaning this summer in St. Louis.

    Dallas doesn’t concern me. Goaltending and defense are their achille’s heel.

    The chase for the Cup has 4 true contenders in my mind…Capitals, Lightning, Kings and Blackhawks. An argument can be made for the Rangers, but I’m not buying it.

  • March 1, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Craig, any thoughts on who youd like to see signed as undrafted guys?

    Nolan Stevens (John Stevens son) is a guy with size. I believe he’s still be draft eligible however. He was at Hawks camp a few years ago.

    Ahti Oksanen from BU- he had been playing defense but converted to forward.

    Not undrafted and can’t be signed until the summer. But Jimmy Vesey. Long been rumored he’ll sign in Toronto as his dads a scout and his brother was drafted by them in the 6th round

  • March 1, 2016 at 11:50 am


    Ill make the argument for the Rangers. They have a top 3 goalie in the league, they have an experienced head coach w 2 finals under his belt. They have the deepest blue line in the league, and a defense 1st mindset. They have a deep top 9 and gamebreakers in Nash and Staal(I am extremely confident he will put up numbers in NY). In an extremely limited sample they have played best against the Hawks out of all teams this year. Hawks vs Rangers for the SCF this season. You heard it here 1st!

  • March 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Agree w/ Southside Rangers not too shabby.

    And don’t forget, they have Stalberg too!

  • March 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    That team is there to but is not deep at FW, more top heavy like PIT, but they are deep at D. WAS/TAB are deeper at FW.

  • March 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Ernie, I attended the Omaha/North Dakota game on Saturday and kept a close eye on “our prospects” : Schmaltz, Johnson, Snuggerud, Oloffson.

    I also got a good look at Undrafted free agents, Troy Stecher (D) and Drake Caguilia (F) of North Dakota. I was very impressed with Stecher, moves the puck quickly, jumps into the play and passes tape-to-tape, very hard and accurately. He also pivots beautifully at the right point in the offensive zone when under pressure and does not panic. He will be in demand.

    Caguilia is having a super season. I am not sure he is big enough to play in the NHL and score. But he is willing to go to the greasy areas. The question – is his upside NHL level of will he be a solid AHLer.

    One guy worth keeping an eye on as well – Mark Jankowski of Providence. He is a Senior and has really has gotten better and better each year since Calgary took him in the 1st round 4 years ago. The man who drafted him in Calgary – Jay Feaster is long gone. I wonder if he waits until August 15 and then wades through a few offers.

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