After seeing over 20 trades today, the focus has been moved to the playoffs and the draft. I’ll be going over some of the bigger trades over the past week, but first, we’ll start with the Flyers moves.
The first Flyers move was trading defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in return for two draft picks. This has been covered here, and our reactions can be found here. This was followed by moving Timonen’s usual defensive partner Braydon Coburn. Coburn was moved to Tampa Bay for 2 draft picks and Radko Gudas. This trade was also previously covered. The Flyers now have $4.9M in free cap space after these deals. It should also be noted that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has signed a $1.425M 2-year extension with an AAV of $712,500.
To sum it up, the Flyers acquired Radko Gudas, a 1st round pick (TBL), 2nd round pick (CHI), 3rd round pick (TBL), and a conditional 4th round pick (CHI) for Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.
Toronto trades Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville for Olli Jokinen, Brendan Leipsic, and a 2015 first round pick
It was an early trade but many still consider the Cody Franson trade as a deadline deal, so I will as well. Both Franson and Santorelli were former Predators and have returned to Nashville for a playoff run. Jokinen was then later traded to the Blues for a condtional 6th round pick.
Carolina trades Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles for Roland McKeown and a conditional 1st round pick
The Los Angeles Kings showed that they are 100% looking towards another late season playoff push by acquiring Sekera. The conditions on the 1st round pick is that if the Kings miss the playoffs, the pick is their 2016 pick. If the Kings make the playoffs, it’s their 2015 pick.
New Jersey trades Jaromir Jagr to Florida for two draft picks
The Panthers are trying to overtake Boston as the final wild card playoff team in the East and to help their chances they went out and got Jaromir Jagr. The 43 year old was more than ready to get out of New Jersey and the Panthers just had to give up a 2015 2nd round pick & 2016 3rd round pick.
Arizona trades Antoine Vermette to Chicago for Klas Dahlbeck and a 1st round pick
After acquiring Kimmo Timonen, the Blackhawks added another veteran in Antoine Vermette. Vermette had seemingly been the most sought after forward at the deadline and the Hawks moved a defensive prospect and a 1st round pick to get him. He’s slated to play on the 2nd line with a lot better wingers than he had in Arizona which should help his offensive production.
Arizona trades Keith Yandle to the Rangers for John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a conditional 2016 1st round pick, and a 2015 2nd round pick
This is probably my favorite trade of the deadline because both teams get what they need for where their seasons are. Duclair is a stud of a player who has shown great chemistry with Arizona prospect Max Domi at the World Juniors this past tournament and the Rangers also benefit by getting Keith Yandle, who was arguably the top available defenseman, for a deep playoff run.
Columbus trades James Wisniewski and a 3rd round draft pick to Anaheim for William Karlsson, Rene Bourque, and a 2nd round pick
Anaheim has added two good defenseman today, after acquiring Simon Despres from Pittsburgh for Lovejoy, they have now added Wisniewski. From the Blue Jackets perspective, they get a good, young forward in Karlsson and Rene Bourque who could maybe pick his game up all of a sudden like they’re hoping David Clarkson does. The 3rd round draft pick that the Blue Jackets traded was originally Detroit’s.
One trade I left out of this was the biggest trade this season, it just came a bit too early to be considered a “deadline” deal but it sure looks like one. The trade I’m talking about is the Evander Kane deal of course, which you can read about here.