By Chris Yackel, Jack Fenty, and Peter Bolt
Trade: Philadelphia Flyers acquire goaltender Petr Mrazek from Detroit Red Wings for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Reaction: This is a solid trade for both teams. The Flyers needed to acquire a goalie due to injuries to their top two goalies, Brian Elliot and Michal Neuvirth. The Red Wings are not going anywhere this year, so they were sellers at the deadline. Getting a third and fourth round pick in exchange for Petr Mrazek is a fair evaluation. Mrazek is rumored to now be the best guy in the locker room so we shall see how this effects the high-flying Flyers. I believe this trade benefits both parties involved. -Peter Bolt
Trade: Boston Bruins acquire defenseman Nick Holden from New York Rangers for defenseman Rob o’Gara and third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Reaction: This is a great trade for the New York Rangers. I personally believe Nick Holden is a little overrated and am surprised the Rangers were able to pick up a third-round pick for him. Holden is on the older side and the Rangers are officially rebuilding so I would say the Rangers got the upper hand in this one. But, this does help the B’s gear up for a hopefully long playoff run. Defensive depth never hurts for a team. O’Gara is a young defenseman from Long Island, New York and will add to a young group of defensemen the Rangers are trying to build for years to come. -Peter Bolt
Trade: Florida Panthers acquire forward Frank Vatrano from Boston Bruins for third-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft.
Reaction: The Panthers are fighting for their lives to sneak into a second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture and the Boston Bruins are fighting to win the Stanley Cup. Vatrano is 23 years old and is dealing with injury riddled season; this trade helps the Panthers NOW and in the future where he will most likely find himself playing on the third line. The third round pick received is essentially getting back the third rounder they gave up in the Holden trade. -Jack Fenty
Trade: New Jersey Devils acquire forward Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers for defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Reaction: I don’t hate the move for the Devils, but also don’t love it. The Devils should make the playoffs this year, but are not serious contenders to win the Stanley Cup. The trade will help the Devils ensure a playoff spot and through this the younger guys on the team will get some playoff experience (Bratt, Hischier, Butcher, Severson) but the price was a bit high in my opinion. Grabner scores goals and is excellent on the penalty kill. Overall, both the Rangers and Devils are helped in this trade.
Trade: Pittsburgh Penguins acquire forwards Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, Tobias Lindberg, 2018 third-round pick (OTT); Ottawa Senators acquire defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, 2018 first-round pick, and 2019 third-round pick (PIT); Vegas Golden Knights acquire forward Ryan Reaves and 2018 fourth-round pick (PIT from VAN).
Reaction: Crosby, Malkin, Brassard, and Sheahan; it is hard to find many teams in the league with a better lineup down in the middle. Brassard has a lot of playoff experience and is in the prime of his career at the age of 30. He has one more year on his contract after this season. It is going to be very hard to match up with the center depth the Penguins have come playoff time. Ottawa would eventually flip Ian Cole to the Blue Jackets. The Knights also add Reaves who adds grit and physicality to the Vegas lineup; this will help them come playoff time. -Jack Fenty
Trade: New York Islanders acquire defenseman Brandon Davidson from Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2019 third-round pick.
Reaction: Both teams benefit from this lowkey trade. The Islanders acquire much needed D depth and they also received a stable player to replace Thomas Hickey, who is an UFA after this season. Davidson is a RFA and will most likely be resigned by the Isles for a small amount of money at the end of the year. Davidson is a stable d-man that will block shots and play solid defensively. The Oilers get a third round pick from trading a guy the team picked up off waivers just weeks ago and was not in the daily lineup for the Oilers. Garth Snow and Peter Chiarelli at it again! Hopefully both will be out of a job this summer. -Jack Fenty
Trade: Boston Bruins acquire forward Rick Nash from New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, Boston's first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and its seventh-round pick in 2018.
Reaction: The Bruins get a guy that can add a lot to their lineup, while the Rangers get a pretty good haul for Nash. Nash will bring some great skill in goal scoring abilities to a team that is already one of the best in the Eastern Conference. I like this trade for both sides. The Rangers get good pieces to continue their rebuild, meanwhile the Bruins get a battle tested, playoff experienced power forward that is gifted with natural goal scoring ability. Will Nash contribute enough when it matters most, the playoffs? That is a question that will be answered as the playoffs unfold.
Trade: Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun from Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel, defenseman Rinat Valiev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Reaction: Plekanec will be in a shutdown role for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Plekanec will most likely center a line with Leo Komarov and Kasperi Kapanen. This will help the explosive top two lines to get the matchups they want. Montreal in return gets three pieces that will help in their rebuild. -Jack Fenty
Trade: Columbus Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Nick Moutrey and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Reaction: I like this trade for Columbus. Giving up a third-round pick and Nick Moutrey for the 29 year old defenseman Ian Cole was a solid move. Although the Blue Jackets are most likely going to be playing a top team in the first round of the playoffs this move increases their chances of advancing past the first round for sure by adding defensive depth. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen drafted Ian Cole when he was in St. Louis.
-Peter Bolt/Jack Fenty
Trade: Nashville Predators acquire forward Ryan Hartman, 2018 fifth-round pick from Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Victor Ejdsell, 2018 first-round pick, 2018 fourth-round pick.
Reaction: Hartman adds more depth to an already DEEP Nashville squad, who has to be the favorite out of the Western Conference at this point. Hartman who is only 23 did a terrific job with the Blackhawks and still has room to grow. It’s a great deal for Nashville as this bolsters their lineup even more. For Chicago, they will not be making the playoffs, so this move makes a ton of sense. It also help with their salary cap situation as Hartman is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.
Trade: Winnipeg Jets acquire forward Paul Stastny from St. Louis Blues in exchange for 2018 first-round pick, rights to forward Erik Foley.
Reaction: A team like Winnipeg is very cautious and seldomly makes trades, but this one shows how the Jets are all-in on making a cup run this year. I love this trade for Winnipeg as it makes them even deeper down the middle and really helps their penalty kill and powerplay. Stastny is also a pending free agent which mean his $7 million dollar cap hit is not long term. It adds to an already stacked top 6 that includes Schiefle, Laine, Wheeler and Ehlers. For St. Louis who has lost six straight, one has to wonder if this trade means a symbolic wave of the white flag for them.
Trade: Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Jason Chimera from New York Islanders in exchange for forward Chris Wagner.
Reaction: Anaheim is a defensive factory as they are very deep on the back end. The Islanders are not, so this trade makes a ton of sense for both teams. Anaheim is a team that was looking to add a depth forward and veteran presence in their lineup and they did with a guy like Chimera. The Islanders need help on defense (desperately) and a guy like Wagner who is a steady shut down guy that can help center their third or fourth line and play on the penalty kill which has struggled all season.
Trade: San Jose Sharks acquire forward Evander Kane from Buffalo Sabres in exchange for 2019 conditional first-round pick, 2020 fourth-round pick, forward Dan O'Reagan.
Reaction: This is an aggressive move by the Sharks, but I like it. Kane who is having a great year so far (20 goals, 20 assists) will add some much-needed offensive punch to this underrated San Jose squad. San Jose is taking a risk as Kane has zero playoff experience but being in environment with a majority of the locker room having ample playoff experience will help him. The Sabres get a good deal out of this trade too as they have potential to get two first round picks if Kane re-signs. One first round pick is not bad though, along with the other assets.
Trade: Columbus Blue Jackets acquire forward Thomas Vanek from Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forwards Tyler Motte, Jussi Jokinen.
Reaction: Thomas Vanek isn’t the player he was four years ago, but he still has tremendous talent and is having a great year thus far. One has to be wary though as Vanek, who seems to be moved every deadline to add scoring punch could disappoint like he has previously in Montreal and last year in Florida. Vanek has a great opportunity though to prove his critics wrong and will help Columbus, who is struggling to put pucks in the back of the net score.
Trade: Vegas Golden Knights acquire forward Tomas Tatar from Detroit Red Wings in exchange for 2018 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, 2021 third-round pick.
Reaction: Just minutes up to the deadline the Vegas Golden Knights were trying to acquire Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. When the deal fell through George McPhee, the GM, traded for Tatar. The 27-year-old has 28 points this year in 62 games for the Wings. Tatar still has three years on his contact after this season. This will help the Vegas Knights in the upcoming playoffs and hopefully for the next three seasons also. Detroit got great return from this deal. Man would have it been fun to watch the Knights get Karlsson. -Jack Fenty
Trade: Tampa Bay Lightning acquire defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward JT Miller in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, a conditional 2019 second-round pick (if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup this year, or next the second-round pick turns into a first) Vladislav Namestnikov and prospects Brett Howden and Libor Hajek.
Reaction: The biggest trade of the day. This trade is a massive win for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they absolutely robbed the Rangers on this one. McDonagh is a warrior, battle tested, leader that has a ton of talent and can help on a second unit powerplay. He is great in his own end as well. JT Miller is also a great pick up for the Lightning. Miller can play both wing and center, but is proven to be better on the wing. He also is tough and gritty with a ton of skill and speed. The Rangers on the other hand got robbed. Instead of getting a guy like Mikhail Sergachev or Brayden Point, they got Vladimir Namestnikov. Now don’t get me wrong, Namestnikov is a good player, but one should wonder how much his production will suffer with not being on the same line as Stamkos and Kucherov. The first-round pick is also more like a second round pick as Tampa will likely pick in the late 20’s if not last in the first round. Same thing if the conditional second turns into a first. The two prospects acquired also are underwhelming. I get that Howden was a former first-round pick in 2016 (27th overall) and Hajek is a former second round pick in 2016 (37th overall) but it's not enough. Only time will tell how this deal will be judged, but for now the Lightning are head on favorites to win it all if they weren’t already.
Trade: New Jersey Devils acquire forward Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2019 3rd round pick and J.D. Dudek.
Reaction: The Devils get a gritty winger that will add some great depth to their lineup. This is great move for New Jersey. Edmonton gets some assets for the pending free agent so it's a good move for them as they don’t lose him for nothing like they would have in the off-season.
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