NHL Trade Deadline Recap: Part 2
A continuation of the NHL Trade Deadline moves from Part 1…
Leafs move on Clarkson and his hefty contract
As well as sending forward Olli Jokinen to the Blues, and Korbinian Holzer to Anaheim, Toronto were able to ship David Clarkson and the remainder of his seven year, $36.75 million contract he signed in 2013 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In exchange, the Leafs get forward Nathan Horton. By trading Clarkson, the Maple Leafs opened up some space under the NHL salary cap. Clarkson’s $5.25 million salary-cap charge comes off Toronto’s books, and although the Maple Leafs will have to pay Horton, his salary does not count against the salary cap because he is on long-term injured reserve with a back injury.
Red Wings add pieces, sure up blue line
After exploring a deal for Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, the Red Wings went to plan B and acquired veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round pick that becomes a second round pick if Detroit go to the Stanley Cup finals. Zidlicky might well be the right-handed shot the Wings have been searching for the past couple of years and Zidlicky won’t have to change a whole lot to be effective. The Wings already have the league’s best power play and Zidlicky will only add to that. Detroit also brought in forward Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars for a second-round pick and two prospects, which should help to spread out the Wings’ scoring depth.
Around the league
In other trade deadline deals, Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braden Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick, a third-round pick and injured defenseman Radko Gudas.
Montreal were also busy, acquiring tough forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the Ducks for young Czech rookie forward Jiri Sekac, and also got a defenseman, acquiring Jeff Petry from Edmonton. Although the flashy Sekac was a steep price to pay, Smith-Pelly adds much needed size, physicality and penalty killing ability to Montreal’s lineup. Meanwhile, Anaheim, who sit atop of the pacific division bolstered their blue line, adding James Wisniewski from Columbus for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick in 2015.
Arizona continued to clean house, trading Zbynek Michalek for a prospect, meaning Vermette, Michalek, Yandle and Chris Summers have all left the desert dogs. The Coyotes are continuing to unload players and stock up on draft picks and build for the future around premier defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, along with a number of prospects such as Max Domi, Duclair, Brendan Perlini and Christian Dvorak in the pipeline, and are in the sweepstakes to land Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid in the draft.
The Capitals added veteran Time Gleason from the Hurricanes, while division leader Nashville added defenseman Cody Franson and a complementary forward in Mike Santorelli from Toronto without GM David Poile needing to break the bank. In exchange the Leafs received a 2015 first-round pick, Olli Jokinen, whom was later sent to St. Louis, and prospect Brendan Leipsic.
Sources used in this article…
ESPN Scott Burnside, NHL.COM, Yahoo Sports, LA Times.