The NHL trade deadline is tomorrow, but there have been a number of big deals today. I break it all down with an instant analysis.
Vancouver Gets Derek Roy
Dallas Gets Kevin Connauton and a 2nd Round Pick
The Canucks land the centre depth they have been lacking all season with the various injuries to Ryan Kesler, and finally fill the hole on their 2nd line. Even if Kesler comes back, the Canucks have enough wingers that he can centre the third line and go for three scoring lines.
The Stars get a good prospect in Connauton and a 2nd round pick. Connauton is an excellent pp quarterback at the AHL level, with good passing skills and a great shot.
Boston Gets Jaromir Jagr
Dallas Gets Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a Conditional 2nd-Round Pick*
*If the Bruins win 2 playoff rounds the pick becomes a first round pick*
The Bruins get the legend in Jagr. The 40 year old can still score, and will be a big asset to the Bruins on the powerplay.
From the Stars perspective, this deal is all about the draft pick. The two prospects they acquired basically project as having an upside as fourth line pugilists.
New York Rangers get Ryan Clowe
San Jose gets the Rangers 2013 2nd rounder, the Panthers 2013 3rd rounder and a conditional pick.*
If the Rangers re-sign Clowe, or win 2 playoff rounds, the Sharks get the Rangers 2014 2nd rounder. If they do not do either of those things, they get the Rangers 2014 fourth.
The Rangers get a big, physical forward, who goes to the net and can drop the gloves. Unfortunately with 0 goals this season, Clowe has also seemingly forgotten how to score. A nagging shoulder injury has bothered Clowe at times this season.
The Sharks get a boatload of Draft Picks.
Montreal gets Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles gets Montreal’s 5th round pick in 2013
Montreal gets a big defenceman who can help their depth. Drewiske can play bottom pair minutes and is a stay at home defender good at blocking shots, clearing the crease, and working some penalty kill time.
Los Angeles gets a draft pick for a player who likely was forced off the roster with their acquisition of Robyn Regher Monday.
Carolina gets Marc Andre Bergeron
Tampa Bay gets Adam Hall, 7th round pick
The Canes get a powerplay specialist in Bergeron. He has a great slapshot and a good passer who should help boost a floundering pp in Carolina. He’s terrible defensively though, so they will need to limit his even strength minutes as much as possible.
The Lightning get back a player they waived earlier this season, and immediately waived again after the deal was made. They also get a late draft pick. Oh and Carolina may have thrown in a bag of pucks, but that is yet to be confirmed.
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