Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers

Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers

It wasn’t the most exciting Trade Deadline in recent history until it was. The last 15 minutes provided us with all sorts of action that will have ripple effects all across the league. As usual, there will be teams who will regret the decisions they’ve made while one team will be lucky enough to take home the Holy Grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup. Here are our top three winners and losers of the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, in no particular order. 

Winners

Vegas

Additions: Mark Stone, Tobias Lindberg
Subtractions: Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, 2020 second-round pick

Vegas picks up the biggest name out there this year in Mark Stone from the Senators. Stone is one of the best two-way players in the league and could be in contention for the Selke, which for a winger is pretty rare. They did have to give up a top-end prospect in Erik Brannstrom but considering Columbus gave up what could end up being two first-round picks for Matt Duchene, it’s not a crazy price to pay. Our very own Mike Kelly breaks down just what Stone brings to the Golden Knights.

 

Winnipeg

Additions: Kevin Hayes, Nathan Beaulieu. Bogdan Kiselevich, Par Lindholm, Matt Hendricks, Alex Broadhurst
Subtractions: Brendan Lemieux, 2019 first-round pick, conditional 2022 fourth-round pick, Nic Petan, 2020 seventh-round pick, 2021 seventh-round pick, 2019 sixth-round pick

The Jets made a splash last year picking up Paul Stastny at the deadline and they’ve done it again this year trading for Kevin Hayes from the Rangers. Hayes was one of the best centremen available and makes them one of the deepest teams down the middle. He’s a pass-first player on the offense whose also very responsible defensively. This could turn into one of the best additions at the deadline and just might put the Jets over the top. They also made a few low-key moves adding a number of depth players who could be useful as injuries happen throughout their playoff run.

Boston

Additions: Charlie Coyle, Marcus Johansson
Subtractions: 2019 second-round pick, 2020 fourth-round pick, 2019 conditional fifth-round pick, Ryan Donato

The Bruins’ two biggest issues they needed to address were a second line winger and a third line centreman. Adding Marcus Johansson and Charlie Coyle is a direct fix to those problems and they were able to do it without giving up a first-round pick. Ryan Donato could still turn out to be a pretty good player but Coyle with his size and skill could be a nightmare to play against for any team the Bruins meet in the playoffs. They also get Coyle for an extra year after this year, giving them a great utility player who can play up and down their lineup. These additions give the Bruins a shot at putting together a long playoff run.

Honorable Mention: Nashville Predators

Additions: Wayne Simmonds, Mikael Granlund
Subtraction: Kevin Fiala, Ryan Hartman, 2020 conditional fourth-round pick

Nashville has one of the best defense cores in the league but their biggest flaw was their lack of depth from their forward group. Adding Wayne Simmonds and Mikael Granlund is a great way to address those needs. Simmonds gives them a great net-front guy on their struggling powerplay and he’ll use his size and strength to wear down opponents throughout a playoff round. Granlund is a good passer who brings secondary scoring. He managed to post 34 assists this season on the 5th-lowest scoring team in the NHL.

 

Losers

Calgary

Additions: Oscar Fantenberg
Subtractions: 2020 conditional fourth-round pick

Calgary was rumored to be in on big names such as Kevin Hayes and Mark Stone, but ultimately struck out. To make matters worse, their two targets ended up with Winnipeg and Vegas respectively, two top contenders in the Western Conference. The Sharks, who are just three points back of Calgary, also added extra firepower in Gustav Nyquist. The Flames did add depth defenseman Oscar Fantenberg, but he won’t move the needle very far. In short, they struck out on their targets and teams behind them made major moves, so they are on the losing side of this deadline.

Detroit

Additions: 2019 second-round pick, 2020 conditional third-round pick, 2020 second-round pick, Madison Bowey
Subtractions: Gustav Nyquist, Nick Jensen, 2019 fifth-round pick

The Wings managed to get a very solid return on Nick Jensen, but they fell short of their reported goals when the dust settled. They were aiming to get first round picks for both Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard, but Howard is still on the team and Nyquist brought back only a second and a conditional third, which could become a second if the Sharks win the Cup this year or re-sign Nyquist this summer. Getting an extra first-rounder or two would’ve helped accelerate the rebuild in Motown.

Washington

Additions: Nick Jensen, Carl Hagelin, 2019 fifth-round pick
Subtractions: Madison Bowey, 2020 second-round pick, 2019 third-round pick, 2020 conditional sixth-round pick

Washington makes it as a loser not because of the players they acquired, but because of the assets they had to surrender. Nick Jensen is a good player, but he projects to be on the third pair behind John Carlson and Matt Niskanen. A second-round pick and a decent defensive prospect in Madison Bowey seems like a steep price for a 5th or 6th defenseman. Same goes for the Acquisition of Carl Hagelin. The once-speedy winger is just a shadow of his former self and has posted just eight points split between the Pittsburgh Penguins and L.A. Kings, so giving up 3rd and 6th round picks to acquire him seems pricey once again, especially when you compare to the price the Sharks paid for Nyquist.

(Dis)honorable mention: Ottawa Senators

Additions: Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson, Anthony Duclair, Brian Gibbons, Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg, 2019 first-round pick, conditional 2020 first-round pick, two 2020 second-round picks, 2021 second-round round pick
Subtractions: Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Julius Bergman, Patrick Sieloff

We expected them to be the biggest losers of the deadline given their recent history and the fact their top three scoring forwards were likely on the move, but they made out better than expected given their situation. Still, having to deal your top three forwards because you’re backed into a corner will get you in the losers’ column pretty much every time. Moving ahead with Chris Tierney as your leading scorer among forwards with 40 points and a paltry six goals is not the kind of headliner that will make people drive out to Kanata.