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NHL Trade Deadline

Since the beginning of the NHL season in October, there has been a total of 68 trade transactions across the league. However, 24 of the 68 trades occurred on March 2nd, which was deadline day. It started off hot in October when the Isle’s acquired both Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk on October 4th. Since then, Leddy and Boychuk now play on the top pair for NYI and both recently signed multi-year extensions. Since then, there has been a steady flow of trades, then the deadline saw some fireworks.

By far the biggest trade of the season occurred on February 11th when the Sabres and Jets pulled off the biggest blockbuster in recent memory. Disgruntled, but extremely talented forward Evander Kane had a laundry list of issues with the Jet’s that culminated with him, Zach Bogosian (D) and Jason Kasdorf (G) being sent to Buffalo. In exchange, the Jet’s received Tyler Myers (D), Drew Stafford (F), Joel Armia (F), Brendan Lemieux (F) and 2015 first rounder. Many experts believe this trade was truly beneficial for both teams as the Jet’s got a good return for Kane who is extremely talented but needed to get out. Both Myers and Stafford will fight right in and the 2015 draft is suppose to be the deepest draft in years. On the other side, the Buffalo receives Kane who is still young with limitless potential and Bogosian who is a solid third or fourth defensemen. They have two other first round picks, so getting rid of one is not a huge issue.

In addition the above blockbuster, there were a number of other trades that have already had an impact. The Leaf’s were able to unload some contracts by sending Clarkson and has his big contract to the Predators and got a first rounder in return along with some other pieces. They also sent Mike Santorelli to the Pred’s. After Patty Kane’s injury, the Hawk’s needed some help up front and acquired Vermette from the Coyote’s but had to give up their 2015 first. The Coyote’s were involved in another big trade with the Rangers where they sent Keith Yandle and some others to NYR in exchange for John Moore (D), top prospect Anthony Duclair (F), a 2016 first rounder and a 2015 2nd.

There were a number of other trades that weren’t covered here but they were typically depth players moving and a lot of draft picks were also exchanged. Arguably the most effective trade of the season came early in the trade deadline when the Coyote’s traded goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Wild for a 3rd-rounder. At the time, the Wild were in shambles and since the acquisition, the Wild are 19-5-2 and have worked there way back into a playoff position.

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