2013 NHL Trade Deadline Blog

The NHL trade deadline is finally among us!  A lot of trades have already occurred in the previous weeks to the deadline with Iginla, Jagr, Clowe among  others already having been traded.  Many more players have signed extensions with their current teams in the last few weeks as well.  But, it should still be an exciting deadline where players are moved and teams are getting stronger.  The

Completed Trades/Moves:

  • 4:41PM: The Nashville Predators acquire Filip Forsberg from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.
  • 4:29PM: The Minnesota Wild acquire Jason Pominville and a 2014 4th round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Hackett, a 2013 1st round draft pick, and a 2014 2nd round draft pick.
  • 4:01PM: The Boston Bruins acquire Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a  conditional 7th round draft pick.
  • 4:00PM: The New Jersey Devils acquire Steve Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 2014 7th round pick.
  • 3:06PM: The San Jose Sharks acquire Raffi Torres from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for 2013 3rd round pick.
  • 2:52PM: The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Blake Comeau from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2013 5th round draft pick.
  • 2:35PM: The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steve Delisle from the New York Rangers in exchange for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, and a 2014 6th round pick.
  • 2:30PM: The Philadelphia Flyers acquire Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Michael Leighton and a 2015 3rd round pick.
  • 2:07PM: The Tampa Bay Lightning acquire goaltender Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cory Conacher and a 4th round draft pick.
  • 1:28PM: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Jussi Jokinen from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
  • 12:53PM: The Edmonton Oilers acquire Jerred Smithson from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 4th round draft pick.
  • 12:35PM: The Nashville Predators trade Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 6th/7th round draft pick.
  • 12:21PM: The Boston Bruins trade Maxime Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks for Rob Flick.
  • 12:00PM: The Winnipeg Jets claim Mike Santorelli off of waivers from the Florida Panthers.
  • 12:00PM: The Philadelphia Flyers claim Adam Hall off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Lightning Fire Guy Boucher

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the firing of head coach Guy Boucher this morning.  Tampa’s assistant coaches Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix will take over behind the bench while GM Steve Yzerman searches for a new head coach.

Yzerman spoke on Boucher saying, “Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done.  But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise.”

The Lightning had a strong start to the year going 6-1 but have struggled since with a record of  7-16-1.  The Lightning are currently 13-17-1 and sit 14th in the Eastern Conference with 27 points.

The Lightning’s struggles this season have been warranted as weak goaltending and injuries have really plagued them.  The Lightning are offensive juggernauts ranking third in the league in total goals for but are 24th in the league in goals against. 

Starting goalie Anders Lindback hasn’t been bad in net but certainly not playing up to expectations.  Backup goaltender Mathieu Garon has struggled this year.  The duo isn’t what Yzerman had in mind when he acquired Lindback last summer.

Injuries have really hurt the Lightning.  While stars Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis, and Teddy Purcell have remained healthy, a revolving door of injuries have affected the Lightning.  Captain Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, and Benoit Pouliot have all missed significant time with different injuries.

Though Guy Boucher didn’t have control on a majority of these problems, the blame falls on the head coach as it is easier to replace one coach than the entire team.  Yzerman said this decision was more based on the direction the franchise was heading rather than this season’s failures.

Now Yzerman begins his search for a new head coach.  Some possible candidates may include:

  • Lindy Ruff – The Buffalo Sabres fired Ruff earlier this year.  He was with Buffalo for over 15 years and has had success bringing them to a Stanley Cup Final.  Being well known around the league, Ruff will have no problem finding another coaching job in the league and if interested, will be offered the job to the Lightning.  Ruff has a strong relationship with Yzerman as they worked on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team together.  Ruff would be a strong voice that could guide the Lightning in a positive direction.
  • Jon Cooper – Cooper is the head coach of the Lightning’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch.  He has worked with and grown the players there tremendously to the point where many of them including Cory Conacher and Alex Killorn are having success with the big league team this season.  The only question mark with Cooper is whether or not Yzerman wants to go with another young coach that has excelled in the minor leagues, but is unproven in the NHL, like Boucher was.

Only time will tell where Boucher will end up next and who the Lightning decide to hire as their new head coach..

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Subban Finally Resigns with Habs

Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban has ended his own lockout by finally signing a contract.  The RFA Subban signed a 2 year, $5.75M contract yesterday with a $2.875M AAV.

Subban has been holding out for a longer deal for more money but broke down after realizing his value would only go down as the season went on.

Subban spoke on the contract.  He said, “I’d probably say the toughest was watching the home opener, watching all the great players that have come through the Montreal organization that helped build this franchise. They’ve put in place that mentality of the Montreal Canadiens as a family and a team. I think that’s the most important thing about the Montreal Canadiens. I grew up a fan, my father’s a huge Montreal fan, and growing up watching the Montreal Canadiens everybody knows it’s not just about one player, it’s about a team and building a team and building a championship team. I want to be a part of that.”

The Canadiens have had a strong start to the season with a 3-1 record even though they currently sit third in a very strong Northeast Division. The addition of Subban to the lineup will booster their defense that has given up an NHL low of seven goals through four games this season.

Could this be the new standard contract for RFAs?  The Ranger’s Del Zotto signed a very similar two year contract just a few weeks ago.  Compare this to LA’s Drew Doughty who last year signed an 8 year, $56M contract ($7M AAV) after becoming a RFA.  A two year deal with lower salary is very safe for the team and will give the player time to grow and prove they are worth moving to the next level and getting paid the enormous salaries.  It is safe to say we’ll see more similar contracts to these over the next few years being given out to RFA’s.

PK Subban will be given all the time and opportunity in the next few years to prove he’s worth getting a 5+ year, $4-5M+ contract with his Canadiens.

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Rangers Resign RFA Del Zotto

The New York Rangers have resigned RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a 2 year, $5.1M ($2.55M AAV) contract. 

It’s good the Rangers and Del Zotto could get a fair deal done right before the start of training camp.  Del Zotto has been one of the Rangers’ top defensemen since he was drafted by the club in 2008.  He had a great season last year leading all Rangers defensemen in points with 41.  He will hope to build off a career year and lead the Rangers deep into the playoffs.

The Rangers also announced they have signed defenseman Matt Gilroy to a contract.  Will update with contract details when released.

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Could Luongo Be On The Move?

The Canucks have a favorable goaltending problem that every other team in the league wish they could have: having two star goaltenders.  Both Roberto Luongo and the younger Cory Schneider deserve a starting position.

Since Schneider is seven years younger than Luongo, he’s the safer bet to remain with the team and lead this team for several years to come.  Giving Schneider the starting position would allow the team to trade Luongo and booster the team in other positions including offense.

Toronto is the first destination that comes in mind for Luongo.  The Leafs have missed the playoffs the past five seasons and their goaltending has been very weak.  Just yesterday, Toronto fired veteran GM Brian Burke in favor of Dave Nonis.  There were rumors this change had to do with Burke’s level of interest in Luongo and/or is inability to get a deal done for him.  With a new GM, the Maple Leafs may be more aggressive in going after Luongo.  How well does Dave Nonis know Luongo?  He was actually the Canucks’ GM that traded for him.  To get this deal done, they’ll likely have to trade a star forward and a few prospects.  Some names that could get moved include Mikhail Grabovski, Joffrey Lupul, and Ashton Carter.  Toronto seems like the most likely location for Luongo to end up.

Another possible destination for Luongo may be his previous home: Florida.  He was a member of the Panthers for seven seasons before being dealt to Vancouver.  He loved playing in warm Florida and there are rumors that he would love to be back.  The Panthers would benefit greatly from having Luongo back as they’re goaltending was off and on all season after failing to resign Tomas Volkoun.  The Panthers would have to part with players such as Sean Bergenheim, Kris Versteeg, and other prospects and draft picks to obtain Luongo. 

Philadelphia is a third location Luongo may end up.  The Flyers signed Bryzgalov last season and he was a major disappointment.  With the new CBA’s amnesty buyout rules, Bryzgalov is a candidate to be bought out at the end of the season if he’s continues to falter.  But, don’t count on this as Bryzgalov had a solid stint in the KHL during this recent lockout.  It will all depend on if he can continue this kind of production in the NHL this season.  Philly has a lot of assets available to get this deal done including Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, and Max Talbot.  This is a lot of confusion whether or not the Philadelphia ownership is fully on board and many sources say they aren’t.  As of right now, Philly seems like an unlikely destination for Luongo.

Vancouver will want to get the deal they want for Luongo so they may decide to wait until they get it.  There is no harm in waiting until the trade deadline or this summer as they will still benefit from two all-star quality goaltenders.

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Burke Fired by Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired GM Brian Burke.  They will host a press conference at 1:45PM this afternoon to announce the firing.

UPDATE: Dave Nonis will replace Burke as full GM of the Maple Leafs.  Burke will still remain with the franchise as a senior advisor.   The owners wanted to go in a different direction with the club and they are starting that in the front office.

This is surprising news as Burke is just four years into his six year deal with the Maple Leafs.  In one of the biggest hockey markets, Burke has struggled to put together a team that could win.  He has been scrutinized and been the center of attention of the media.

Burke’s dedication to winning can’t be question as he’s been trying and making big deals since getting to Toronto.  He’s dealt for Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, and most recently James van Riemsdyk.  He’s also dealt Thomas Kaberle to Boston which was key in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run.

Burke may be best known for his inability to acquire a top center.  He’s tried many times for several players but the deals didn’t work out.  This list of talented players include Steven Stamkos, Rick Nash, Ilya Kovalchuk, Brad Richards, and Jason Spezza.

Management could have had a decision in his inability to strike the big deal he wanted but could never finish.  They may have wanted to fire him before or during the lockout but waiting until after to pull the plug.  The Maple Leafs may be moving in a different direction now and only time will tell.  Most recently, it was highly rumored that Toronto wanted to trade for star goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Where will Brian Burke end up working next?

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NHL Lockout is Over!

After 113 long, wrenching days, the NHL and NHLPA have announced the lockout was over after they agreed in principal to a framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The league and the players union took part in a marathon of talks yesterday that lasted over 16 straight hours. Several players were present and had a strong voice in wanting to get this deal done as soon as possible. This includes Martin St. Louis, Jamal Mayers, Shane Doan, Mathieu Darche, and Andrew Ference among others. The biggest issues the two sides had to tackle included contract variance and the salary cap for this upcoming season. They had to take and give on these and other topics to eventually get a deal done.

At 4:40am, the NHL, led by Gary Bettman, and NHLPA, headed by Donald Fehr, had a joint press conference to announce the deal agreement. The CBA will be ratified by the players today and by the Board of Governors early this week. Some of the main details include:

  • This season will run a 48 game season starting January 19th
  • CBA length is 10 years with a mutual opt-out after the 8th year
  • Owners and players split Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) at 50/50
  • This year’s salary cap will be pro rated at $70.3M and next year’s salary cap will be $64.3M. The salary cap floor will be at $44M for both seasons.
  • Free agent can sign deals with a maximum length of 7 years. Teams resigning their own players can sign deals up to 8 years.
  • The maximum salary variance per season is 35% (ie. the second year’s salary of a deal cannot be more than 35% higher or lower than the previous year’s salary).
  • The minimum salary contract for this season is $525,000 and raises each year to $750,000 in the 10th year.

Now that the deal is done lets play some hockey!

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