This seasons Trade Deadline has come and passed without any blockbusters or significance moves that in previous trade cycles caused shock and awe. In fact this years Trade Deadline theme was two fold, rental players for teams making a push to the playoffs to retention in salary by the loosing hockey club.
Yesterday for the most part in the early going was pretty quiet with only marginal moves making headlines. That was until 39 year old Colorado Avalanche Forward Jerome Iginla was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings.
The day saw a total of 18 deals made from across the league prior to the cut off. Majority of the players involved in yesterday’s dealings were in fact members of the American Hockey League.
Most splashes were made over the weekend and prior to Wednesday. Two major deals were made with Washington and Minnesota which are currently leading their respected conferences in the standings.
The Wild went all in by acquiring Forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes while the Capitals organization did the same by getting Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues.
Both Washington and Minnesota traded away their first round picks in their respected deals.
Another move in the Pacific Division that was pretty big was when the San Jose Sharks hockey club made a trade with divisional rival Vancouver for veteran winger Jannik Hansen.
Side note on deadline day was what didn’t happened. Many thought that both Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene of Colorado would be dealt along with longtime Coyotes Captain Shane Doan. Also a surprise to many was Marc-Andre Fluery of Pittsburgh who were sure he was on the move.
So the big question here why was this cycle so quiet from years past? The answer to that question is the 31st franchise in league the Vegas Golden Knights.
While the deadline was going on the Vegas organization became an official member of the NHL. The league sent out an email to the existing 30 teams to officially welcoming the Golden Knights into the family.
With the first expansion draft approaching since 2000 made General Managers very conservative in wheeling and dealing at the deadline. This conservative direction by current GM’s will allow the Vegas franchise to build a competitive club right from the start.
For more about the expansion draft reference my post on Expansion Draft 411.
Other clubs stayed the course because they felt like the current state of their team(s) was good enough to make that playoff push with the resources they already have.
For Bill Foley, George McPhee, and the Golden Knights organization they are extremely excited to get going now that they can take part with business dealings in the NHL.
Below is today’s podcast from SiriusXMNHL with General Manager George McPhee