OK, a bit of a slow start here to trade deadline day but the two power houses in the West made some moves, definitely Nashville benefit more here but the Jets do a power forward with a ton of playoff experience.
Nashville sent a 1st rounder 2018, 4th rounder 2018 and F Victor Edisell for F Ryan Hartman and a 5th rounder. This was OUT of nowhere, the Blackhawks seemed to make it clear they did not want to move Hartman as he was a young up and coming forward in the league. Hartman has tallied 8 goals 17 assists on the season with 170 shots on goal as well. Logging third line minutes with a struggling Chicago team, now move him on the third line for Nashville in between Bonino and next to Colton Scissons or Mike Fisher, this team is DEEP now. WATCH OUT!
Jets pick up veteran F Paul Stastny, this was also out of no where, the Jets were rumored to get Rick Nash or Patrick Maroon but with Nash gone, it seems the Jets are parting ways with Maroon and saying hey, we need some playoff experience, and a guy who can still produce a bit. Stastny will be slatted on the third line with Mathieu Perreault most likely. The Jets sent over a 1st rounder in 2018, a 4th rounder(TBD) and prospect Erik Foley for Paul Stastny will also retaining 50% of his salary. This is a lot for a 32-year-old forward, a prospect who has a ton of potential a first round pick and retaining salary. Winnipeg must have seen something serviceable in Stastny, he does have 12 goals and 28 assists with 5 power play points in 63 games this season. Both Nashville and Winnipeg have improved there rosters now, let’s see what else happens in the next two hours.
The Blue Jackets pick up another depth player, with acquisition of Ian Cole, Cole was sent from Pittsburgh to Ottawa and Ottawa to Columbus. A great move for Columbus and a sign they will be parting ways with Jack Johnson. Anyways the Blue Jackets sent over a 3rd rounder and Nick Moutrey for Ian Cole.
Also very small deal but the Golden Knights sent Brendan Leipsec to Vancouver for D Phillip Holm. This was 100% to clear cap space due to the fact Holm is 26-years-old and has played 1 game in the NHL and being an undrafted player.
Also, the Flames claimed Chris Stewart off waivers, yet they couldn’t find a role for Jagr so this move is basically like a spit in the face to Jagr and Stewart will also add zero to this line up. Flyers add D Johnny Oduya to their defense, a great move by Philly adding a veteran defense man with two Stanley Cups as they make this push for the playoffs.
That’s all for the trade deadline has nearly two hours left to it, all other news follow along on Twitter@santageetee