Holy trade rumors and some trades have occurred. Maybe a little late on the Dion Phaneuf – Marion Gaborik trade? Possibly. It did happen Tuesday and it is now Saturday. Anyways this trade for those that do not know was Marion Gaborik, Nick Shore for Dion Phaneuf, Nate Thompson and 25% Phaneuf’s contract retained. Phaneuf headed to L.A. and Gaborik is now in Ottawa. Both had successful first nights with their new NHL teams.
Next deal that happened Thursday night was between Toronto and St. Louis, the Blues bought extremely low on Nikita Soshnikov, the Leafs prospects, while the Blues gave Toronto a 4th round pick. Soshnikov was in the system for quite some time now, played a total of 70 games over three-years with Toronto totaling 14 points. The Blues added Soshnikov for hopeful depth but they are far from done this deadline, I can promise you that.
The small deal that happened Thursday night was Chris Didomenico to Chicago and Ville Pokka to Ottawa. Small nothing major.
Some more recent news that has come out today though is a lot of different information about different teams so bare with me I am going to spitball some information and ideas at you quickly.
VERY recent news the Flyers declined an offer from the Red Wings that involved G Petr Mzarek for a 3rd round pick. I think the Flyers are icing the Red Wings waiting to see if they lower the price but that may be a bad move by the Flyers, I can see the Red Wings offering the Islanders a deal and if they decline than the Flyers shoot back to Detroit for a cheaper price. Inevitably I see Mzarek on the Flyers before the deadline.
The Leafs and Stars reached out to Detroit about Luke Glendening, Glendening the 28-year-old center has played 337 games totaling 74 points, also has three-years playoff experience. I would have to say that Glendening has a better chance of ending up in Dallas over Toronto. After moving Soshniikov, and battling with room in the lineup for Josh Leivo what would be the need for Glendening. Not sure on this one, doubt either team bites on the depth center.
Pittsburgh Penguins are in the process of shopping Matt Hunwick, due to Ian Cole’s play improving as of late. The Penguins could use a depth defenseman and some depth on the front end but their first need should be a defenseman. Just not sure what they can give up due to their lack of prospects and picks. Right now the Penguins have first-round picks but also vary in second and third round picks for the next three-years.
The Devils and Blues have supposedly been digging into Derek Brassard, but the asking price is too high…right now. Also, Blues are in serious trade talks for Mike Hoffman as well as Brassard. Patrik Berglund, Robby Fabbri, and Vladimir Sobotka are all pieces they are willing to give. We’ll see where this goes in two or three days as the deadline nears because Ottawa has made it very clear they want to move some of their forwards due to some contract problems this offseason and next season. Also, St. Louis is kicking tires on Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, that’s all that has been said here, all I can expect to see there is a 4th for Maroon or a 6th and a prospect for Maroon.
Ryan McDonagh and Radim Vrbata have submitted their 10-team no-trade lists and piggybacking off McDonagh the Rangers have expressed they want Jacob Debrusk from the Bruins as the main part of the deal for McDonagh. Not much else has surfaced about this deal and or any other player the Rangers are looking to move.
Vegas is supposedly hearing offers on James Neal, nothing to lose there, they add to their pool of picks and prospects, and don’t have to re-sign Neal. Nashville is all in on Rick Nash.