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Looking Back At 2019 NHL Trade Deadline Deals…

Matt Duchene: Since Duchene has came to the Blue Jackets he has been a little quite and so have the Blue Jackets. Since coming to the Jackets Feb. 22 Duchene has 2 goals and 3 assists. He recorded two points on February 23rd and since then he has recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in nine games…

Ryan Dzingel: Also a member of the Senators who was sent to Columbus for a playoff push/Stanley Cup run has been better than Duchene actually. Since coming to Blue Jackets Dzingel has 1 goal and 5 assists in 9 games. Better production compared to Duchene certainly.

Mark Stone: Stone was the big deadline acquisition. Coming to Vegas on February 25th the team has been not only playing better since he arrived but Stone has been a big help it seems too. Stone has 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 games. The Golden Knights are 6-1 with Stone.

Mikael Granlund: This was a trade that came out of left field sort of. The Predators sent over young Kevin Fiala for a more seasoned Granlund. Both play similar styles but Granlund has a bit more experience and the edge over Fiala. Granlund joined the Predators on March 1st. Since then he has 1 goal and 3 assists in 6 games. The Predators since acquiring Granlund are 3-3 through six games.

Kevin Fiala: Fiala was apart of the Granlund trade a 1 for 1 deal that left some confused. Fiala is only 22-years-old and already has some experience in the playoffs. Since joining the Wild on February 25th, Fiala has 2 goals, they also came in the same game. He has 2 points in 8 games and no points in seven of them. The Wild are also 3-5 since acquiring Fiala.

Charlie Coyle: The Coyle trade was a bit of surprise for some fans as the Bruins swapped out their young prospect Ryan Donato for a struggling Charlie Coyle. Since coming to the Bruins on February 20th Coyle has played in 10 games adding 1 goal and 1 assist. The Bruins are 7-4 since adding Coyle.

Ryan Donato: Apart of the Coyle deal, Donato was sent to Minnesota and has enjoyed his time there it seems. He was not seeing regular minutes in Boston like he is Minnesota. Therefore the young forward has thrived. Donato has 2 goals and 7 assists in 11 games. Also to note he had 2 goals and 5 assists in his first five-games with Minnesota.

Wayne Simmonds: Simmonds was another deadline deal for the Predators and another forward who bolstered their already deep roster and make their power play even more of a threat. Simmonds tough and gritty style is much needed when it comes playoff time. Simmonds has played in 7 games with the Predators and only has one assists so far. The Predators are also 3-4 since adding both Granlund and Simmonds.

Kevin Hayes: The Jets big deadline acquisition was adding depth down the middle and to their already stacked offense. Hayes was enjoying a career year in New York. He was sent to Winnipeg at the deadline and has played in 8 games, in those eight games he has 2 goals and 2 assists. The Jets are also 4-4 since acquiring Hayes.

Jake Muzzin: Muzzin was not a deadline deal but was a big trade that was around the deadline time frame. He has spent already a month on the time and has played in 21 games for the Leafs. In those 21 games the Leafs are 13-6-2 in that span, Muzzin has 2 goals and 10 assists with a +5 rating.

Nick Bjugstad/Jared McCann: The two came as a package, that is why they are together. McCann has surprisingly been the more successful one in Pittsburgh but Bjugstad still has been of significance to the team. Bjugstad has 7 goals and 4 assists in 21 games. McCann has 9 goals and 4 assists in 21 games. McCann’s share has come in the last nine games where has collected 6 goals and four assists. Bjugstad’s production has been spread out pretty evenly during his time in Pittsburgh though.

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Eastern Conference Winners & Losers At The NHL Trade Deadline

The Eastern Conference has been the better of two divisions over the last few years. And looking at the division now with the Tampa Bay Lightning already at the 100 points 62 games into the season, the Eastern Conference has the biggest fish in the sea right now. Which means all the other contending teams have to go out and improve to make themselves compete vs Tampa Bay.

Winners: 

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets: No argument here. The Blue Jackets only have 3 draft picks this draft but they acquire a top-30 NHL player(Matt Duchene), an up and coming forward (Ryan Dzingel) who will need no time to adjust to the NHL as he has proven to be a top-six guy. In addition they add Keith Kinkaid who has had a rough season in New Jersey this year but a lot of that is due to the players in front of him. Never hurts to add a back up goalie. Finally, Adam McQuaid, depth is big in the playoffs and so is physicality and size. The playoffs are a different game and it gets more physical and guys like McQuaid who can kill a penalty and play the number six/seven role on Columbus is a perfect fit. In all honesty, with the way the Penguins and Capitals have looked this season, the Blue Jackets now have a legitimate shot at the Conference finals. As long as the Islanders do not upset them and Sergei Bobrovsky comes to play.
  2. Boston Bruins: The Bruins are well aware that they are not the top-dog in the East anymore. They have to make their roster especially their front end just as good if not better than Tampa Bay and Toronto. They did exactly that by adding Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. Johansson now slots in at line two with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk and Coyle is a third line center. Depth down the middle and on the wing is big. Johansson is not the biggest playoff performer but he is finally getting healthy and could hit his stride here for Boston.
  3. Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres back end is really their biggest concern they lack consistency and depth there is no denying that. Their offense can definitely be more consistent too but the Sabres are losing games 5-4 too often. With the addition of Brandon Montour it really helps bolster this blue line for a possible playoff push but also further down the road. Montour provide his worth at the NHL level last season and has 25 points this season already on pace to surpass his 32 points last season.

Losers: 

  1. Florida Panthers: They are out of a playoff spot perhaps but they needed to do something in my opinion, maybe they are waiting for the off-season but the Panthers have Mike Hoffman, Alexsander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadanov on the front end they should be a better team. Adding some depth up front or a goalie would have been smart but the Panthers again stay still and do not improve and miss the playoffs.
  2. Washington Capitals: Coming off a Stanley Cup and all you add is Carl Hagelin is not going to cut it. Sure, Hagelin has playoff experience and adds some depth but the Capitals have been a disaster on the back end, they needed add some defensive depth and not doing so really hurts them. I don’t think we see this team play the same way they did last playoffs come this playoff run. For sure losers by adding just a bottom-six forward.
  3. Carolina Hurricanes: Currently in a playoff spot, have not made the playoffs in nine years, so much talk about re-location. Give the fans something to look forward too maybe a playoff series that is? Not just the hopes of a playoff spot. The Hurricanes have so much cap room too that they are just not using or waiting to spend on Aho. They did Nino Niederreiter but they need a little more fire power on the front end. A guy like Kevin Fiala could of helped, Tanner Pearson, Derick Brassard, Marcus Johansson. I don’t know for a team that is playing well and has a chance to sneak in and make the playoffs to do nothing is not great. They may have been bounced in the first round but at least making the playoffs gets the fans excited and puts the Hurricanes some what back on the map.

Fantasy Hockey Impact Of Duchene, Coyle, Dzingel, Zuccarello Trades

These four big names can either help or hurt your current fantasy hockey roster. Duchene and Dzingel were sent to Columbus, Coyle to Boston and Zuccarello to Dallas for those that did not know.

Duchene and Dzingel in Columbus:

Duchene has been playing with Panarin and Atkinson on the first line this could hurt Atkinson and Panarin or help, right now through two games the three have combined for 2 goals, 3 assists. I think with Duchene on the first line it definitely reduces Atkinson and Panarin impact a little but not by much that you would need to worry. For Duchene, I would say monitor the situation, he is playing power play two, first line minutes for now but having Atkinson a goal-scorer and Panarin and a player-maker, if Duchene finds himself in front of the net he will find a lot of points.

Dzingel now could really hurt players like Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno. As projected Dzingel is playing with Pierre Luc-Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Anderson-Foligno-Jenner are now third line forwards for the Blue Jackets and their stock definitely drops a bit. Dzingel stock rises definitely as Luc-Dubois is having a great year as well as Dzingel is playing power play two minutes.

Coyle to Boston: 

This one could help or hurt Coyle’s stock as he will be a third line center for now until David Pastrnak returns. I would say it makes sense to play Coyle on the right side with Krejci to start in Boston for him to acclimated and confident with his new team. Now, if Coyle does play third line minutes the rest of the season he is going to be playing with Danton Heinen (when Pasta returns) and David Backes therefore he is not even worth the look. BUT like I said watch the situation and see where Coyle is once Pastrnak gets back.

Zuccarello in Dallas: 

The long-time and beloved Mats Zuccarello leaves the only team he has known for a much quitter setting in Dallas. But, Zuccarello will finally get to play with one of the top players in the NHL, Jamie Benn. Zuccarello being the player he is, a pass first, play-maker type of guy then I’d except Zuccarello’s stock to definitely increase playing with guys like Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn, Zuccarello may be in a different place but he will have an immediate impact.

Matt Duchene Is Headed To Columbus

As confirmed by multiple sources Matt Duchene is headed to Columbus for Jonathan Davidsson and Vitaly Abramov plus multiple draft selections. Columbus now puts themselves in the all in corner. As they have Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Duchene who are going to be free-agents and all expecting well over 7 million a year the Blue Jackets will not be able to afford all three of these players. Only one of them will re-sign, hopefully.

With this addition of Duchene the Blue Jackets line are projected to look like: 

  1. Panarin-Luc-Dubois-Atkinson
  2. Foligno-Duchene-Anderson
  3. Jenner-Wennberg-Bjorkstrand
  4. Robinson-Dubinsky-Nash

It is certainly an upgrade but does this top-six make them potential cup contenders though? They still have to get through Tampa Bay, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Islanders to get a chance at the Stanley Cup and we can all sit here and argue that the Leafs, Bruins, Lightning and Islanders top-six is just as good if not better.

This was an excepted landing spot for Duchene. But, with this trade now per say Panarin walks and Bobrovsky is traded or walks, the Blue Jackets would be able to sign Duchene back. That is my prediction, Panarin walks and so does Bob and Duchene re-signs in Columbus at end of season.

 

 

Winnipeg Jets Lose 7-1 To Colorado… Is The Case For Matt Duchene Becoming Stronger?

The Winnipeg Jets got beat up pretty badly Wednesday night vs Colorado. The first period went pretty smoothly, both teams exchanged some chances the Avalanche definitely out-chanced and out played the Jets in the first but from their on it was all Avalanche.

The Avalanche played a very quick transition game, worked well down low and all four lines were clicking. The recipe to beat the Jets seems to be a quicker game than they play, don’t allow them to get second chances, move the puck up the ice quickly and score the first goal. The Jets have been in a little bit of a rut. The Jets still sit a top the Central division, separating themselves from Nashville by one point and St. Louis by six points. The Jets though in nine February games have lost six of their eight games, two coming in overtime therefore they pick up two points and have only won four of their eight games.

The concern is not about the Jets ability to make playoffs obviously it seems the concern is their ability to get into the playoffs and make a run. The Jets were bounced in the Conference Finals last season vs the Golden Knights. Their window seems to be getting smaller as the years go and some their back end ages, are free agents at the end of the season or the concern of cap issues. The Jets have scored 12 goals in their last five games (2.4 goals per game), have allowed 19 goals in those five games (3.8 goals per game). Something we usually never see from Winnipeg is a lack of offense and a poor defensive game.

Granted the Jets are missing a few pieces on their back end right now with Dustin Byfuglien being out and Joe Morrow as well but their defensive issues from last night’s game seem to be from their front end as well. They back checked terribly and in front their own net their defenseman and centers were puck watching a lot. As well it does not help that Nikolaj Ehlers is out still and Patrik Laine is on a 15-game goal-less drought and two goals in his last 28 games but Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor have a combined 5 goals and 6 assists in their last five games. Wheeler and Scheifele are both point less in their last three game.

Here are some glaring mistakes from the Jets 7-1 loss to Colorado Wednesday night. I’d like to make aware of how Patrik Laine being scoreless in 15-games straight shows zero effort in this back check that leads to a Colorado goal. And Mark Schefiele seems to be not hustling back either on the 2-vs-1 goal as well as the terrible in front of net coverage on the final goal. Two guys can’t tie up one guy to keep him from scoring.

With the Jets loss to Colorado and lack of offense in their last five games and 45 goals in their last 15 games, and now if we take out the 9 goals they score vs Anaheim, their 36 goals in 14 games and 2.5 goals for over that span is a glaring issue. With that said, are the Jets heavy favorites and or considering Matt Duchene even more now? Their offense seems to be struggling. Even in that 7-1 loss to Colorado they got outshot 46-27 another issue. The Jets have been outshot numerous times now over the last week plus. They were outshot 41-28 vs Ottawa, outshot 35-26 vs Colorado (Feb. 14), outshot 37-36 vs Rangers (Feb. 12), outshot 26-29 vs Buffalo (Feb.10) there seems to be some issues on the offensive side of things for Winnipeg and it only makes sense that will be heavy favorites for Duchene amongst these issues.

NHL Trade Deadline: Conversations About Matt Duchene’s And Michael Ferland’s Future

The trade deadline is about a week away and there has really not been much buzz about what players are going to be moved. We heard so much about certain players like Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk, etc. But, as we hit the one-week mark it seems a lot has gone radio silence. Well, silence for us, the fans.

Anyways, the biggest player we have had our eye on all season is Matt Duchene. What is his future in Ottawa and what is he going to do. Well, after monitoring the situation, reading up on the player and his agent and more information. It seems Duchene is almost a lock to be moved at the trade deadline. It is unlikely he will sign with Ottawa but it is also not out of question it juts seems as if a trade is more likely.

Where can Duchene land? Well, that is unknown. There are a few teams who can add him as a rental player or a team that can add him and sign him for a long term extension if moved. Duchene could be moved to Winnipeg or Columbus but if he is moved to one of these two teams he will probably test the free agency market come July 2019. Deeming Duchene a rental for these two teams due to Winnipeg’s cap space and Columbus’s uncertainty with Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin. If he is moved to a Nashville, Islanders, Panthers or Vegas team they can be a team that signs him for a longer extension if he is moved there.

The Islanders have around 10 million in cap space and have a few RFA’s to re-sign and it would be a very tight squeeze to add Duchene, but that is not to say this is not a possible landing spot. Vegas has the same situation but a lot less in cap space but also a lot of RFA and UFA’s on the move that they can option to not re-sign and free up space. Panthers make for an interesting situation due to their very little cap space but 3-4 players worth 2.5 million or more on the move it can be a possibility. Nashville is a probable destination for Duchene due to their contention spot right now, their window seems to be closing more and more each year so they could be looking to make a push. Either way the Senators and Duchene seem to be on the agreement to part ways and explore Duchene’s future elsewhere.

Michael Ferland Trade Rumors
Michael Ferland continues to help Hurricanes make playoff push as trade deadline nears.

Michael Ferland is an interesting case, he was rumored to be on the block for the Hurricanes about two-weeks ago, but now as the Canes are making a little playoff push and are one point out of contention they may have pulled the brakes on this move. It is not to say that the Canes are not willing to still move Ferland but it seems a lot of talks have slowed down.

As of now we are excepting Ferland to test the free agency market come July 2019 and it seems that is what he wants to do as well. Ferland is coming off a $1.75 million cap hit right now he has 33 points in 50 games (16G, 17A) on pace for back to back 40+ point seasons. Ferland will probably be looking at a 3-4 year contract extension around the 4.5 million AAV value, possibly more.  Which if so the Hurricanes may be able to afford once they come to agreement with Sebastian Aho and Brock McGinn, therefore Ferland even though he is going to test the market could end up back in Carolina.

Ottawa Senators Actively Shopping Matt Duchene & Make Last Push To Sign Back Mark Stone

The Ottawa Senators cap concerns are here, and the Senators management need to deal with them as soon as possible. They have about a week to move either Duchene or Stone. And as reports form Pierre Lebrun report the Senators are most likely moving on from Duchene and trying to sign back Stone.

The news has been out regarding Duchene for nearly the full season we all knew he was on the move but we also thought their was a chance for him to re-sign in Ottawa. The Senators have now begun to really shop Duchene though. Some teams interested in him have been Winnipeg, Columbus, Nashville as of late. I would predict Duchene goes to a contender and a possible Stanley Cup team but as of now. Teams have just being inquiring about the superstar forward.

As far as Stone goes the news that the Senators are making one last big push for the forward is concerning. Stone seems like he wants to get paid and receive a long term deal therefore if the Senators are not offering that he is going to move on. What I do wonder is what the Senators offers have been that Stone has turned down? If Stone is on the fence between leaving and staying and has already been offered something an turned it down. I am a concerned Senators fans. The whole notion between “making one last push” clearly means that Stone is thinking about going elsewhere…