Tag: NHL trades

Blackhawks send Nick Schmaltz to Arizona for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini

This was a late night deal that occured around 11:30 PM (EST) between the Coyotes and Blackhawks. Which certainly woke people up out of their sound sleep or probably was the last thing we all saw before our head hit the pillow Sunday night. This trade leaves us all a little confused. What was the objective of this trade?

Dylan Strome the Coyotes 2015 1st round third overall was quickly shipped out of Arizona only playing 48 total games with the Coyotes in the 2.5 years he was called up and down. The Coyotes may have moved on too quickly from the potential top-six forward but, Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said following the trade “There is a difference between patience and hope. The latter is not a way to build your organization”.

We can all agree this is hinted at Strome, Chayka clearly felt that there was hope for Strome to be good and they felt it was time to stop being patient with the player and move on from him.

They also part ways with 2014 1st round 12th overall pick Brendan Perlini. Perlini played 153 games with the Coyotes tallying 33 goals and 24 assists for 57 points. Perlini’s best season came last year where he tallied 30 points in 74 games. Perlini was another player not developing as quickly as the Coyotes would have liked.

With that acquire another 22 year old forward, Nick Schmaltz the Blackhawks 2014 1st round 20th overall pick. Schmaltz has played 162 games in the NHL scoring 29 goals and 91 points. He is coming off a 50 point season and 20 goal year. Yet on the year Schmaltz only has 2 goals and 9 assists in 23 games. 

Who won the trade? 

I think both make out well. The Blackhawks needed some depth it would have been nice to get a defenseman for the Blackhawks but with Strome and Perlini it makes the Blackhawks a bit deeper on the front end. The Coyotes now slate Schmaltz with his old teammate in Chicago Vinnie Hinostroza who has been buzzing this season. Plus Alex Galchenyuk, this is a solid second line and now the Coyotes have two very competitive lines that can score vs 1.5 lines that can score. In addition to the third line of Michael Grabner Brad Richardson and Christian Fischer, the Coyotes have a lot more depth now and balance in their line up. Either way more so better for the Coyotes right now could be better for Blackhawks long term. 


Los Angeles Kings goalies Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell out. Do they make a move for a goalie?

The new NHL season has not lasted very long, but it has been mainly frustrating so far for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings made the playoffs last year, although they were swept by the Vegas Golden Knights in a first-round series. That alone was frustrating for them, but the stuff going on right now has to make the Kings organization distraught. Just 11 points gained in 16 games, that is not ideal at all.
Head coach John Stevens was fired last week and the interim coach Willie Desjardins was appointed. After Joel Quenneville was axed these past days in Chicago, the rumblings started to flow around. Should the Kings appoint Coach Q? During the offseason, the Kings went all in. Making the best offer for 35-years old Ilya Kovalchuk and signing him for three years was a clear sign for LA. As a reigning playoff team, they are aiming even higher.
It is not Kovalchuk’s fault, but the Kings have not impressed anybody so far. Jonathan Quick played just four games this season, lost all of them and is out indefinitely since the start of November after knee surgery. Backup goaltender Jack Campbell started to deliver in absence of Quick, but today the Kings have announced that young goalie will miss at least four weeks of play after having meniscus in his knee repaired. With Quick still not close to a return, Kings turn to Peter Budaj, who does not posses great numbers
from his starts in the AHL (6.16 GAA in three starts this campaign).

Are the Kings going to trade for a rental goaltender?

Darren Dreger on TSN radio yesterday mentioned LA as possible sellers. They may look to move their veteran forwards (well, just not Ilya Kovalchuk, that would be mega awkward) like Jeff Carter or Tanner Pearson, who is still 26, but with one point all season long… It is logical they are looking to move him as well that they are looking at other possibilities. Kings were linked with many possible trade partners, Jeff Carter was mentioned by Dreger in connection with the Bruins.
Dreger himself had no idea about Jack Campbell’s injury. With Los Angeles practically not having goalies for few weeks, and since they are already so down in the standings, that may speed up moves in coming weeks. On the other side, Kings were linked to William Nylander after his well-known stalemate situation with the Maple Leafs. So, acquire Nylander plus Joel Quenneville as a head coach and you are good to go as potential contenders, or just sell now and go to rebuild mode?
The Kings are still quite unsure about what they are going to do next. Many teams, will wait upon the Kings decision. Injuries to both of their top goaltenders might trigger some trades. Being already 10 points out of the playoff spot, that can accelerate moves too.

NHL NEWS; Toronto Maple Leafs looking to shop RFA William Nylander

This is the LeVeon Bell of hockey scenario, just kidding not as selfish and greedy but Nylander is likely to not sign with the Maple Leafs and it seems the Leafs are actively shopping the young forward.

Nylander and his agent when this all began over the summer and the Leafs were trying to workout a deal with him, were said to ask for something around 8+ million dollars a year. The Leafs certainly were not offering or granting that with players like David Pastrnak, Nikolaj Ehlers on the market for $6 million. The disputes continued all the way on until now and it seems both parties are in agreement that they will not be reaching a deal.

Nyland is a former 2014 first round eight overall pick. He emerged in the NHL in 2015-16 playing the tail end of the Leafs 15-16 season. He made his mark the following year, totaling 61 points in 81 games, as well as 2017-18 season where he again tallied 61 points in 82 games. Nylander has 185 career games played, 135 points (48G, 87A) through his two and a half years in the NHL.

Kyle Dubas and the Leafs management now have to move the RFA (restricted free agent) winger for something before the December 1st deadline comes around (when all RFA have to report). Dubas said he does not want to move Nylander but with December 1st approaching rapidly the general manager has to receive something for the 60+ point potential forward.

Where may Nylander land?

The Minnesota Wild could be a component for Nylander they have prospects and picks and could use a winger to play with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker. The Islanders are always never out of trades like this where it will involve a young prospect and pick, the Flames could be a potential landing spot, the Rangers as well, the Oilers would be idiotic not at least go after Nylander they could use some consistency on their offense at least. The Penguins always seem to sneak their way into trades like this plus who would not want to play for that orgizantion. The Bruins could definitely use a little more depth scoring and second ling winger consistency with the way they are struggling on the offensive side of things right now. There are a few landing spots off the top of my head, there is also a chance Nylander signs back with Toronto but as of now Nylander has to report what teams he would be interested in going to and we’ll know more from there.


NHL: New faces in New places; fantasy impact and more!

Just a mid-day, article before I leave work, yeah just so you people know I work full-time and usually do absolutely nothing but write on this site from 9-3 then hop to my other job 6-12 pm so one more article before I’m done for the day. A short one for you folks.

NEW FACES NEW PLACES; holy moly, are these guys new people as well? 

  1. Ryan O’Reilly if you keep up with the site, I have raved about O’Reilly numerous times now. But how can you not, a hattrick in a 4-1 win. 19 points tied for 7th in the league, 12 assists tied for 12th, eight power play points tied for 11th. The guy is simply on fire, but with his production being so high right now players like Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn have not been those big fantasy studs like last year.
  2. Max Domi is this the real Domi we know from Arizona? Who is this guy? 16 points in 15 games, 9 goals, seven assists. Domi totaled 9 goals for the last two full seasons, he has 9 in just 15 games, he barely cracked 9 in 82 games last season. Maybe it is Montreal that he needed, he seems to love it, dinners with his pops, the Montreal fan base. Domi seems to be in the right place. Can we expect this production all year? Maybe not, his fantasy value is tremendously high and off the charts for what he was expected to do. Either way he may be a good piece to add in a trade, because I see a 48-50 points year out of Domi which is good but his current pace is 90.2 points, not going to happen people.
  3. Elias Lindholm finally I am right on this kid! I have said for two-years now Lindholm is going to be a guy you will want in your fantasy league. He has been average around 45 points but this season he is off to a hot start. Lindholm has 17 points in 15 games (9G, 8A) he is right under John Tavares, ranked 19th in points and also has 7 power play points. Ride this guy until he cools off, with his hot play though players like Michael Backlund, Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik’s value has taken a slight hit lately.
  4. Jeff Skinner, how are you Buffalo? When he came everyone was like he is not going to be that good, he won’t produce it’s Buffalo. Check again people, 9 goals, 7 assists and 16 points in 15 games. I’d say him Jack Eichel have enjoyed each others company. But with Skinner doing so well and taking over that top line it has left players like Sam Reinhart in the dust. Reinhart went from the first line to third line now and has 1 goals and 8 points on the year.
  5. Ilya Kovalchuk talk about new places an ENTIRELY new place for this guy. From Russia to L.A. talk about a culture change. Kovalchuk has seem to adjust quite fine though, although the Kings are not doing well, Kovalchuk has 14 points in 14 games with 5 goals and nine assists with six power play points also.


Impact on players fantasy value due to trades… Mike Hoffman, Ryan O’Reilly and more!

Players who’s fantasy value increased…

Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly really seemed as if he wanted out of Buffalo towards the end of last year he even came out and said he was not having fun playing hockey and his passion was slowly dying. It was inevitable that Buffalo was going to part ways with O’Reilly but now that he has landed in St. Louis, his typical 55-60 point season. O’Reilly may be well above the 60 range mark this year playing with Alex Steen, Patrick Maroon/Robby Fabbri. O’Reilly has way more weapons around him plus a winning environment it is obvious O’Reilly fantasy value increases a ton due to this trade.

Mike Hoffman: SKY ROCKETS, he gets out of terrible Ottawa and stays within his division where he has buried 20+ goals four years in a row now. To getting put on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad this Florida line two is going to be unreal. Hoffman will thrive in Florida and will not see anything different than what he saw in Ottawa. A total increase for Hoffman!

Players who’s fantasy value stayed the same

Noah Hanafin: Some would say it decreases his value a bit but I think it only increases it, he is said to be playing 3rd line minutes but that is very doubtful to stay like that. Hanafin is coming off his best year in the league with 10 goals and 22 assists. I would expect a similar year out Hanafin playing powerplay two and most likely top four minutes, the young defenseman will find his groove in Calgary as long as they stay successful and don’t hit rough spots. Hanafin’s fantasy value is probably around the same as it was before.

Elias Lindholm: Lindholm has been trying to crack that 20-goal mark for quite sometime now but it won’t happen anytime soon. Right now being slotted on the third line with potential line two minutes the 40 point forward will stay within that range. His value decreases a tad due to his role on Calgary now, in Carolina he was a top six forward for sure and playing more minutes that what he will in Calgary. Lindholm’s value decreases a tad but still a solid 35 point player.

Dougie Hamilton: Hamilton’s value increase a tad, going from Calgary to Carolina is a change but Hamilton will probably be seeing more time in Carolina due to their defensive line up. Hamilton will be have to share some powerplay time with Justin Faulk but still he will be the main power play option for Carolina. Coming off a 44 point season and his fourth 40+ point season Hamilton’s value does not decrease at all. He is a top 20 defenseman no matter where he goes.

Players who’s fantasy value decreased

Phillip Grubauer: Stays about the same perhaps drop a little due to not having as good as a team in front of him. With Grubauer going to Colorado he still needs to compete for a starting job and when he will get in he will be tested much more due to the Avalanche not having as good as a defense as Washington. Still value in Grubauer but I won’t look at him nearly as much for a spot start this year.

Connor Sheary: Some would say his value does not move much but I would say Sheary’s value drops a ton. Not playing with Sidney Crosby or Malkin or Kessel to now playing with Mittlestadt or Berglund Sheary will be no where near his once 50 point season, Sheary will be a 30 point forward at best. Sheary’s value is no where what it was in 2016-17, especially after a 23 point decrease from 16-17 to 17-18, it does not look much better for the 26-year-old forward. 

Max Domi: Domi’s value is subpar to begin with and it does not get any better going to Montreal as much as he seems to be excited to playing for a Canadian team and an original six team, Domi’s faith will die out once he realizes they are even worse than Arizona. Domi went from 52 to 38 to 45 points he has been a bit streaky and I think we see another 35-40 point season out of him. Playing alongside Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen there is not much to support or really make Domi that much of a better player than what he was in Arizona. His value decreases a slight amount to say the least.


Kovalchuk watch OVER, Carolina Calgary trade details

Ilya Kovalchuk is heading to Hollywood people! Kovalchuk scribbled a 3 year 18.75 mil dollar deal with the Kings earlier this afternoon. Of the four teams Kovalchuk spoke to on Friday, L.A. came winners of the prized KHL goal scorer and once NHL superstar. Kovalchuk has not played in the NHL since the 2012-13 season. Kovalchuk now joins Selke trophy, William Jennings trophy winner, Norris trophy winner and that tough, physical gritty L.A. style of play for three-years.

Carolina-Calgary deal

Calgary and Carolina sort of did a thing today. Earlier the Flames and Hurricanes worked out a deal no one saw coming.

Carolina received: Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and Adam Fox. 

Calgary recieved: Noah Hanaifin, Elias Lindholm

This will be Hamilton’s now third team in 6 years. Hamilton spent 3 seasons with Boston who drafted him 2011, 3 with Calgary and now will be settling in with Carolina at age 25. Hamilton has 220 points in 423 career games and has been the number two defenseman in Calgary for the past three seasons. Michael Ferland is coming off his best year tallying 41 points last season. Ferland has been with Calgary since they drafted him in the 5th round 8 years ago. Ferland has played three full seasons now, coming off his best year with 21 goals in 77 games. Adam Fox was also sent over to Carolina, drafted in the 3rd round by Calgary has spent the last two years at Harvard tallying 68 points in 64 games. While winning All-Ivy League first team(2016-17), Ivy League rookie of the year(2016-17), NCAA (ECAC) Rookie of the Year(2016-17), NCAA Best Defenseman(2016-17), NCAA All-Star Team(2017-18), Best Defenseman(17-18), All-Ivy League First Team(17-18), Top 3 player at WJC (17-18) and a Gold Medal in 16-17 and Bronze Medal in 17-18.

The Flames received Noah Hanafin who was rumored to be working out a deal with Carolina for a contract extension but now finds himself on the other side of things. Hanafin was drafted in 2015 5th overall wasting now time to emerge in the league, perhaps he did not get off to the best start his first two seasons. Now, Hanafin is coming off his best year yet with 32 points in 79 games(10 G, 22A). Elias Lindholm has been on the Hurricanes since 2013 another 5th overall selection, Lindholm has not put up 5th overall mumbers though. Coming off two 40 plus point seasons, perhaps he is starting to come around. Lindholm is 23 years old tallying 188 points in his 374 career games.

Mike Hoffman sent San Jose later flipped to Florida for three draft picks

Mike Hoffman has officially left Ottawa and spent a BRIEF moment in San Jose as he was later(45 minutes later) flipped to Florida for three draft picks.

The original deal was between San Jose and Ottawa. Ottawa gave the Sharks Hoffman and Cody Donaghey and a 2020 5th round pick for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman and a 2020 6th round pick. Then Hoffman was later flipped to the Florida Panthers for a 2nd, 4th and 5th round pick while Florida also received a 7th round pick.

Ok, so Hoffman is now in Florida. In the same division as the Senators and paired with Aleksander Bakrov, Vincent Trocheck, Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov and Nick Bjustad, which means the Panthers now have six 20 plus goal scorers on their roster. Once there goaltending situation is settled, and what this team did towards the end of the year. They are immediate contenders.

Florida Panthers projected lines: