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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.

Western Conference Winners & Losers At The NHL Trade Deadline

The Western Conference has better overall teams right now but they usually are the division that beats the hell out of each other and the Eastern Conference team takes advantage of that. The West this season have four of the 10 top teams in the NHL. All these teams are just trying to one-up each other and a lot of trades occurred within this conference. Almost all of them.

Winners: 

  1. Nashville Predators: A very big day for the Predators, they added the perfect model for playoff hockey and a great third line, second line winger, power play guy in Wayne Simmonds. As well add some a solid two-way forward in Mikael Granlund who will come in and play on the second line right away. The Predators bolster that offensive front end even more now. With the additions of Simmonds, Granlund and Boyle the Predators seem like the Blue Jackets of the West. The Predators are really one piece away from a Cup. They have the best back end in hockey, a solid goaltender and now a very deep front end. I would be shocked not to see this team deep in the playoffs.
  2. Winnipeg Jets: Adding more forward depth in Kevin Hayes immediately makes the Jets a stronger team. With the addition of Hayes it allows for now three producing forward lines. The Jets nine look like, Wheeler, Scheifele, Connor, Hayes, Laine, Ehlers, Little, Perreault and Roslovic cannot be disappointed in that front nine. The Jets are a very good team and are going to find their stride here soon but also the addition of Nathan Beulieu and Matt Hendricks add some depth that will be needed come playoff time.
  3. Vegas Golden Knights: Anytime you add a 30-goal scorer you immediately are a winner and that is what Vegas did. They win the Stone sweepstakes and now make their top-nine very dangerous. Pairing Stone on that first line with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will be interesting to watch. Which also means that Riley Smith moves to the third line and Cody Eakin and Brandon Pirri, Smith third line is pretty solid. Could have used a minor defenseman move but the Knights add a very good playoff player and an overall great teammate and competitor in Stone that is going to make this team a lot better.
  4. San Jose Sharks: Adding Gustav Nyquist is very big. Nyquist is a veteran forward who can play top-six minutes, power play and is a great play maker. Pairing him with Joe Thornton and Kevin LeBlanc will pay off but Nyquist gets paired with a goal scorer like Kane, Couture, Hertl or Pavelski it could be big for the Sharks. A great move by the Sharks to add Nyquist a guy in his prime time, loads of experience and a versatile player come this push for the playoffs. This will be a trade we look back on and say really helped improve the Sharks roster the 2019 playoff run.

Losers: 

Calgary Flames: After you miss the playoffs and then bounce back and have this year, the Flames should of done something. They added a depth defenseman but that is not going to be the make or break between winning a playoff series vs Winnipeg or Nashville. The Flames are good young team that probably did not want to ruin the chemistry but still adding some depth on the front end would have been big. Adding Kevin Hayes would have been really big, Hayes and Gaudreau have such a chemistry too that you would think it would have been easier to land Hayes. For a team that turned it around like this and did nothing is a little disappointing.

Chicago Blackhawks: Could use a defenseman or bottom-six forward. The team is being held together by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane they will not be able to carry this team for the rest of the season. Perhaps Bowman figured they were a done deal and did not want to risk any assets but the Blackhawks missing the playoffs this season never looks good. I just deem them as losers because they have been playing very well these last few months and could possibly make a playoff push too.

Edmonton Oilers: If you are an Oilers fan this has to be a sign that the GM has thrown in the white flag and just waiting for the off-season. Sure they are a done deal right now but with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on that roster it is tough to see them consistently miss the playoffs and they have not done anything to make this team better or help these superstars in Edmonton out. Very bad showing by Edmonton.

 

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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 Power Rankings: Islanders and Golden Knights rise. Tampa Bay and Calgary stay a top the leader boards

This is the second edition of rankings, I am usually not a big fan of weekly rankings because week by week things change very quickly. A monthly over view of the rankings is good by me. Here is my top ten teams in the NHL at the moment.

Here are last months rankings: 

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-0-1) 
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-2)
  3. Winnipeg Jets (8-2-0)
  4. Calgary Flames (6-3-1) 
  5. Washington Capitals (7-3-0) 
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-1) 
  7. Nashville Predators (4-5-1) 
  8. San Jose Sharks (6-2-2) 
  9. Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2) 
  10. Boston Bruins (6-4-0) 

Here is an UPDATED (1/21/2019) version of the rankings now. Note the record next the teams name is their last ten games.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (7-3-0)

2. Calgary Flames (8-2-0) (up two)

3. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-0) 

4. San Jose Sharks (7-3-0) (up four)

5. New York Islanders (8-2-0) (new)

6. Vegas Golden Knights (8-2-0) (new)

7. Nashville Predators (5-3-2)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-4-0) (down two)

9. Boston Bruins (6-3-1) (up one)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs (3-7-0) (down eight) 

Five Teams That Could Use Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard has been under performing a bit since coming to Pittsburgh, but his two years in Pittsburgh are not indicative of who Brassard is as a player nor what he can bring to a team. Brassard is center/left winger, not the fastest player but he holds his own in the quick nature of the game today. At 31-years-old Brassard has 90 playoff games and some Stanley Cup playoff experience.

Brassard started his career in Columbus where he played in 304 games with 169 points until he was shipped to the New York Rangers in 2012 where he made his name in the league. Brassard played 254 games with the Rangers collecting 174 points. Brassard had three seasons in a row with 45+ points until he was sent to Ottawa where he played 139 games with 77 points. Now he is in Pittsburgh bouncing back and forth between the third, second and fourth line. Brassard has spent 1.5 seasons with Pittsburgh 51 games and 22 points later and the Penguins are ready to move on from the aging forward.

Despite his struggles in Pittsburgh Brassard is still a potential 35-40 point player. The pressure in Pittsburgh has been a lot for the forward to handle and he is surrounded by so many great players that he may feel as if he is not getting his fair share. His confidence is surely low, he needs a shake up some new scenery to perhaps give his career one more shot until teams really start giving up on the tenured forward. At 31, 753 regular season games and 90 playoff games, these five teams could use Brassard.

  1. Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers are on a full-court press to make the playoffs. Brassard is not exactly what they are looking for but look at him as a piece to a puzzle, he will fit but they still need one more guy. The Oilers lack forward depth and scoring depth, plus anyone who plays with Connor McDavid is sure to revive their career. Brassard can still score, he has a good shot and is more of a grinding, defensive forward. Which he can come to Edmonton and probably score 25 points along side McDavid. Edmonton would also only need to give up Alex Petrovic, Matthew Benning or a Kyle Brodizak/Zach Kassian type player (one or two of these guys) The Penguins need defense and forward depth.
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are familiar with Brassard and so is John Tortorella. Not to mention the Blue Jackets could certainly use another left winger or center, they have a pretty deep line up but Brassard could slide in with Alex Wennberg/Anthony Duclair or Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno. Columbus could send Anthony Duclair or Josh Anderson over.
  3. Boston Bruins: The Bruins dealt with some injury issues early in the year and could have used Brassard down the middle in November. Still the Bruins are so solid in their top-three but their next two lines are not consistently productive. They have to do a lot of line-swapping to make things work. But Brassard can slide in on the second or third line easily in Boston. Boston can send over one of their bottom six forwards and a pick, the issue is the Bruins are probably weary to get another veteran winger after Rick Nash last year plus they only have 3.8 million in cap space.
  4. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets are a playoff team and a team on the cusp of a Stanley Cup run they need more depth and consistency on their line up. Plus a veteran like Brassard never hurts, his experience goes a long way in the locker room. Brassard can slide in on line three at center with Mathieu Perreault and Branden Tanev. The Jets have a slew of forwards to send, or maybe even Tyler Myers…
  5. Nashville Predators: Much like Winnipeg, Nashville’s is a Stanley Cup team. They are right there, and there time is fading away in my eyes. The Predators have very solid forwards, a good line one and amazing back end but from forward six to nine they could use some work. Brassard can fill in at line two to center Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith. Penguins could get Ryan Hartman or Colton Sissons in return as well.

 

 

What A Trade Between The Flyers And Nashville/Winnipeg Would Look Like For Wayne Simmonds

It came out just a little under 24 hours ago that the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets have inquired about Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers made it public that they were interested in trading forward Wayne Simmonds. In return they want a top-five defenseman, top-six forward or a goalie. Therefore let’s look at a possible trade scenario for both teams.

Winnipeg Jets: Receive Wayne Simmonds, New Jersey Devils 3rd Round Pick

Philadelphia Flyers: Receive Tyler Myers

This seems realistic, no? Both are up for new contracts, Myers cost a little cheaper than Simmonds, the Jets have Josh Morrisey, Jacob Trouba, Ben Chariot and Dustin Byfuglien already on their back end. Plus the Jets are probably not willingly to resign Myers if Trouba is going to want 6.5-7 million for a long term deal. Myers is a former first round, 12th overall pick, 28-years-old, has years under his belt and a top-four defenseman in the NHL. The Flyers get what they want and they already have a third round pick so why not sweeten the deal with a third and Simmonds for Myers. Possibly even a second.

Nashville Predators: Receive Wayne Simmonds

Philadelphia Flyers: Receive  Craig Smith and Matt Irwin

Another realistic trade option. The Predators have Smith to a 4.25 million dollar deal ending in 2020-2021 the same year Roman Josi’s 4 million dollar deal ends and we know he is going to get upwards of 8 million therefore it would be in the Predators best interest to get rid of Smith while his price is relatively high, take Simmonds for a cup run and then let him walk in free agency next year. Matt Irwin is no Ryan Ellis but he would honestly fit well in Philadelphia plus that is the only Nashville defenseman you are touching besides Dan Hamhuis who is too older to bother for. This trade gives the Flyers a top-six forward, a borderline top-five defenseman and frees up cap space.

 

My Top Three Picks To Be Crowned Stanley Cup Champions 2018-2019

Based off the odds of Vegas, what teams have a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup?

Tampa Bay Lightning +300

Toronto Maple Leafs +550

Calgary Flames: +1000

Nashville Predators:  +1200

San Jose Sharks: +1200

Winnipeg Jets +1200

Washington Capitals +1400

Pittsburgh Penguins +1700

Boston Bruins +1700

Columbus Blue Jackets: +1800

New York Islanders +2200

All betting odds aside, my top three choices for a Stanley Cup this season.

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Is there any need to get into much of a discussion about this? From line one to four they produce, their back end is strong with plenty of experience and mobility and the icing on the cake. A healthy, solid number one goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning are 34-8-2 with 70 points, they lost a combination of 10 games all year and only EIGHT in regulation. With a +67 goal differential.
  2. Calgary Flames: In all honesty the Western Conference does not look to difficult this year. The Flames have played well in their division and if the season were to end today they would have to go through Minnesota, Vegas or San Jose then Nashville or Winnipeg. The Flames have been a great team on both sides of the puck if they can figure out their goaltending, between Mike Smith and David Rittich they are a top-pick for the West Conference finals. The Flames are 28-13-4 with 60 points but a point ahead of San Jose for the divisional lead.
  3. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have to get through the Predators again one more time to get to the Conference finals and from there if you come out alive in the West it is a possibility. The Jets will need Connor Hellebuyck to wake up and play a big role in their success from here until June. The Jets will need to see Patrik Laine step up big time as well, along with more depth players and a solid game from their backend.

Those are my top-three choices for the Stanley Cup Champions 2018-2019, what are yours?