The most hyped day in the National Hockey League outside of July 1 is done and dusted for another year.
With big names such as Eric Staal, Justin Schultz, Jiri Hudler and James Reimer all moving in the days prior. Deadline day was seen as a mop up day for some and perhaps moving day for the rest of the Maple Leafs that weren’t traded.
So, without further ado, a Bored Hockey Fan’s summary of Deadline Day.
Remember Sergei Plotnikov? No? I’d forgotten about him. But he’s gone from playing with Evgeni Malkin, to being traded to Arizona for a prospect and a conditional 7th!
What’s this? No trade for nearly three hours? Something big better be happening…
Dennis Robertson becomes a Hurricane and Drew MacIntyre becomes a Blackhawk! HUUUUGE! When there’s been no trades for three hours, any trade at this point becomes huge.
Mikkel Boedker becomes a member of the Avalanche! For Alex Tanguay and two prospects. Colorado gain a dane, but will it be all in vain?
Kris Russell to Dallas! Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and a 2nd rd’er (becomes a 1st if Dallas make the West Finals and Russell plays in at least 50% of Stars’ playoff games). The Stars give up a chunk for their man, after chasing Keith Yandle and being interested in Dan Hamhuis as well. Russell is a shot blocking machine and adds experience to a young Stars D. Whether or not it pays off for Dallas remains to be seen, but Calgary get an NHL experienced D, with a prospect forward with real potential.
Another hour passes… No more moves…
Wait, Brandon Pirri gets traded to Anaheim from Florida for a pick. Same with Eric Gelinas from Colorado to New Jersey for a pick, then the Devils trade Lee Stempniak to Boston for two picks! That system in New Jersey helped Stempniak get numbers, which helped them get a 2nd and a 4th.
Then the excitement dies down and filler trades get made. Jamie McGinn to Anaheim, to replace Patrick Maroon, who was traded to Edmonton. Devante Smith-Pelly was once something, is now in New Jersey to try and recapture his former glories. Brett Sutter heads to Los Angeles from Carolina, where his dad just happens to be his head coach.
Easily the biggest name trade late in the day, involved David Jones leaving Calgary, to help the Minnesota Wild’s playoff run, and in return, Calgary received a 6th Rd pick and a Goaltender. A goaltender to fix their situation you ask? Well… no. Niklas Backstrom. The same Niklas Backstrom who has not played a game for the Wild since 2014. 38 year old Niklas Backstrom. But, who knows, he could actually play in Calgary with all their injury concerns with their Goaltending core of Hiller, Ortio and Ramo. Oh, and the Toronto Maple Leafs made zero moves on deadline day. leaving the likes of Michael Grabner, Brad Boyes and PA Parenteau in the blue and white.
So, with the days leading up to deadline day, stealing the thunder of the finale, the road to the playoffs officially begin. As to which teams won and lost on deadline day? Everyone will have their opinions, but in the end, hockey is unpredictable and nobody really knows, and that’s what we love about it the most isn’t it? The deadline day itself may have been boring, but the season is only just warming up.