Blues Deal Shattenkirk To Capitals
The Kevin Shattenkirk saga is over. Less than 48 hours before the deadline, the St. Louis Blues traded prized pending unrestricted free agent d-man Kevin Shattenkirk and minor league goaltender Phoenix Copley to the Washington Capitals in exchange for their 2017 1st round pick, a conditional draft pick in 2019 along with forwards Brad Malone and Zach Sanford.
The Blues will receive the Capital’s 2nd round pick in 2019 IF the Capitals re-sign Shattenkirk or if the Caps make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and Shattenkirk plays in at least 50 percent of the games. However, if the Capitals trade Shattenkirk before July 1, the Blues will receive a 7th round pick. If the return to Washington is a 4th round pick or better, the Blues receive Washington’s pick two rounds later instead (i.e. Caps trades Shattenkirk’s rights for a 3rd round pick, Blues get a 5th round pick instead of a 7th).
The Blues also will retain 39 percent of Shattenkirk’s salary as part of the deal.
Wild Acquire Hanzal
The Minnesota Wild are in it to win it. The Minnesota Wild acquired forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White along with a 2017 4th round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2017 1st round pick, a 2018 2nd round pick, a conditional 2019 4th round pick and forward Grayson Drowning.
The 4th round pick in 2019 the Coyotes receive will turn into a 3rd rounder if the Wild win a playoff round. If the Wild make it to the conference finals, the 2019 4th round pick becomes a 2nd rounder.
In a separate deal, the Minnesota Wild trade forward Teemu Pulkkinen to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations.
Bishop, A King
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop and a 2017 5th round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj, d-man Erik Cernak, a 2017 7th round pick and a conditional 2017 pick.
The conditional pick the Lightning receive solely depends on the Kings‘ success. If the Kings miss the playoffs, the Lightning receive no pick. However, the pick can be as high as a 2nd round pick depending on how far the Kings make it in the playoffs.
In addition, the Lightning retain 20 percent of Bishop’s salary.
Leafs Get Boyle
The Leafs playoff push will continue with the help of a serviceable bottom six forward. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2017 2nd round pick and forward Byron Froese.
Rangers Get Smith, Wings Get Picks
The New York Rangers have acquired d-man Brendan Smith from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2017 3rd round pick and a 2018 2nd round pick.
Burrows, Stalberg to Ottawa
Long time Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has a new place he will call home. The Vancouver Canucks traded Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen.
Burrows had a No Movement clause in his contract but agreed to waive it in order to become a Senator. Burrows, a pending UFA, quickly signed a 2 year, $5 million contract extension with his new team.
The Ottawa Senators weren’t done there. A day before the deadline, the Senators acquired forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2017 3rd round pick.
Benn to Montreal
That’s Jordie Benn… not Jamie. The Benn brothers have been separated. The Dallas Stars traded d-man Jordie Benn to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for d-man Greg Pateryn and a 2017 4th round pick.
Avs Continue to Sit On Their Hands
Less than 26 hours before the deadline to make trades, the Colorado Avalanche have yet to trade any of their pending free agents. Jarome Iginla, John Mitchell, Fedor Tyutin, Rene Bourque, Andreas Martinsen make up the Avs‘ pending UFAs and Mikhail Grigorenko and Patrick Wiercioch are the team’s pending RFAs (that they would consider trading).
Tick, tick, tick.