Eastern Conference GMs revealed: Who trades with whom?

Josh Elliott
New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello

Fantasy hockey makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that the real NHL is a people business, and personal relationships can influence how a team’s GM shapes his roster. Some guys have favourite trade partners, others hate trading within their conference and a few guys simply don’t like each other.

So who are the big traders in the NHL, and who are their favourite trade partners?
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Western Conference GMs revealed: Who trades with whom?

Josh Elliott
Colorado Avalanche Greg Sherman, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy

Fantasy hockey makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that the real NHL is a people business, and personal relationships can influence how a team’s GM shapes his roster. Some guys have favourite trade partners, others hate trading within their conference and a few guys simply don’t like each other.

So who are the big traders in the NHL, and who do they trade with most?
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Forget Toronto. It’s time to troll Boston for the Tyler Seguin trade

Matt Larkin
Tyler Seguin, left, is dominating the league just like he was projected to do when picked second overall in 2010. (Getty Images)

It’s funny how the Phil Kessel trade produces the same cycle of debate, year after year.

Tyler Seguin gets hot, Bruins fans taunt Maple Leafs fans for the trade that sent Boston the pick that became Seguin No. 2 overall in 2010.

Phil Kessel gets hot, Leafs fans smugly remind Bruins fans Kessel is among the game’s pre-eminent goal scorers and thus was worth every asset surrendered.

Bruins fans remind Leaf fans to include Dougie Hamilton in the discussion. Leaf fans fall awkwardly silent.

Enough already. There’s nothing more to say. Kessel is a truly elite sniper, albeit an inconsistent one, and the Leafs paid dearly to get him. In the end they got a player who may end up their all-time leading goal scorer in exchange for what were unknown commodities – draft picks – at the time. Seguin is every bit the star he was supposed to be on draft day, and Hamilton has the makings of a franchise defenseman. Every major player in the trade is excellent at hockey. We get it.

And besides, there’s one significant detail that makes the entire “THANK YOU KESSEL!” debate moot: Tyler Seguin doesn’t play for Boston anymore. It’s time we turned our attention to the trade that made him a Dallas Star. And it’s time for Stars fans to rachet up their “THANK YOU ERIKSSON!” chants.

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Anaheim Ducks acquire Eric Brewer from Tampa Bay for third-round pick

Jared Clinton
Eric Brewer featured

With injuries to Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoner, the Anaheim Ducks were in dire need of blueline help. They got some on Friday, trading a 2015 third-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer.

The deal makes sense for both sides. For Tampa Bay, Brewer was expendable. With Victor Hedman well on his way to returning, there would be little room for the veteran blueliner to make his way back into the top half of the lineup. Brewer is also a pending unrestricted free agent, so it makes sense to get rid of an expiring contract while the Lightning can still get something back in return. Read more

Blackhawks rebuild began with botched Chelios trade that was never supposed to happen

Jared Clinton
Chris Chelios Red Wings Blackhawks Featured

If it were up to Chris Chelios, he never would have left the Chicago Blackhawks.

In his new book, titled Made In America, Chelios goes into detail about the trade that sent him from his hometown Blackhawks to the rival Detroit Red Wings. With former stars Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick gone, it was the Blackhawks struggles of 1998-99 that rumors about Chelios began. Read more

Sharks send Jason Demers, third-round pick to Dallas for Brenden Dillon

Jared Clinton
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It’s been a busy day for Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill.

Earlier this afternoon, Nill and the Stars announced the re-signing of center Jason Spezza to a four-year deal worth $30 million dollars. The deal, worth $7.5 million annually, wasn’t Nill’s final move of the day, however, as a trade between the Stars and the San Jose Sharks came out of nowhere.

The deal sends defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick to Dallas, while defenseman Brenden Dillon goes the other way. Read more

Canadiens boost blueline depth by dealing Rene Bourque to Ducks for Bryan Allen

Adam Proteau
Rene Bourque (Getty Images)

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been one of the NHL’s busier wheelers-and-dealers of late, acquiring veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Dallas for Travis Moen last week and adding to the changes Thursday by dealing out-of-favor winger Rene Bourque to Anaheim in exchange for blueliner Bryan Allen.

That the soon-to-be 33-year-old Bourque was a goner from Montreal is no surprise; the team waived and demoted him to the American League earlier this month after being frustrated once again with his lack of production and engagement during the regular season. He bought himself some time last spring with eight goals and 11 points in 17 playoff games for the Habs, but after only posting a pair of assists in 13 games this season, Bergevin had seen enough. Read more

When he left the Lightning for the Rangers, Martin St-Louis made a huge mistake

Adam Proteau
Martin St-Louis comprised one half of 2014's best trade. (Getty Images)

After watching Martin St-Louis play his former teammates in Tampa Bay for the first time since the March trade that sent him to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, and two draft picks, I’m pretty confident in saying this:

St-Louis made a huge mistake.

Yes, it’s only one game, but the Lightning’s thorough 5-1 pounding of the Blueshirts Monday was a demonstration of (a) all the things that make Tampa such a favorite of pundits this off-season, and (b) many of the things that make some of us question the Rangers as a serious Stanley Cup contender.

St-Louis did score the home side’s only goal at Madison Square Garden, but, in a sign from the hockey gods as to which side is likely to emerge over time as the ultimate winner of the trade, Callahan scored two goals for the Bolts. More importantly, the Lightning also got another banner night from Steven Stamkos, who scored once and added two assists while being the most dangerous player on the ice. Why St-Louis would want to leave a team with a young superstar for one that didn’t have anyone comparable is head-scratching, to say the least. Read more