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NHL trade deadline 2016: trade tracker and analysis

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Welcome to NHL trade deadline day 2016. Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of every trade, as it happens.

Welcome to NHL trade deadline day 2016. Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of every trade, as it happens. Our team of experts will break down every trade, and you can have your say on who won each deal. Several NHL teams got an early start on the trade front this year. Click here for a recap of a busy weekend of trading that saw the likes of Eric Staal, Dale Weise, and James Reimer on the move. You can also check out a list of every trade made all season in the Trade Log.  
  TO NASHVILLE: D Corey Potter TO ARIZONA: Future Considerations  
  TO PITTSBURGH: D James Melindy; LW Dan O'Donoghue; C Dustin Jeffrey TO PHOENIX: C Matia Marcantuoni  
    TO CHICAGO: D Tim Jackman; 7th round pick in 2017 TO ANAHEIM: RW Corey Tropp  
TO EDMONTON: LW Patrick Maroon TO ANAHEIM: D Martin Gernat, 4th round pick in 2016 THN's Take: With Anaheim's earlier acquisition of Jamie McGinn, the Ducks didn't really have a spot for Maroon anymore, so off he goes to Edmonton in exchange for prospect Martin Gernat and a fourth-rounder. Gernat is a big, defensive defenseman in the AHL with little upside at this point. The big upshot for Anaheim, other than recouping future assets, is that Maroon still had two more years on his deal, albeit at a not-bank-breaking rate of $2 million per. Now they're clear of that commitment. On the other side of the ledger, Edmonton gets a burly forward who can score a bit and will definitely fight. Given how much finesse the Oilers have up front right now, a little snarl is not a bad commodity. And the fact Maroon is signed for a couple more seasons is nice insurance for Edmonton, which still hasn't become a free agent destination. So the Oilers get something for very little loss.-Ryan Kennedy
  TO LOS ANGELES: LW Brett Sutter TO MINNESOTA: RW Scott Sabourin THN's Take: The minor-league deals are coming in and this one has a hook to it, as Sutter will now be playing for father Darryl's organization in Los Angeles. Whether Darryl will actually get to coach Brett in a Kings jersey remains to be seen, as the younger Sutter is an energy guy who doesn't score much even at the AHL level. In Sabourin, Minnesota (or, more accurately, AHL Iowa) gets a big dude who can fight, but also one who has spent some games in the ECHL this season. -Ryan Kennedy
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TO ANAHEIM: RW Jamie McGinn TO BUFFALO: Conditional 3rd round pick THN's Take: This was a nice all-around trade for both teams involved. The Ducks are a "heavy" team that just got heavier with McGinn, a hard-working two-way player who can also chip in on the offensive end. Considering how good Anaheim's forward corps was already, this is the icing on the cake for a team that has been on fire lately and trending in the right way with the post-season on the horizon. For Buffalo, the return on McGinn was nice. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer and although it was a nice fit for both the Sabres franchise and the player, who knows what would have happened when the open market called? Instead, the Sabres get a high-ish pick to add to their already-stacked arsenal of selections in the next two drafts. The condition on the pick is that the third becomes a second if Anaheim wins two playoff rounds and McGinn suits up for half those games. That's definitely plausible. It's going to be a fun time for Sabres brass, especially since Buffalo hosts the draft this summer. -Ryan Kennedy
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TO MONTREAL: LW Stefan Matteau TO NEW JERSEY: RW Devante Smith-Pelly THN's Take: This was clearly a case of one relatively young, stalled winger being dealt for another relatively young, stalled winger. If there were two players who needed a change of scenery more than Smith-Pelly and Matteau, you’d be hard-pressed to find them. In terms of upside potential, there’s far more there for Matteau than there is for Smith-Pelly, but the problem is that you may never be able to get it out of Matteau, who is a kid who takes questionable penalties and has never lived up to his potential. It seems to be all there – size, skating ability, offensive talent – but he hasn’t even come close to putting it altogether yet, which leads to the very legitimate question as to whether he ever will. But if he does, watch out. Smith-Pelly is a little further on in his development, but the upside is a lot lower. Twenty-two years ago, Matteau’s father Stephane was traded at the deadline from the Chicago Blackhawks to the New York Rangers and was a key cog in the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup that spring. There will be no such immediate impact this time around, but if the Canadiens can develop Matteau properly, it’s a great deal for them. -Ken Campbell
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TO BOSTON: RW Lee Stempniak TO NEW JERSEY: 2nd round pick in 2017; 4th round pick in 2016 THN's Take: From this point forward, Lee Stempniak will have a new nickname. And that nickname is Mr. Trade Deadline. This year marks the third straight year and the fourth in the past six that Stempniak has been dealt at the deadline. And there are a couple of reasons for that. First and foremost, he’s a productive player who can add some scoring depth to a good team in the playoffs, all the more so this season because he’s having an incredibly good campaign. The second is that he’s usually on an expiring deal and he’s playing for a team that’s out of the playoffs. So is Stempniak the typical “good bad-team player” who struggles once he gets to a place where his role is not as prominent? No, because he’s actually done pretty well with almost every team to which he’s been dealt at the deadline. Great pickup for the Bruins. -Ken Campbell
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TO BOSTON: D John-Michael Liles TO CAROLINA: LW Anthony Camara; 3rd round pick; 5th round pick THN's Take: Boston makes a minor move for a bit of veteran help and mobility. Liles, 35, isn't the high-end offensive defenseman he was back in his Colorado days. He's not really built for trench warfare, either. But he can still skate well and move the puck at his age. He was playing more than 20 minutes a game in Carolina this season after last hitting that mark in 2011-12 as a Toronto Maple Leaf. There's a big drop-off between Torey Krug and Boston's next quickest blueliner, so Liles gives the Bruins something they need. Couldn't they have just recalled Colin Miller from the AHL, though? He's a righty but otherwise brings similar offensive acumen to what Liles does, and with fresher legs. On top of the picks, Carolina receives left winger Anthony Camara, 22, who was once a good enough prospect to make Canada's world junior team in 2013 but has really struggled as a pro. He has no goals in 33 AHL games this season. THN Future Watch 2016 did not rank him among Boston's top 10 prospects. – Matt Larkin
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TO NY ISLANDERS: LW Shane Prince; 7th round pick in 2016 TO OTTAWA: 3rd round pick in 2016 THN's Take: Ottawa has a lot of young players and with Prince reaching RFA status this summer, he became expendable. An undersized talent with a great shot, Prince will be a depth player for the Islanders, who already boast some pretty impressive forwards. What is a little surprising about the deal is that New York sacrificed a pick for Prince – parting with their third means the Islanders only have five selections in 2016 right now. They have two in the seventh round, thanks to Ottawa, but only one (a first) in the first three rounds. -Ryan Kennedy
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TO ANAHEIM: LW Brandon Pirri TO FLORIDA: 6th round pick in 2016 THN's Take: With Florida bringing in several new faces over the weekend, there was room to move Pirri, and move him they did. Anaheim gets a scorer who can go on hot streaks and one who comes with a very easy price tag at $925,000. A pending restricted free agent, Pirri will get a chance to prove he can hang with the deep Ducks as the team tries to make a run at the Stanley Cup this season, though he is still on the shelf with an ankle injury at the moment. The price for Pirri was not steep, as Florida only garnered a sixth-rounder in return, but given the depth the Panthers have right now, it was worth getting something for the shooter. -Ryan Kennedy
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TO DALLAS: D Kris Russell TO CALGARY: D Jyrki Jokipakka; LW Brett Pollock; Conditional 2nd round pick in 2016 THN's Take: After getting out of the gate as one of the best teams in the NHL, the Dallas Stars have flagged badly of late, winning just 11 of their 24 games in 2016. Much of the reason for that is they skate well and move the puck really well and can score with the best of them, but they can’t defend and their goaltending has been suspect. And that’s where Kris Russell comes in. Russell is there to simply provide a defensive presence for the Stars and while shot blocking is a largely overrated stat, it takes on more importance when your team’s goaltending is an inconsistent as the Stars’ has been. He’ll also offer a veteran presence to the Stars, but he’s probably not as good a pickup as Dan Hamhuis would have been. In addition to the second-round pick, the Flames get two players under 25 in Jokipakka and Pollock. The former is a player who could become the kind of defensive defenseman Russell is for them now, and the latter is a point-per-game player in the Western League in Pollock, who was the Stars No. 9 prospect in THN’s Future Watch. The conditional second rounder becomes a first-round pick if the Stars make it to the conference final and Russell plays in at least half the games. -Ken Campbell
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TO COLORADO: D Eric Gelinas TO NEW JERSEY: 3rd round pick in 2017 THN's Take: The Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boedker acquisitions signalled the Avalanche are committed to a playoff push, and they continued to add depth pieces with left-shooting defenseman Gelinas, 24. The move would've been much more exciting a year or two ago, as Gelinas was flashing plenty of potential at the time. He impressed with seven goals in 60 games as a rookie in 2013-14 and added another six goals in 61 games the following season. He has a nice big frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and has flourished as a power play triggerman in brief spurts. This year, however, has been somewhat of a nightmare for him. He has just one goal and six points in 34 games and plays a career-worst 14:02 per game, more than two minutes below his career mark of 16:06. Still, he's only 24, and he quietly has the best score-adjusted Corsi rating of any Devils blueliner this season per war-on-ice.com. He's worth a dice role for the Avs. He has one additional year left on his contract at a $1.575-million cap hit. He'd openly expressed his frustration to Devils coach John Hynes about being a healthy scratch repeatedly, so the trade isn't surprising. -Matt Larkin
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TO COLORADO: RW Mikkel Boedker TO ARIZONA: LW Alex Tanguay; C Conner Bleackley; D Kyle Wood THN's Take: Colorado is taking its wild card position in the West and running with it, as the Avs acquire the speedy Mikkel Boedker from Arizona. Boedker brings a nice two-way game on top of his skating ability and it's fun to think of what he could do on a line with burners such as Nathan MacKinnon and/or Matt Duchene. The left winger will be a free agent this summer, so he may end up being a rental, but at the least Colorado will get the chance to convince the 26-year-old that Denver is a fun place to make a living for more than just part of a season. In Tanguay, Arizona gets a highly experienced veteran who will also be a free agent this summer. Was Tanguay simply salary cap ballast in this deal? Perhaps, but the Coyotes can at least give him a look. Naturally the futures are the keys to Arizona's haul here. Conner Bleackley has had an up-and-down junior career with WHL Red Deer and he's currently on the shelf with a fractured kneecap, but he is expected to return close to the playoffs. Red Deer hosts the Memorial Cup, so Bleackley will get the chance to play for a CHL crown. Bleackley was No. 8 on Colorado's Future Watch this year; down from No. 3 in 2015. As a prospect, Bleackley is known for his scoring touch. In Kyle Wood, Arizona gets a 6-foot-5 blueliner with offensive skills, currently playing for OHL North Bay. He was not listed on Colorado's top-10 this year, but does have some promise. -Ryan Kennedy
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  TO CAROLINA: D Dennis Robertson TO CHICAGO: G Drew MacIntyre  
TO ARIZONALW Sergei Plotnikov TO PITTSBURGH: LW Matthias Plachta; 7th round pick in 2017 THN's Take: For every breakout KHL import like Artemi Panarin, there are several Sergei Plotnikovs. He was an exciting commodity entering the 2015-16 season, a big, physical forward who had established himself as an effective pro in Russia with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He topped plenty of Calder Trophy sleeper lists. The NHL, though, hasn't been kind to Plotnikov, even though he wants to play there. He's yet to score a goal and has just two assists in 32 games. He's been a healthy scratch for 19 consecutive games. He's a pending restricted free agent, so we have to think he gets a chance to show what he can do over the rest of the season with Arizona. Plotnikov carries a $925,000 cap hit, so the Penguins free up $198,925 in space to work with leading up to the deadline. Pittsburgh receives a 2017 seventh-rounder and winger Matthias Plachta in return, so the exchange was clearly more about the cap relief than anything else. We just completed THN Future Watch 2016, and Plachta, 24, ranks nowhere near Arizona's top 10 prospects. He played his entire career in the German League before coming to North America and toiling in the AHL this season, netting two goals and nine points in 46 games.  –Matt Larkin
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NHL trade deadline 2016: trade tracker and analysis