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NHL trade deadline 2017: trade tracker and analysis

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NHL trade deadline 2017: trade tracker and analysis

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Welcome to NHL trade deadline central 2017. 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, as they happen. As has become the case the last few years, several NHL teams got an early start on the trade front. All the notable trades from the last few days are here. You can also check out a list of every trade made over the last year and beyond season in the Trade Log on our transactions page. 

TO BOSTON: RW Drew Stafford
TO WINNIPEG: 2017 conditional sixth-round pick

THN's Take: Stafford has trudged through an injury-riddled campaign, but in the final year of his contract, he is a worthwhile deadline pickup. Blessed with size and offensive ability, he gives the Bruins a secondary scoring option as Boston jockeys for playoff seeding in the Atlantic Division. For the price – just a conditional sixth – the Bruins really can’t go wrong. Stafford has shown inconsistency in the past, but thanks to Boston’s strength at center, he’ll get the opportunity to play with a good pivot. Winnipeg, on the other hand, gets to shed Stafford’s remaining contract money and perhaps gets a future asset with the pick. -- RYAN KENNEDY

TO COLUMBUS: LW Lauri Korpikoski
TO DALLAS: D Dillon Heaterhington

THN's Take: The Blue Jackets are young up front, but they added some veteran depth to their bottom-six by adding Korpikoski. It will help somewhat that coach John Tortorella is familiar with Korpikoski from his days as a Ranger, and maybe in no place more than on the penalty kill. That’s likely where Korpikoski makes his biggest contributions down the stretch and into the playoffs for Columbus. His average PK time, 1:31, puts him fourth among all Blue Jackets forwards. Picking up Heatherington gives the Stars a project blueliner and one who contributed to a Calder Cup in 2015-16. It’s not a lot to give up for Korpikoski, as Heatherington was unlikely to crack the Blue Jackets’ blueline any time soon. — JARED CLINTON

TO PITTSBURGH: D Mark Streit
TO TAMPA BAY: 2018 fourth-round pick

THN'S Take: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is one of only three men in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with more than one team. And he’s clearly unwilling to rest on his laurels. This guy likes to be busy and getting Streit from Tampa Bay via Philadelphia is one of those deals that we may all look back on after the playoffs and identify that as the one that put the Penguins over the top. Streit is a puck mover who will thrive getting the puck up to Pittsburgh’s talented forwards and he’s more than just a depth player, although he and other defense acquisitions Ron Hainsey and Frank Corrado supply just that. Even though he has limited playoff experience for a guy with almost 800 career games, Streit will be a low-maintenance, highly intelligent addition to the Penguins who will fit in perfectly with their speed game. -- KEN CAMPBELL

TO PITTSBURGH: D Frank Corrado
TO TORONTO: RW Eric Fehr; D Steve Oleksy; 2017 fourth-round pick

THN's Take: Frank Corrado has watched most of the season from the press box, and when he hasn’t been sitting games out, he’s been in the AHL on a conditioning stint or waiting to see whether a team would take a shot on him on waivers. Now, with a trade to the Penguins, Corrado could get his chance to have a consistent role. Sadly, it might only be for a short while. Pittsburgh has Kris Letang, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta returning from injury down the road. The return for the Maple Leafs gives them another veteran depth piece with some goal-scoring ability in the recently waived Fehr and Oleksy’s a depth rearguard who’s set to come off the books in the off-season. The addition of the pick gives Toronto a second selection in the fourth round. -- JARED CLINTON

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TO CALGARY: C Curtis Lazar; D Mike Kostka
TO OTTAWA: D Jyrki Jokipakka, 2017 second-round pick

THN's Take: The smile will be returning to Curtis Lazar’s face. The famously happy prospect never latched on properly with the Senators and now he gets a second chance, heading to Calgary in a mid-tier deal that sees defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka go the other way. Lazar is a versatile player who can line up at any forward position and play smart, two-way hockey. If he can find his offensive groove with the Flames, he will be the player we thought he was in junior. Heading to Calgary with him is minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka. In Jokipakka, Ottawa receives a big, defensive blueliner who can challenge for a role on the Sens’ third pairing and give them depth overall. The second-round pick helps them replenish, as Ottawa has traded a fair amount of 2017 selections away already. -- RYAN KENNEDY

TO NASHVILLE: RW P.A. Parenteau
TO NEW JERSEY: 2017 sixth-round pick

THN's TAKE: The Predators solidify three scoring lines for the stretch run with this acquisition. The white-hot top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson won't change, but Parenteau could bump Kevin Fiala out of the middle six forward group with Mike Fisher, Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal. Parenteau can score a little bit and regularly rates as an above-average possession player, with a Corsi relative rating higher than his team average every season of his career – including a career high 5.5 this season. He's a good driver of shot attempts and can let Nashville take some responsibility off young Fiala's shoulders. The cost was minimal at a sixth-round pick. Parenteau is dealing with a minor injury but is days away from being ready to play. – MATT LARKIN

TO TAMPA BAY: D Mark Streit
TO PHILADELPHIA: C Valtteri Filppula; 2017 fourth-round pick; 2017 conditional seventh-round pick

THN's Take: Ever wonder why the hockey world regards Steve Yzerman as one of the smartest men in hockey and one of the best GMs in the game? If you’re still wondering, look no further than the deal he made at the deadline to send Filppula to the Flyers for Streit. Getting Streit will help the Lightning in their almost insurmountable challenge to make the playoffs, but more importantly, losing Filppula’s $5 million cap hit for next season instantly put Yzerman in a better position to re-sign Ondrej Palat and/or Tyler Johnson. The Lightning will also be faced with a cap crunch with entry-level bonuses to Jonathan Drouin, Brayden Point and Andrei Vasilevskiy putting them over the cap. Dropping Filppula, who has been spectacularly unproductive this season, will provide major relief. -- KEN CAMPBELL

TO MONREAL: RW Andreas Martinsen
TO COLORADO: RW Sven Andrighetto

THN's Take: Remember when the biggest criticism of the Montreal Canadiens was that they were too small and prone to getting pushed around? Well, it appears GM Marc Bergevin has taken that criticism personally. In getting Martinsen from the Avalanche for Sven Andrighetto, the Canadiens instantly became five inches taller and 33 pounds heavier. Hmmm, 33 pounds. That’s about how much the Stanley Cup weighs. The Canadiens seemed willing to swap depth for depth at the deadline – at least with about 40 minutes remaining – but you get the sense the depth he wants is a lot bigger and heavier than what he’s willing to give away. In Andrighetto, the Avalanche get a player with some definite offensive upside, even though he hasn’t shown it with any sense of consistency in Montreal. But with a chance to have a regular role and a good spot on the depth chart, Andrighetto should be able to showcase his talents. -- KEN CAMPBELL

TO COLUMBUS: D Kyle Quincey
TO NEW JERSEY: D Dalton Prout

THN's Take: It was a foregone conclusion the Devils, who sit seven points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot, would move a rental asset like Quincey, who hits unrestricted free agency this summer. There isn't much to this deal. Quincey is a baseline NHL-caliber defender, best suited to the bottom pair on a high-end team like the Blue Jackets. He has decent mobility and size at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds. He's a left shot, and Zach Werenski, Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray man that side in Columbus, so Quincey looks like mere injury insurance as a seventh D-man. As for stay-at-home blueliner Prout, headed to the Devils: he's 26 and has a year left on his deal at a $1.58-million cap hit. He had no spot in the Jackets' lineup. The Devils can try him out and, hey, if they aren't in contention next year, he's another UFA they can flip at the deadline.  – MATT LARKIN

TO LOS ANGELES: RW Jarome Iginla
TO COLORADO: 2018 conditional fourth-round pick

THN's Take: If I told you the Kings acquired an eight-goal scorer for a conditional fourth in next year’s draft, you wouldn’t bat an eye. But when it’s revealed that future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla is that eight goal-scorer, it sounds odd, doesn’t it? Los Angeles has been offensively weak this season and historically, Iginla has produced more goals in the post-season than in the first 82 games of the schedule. But the 39-year-old is definitely at the end of his career and it’s tough to see him moving the needle much for L.A. Is he a great motivator for the Kings, who could net him that long-pursued Stanley Cup? Sure: everybody loves Iggy. But the Kings have to make the playoffs first and that’s no guarantee. --RYAN KENNEDY

TO MONTREAL: LW Dwight King
TO LOS ANGELES: 2018 conditional fourth-round pick

THN's Take: So how about facing a fourth line of Michael McCarron between Steve Ott and Dwight King? Doesn’t sound so pleasant, does it? A little more than two hours before the deadline, the Canadiens had not made a huge splash at the deadline, so it’s pretty clear that GM Marc Bergevin thinks this team has the chops in terms of talent to put together a long playoff run. The fact that Max Pacioretty has more than twice as many goals as the next highest scorer may cause some to beg to differ, but if the Canadiens’ scorers score, Carey Price is Carey Price and the bottom six players make life miserable for the opponent, they might be onto something. As for the Kings, this looks like a move to clear the decks for something bigger, such as, maybe, perhaps, a Jarome Iginla. -- KEN CAMPBELL

TO FLORIDA: LW Thomas Vanek
TO DETROIT: D Dylan McIrath; 2017 third-round pick

THN's Take: Vanek was a polarizing trade commodity. On one hand, he's been the Red Wings' best offensive player this season, with 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games. On the other hand, he was a massive disappointment the last time he was a trade deadline rental in 2014 when the Montreal Canadiens acquired him. He had contract motivation that time, too, as he was a pending unrestricted free agent just like he is now. Still, the Panthers didn't have to pay much to get him: a third-round pick and defenseman Dylan McIlrath, who wasn't even taking a regular shift in their lineup. Vanek will add some offensive touch and power play ability and can play on any of the top three lines, though it's unlikely to be the No. 1 unit with Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr entrenched. Vanek will fit somewhere into a middle six that includes Vincent Trocheck, Jussi Jokinen, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and Nick Bjugstad, probably bumping Denis Malgin down. This team has one deep forward corps. As for the Wings, McIlrath is a warm body who gives them size and snarl should they want to give him a crack in the NHL. He's only 24. The reality is that he's a UFA, though, and the Panthers likely just needed to move some salary. He may not have a future as a Wing. Detroit's return is all about the third-rounder, which was a bit underwhelming considering some less talented players have fetched more than that over the past couple days. – MATT LARKIN

TO MONTREAL: C Steve Ott
TO DETROIT: 2018 sixth-round pick

THN's Take: A puzzling trade, even if it didn’t cost Montreal all that much to make the acquisition.

TO SAN JOSE: RW Jannik Hansen
TO VANCOUVER: LW Nikolay Goldobin; 2017 conditional fourth-round pick

THN's Take: San Jose adds some speed as it chases that elusiva Stanley Cup, while Vancouver adds another good prospect. More here.

TO EDMONTON: C David Desharnais
TO MONTREAL: D Brandon Davidson

THN's Take: It’s curious to see a team once desperate for defensemen trade one for a forward that doesn’t offer much in return, but the Oilers made this deal. There has been speculation that Davidson would have been exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft and likely taken, since he’s a youngish blueliner with a decent dollop of promise. In that sense, Edmonton got something for him in Desharnais, an undersized center who has been a frequent healthy scratch since Claude Julien took over the bench in Montreal. Quick and crafty, Desharnais gives Edmonton another option down the middle, but don’t look for a big impact. -- RYAN KENNEDY

TO CHICAGO: D Johnny Oduya
TO DALLAS: RW Mark McNeill; 2018 conditional fourth-round pick

THN's Take: My colleague Ryan Kennedy said it best: "The Blackhawks are getting the band back together." And why not? Reacquiring Oduya cost very little: prospect Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Stars also eat half of Oduya's $3.75-million salary to get him under their cap. This is an easy win-win trade for both teams. The Stars have thrown in the towel on 2016-17 and are selling off Oduya, a pending unrestricted free agent who will be 36 when next season starts. Dallas wants to give its stable of young D-men, including Julius Honka, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak, more minutes down the stretch. It makes sense for Dallas to see what it has. In McNeill, it gets a 2011 first-round pick who was a pretty effective AHL center with good size but who just couldn't find a home on the Hawks' depth chart. Chicago wanted to give McNeill a fresh start. Oduya, obviously, can slide seamlessly back into coach Joel Quenneville's system in Chicago and helps provide depth with Niklas Hjalmarsson hitting the IR. It's not a guarantee Oduya reunites with old partner Hjalmarsson once he's back healthy, as the Hawks solidified a new top four by signing Brian Campbell in the summer. Oduya has shown signs of decline since signing with Dallas for last season and wasn't an effective possession player there. But he'd be a fine, experienced option to play on the bottom pair. That or Quenneville opts to recapture the Hjalmarsson/Oduya chemistry, which would give Chicago three solid pairings: Duncan Keith/Brent Seabrook, Hjalmarsson/Oduya and Campbell/Trevor van Riemsdyk. Regardless of how the Hawks use Oduya, he didn't cost much. Solid deal. – MATT LARKIN

TO OTTAWA: LW Viktor Stalberg
TO CAROLINA: 2017 third-round pick

THN's Take: The Ottawa Senators bolstered their forward corps by acquiring the veteran Stalberg, who brings great speed and a big frame to the organization. A pending UFA, the left winger may very well be a rental, but in the wide-open Atlantic Division, the Sens can use him in the bottom six. Ottawa has a couple of injuries up front right now, including Bobby Ryan, so the more help the better. Stalberg may not contribute much offensively, but he can help out on the penalty-kill and has two shorthanded goals this season. For Carolina, the third-round selection goes into GM Ron Francis’ already-stocked coffers. The man is doing his rebuild the right way and now has seven selections in the first three rounds of the 2017 draft. -- RYAN KENNEDY

TO NEW YORK RANGERS: D Brendan Smith
TO DETROIT: 2017 third-round pick; 2018 second-round pick

THN's Take: The Rangers again dealt their future in an effort to make one last run for a Cup with its current core. More here.

TO WASHINGTON: D Kevin Shattenkirk; G Pheonix Copley
TO ST. LOUIS: 2017 first-round pick; 2019 conditional second-round pick; LW Zach Sanford; LW Brad Malone

THN's Take: The Capitals are going all in for a Stanley Cup with this move, as we wrote here.

TO OTTAWA: LW Alexandre Burrows
To VANCOUVER: C Jonathan Dahlen

THN's Take: Well, we can at least give the Senators points for guts. The Burrows trade likely won't go over too well with the diehard, educated fan base – and it shouldn't. It's not like Burrows was a rental, acquired for a pick, as was the case with Brian Boyle and the Leafs. The Senators doubled down by extending Burrows for two more seasons at a $2.5-million cap hit. He turns 36 April 11. He'll be 38 when the deal ends. I get that the Senators have major injury woes to overcome on their wings, and that the Atlantic Division playoff race is wide open, but…yikes. Worse yet, the Sens surrendered left winger Jonathan Dahlen to Vancouver as the return. Dahlen, 19, rates as Ottawa's fifth-best prospect in our soon-to-be-releaseed Future Watch 2017. Dahlen was highly regarded enough to go 42nd overall in what was, keep in mind, a stellar 2016 draft class. It seems odd now that owner Eugene Melnyk balked at the Colorado Avalanche's asking price for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog – only to mortgage an A-minus prospect for an agitator in Burrows. – MATT LARKIN

TO MONTREAL: D Jordie Benn
TO DALLAS: D Greg Pateryn; 2017 fourth-round pick

THN's Take: We knew a defenseman acquisition for the Montreal Canadiens was likely, but Jordie Benn seems underwhelming. He has decent size and grades out as average defensively in the possession game. He's a legit NHL defenseman. But that's about it. He's just a tiny bit better than Greg Pateryn, not to mention smaller and older than Pateryn. Benn is also a left shot, and the Habs already have Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Nathan Beaulieu as left shots, but Benn had played on the right side in Dallas with Dan Hamhuis on the left lately. Benn can do it and will likely play on Beaulieu's right, but it's not like the right side is Benn's natural fit, so it's a bit of a curious add. From the Stars' perspective, fans should hope Pateryn doesn't take a regular shift with the sinking squad – and that top prospect Julius Honka finds his away into the lineup instead. He showed some amazing possession numbers earlier this season when given 10 games at the NHL level. – MATT LARKIN

TO TORONTO: C Brian Boyle
TO TAMPA BAY: C Byron Froese; 2017 second-round pick

THN's Take: We wrote about the Leafs going for it here.

TO MINNESOTA: C Martin Hanzal; RW Ryan White; 2017 fourth-round pick
TO ARIZONA: 2017 first-round pick; 2018 second-round pick; 2019 conditional pick; C Grayson Downing

THN's Take: We wrote about Hanzal makes the Wild that much deeper here.

TO LOS ANGELES: G Ben Bishop; 2017 fifth-round pick
TO TAMPA BAY: G Peter Budaj; D Erik Cernak; 2017 seventh-round pick; 2017 conditional pick

THN's Take: We wrote long stories about this deal here (on the Lighting's return) and here (on Kings' side).

TO CHICAGO: LW Tomas Jurco
TO DETROIT: 2017 third-round pick

TO ANAHEIM: RW Patrick Eaves
TO DALLAS: 2017 conditional second-round pick

THN's Take: This deal could be a win for both teams. More here.

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NHL trade deadline 2017: trade tracker and analysis