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 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.