Eric Staal (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
It’s deadline day, but before the dealing gets started take a look at the trades you may have missed over the weekend. Eric Staal was the biggest name on the go, but several teams picked up depth while others added picks and prospects in hopes of building for the future.
Monday may be the NHL’s trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean teams waited until the final hours of the trade window to get a deal done. Over the weekend, the trade market was buzzing as team’s stocked up for the post-season.
Whether it be blockbuster names on the move, trades for depth or deals with the future in mind, roughly half the league has gotten involved in the action ahead of the deadline. Since Friday evening, more than 30 players have changed homes and more than a dozen draft picks have changed hands. Here are all the weekend deals you may have missed:
Los Angeles Kings acquire: Rob Scuderi
Chicago Blackhawks acquire: Christian Ehrhoff
The Kings and Blackhawks, two Western Conference favorites, did each other a favor in a swap of veteran blueliners Ehrhoff and Scuderi. The deal included some tricky salary retention that has further cap implications for both teams, and serves to land each team a depth blueliner who can play in their system as the post-season approaches. Chicago retained half of Scuderi’s salary, while Los Angeles held onto 15 percent of Ehrhoff’s deal. More.
Chicago Blackhawks acquire: Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise
Montreal Canadiens acquire: Phillip Danault, 2018 second-round pick
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman continued to show he’s all-in with his roster by nabbing two of the Canadiens’ free agents-to-be. Montreal retained 30 percent of Weise’s salary, and that likely helped the return as the Canadiens netted Phillip Danault — a young, depth center — and a second-round selection. More.
Edmonton Oilers acquire: Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 fifth-round pick
St. Louis Blues acquire: Anders Nilsson
The Blues injury bug hit their net recently with the injury to Brian Elliott and there’s uncertainty surrounding Elliott’s ability to return before the post-season. Nilsson gives St. Louis a backup goaltender in the chance they continue to be hit by injury and potentially lose starting netminder Jake Allen. More.
Toronto Maple Leafs acquire: Alex Stalock, Ben Smith, 2018 conditional fourth-round pick
San Jose Sharks acquire: James Reimer, Jeremy Morin
It was reported the Sharks were looking to improve their backup goaltending situation and they managed that in a big way with the acquisition of Reimer. He was having a stellar year for a poor Maple Leafs team. While they’re not favored, a San Jose run to the Stanley Cup final would land Toronto a third-round pick instead of the fourth rounder. More.
Florida Panthers acquire: Jiri Hudler
Calgary Flames acquire: 2016 second-round pick, 2018 fourth-round pick
Hudler, set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, was bound to be moved by the deadline, and the Panthers got themselves an offensive boost by landing the veteran winger. He’s having a down season after a career year in 2014-15, but Hudler’s a nice top-six pickup for Florida. More.
Florida Panthers acquire: Teddy Purcell
Edmonton Oilers acquire: 2016 third-round pick
The Panthers continued to load up for their post-season run by nabbing Purcell from the Oilers. He’s got the size and hands to be an asset come playoff time, and adding a depth winger who can put the puck in the net should pay dividends for a Panthers team that hasn’t seen the second round of the playoffs since 1995-96. More.
Florida Panthers acquire: Jakub Kindl
Detroit Red Wings acquire: 2017 sixth-round pick
Kindl had been sent up and down by the Red Wings this season, and GM Ken Holland was finally able to unload the defender by holding on to 15 percent of his salary in a deal with the Cats. Kindl will likely slot in as a bottom-pairing defenseman in Florida. More.
Pittsburgh Penguins acquire: Justin Schultz
Edmonton Oilers acquire: 2016 third-round pick
Edmonton has seemed to be shopping Schultz for the better part of the past two seasons and finally managed to ship him out by holding onto half of his salary in a deal with Pittsburgh. An offensive defenseman, he may not seem like the piece the Penguins needed right now, but Schultz could turn an already strong offensive team into a powerhouse if he finds his game. More.
Ottawa Senators acquire: Jason Akeson, Phil Varone, Jerome Leduc, 2016 conditional seventh-round pick
Buffalo Sabres acquire: Alexander Guptill, Eric O’Dell, Cole Schneider, Michael Sdao
An all-AHL deal, this was a pure swap of minor-league players who could potentially have some impact down the line. Schneider has a chance to play in Buffalo this season, and if the Sabres play him in three NHL games before the season is up, the Senators’ new pick will become a sixth-round selection. More.
Carolina Hurricanes acquire: Aleksi Saarela, 2016 second-round pick, 2017 second-round pick
New York Rangers acquire: Eric Staal
Staal’s days as a Hurricane officially ended Saturday afternoon when he was moved for two picks and prospect Saarela. Carolina sweetened the pot by taking back half of Staal’s salary, and they stocked their draft cupboards by landing two second-round picks. After leaving Carolina and brother Jordan, Staal will now go to New York and play with brother Marc. More.
Los Angeles Kings acquire: Kris Versteeg
Carolina Hurricanes acquire: Valentin Zykov, 2016 conditional fifth-round pick
Versteeg is coming off of a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015 and has a chance at another in a different locale with the Pacific Division-leading Kings. He’s been a rental a few times in his career now, and Versteeg could contribute just the goal scoring punch Los Angeles was looking for down the line. He could help ease some of the pain felt by the loss of Marian Gaborik. More.
Washington Capitals acquire: Ryan Bourque
New York Rangers acquire: Chris Brown
Brown has appeared in the NHL this season, but it’s unlikely he’ll play a big part in the Rangers’ post-season plans. Same goes for Bourque, who will likely spend the remainder of the season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. More.
Toronto Maple Leafs acquire: Connor Carrick, Brooks Laich, 2016 second-round pick
Washington Capitals acquire: Daniel Winnik, 2016 fifth-round pick
Winnik is a rental once again, leaving the Maple Leafs for a chance at a Stanley Cup with the Capitals, one of the Eastern Conference favorites. Washington lands a depth center while freeing themselves up some cap space by moving out Laich, who carries a $4.5-million cap hit for one more season. If the Capitals want to keep dealing, moving out Laich helps make salary room. More.