It’s been a busy trade deadline weekend in the NHL, but here at Pucking Hockey we breakdown the 5 top NHL hockey trades for 2015 so far.
Florida Panthers/New Jersey Devils Trade
It was already clear that the Devils were done with Jaromir Jagr once Adam Oates took over. Oates cut back Jagr’s ice time game after game, and Jagr had enough. New Jersey sent him to Florida in exchange for a 2015 2nd-round draft pick and a 2016 3rd-round draft pick.
Florida’s fighting each game to make the playoffs and this trade was something they had to do for quite sometime. I’ve been watching a lot of Panther games this season, and they were horrific trying to sustain any pressure in the opponent’s zone.
Since Jagr was acquired, Florida has looked tremendously better and all the players have responded to Jagr leading the way. But their defense is still a concern and may bite them in the ass coming down the stretch of the season.
Minnesota Wild/Florida Panthers Trade
Since the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild have made a serious run at making the 2015 NHL playoffs. However they needed one final piece to the puzzle, so they went out and made a move for Sean Bergenheim.
Minnesota Wild sent a 2016 3rd-round draft pick to Florida in return for Bergenheim and a 2016 7th-round draft pick.
I am not sure why Bergenheim wanted out of Florida exactly, but he wanted out. This was a decent move for Minnesota, they already proved they can hang with the big boys, but they needed one last forward who can skate well and fire that puck into the net.
I’ve always been a fan of Sean Bergenheim, so for me, it will be interesting to see how Bergenheim responds on a more well-rounded hockey team.
New York Rangers/Arizona Coyotes Trade
With Henrik Lundqvist sidelined and the Rangers defense not being the Rangers defense, New York went out and traded John Moore, Anthony Duclair, 2016 conditional 1st-round draft pick and a 2015 2nd-round draft pick.
In exchange New York acquired Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 2015 4th-round draft pick.
Not a bad move for a mediocre defenseman, but in all honesty, Yandle is either overrated or he needs a change of scenery. I think we can all agree Arizona is not that bad of a hockey team, especially on defense, they just had a bad season. With that being said, Yandle has a -34 plus/minus rating in his professional hockey career. Considering Arizona is a defense first team, this number is horrific.
But like I said, maybe Yandle needs a change of scenery, but I don’t see this trade working out too well for New York. Especially until King Henrik is sidelined.
Chicago Blackhawks/Philadelphia Flyers Trade
Being a Flyers fan by heart, it was hard accepting this trade, but it was for the better, not only for the Flyers future but for Timonen’s future. Philly traded Kimmo Timonen to Chicago in exchange for a 2015 2nd-round draft pick and a 2016 conditional 4th-round draft pick.
Not bad Ron Hextall, considering Timonen has not played one game this season and just overcame blood clots.
Timonen is expected to skate alongside of Brent Seabrook but Chicago is a smart hockey club, I am sure they will ease him back into the game slowly.
With Johnny Oduya on IR, Chicago needed to fill that hole which is why they went after Timonen. Smart move – bit of a gamble – but Chicago has other issues they need to work out inside that locker room. I believe Timonen is walking into a mess and the odds of Chicago making it to the Stanley Cup Finals without Patrick Kane, is nearly impossible. Which bring me to the next trade.
Chicago Blackhawks/Arizona Coyotes Trade
With Patrick Kane out for the next 12 weeks Chicago had to make a move, we all knew it was coming.
Chicago traded Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 1st-round draft pick, in exchange for Antoine Vermette.
In 63 games played this season Vermette has 13 goals and 22 assists, however he is a -23. He will be centering the second line with Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad alongside of him.
In my opinion, I don’t care who you put on this Chicago roster, they always seem to play much better. I personally think this is going to be a perfect fit, as Vermette is now playing in a better hockey market and on a much better hockey club.
With the 2015 NHL trade deadline just 19 hours away I will have a follow-up blog post with my opinions on a few top NHL hockey trades.
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