The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Zach Sill, a 2nd round pick in 2016 & a 4th round pick in 2015. The Carolina Hurricanes have traded winger Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets for a third-round pick in 2015 and a conditional sixth rounder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: These deals happened within minutes of each other, giving this kind of a trade deadline day feel.
The Leafs did okay with this return, landing an affordable checking-line center and a couple of picks for Winnik, who is eligible for UFA status this summer. The Penguins bring in that additional forward they’ve been seeking for some time. Winnik’s an experienced bottom-six forward who didn’t cost the Penguins any of their good young prospects. If he pans out with the Penguins over the rest of this season they could re-sign him if there’s enough cap space.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff makes a good depth addition with Tlusty, who plays a good two-way game and can contribute on the power play. He should help off-set the absence of injured forward Mathieu Perreault, who is one of their top scorers. It also doesn’t cost the Jets a second round pick, which was the anticipated going rate for a winger like Tlusty. Having received a third and a conditional sixth for Tlusty, Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will likely stick to his asking price of a first rounder and a top prospect for defenseman Andrej Sekera, who is attracting far more attention in the trade market.