Ongoing server issues (for which I apologize) continue to plague the site. As we work to get them corrected, here’s my take on the notable trades from Day Two of the 2015 NHL Draft.
The New York Rangers trade forward Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks for Emerson Etem.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Included with Hagelin were the 59th and 179th picks, while the Rangers also received the 41st pick. Put simply, the Rangers couldn’t afford to re-sign the 26-year-old Hagelin long term. He’s currently an RFA this season and would also be eligible for UFA status next summer if he signed a one-year deal. He was reportedly seeking $3 million-plus on a new deal. Given the Rangers’ limited payroll, they couldn’t absorb that. Hagelin should be a solid addition for the Ducks, who have the cap space to re-sign him, but must also balance it with their need to re-sign their 2016 restricted free agent defensemen next summer.
In Etem, the Rangers get a promising young energy winger. The 23-year-old is coming off an entry-level deal and should be an affordable bridge deal signing. Etem struggled to earn a full-time spot with the Ducks. He could have his work cut out for him with the Blueshirts.
The New York Rangers trade goaltender Cam Talbot and the 209th pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for picks numbers 57, 79 and 184.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Credit Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli for being patient and not overpaying for Talbot, as it was believed the Rangers were angling for a first-round pick on Day One of the Draft and a high second-rounder on Day Two. Talbot showed potential as a starting goalie filling in for the sidelined Henrik Lundqvist for nearly two months this season. He’ll now get his chance to prove himself with the rebuilding Oilers. The question is, can Talbot become that elusive starter the Oilers have been lacking for years?
The Dallas Stars acquire the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the 193rd pick in the 2015 draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars need goaltending depth. They were interested in Cam Talbot and Robin Lehner before those two were traded. Bit of a surprise they go for a starter, though the struggles Kari Lehtonen had last season made it necessary to bring insomeone with experience to bail him out. There’s talk Lehtonen could be dealt if the Stars sign Niemi, but he’s coming off a bad season with three years remaining on his contract at a $5.9 million cap hit and a no-trade clause. Doubtful he gets moved. Star GM Jim Nill claims he’s close to a deal with Niemi.
The Carolina Hurricanes trade goaltender Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Essentially the swap of the supposed successor to Cam Ward for a defenseman coming off an unhappy second go-around with the Ducks. Looks like Khudobin will be backing up Frederik Anderson with the Ducks. It was assumed John Gibson would be dealt, but he has another season left on his two-way contract and will likely play in the minors next season. Wisniewski will bring some veteran depth to the Hurricanes. He tallied 34 points in 69 games last season split between the Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets, and is only a year removed from a career-best 51-point performance. Francis is gambling Wisniewski can regain that form for the remaining two years of his contract.
Oilers trade Martin Marincin, acquire Eric Gryba.
In a pair of minor deals, the Edmonton Oilers shipped defenseman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 107th pick in the draft and minor-league forward Brad Ross. The Oilers then flipped that draft pick to the Ottawa Senators, along with minor-league center Travis Ewanyk to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Eric Gryba.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marincin possesses good puck-possession stats but he’s not a physical defenseman. More than one Oilers observer claimed he always left them wanting more. Perhaps he’ll improve under the coaching of Mike Babcock in Toronto. The Senators reportedly moved Gryba as they carried eight defensemen and needed to shed some salary. He has a year left at $1.3 million on his contract.