Here’s my take on the notable deals of the worst NHL trade deadline in recent history.
Arizona Coyotes trade Mikkel Boedker to Colorado Avalanche for left wing Alex Tanguay and prospects Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move for both clubs. Avs get a speedy playmaker in Boedker who should provide additional scoring punch. The Coyotes get two promising prospects who could become components in their roster rebuild.
Calgary Flames trade defenseman Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokkipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars get a shot-blocking rental defenseman who should help them in the short term, but they overpaid for the privilege. A nice return for the Flames for a pending UFA. And as for the conditional pick, if the Stars reach the conference finals and Russell plays in half of their playoff game, the second becomes a first-round pick.
The New Jersey Devils shipped forward Lee Stempniak to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a second-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The well-travelled Stempniak played well this season with the Devils . He should be a valuable depth addition in the Bruins’ quest for a postseason spot.
Florida Panthers trade Brandon Pirri to the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not a misprint, the Panthers pretty much gave away Pirri. Granted, he’s a streaky scorer and is currently recovering from a nasty ankle injury. But he’s only 24 and a year removed from a 22-goal season. I realize the Panthers probably didn’t want to go to arbitration with Pirri, but surely they could’ve received a better return than this.
The Anaheim Ducks acquire left wing Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional third round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McGinn is enjoying a bounce-back season after missing most of 2014-15 to a back injury. A hardworking winger who can chip in offensively, he should provide valuable depth for the Ducks. If they reach the Western Conference finals and McGinn plays in half their playoff games up to that point, that third-round pick to the Sabres becomes a second-rounder in 2017.
The Carolina Hurricanes trade defenseman John-Michael Liles to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third round pick in 2016, a fifth round pick in 2076 and Anthony Camara.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not the younger defenseman the Bruins need, but Liles should provide them with experienced short-term blueline depth.
The Anaheim Ducks trade winger Patrick Maroon to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a prospect and mid-round draft pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers gain more size but not much speed in Maroon. Don’t see him as a fit on their top-two lines.
The Montreal Canadiens trade winger Devante Smith-Pelly to the New Jersey Devils for winger Stefan Matteau.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Essentially, it’s two teams swapping players who weren’t working out. Acquired from the Ducks during last season, Smith-Pelly was an inconsistent performer with the Habs. Matteau was a frequent healthy scratch with the Devils.
The New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Eric Gelinas to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a third-round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gelinas was a frequent healthy scratch who became the odd man out with the Devils. He might get an opportunity to establish himself as an NHL regular.
The Calgary Flames trade forward David Jones to the Minnesota Wild for goaltender Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round draft pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A deal that really doesn’t do either club any good. The Wild get a winger whose best years are behind him, while the Flames get a goalie whose NHL career has been all but ended by injuries.