Analysis of Notable NHL Trade Deadline Day Deals

by | Mar 1, 2017 | Rumors, Soapbox | 21 comments

A three-way trade involving defenseman Mark Streit was the highlight of a rather dull 2017 NHL trade deadline.

The NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline is history and boy, was it ever a dud. Notables stars such as Kevin Shattenkirk and Ben Bishop were dealt before deadline day, leaving little available talent in the trade market.  Anyway, here’s my take on the day’s few noteworthy deals.

The Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning for center Valtteri Filppula and two picks in the 2017 NHL draft. The Lightning then flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth rounder in 2018.

Analysis: A rare three-way deal that sees Streit go from the Flyers to their long-time rival in Pittsburgh via Tampa Bay. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman deserves a round of applause for his creativity. He cleared Filppula’s $5 million cap hit  from his books for next season, giving his club more cap space to re-sign young forwards such as Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. They also rid themselves of Filppula’s no-movement clause, allowing them to protect a younger player in the expansion draft. 

The Penguins win as well, adding an experienced puck-mover blueliner to their banged-up defense corps. As for the Flyers, Filppula could help take some pressure off center and team captain Claude Giroux in Philadelphia. He’s got another year remaining on his contract, but it remains to be seen if he’ll still be with the Flyers after this season. They could leave him exposed in the expansion draft if his no-movement clause is voided by accepting a trade to Philadelphia.

The Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in 2017. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit.

Analysis: Panthers GM Dale Tallon sought a scoring forward to bolster his club’s sagging power play. Vanek, 33, enjoyed a bounce-back performance with the Wings this season, netting 38 points in 48 games, with 11 of those coming with the man advantage. Despite Vanek’s improvement, he still has a reputation for inconsistency and soft play in tough games. If he can help the Panthers clinch a playoff berth, anything after that is gravy. 

The Colorado Avalanche trade right winger Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Kings are among the league’s lowest-scoring clubs and could’ve used a scorer with more speed. Had this move taken place a year or two ago, when Iginla was still an effective scoring winger, it would’ve garnered more hype. Instead, this is seen almost as a pity move, as a once-great star gets his last chance to chase that elusive Stanley Cup championship. Kings coach Darryl Sutter coached Iginla during his glory years with the Calgary Flames. Maybe Sutter can help Iggy regain some of his offensive spark. Otherwise, this deal does nothing to help the Kings reach the postseason. 

The New Jersey Devils trade P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators for a sixth-round pick in 2017.

Analysis: The Predators were in the market for a top-nine forward. Parenteau put up decent numbers this season with the Devils (13 goals, 27 points in 59 games). If he adjusts quickly with his new club, he could provide a nice offensive boost for the Preds down the stretch and into the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Habs need a scoring center but such commodities are rare and costly. GM Marc Bergevin opted instead to give his struggling roster more size, grit and character. Leading up to the deadline, Bergevin also acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers, blueliner Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars and forwards Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Martinsen from the Colorado Avalanche.  While the Habs will be bigger and tougher down the stretch, it remains to be seen if they’ll be any better.

Ottawa Senators trade Curtis Lazar and minor league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round draft pick.

Analysis: Lazar, a former first-round pick (17th overall in 2013), struggled through three seasons with the Senators. He gets a chance at a fresh start with the rebuilding Flames, where he could be a good fit among young forwards such as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett.


  1. I need help understanding how this helps the Flyers…
    Doing nothing would’ve been better, can’t make sense out of it. WTF was Hexy thinking?

    • Hey it coulda been worse. He coulda brought in a bunch of 4th line bangers like the habs did. But ya they have giroux schenn and couturier so y another center especially an overpaid 32yo. But as a pens fan and a pittsburger i luv it.

    • The Flyers want the rest of their ypoungsters up and their defendbse simply had too man older defenders with fsat deals. Fippula is aleader and a lot better centre the then all the guys after the egmatic Giroux…

    • I was wondering the same thing about the trade initially. But after hearing Hextall’s press conference it made sense. He wasn’t going to be able to sign a top 9 forward on July 1st for a one year term contract. This covers them for this year and next. For next year, with Streit and MDZ being replaced by some of the young D on entry level contracts, they do have CAP space freed up-not to mention Stolwarz replacing Mason’s CAP hit.

  2. Streit to Pens is quietly huge for them(we all shook our heads when Tampa made a move for him).
    With Letang in and out of the lineup getting a guy who can move the puck up ice quick is huge.

  3. Class move by the Sens. I stated this beleif before only to have prettgvmuch every pister on rhis site disagree. Sometimes its more about movibg the player than the return. Ottawa coukd of held on to their 1rst round selection. But as discribed by Dorion Lazar needed a fresh start. Sometimes looking aftercthecperson trumps the team

  4. LA should not trade anyone with the name King. Just wrong. Haha

  5. I dont think any move this trade deadline will result in any great advantage.

  6. Agree. Nothing to exciting. Wonder how better it could have been if the expansion draft wouldnt be coming up. And theres just not enough sellers anymore the looser point in ot really killed the amount of sellers.

  7. I don’t understand why GMs that sign players to bad contracts deserve praise for getting rid of the guy they signed to a rotten contract to begin with. Ya Stevie you signed a guy to a way overpriced deal and it only cost you a pick to get rid of him….bravo! Next up Callahan!

    • I spilled my beer, yay me I cleaned it up all by myself! I deserve a lot of credit for that.

    • Wasn’t that guy, Fippula,one of the centres that took him to the finals?
      They had Stamkos on his wing…
      I think the praise is more that they were able to make Cap room and not get held up in the process…it cost them the player who they wated gone, a seventh, and upgrade with the 4th rounders by receiving the one in 2018, a better class.

  8. Not much to talk about but I didn’t think there would be a lot of action as lots of teams are still in the mix. Have no idea what Montreal was thinking they just made deals to say they were active. I don’t see one team that improved enough to say there cup favorites I can see anybody winning no this thing if they get hot at right time.

  9. I would be curious to know where the teams that did not make any trades stand after the trade deadline.

    That said, it is time to put the Buffalo Sabres under the microscope. The team needs scoring, puck clearing defensemen, and a goaltender. I doubt many Sabres fans are happy underachievers Kulikov and Lehner remain with the team, and the roster was not upgraded. General manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma should hope the Sabres start winning to clich a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference, or they will be on the hot seat.

    • I don’t think Bylsma is the issue here. Also Lehner’s Save % is respectable. I think the issue is team defense and the Sabers just not playing a strong 200 foot game.

      • The team on the ice is as good as its coach. If the coach is not doing enough to coach the team to win, the team is not going to win. Bad coaching led to Bylsma’s separation from the Penguins.

        Lehner’s save percentage is respectable indeed. Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth had respectable save percentages also. They have struggled by allowing too many goals against, which results in many of their losses.

        The Sabres had the opportunity to acquire defensemen. I do not know if general manager Tim Murray saw the market dried up quickly, or he chose to be Darcy Regier for the day by doing nothing.

  10. Habs can’t score so MB traded for a line up to win tight low scoring games, can’t blame/fault him for that. But its a complete 180 from the team structure and concept he originally set out to built, fast and small. IMO if Habs don’t get past 1st round MB has to go, five years into his tenure with little success to show for it and very little in the prospect pool.

    • Habs are toast. I don’t see them making it past round 1 if they win that division. They’re not a better team than the Rangers or Columbus

  11. Love what the Leafs did (didn’t do)

    The deal to get rid of Corrado is a prefect deal for the Leafs and Pens. Pens get cap space, Leafs get a pick and depth vet to help young players.

    The Boyle deal was a great one, big, strong depth guy who can play up and down the lineup and kill penalties.

    Most importantly they didn’t trade away the future for a quick push now. They’re building the team right and there’s promise in Leaf land (If you ignore the back end).

    • I will miss seeing Fehr on the Penguins. For the Penguins, there are many forwards that can play better than Fehr for less.

      I think the Penguins can win the Stanley Cup again. Twenty-nine teams have studied how the Penguins won it last season. The Penguins had to change.

  12. Vcr traded a player (Hansen)they were due to loose in the expansion draft and a player (Burrows) that was an UFA at the end of the season and got back two quality prospects ( Goldobin & Dahlen.) Good day at the office IMO