NHL Trade Tracker – June 22, 2017

by | Jun 22, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 28 comments

Edmonton Oilers ship Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders.

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After trading away Nathan Beaulieu and Mikhail Sergachev and losing Alexei Emelin in the expansion draft, the Canadiens had to bolster their defense. Schlemko, 30, has decent size, mobility and puckmoving skills. He’s a depth defenseman but will bring the Habs some experienced skill on the blueline. He’s also under contract through 2019-20 at an annual cap hit of $2.1 million. 

The Edmonton Oilers announced they’ve traded right wing Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for winger Ryan Strome.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the speculation linking Eberle to the Isles for Travis Hamonic. Like last summer’s one-for-one swap with the New Jersey Devils of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, this return is likely to raise some eyebrows among the Oilers’ faithful. However, it’s likely indicative that Eberle’s trade value has declined. Strome struggled to establish himself as a top-six forward with the Islanders. The 23-year-old should have a clean slate in Edmonton. 

The Vegas Golden Knights traded defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m assuming those selections are in this year’s draft. No word which of the Hurricanes three second-round selections is heading to Vegas. van Riemsdyk joins a Hurricanes defense corps already deep in young talent. It’s possible one of their lesser lights, such as Ryan Murphy or Klas Dahlbeck, could be on the move. This could also provide fodder for the Justin Faulk rumors. If he’s available, the Canes could seek a scoring forward in return.



  1. not sure I like the trade from isles perspective… lots of money to that guy. faulk would have to garner a legit talent in a trade… they would be better off keeping and moving on of the prospects like fleury or bean in a deal to bring talent from a team selling off assets… duschene anyone?

  2. Eberle had no trade value!!!So getting a 23 year old with some potential(5th overall pick) is hopefully going to be a win for the oilers plus oilers get rid of $6,000,000 albatross!?

    • I think he had a little more then no trade value, from all accounts he there were 3 teams that were interested.

      My guess is this is the only deal where PC didn’t have to take back a significant and save some cap space,

      I think that cash is going to Russel,

    • Put a star beside Eberle’s name for your hockey pool in the fall. He will be fit, motivated and he’ll have John Tavares as his centre – bounceback year coming up for Eberle.

      • I agree!

      • Or last tour before a trip to Europe!

  3. Strome skips games and shifts.
    Good move by the Isles.
    Strome will have less pressure in Edmonton

  4. Good pick up for the Habs. Now we need Brock Nelson!

  5. Trevor van Riemsdyk move must mean Canes moving another D

    • I suspect that as well….moving d to Colorado for Duchene?

    • Maybe a sign and trade for JVR?

      • I doubt JVR is moving. I have been vocal here about JVR having a higher value to the Leafs as opposed to his value in the trade market.
        The Leafs should hold on to him and negotiate a home town discount with him on a longer term deal.
        I believe talks will open up about the contract renewal soon and we’ll have more info

      • I don’t see the leafs resigning jvr he will be going for a big contract his next one.

      • It’ll be interesting. Unless they make a move for a leftwinger during the season I see them willing to sign JvR and 6 million or less.

  6. and its amazing Rangers could close a deal for TVR.

    • sorry could not!

      • I also can’t believe that the Rangers did not manage to make a deal for TVR. He would have been a perfect fit! Very disappointed.

  7. Just me or are these prices set really low by vegas?

  8. I think Ottawa was the biggest loser from last night.

    Makes you wonder why they didn’t go with the 8 skater option
    Turris, Stone, hoff, JG/Smith/Brassard, Methot, Dion, Karl and Ceci.

    You aren’t replacing a first pairing defenseman on an eastern conference finalist squad with any forward you would expose. Dzingle, Brassard, JG, Smith, I’d give any of those up for a Methot

    • 100% agree. Thought the same thing when the protected list was released. Pageau would have been my fourth forward.

    • I would of protected


      Vegas would of selected pageau.

      Yet methot has had health issues and claims made here that ottawa cant replace him are wrong.

      Chabot, Harpur and Cleassen all are showing great promise. Ottawa can also look to free agency and the trade market to being in a replacement.

  9. Montreals defence is going to be a wreck next season. Combine that with their puny no jam forwards Patches, The Turtleneck and Gallagarb their about to freefall down the standings 3xpecially if Markov doesnt resign. Price better be all universe next year. Bergevin in the worst GM in the league not named Benning.

    • Ya a wreck probably win the division next yr, the defense has already improved by adding schmelko and getting rid of beaulieu and Emelin. The Habs lucked out with Vegas taking Emelin and not having to throw anything in, 4 million for a bottom pairing dman was the biggest head scratcher for me that Vegas did

    • It probavly be as bad as the Penguins. Did they just prove you can win a cup with a no name defensive unit?

      • Yeah most of that “no name defensive unit” wants you to kiss their 2 stanley cup rings.

  10. I think the Eberle deal means something bigger for Edmonton. Strome stacks up better as a 3rd line center than Nuge with a good cap hit . Nuge is a solid 2nd line center on most teams and I think we’ll see a deal for him to the desert in the next couple of days. He’ll be an excellent place holder for Dylan Strome until he’s ready and same goes for Vegas whilst they find or draft their first line center.

  11. Final 4 teams lose a 1A goalie, top pairing D, top 6 wing and a 21 year old recent 1st round D.

    • Costs to compete