NHL Trade Tracker – June 22, 2017
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.