Since we here at Pucknology have covered what the Sharks did at the Trade Deadline here, here and here, I decided to take this time to write about what the other teams in the Pacific Division. I’ll be looking at trades that happened in the month of February.
In: Corry Tropp, Martin Gernat, Jamie McGinn, Brandon Pirri
Out: Tim Jackman, Patrick Maroon
Thoughts: The Ducks made most of their big moves earlier in the season but getting Brandon Pirri and Jamie McGinn for picks were both solid moves. Many questioned or joked about the Ducks moves in the offseason and going forward but it’s hard to argue with the results as the Ducks have been the hottest team in the league since the New Year. No huge impact moves but nothing to be upset about either.
Ian’s Grade: B
In: Matia Marcantuoni, Alex Tanguay, Connor Bleackley, Kyle Wood, Sergei Plotinkov
Out: Mikkel Boedker, Matthias Plachta.
Thoughts: The Coyotes had been in the hunt for a Pacific Division playoff seed for most of the early part of the season on the back of their youth movement and a good season by Captain Shane Doan. Unfortunately, fatigue and injuries likely derailed their season. The Coyotes realised they were punching above their weight and kept their eye on the future instead of go all in for a playoff run this year. This was the right move as they added a veteran presence in Alex Tanguay while adding more prospects to their system including Plotinkov who I like a lot. I don’t think the Coyotes could have approached the deadline any better, the future should be bright for this franchise.
Ian’s Grade: A
In: Niklas Backstrom, Jyri Jokipakka. Brett Pollock, Hunter Shinkaruk
Out: David Jones, Kris Russell, Jiri Hudler, Markus Granlund
Thoughts: The flames committed highway robbery on some of their trades getting the Stars to heavily overpay for Kris Russell and fleecing Jim Benning of the Canucks getting Hunter Shinkaruk for Markus Granlund. They also managed to get good value out of the rental of Jiri Hudler as well as get help in the form of Niklas Backstrom to give them goaltending depth down the stretch. This season didn’t go the way the Flames had hoped but they continue to build a team that could be a threat very soon.
Ian’s Grade: B+
In: Patrick Maroon, Niklas Lundstrom
Out: Martin Gernat, Justin Schultz, Teddy Purcell, Anders Nilsson, Philip Larsen
Thoughts: The Oilers had no chance of making the playoffs this year and seem to be in a great position to draft this year’s top prospect Auston Matthews which would add to an already top heavy line up. So it was surprising that the Oilers didn’t move on one of their young forwards for some help on Defence where they sorely need it. Getting rid of Schultz was addition by subtraction but doing nothing to replace him, while the Oilers could do their big moves at the draft this had to be an underwhelming deadline for Oilers fans.
Los Angeles Kings
In: Rob Scuderi, Kris Versteeg, Brett Sutter
Out: Christian Ehrhoff, Valentin Zykov, Scott Sabourin
Thoughts: The Kings have been hugging the upper limit of the Salary cap for most of the year so no one should have expected any huge moves. They seemed to miss out on a lot of a few of their initial targets if rumors are to be believed before picking up Versteeg which in my opinion was a good move for a player who knows what it’s like to win and will take a diminished role to do so. The only part of their deadline I didn’t like was the Scuderi for Ehrhoff deal. I appreciate that Ehrhoff didn’t exactly fit in their system but they did the Blackhawks a huge favor by taking Scuderi from them, I appreciate that he was very good for them in 2012 but that was nearly 4 years ago.
In: Philip Larsen, Markus Granlund
Out: Hunter Shinkaruk
Thoughts: The Canucks did not have a good deadline, losing the one deal that they were a part of and were prevented from making any big move for Dan Hamhuis because of his no-trade clause. This is a team that seems to just be in denial about how good their team actually is even taking into consideration this year’s injuries. If Vancouver does not make a serious effort to rebuild or do a better job of reloading on the fly they will fall into the trap of being too good for decent odd’s for a top pick and just bad enough to miss the playoffs, the worst place a franchise can end up.
San Jose Sharks visit the Vancouver Canucks
The Sharks travel to Vancouver on their second of five games this season looking for another two points. James Riemer will be backing up Martin Jones while Micheal Haley who was called up from the San Jose Barracuda will play in place of the injured Melker Karlsson who has an undisclosed injury. The injury was sustained in a collision with teammate Paul Martin.
Projected Canucks Lineup
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Etem
Beartschi – Granlund – Virtanen
Dorsett – Horvat – Vey
Burrows – McCann – Gaunce
Hutton – Tanev
Hamhuis – Bartowski
Sbisa – Biega
Projected Sharks Lineup
Hertl – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Donskoi
Nieto – Spaling – Ward
Haley – Tierney – Zubrus
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Polak