All of the day’s deals in one place
Welcome to NHL Christmas part two! It’s the day when teams out of the playoffs trade NHL players for lottery tickets and magic beans and contenders look for that final piece to put them over the top. While we don’t expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to do too much, if anything today, you never know. Julien BriseBois has been known to pull off a surprise or two over the last couple of years.
We hit some of the transactions in the Lightning Round wrap up but we’ll start off with a couple of rather big deals that came in after that was written.
Sami Vatanen claimed off of waivers from New Jersey by Dallas and it looks like Adam Gaudette is heading from Vancouver to Chicago.
We have a traaaade! New Jersey sends Dmitry Kulikov to Edmonton for a conditional second rounder in 2022. A lot of 2022 picks moving this year. I think it’s an indication that people have no idea what’s going to go on in this draft and would rather have additional assets for a draft where things are a little more normal.
Also, Ottawa makes the easiest waiver claim in a long time as they claim young defenseman Victor Mete from the Canadiens.
The Lightning made a roster move! Not a trade, but some reinforcements on the front line. After showing that he is good to go during his LTIR–conditioning stint in Syracuse, Mitchell Stephens is back to battle Ross “Can’t Stop me From Scoring” Colton for the fourth-line center role. ABB is probably back as depth in case Steven Stamkos is out for longer than a couple of game.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 12, 2021
10:30 AM update:
Not much happening so let’s check in on some of the scuttlebutt. Defensemen seem to be a hot commodity this year:
Defensemen to keep an eye on today: Dmitry Kulikov (NJD), Michael Del Zotto (CBJ) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL).
As of yesterday, I heard Dallas was still undecided on whether to move Oleksiak or not, so that’s a situation to watch.
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 12, 2021
Anaheim shooting for the big haul when it comes to a couple of their players:
Hearing Anaheim asking for a 1st-Plus for both Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson. Would consider a top prospect as a 1st but would want two. #Flytogether
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) April 12, 2021
Hall was the big prize of this year’s trade deadline and he’s heading from Buffalo to Boston along with Curtis Lazar. The Sabres are receiving a second round pick and Andreas Bjork. Buffalo is also retaining 50% of the salary. That is a fairly good deal for the Bruins (who were smoked by the Capitals 8-1 last night).
It looks like Toronto is picking up some Frederik Andersen insurance as they traded for Calgary netminder Dave Rittich for a 2022 third round pick. Jack Campbell has been manning the nets since Andersen’s injury and doing a fairly decent job. Toronto picks up a veteran back-up in case he stumbles.
Pittsburgh loved bringing in veteran forwards under the Jim Rutherford administration and it appears Ron Hextall is going to continue that Steel City tradition. At 36-years-old and with two Stanley Cup rings, Jeff Carter is the embodiment of a grizzled veteran. In exchange for his services the Penguins sent Los Angeles two conditional draft picks: a 2022 third round pick that becomes a second if the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final and Carter plays half of the games, and a fourth round pick in 2024. Los Angeles retains 50% of the salary.