The 2019 NHL trade deadline is at noon PT on Monday, Feb. 25. Follow along here for analysis of the Canucks’ moves and how other teams’ moves might affect them too.
Today, Feb. 25, 2019, is the last day NHL clubs can make deals and have those players still available for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Even with the playoffs now out of the question, the Canucks are expected to be rather quiet. There’s always the extreme outside chance that an offer comes in for Alex Edler that prompts general manager Jim Benning to ask the veteran defenceman if he would waive his no-trade clause, but that seems unlikely.
For a look at the overall picture, some reading here from our friends at the National Post.
Teams have until noon PT to flip players and draft picks.
We’re now inside three hours until the deadline.
Everyone who was on waivers yesterday cleared, we’re told. (How does one get on the secret list that reveals waiver moves? Is Renaud Lavoie the keeper of the keys.)
Mark Stone is the top big chip remaining out there; other faces of interest who could stile move are Wayne Simmonds, Artemi Panarin and Michael Ferland.
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And another former Canucks is on the move.
To Canadiens: Jordan Weal
To Coyotes: Michael Chaput
The Habs move out the ex-Canucks centre, who has played 32 games for the Bleu-blanc-rouge this year but was back in the AHL with the Laval Rocket. Weal is a fourth-line centre with defence as his strength.
Canucks impact: Deals like this are a dime-a-dozen on deadline day. You do wonder if Brandon Sutter were healthy if the Canucks might have been able to move him out, given he’s solid penalty killer. But he’s out indefinitely with a groin problem. Bet on the Canucks looking to move him in the summer, when his modified no-trade clause kicks in. (He has a full no-trade clause right now.)
Also Cabo friend Brendan Lemieux is likely on the move again already. (See below about the trade that saw the agitating winger move from Winnipeg to New York.)
We’re generally expecting the Canucks to be quiet today but they’re still taking calls of course.
Sportsnet is suggesting Derrick Pouliot is a name being thrown around; hard to imagine what value he’d have, given how much he’s struggled lately.
The Jets are loading up. They’ve added Kevin Hayes from the Rangers for Brendan Lemieux and a conditional pick, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.
To steal a joke from Canucks radio colour commentator Corey Hirsch: “if I’m Henrik Lundqvist, I’m asking to be traded today.”
To Rangers: Brendan Lemieux, 2019 first-round draft pick, conditional fourth-round pick (pick moves if Jets with Stanley Cup)
To Jets: Kevin Hayes
The Rangers continue with their full-on rebuild, trading away a solid second-line scorer and getting a young grinder in return, plus a draft pick.
Canucks impact: The circle of friends in the NHL is small: Lemieux was hanging out with some Canucks, like Jake Virtanen, during the mid-season bye week last month in Cabo San Lucas. But beyond that, not much. The Jets are flying high, the Canucks not so much. They’d like to find themselves in a similar position again, but that’s going to take work; on the other hand, the Rangers are chasing picks, picks, picks.
Good morning! A few things to consider as we get rolling this morning:
Good note there from the Utica Observer Dispatch’s Ben Birnell: the Canucks may make a few moves today solely for the sake of their farm team’s playoff hopes. A handful of players on the Canucks’ current roster could be sent back down to the Utica Comets before the trade deadline, only to be recalled shortly after.
This is known a “papering” a player to the minors; it makes them eligible for the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs.
These guys are at the rink well before me. I’m aiming to be there before 9. Working from the kitchen for now!
A North Vancouver kid is on the move!
Oh wait, this is rugby.
An ex-Canuck may yet be on the move:
You’ll recall the Canucks flipped Michael Del Zotto to the Ducks last month for a draft pick; the pick was then used to acquire goalie Marek Mazanec from the Rangers after the Canucks’ lack of depth forced them to play junior prospect Michael DiPietro against the San Jose Sharks.
From the weekend:
To Red Wings: Conditional 2020 third-round pick, 2019 second-round pick
To Sharks: Gustav Nyquist
The Red Wings ship out a solid veteran on an expiring contract to a cup contender in the Sharks and get back at least a draft pick in return.
Canucks impact: He’s Swedish. He had a NTC. He’s also a forward, so the comparison with Alex Edler is a little off, but there’s still plenty of comparison to be made. Edler is on an expiring deal, has huge value on the blue line and yes, has a NTC too. With the Canucks hosting the draft this summer, you know they’d like to be on stage as often as possible and an second-round pick has a lot of value; Edler would be worth at least that.
To Ducks: Brendan Guhle, conditional 2019 first-round pick
To Sabres: Brandon Montour
The Ducks get a young defenceman with size and skill, while the Sabres get a 24-year-old defenceman who knows how to handle the puck but needs work in his own end. Could this mean Rasmus Ristolainen is on the trading block?
Canucks impact: Unless you look at Olli Juolevi, the Canucks don’t really have a chip to move that compares to Guhle; and there’s no one that really matches Montour either. He has better puck skills than someone like Ben Hutton, but Hutton is a better defender. Given the thinness of the Canucks’ defence corps, it’s hard to see them parting with Hutton, one of the few good-news stories on the blue-and-green’s blue-line.
To Blue Jackets: Ryan Dzingel
To Senators: Anthony Duclair, second round picks in 2020 and 2021
Columbus gets a winger who’s having a solid season but without much track record while the Sens get a pair of picks for the future and a forward who has shown flashes of second-line potential but who is suddenly now on the fifth organization in five years and his fourth inside a year.
Canucks impact: Not much; the Canucks need scoring wingers who can fill out their second and third lines. A guy like Dzingel could have helped, but the Canucks aren’t looking to move draft picks.
To Stars: Mats Zuccarello
To Rangers: Conditional 2019 second-round picks, conditional 2020 third-round pick
The Stars add depth for their playoff qualification fight and don’t pay too much to do so.
Canucks impact: The kind of second-line scoring winger the Canucks need to find, but a decade younger. Given Zuccarello’s age, the Canucks would be wise to avoid trading for a similar player. Jonathan Dahlen is the only face in the pipeline who might develop in similar fashion, but he’s had a so-so season in his first North American season. On the other side, the Rangers are in full rebuild and adding picks is always a good thing for a team that’s in such a position.
To Stars: Ben Lovejoy
To Devlis: Connor Carrick, 2019 third-round pick
The Stars add an aging, defensively-minded defenceman — Alex Edler is clearly better — for a toolsy, smaller defenceman who is a decade younger. The Devils, who are going to miss the playoffs a year after Taylor Hall willed them in, get a draft pick too.
MORE TO COME.