Feb. 25, 2019, was the last day NHL clubs can make deals and have those players still available for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
On a busy day around the league, the Canucks made a pair of trades: shipping Erik Gudbranson to the LA Kings for winger Tanner Pearson and trading prospect Jonathan Dahlen to the San Jose Sharks for another prospect, Linus Karlsson.
Catch up below with everything that went down on a busy Monday…
We’re all done here at Rogers Arena. Analysis to come from myself and Ed Willes.
Ben Kuzma has tweeted out some highlights from his post-deadline conference.
The Canucks have also flipped Jonathan Dahlen to the Sharks for Linus Karlsson.
Karlsson has 17 points in 47 games for Karlskrona of the second-division Allsvenskan in Sweden. That’s a far cry from what Dahlen posted last year for Timra, who he led to promotion to the Swedish Hockey League.
Canucks make a big move, unloading Erik Gudbranson for Tanner Pearson. More to come here.
Getting Gudbranson, who has had a terrible go in Vancouver — the numbers put him as the worst defenceman in the NHL — and getting him off the books has to be scored as a coup for Jim Benning.
Tanner Pearson is a solid middle-tier winger, just the kind of player the Canucks should be taking a look at.
Another ex-Canucks on the move.
To St. Louis: Michael Del Zotto
To Anaheim: Sixth-round pick
Well the obvious take is to note that MDZ was traded for a seventh-round pick by the Canucks. (The pick was then flipped for Marek Mazanec, who sat on the bench for five games. Feels like you could have just signed an AHL free agent to do that…)
Sixth vs. seventh round isn’t a big deal…but it’s still funny to contemplate. He gave Anaheim exactly one round of value over the last six weeks!
Big move for Nashville.
To Nashville: Wayne Simmonds
To Philadelphia: Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 4th round pick (if Preds win a round, it becomes a 3rd).
Preds get a very handy winger who will fit in very well with the way they play.
Canucks impact: Simmonds is a 30ish veteran on the move. Alex Edler, were he willing to be traded, would probably fetch a least a similar return.
The deadline has passed but trades are still likely to come.
Big, big trade for Ottawa. Mark Stone is on the move.
To Vegas: Mark Stone
To Ottawa: Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindbergh and second in 2020
A big pickup for the Golden Knights, who the Canucks face on Sunday. For the Senators, they get a super hot-shot prospect in Brannstrom. With Thomas Chabot already in the fold, the Sens are looking good on the blue-line in the future.
Stone also is going to sign an eight-year, $9 million-ish AAV contract, reports say.
Canucks impact: Well, there’s that game on Sunday; VGK will be tougher than ever. And then there’s the optics of the struggling Sens building a tantalizing young defence corps. The Canucks have struggled to find defencemen; they do have Quinn Hughes coming in soon and of course hopes are still high for Olli Juolevi, so this could be a moot discussion.
And now a Granlund trade!
To Nashville: Mikael Granlund
To Minnesota: Keven Fiala
A one-for-one move, with slightly different merits for each. The Wild do have scoring issues so Fiala probably helps a little more than Granlund was doing for them.
Canucks impact: Not a whole lot. They’re still chasing the Wild.
Oh boy! A Pacific Division trade!
To Calgary: Oscar Fantenberg
To Los Angeles: 2020 fourth-round pick
The Flames add some defensive depth; Fantenberg is a guy who has bounced back and forth between LA and Ontario. He played a lot with Dion Phaneuf, but away from the veteran blue-liner his team has done well in the shot-attempts battle.
Canucks impact: Fantenberg is a 27-year old blue-liner who probably would do well in a larger role. Nice move from the Flames.
The lull is back. The Canucks are off the ice. Everyone smiling. Sandwiches have been served in the media room. TSN’s panel is practising their putting on screen.
“Anyone, any questions,” Travis Green asks the assembled crowd.
Canucks are on the ice. Two guys missing: Marek Mazanec and Zack MacEwen. Logic tells us they’ve been at least “papered” to Utica, opening up roster spots for either a trade or the return of injured players.
(Travis Green would confirm that both players have been re-assinged to Utica.)
Notably, both Thatcher Demko and Alex Edler are skating.
Elsewhere, a trade!
To Avalanche: Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020
To Panthers: Third-round pick in 2020
The Avs get a experienced winger. The price is nice. According to Pierre LeBrun, the conditional pick is about whether Brassard re-signs in Colorado.
Canucks impact: The Avs have a little more roster flexibility now on their bottom two lines. The Canucks visit Denver on Wednesday; the Avs are five points up on the Canucks, but a point back of the second wild card spot.
Less than two hours to go. Still a few names expected to move.
Wayne Simmonds’ price in Philly is apparently high.
Looking to catch up on trades from before today: here’s a wrapup from national colleague Mike Traikos.
With a couple other reporters, ran into ex-Canucks goalie Ryan Miller outside the Ducks’ room this morning.
Mentioned to him that his name has been thrown around next to the hot stove; he chuckled.
“I saw that,” he said.
Jennifer Hedger just joked on TSN that there’s a trophy for best GM moves on deadline day and said Cheveldayoff is the clubhouse leader.
Jeff Paterson and I looked at each other and decided the trophy should be a little statue of a man with a briefcase.
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.
Now at Rogers Arena!
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.