Trade Deadline Roundup: A Look at What Each Canadian Team Has Done

The NHL’s trade deadline passed on Monday and teams are now heading into the home stretch of the season. Like the majority of NHL clubs at the deadline, Canada‘s seven teams weren’t too busy, however, minor moves were still made.

The NHL’s trade deadline passed on Monday and teams are now heading into the home stretch of the season.

Like the majority of NHL clubs at the deadline, Canada’s seven teams weren’t too busy, however, minor moves were still made.

Here’s a quick look at what each Canadian team did on Monday before the trade deadline expired.

Calgary flames

In: Ryan Carpenter, Future Considerations.

Out: Michael McNiven, fifth-round pick (2024).

While the Pacific Division-leading Flames’ only notable move was acquiring depth forward Ryan Carpenter on deadline day, it’s because they performed most of their trade maneuvers well. before Monday.

Calgary also traded goalie prospect Michael McNiven to Ottawa for future consideration. What those considerations end up being has yet to be determined.

Returning Feb. 15, Calgary added sniper Tyler Toffoli from the Canadiens in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick, prospect Emil Heineman, a first-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth-rounder in 2023. Additionally, the Flames have signed with the Seattle Kraken for winger Calle Jarnkrok for a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick.

With the addition of Carpenter, the Flames added some extra depth in the middle, but it didn’t seem like a deadline day when they were looking to make a big move as the acquisition of Toffoli and Jarnkrok previously were clearly the prized gems. that they managed to snag beforehand.

Edmonton Oilers

In: Derick Brassard, Brett Kulak.

Out: William Lagesson, conditional second-round pick (2022), fourth-round pick (2023), seventh-round pick (2024).

Edmonton strengthened its blue line with its acquisition of Brett Kulak. The 28-year-old was traded from Montreal for William Lagesson, a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2024.

Kulak was among the top four defensemen in Montreal and adds extra depth and talent to a defensive body that has been shaky at times. The Oilers have allowed nearly 3.2 goals per game against them this season, ranking them in the bottom third of the league.

Edmonton also picked centermate Derick Brassard from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick.

A veteran of 117 playoff games, he’ll likely add some locker room leadership, as well as added depth down the middle.

Montreal Canadiens

Entries: Justin Barron, William Lagesson, Nate Schnarr, conditional second-round pick (2022), second-round pick (2024), seventh-round pick (2024).

Departures: Andrew Hammond, Brett Kulak, Artturi Lehkonen.

On his first day of trade at the helm, Kent Hughes played seller at deadline Monday, trading forward Artturi Lehkonen, defenseman Kulak and goaltender Andrew Hammond.

In exchange for these agreements, the Habs recovered the hopes Justin Barron and Nate Schnarr, the young defender Lagesson and some draft picks.

Given Montreal’s position in the standings and the fact that last week the team traded defender Ben Chiarot, making deals for the club’s future always made more sense and that’s exactly what Hughes ended up doing. by doing.

As he told reporters after the 3:00 p.m. ET deadline expired on Monday, Hughes wasn’t exactly too active in making deals himself, as teams were aware of his situation. team. So he just needed to sit down and wait for his phone to ring.

Ottawa Senators

In: Michael McNiven, Zach Senyshyn, two fifth-round picks (2022).

Out: Josh Brown, Zach Sanford, conditional seventh-round pick (2022), future considerations.

The most important decision made by Ottawa on the day of the trade deadline was not a trade at all.

Ottawa locked goaltender Anton Forsberg to a three-year contract extension worth US$8.25 million on Monday after performing well between the posts for the Senators, posting a .916 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average in 39 games since being taken off the bye last March.

Other than that, moves to acquire prospects Michael McNiven and, in particular, Zach Senyshyn make it look like Ottawa is still in rebuilding mode, which is bolstered by the team’s decision to trade Nick Paul for young Mathieu Joseph from Tampa on Sunday.

That said, however, the Senators have also reached a deal to bring in veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic from Vancouver on Sunday as well.

It doesn’t seem so clear where Ottawa is headed after Monday’s deadline, but it will be hard to judge its performance at this year’s deadline until likely a few years later.

Toronto Maple Leafs

In: Future Considerations.

Out: Alex Biega.

Toronto was very quiet on Monday, but that’s because general manager Kyle Dubas made some noise the night before.

The Leafs acquired veteran defenseman and former Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano in a Sunday trade with the Seattle Kraken that also saw them acquire depth forward Colin Blackwell in exchange for a few second-round picks and a pick. third round.

Also, on Sunday, Toronto traded defenseman Travis Dermott to Vancouver for a third-round pick in this year’s draft.

With Jack Campbell struggling with injury, Toronto was unable to meet its main need for goaltending help at the deadline, but appeared to fortify a weakness on its blue line with a veteran star at Giordano.

On deadline day itself, the Leafs sent veteran forward Alex Biega to the Nashville Predators for future consideration.

Vancouver Canucks

In: Fourth round pick (2023).

Out: Tyler Motte.

Just approaching two months on the job, Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin chose to position his team for the future at and around the trade deadline.

Allvin made just one trade on Monday, acquiring a fourth-round pick from the New York Rangers for Tyler Motte, but the work he’s done leading up to Monday is more indicative of the direction he’s likely looking to steer. the Canucks.

On Sunday, the Canucks traded Hamonic and appeared to find him a younger replacement when they reached a deal with the Maple Leafs for Dermott.

Vancouver is, theoretically, still in playoff contention, but the more realistic scenario is that this team will miss the playoffs again. As such, decisions were made to position the Canucks for a better future instead of a better now.

Winnipeg Jets

In: Mason Appleton, Markus Phillips, Zach Sanford, conditional second-round pick (2022), conditional second-round pick (2022 or 2023), fourth-round pick (2022), conditional seventh-round pick (2022), sixth- round pick (2023).

Out: Nathan Beaulieu, Andrew Copp, Bryan Little, Nelson Nogier, Nathan Smith, fifth-round pick (2022), fourth-round pick (2023).

Certainly the busiest Canadian team on Monday, the Jets signed five deals as they looked to wave the white flag on a possible playoff push in the latter part of the season.

The club’s biggest departure was Andrew Copp, who was sent to Rangers.

Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was also traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and even Bryan Little, who had spent his entire career with the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers organization, was traded, heading to the Arizona Coyotes. .

Like Vancouver, Winnipeg can make a playoff push, but with so much veteran talent leaving the club, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the Jets this season.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 21, 2022.

Steven Loung, The Canadian Press

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