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NHL Trade Deadline Review

March 2, 2016 | By Scott Maran | comment on this post
Sergei Plotnikov has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes.
Sergei Plotnikov (43) gets a fresh start in the desert. (

We hope you had as much fun on Trade Deadline day as we did. While some of the big name players like Radim Vrbata and Loui Eriksson were not dealt, there was still plenty of moves and trades. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a review of the most meaningful trades from Monday.

Sergei Plotnikov for Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh round pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes made a deal on Monday that sent LW Plotnikov to the Coyotes for LW Plachta and a conditional seventh round draft pick. Plotnikov may have failed to score as a Penguin, but the video below gives you an idea of what that might have looked like.

Mikkel Boedker for Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood

Boedker and the Coyotes tried to reach an agreement on an extension but Arizona’s offer did not entice him. Knowing that he wouldn’t be able to get Boedker under contract, GM Don Maloney shipped him to the Avalanche for Tanguay, Bleackley and Wood. In Colorado, Boedker will be afforded the opportunity to play with much better linemates. For example, in his first game in the mountains, he was slotted with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. This should help Boedker’s even-strength scoring but it is likely that his power play time will decrease in Colorado.

In Arizona, Boedker was receiving over four minutes of power play time per game, however MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with only three minutes of power play time per game. Clearly, it will be difficult for Boedker to keep scoring at the same pace on the power play if he sees his time drop by over a minute per game.

Kris Russell for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and a conditional second round pick

The Dallas Stars were looking to add to their defense so GM Jim Nill went out and did his thing, making a big trade with Calgary for defenseman Russell, with the Stars sending Jokipakka, Pollock and a conditional second round pick to the Flames. With a deeper defense corps, life should be a little easier for Stars goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.

Eric Gelinas for a third round pick

While Gelinas is known for his offense and booming shot, he is also infamously known for his poor defensively play. As a result, he was frequently a healthy scratch, seeing barely any ice time for the Devils. Instead of having Gelinas just sit on the bench every game, GM Ray Shero decided to trade him to the Colorado Avalanche for a third round pick. With the Avalanche, Gelinas is more likely to get into games and be given a chance to produce. If Colorado plays him on the power play, he may even become Fantasy relevant. Gelinas’ defense may be subject to criticism, but he’s a great player to have with the man advantage.

Brandon Pirri for a sixth round pick

The Anaheim Ducks went out and acquired centre Pirri from the Florida Panthers for a sixth round pick. The Ducks get a depth forward with potential that can chip in offensively while the Panthers get another draft pick.

Lee Stempniak for a second round pick and a fourth round pick

With Stempniak having one one of his best seasons in years, the New Jersey Devils capitalized by trading their leading scorer to the Boston Bruins for a fourth round pick in the 2016 draft and a second rounder in 2017. The Bruins offense will benefit from the added depth that he brings, but it might be harder for him to score in Boston. In New Jersey, Stempniak was one of the top forwards and received plenty of ice time to produce. On the Bruins, he’ll be much further down the depth chart and is likely to see his ice time drop. With fewer opportunities to produce in Boston, he may find his pace of production slow down.

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