The Hot List: Trade Deadline Edition

Despite the hype, the 2016 trade deadline became something of a damp squib, with a limited number of moves on ‘the big day’, and not a blockbuster in sight.

But this is not to say it was a total wash out, with multiple deals taking place before Monday’s 3PM Eastern deadline to promote plenty of ‘wow’s ‘why’s and ‘huh?’s among fans and pundits during the past week.

And what better way to celebrate than a power ranking dressed up in a different coat? Yes, it’s basically the One Puck Short Trade Deadline winners and losers:

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Sub Zero – Vancouver Canucks

Top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk was traded, popular forward Adam Cracknell was waived, and claimed, but pending unrestricted free agents Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata stayed put.

Hamhuis was willing to waive his no trade clause, Dallas were interested, but somehow a deal didn’t get done. Rumours that Vancouver jacked up the price at the last minute circulated, and Dallas went on to acquire Kris Russell instead.

Canucks General Manager Jim Benning now appears squarely in the cross hairs as the club drift further and further from playoff contention and seemingly botched what should have been at least one simple trade.

Cold Tea – New York Islanders

An argument could be made that the Islanders didn’t need to ‘jump’ this season. They’re still relatively young, and, broadly speaking, a competitive team in the East with room to grow naturally, without adding extra players at over inflated prices.

But an additional bona fide top six winger wouldn’t have hurt.

Rumours swirled that General Manager Garth Snow would be in on P.A. Parenteau, who scored 38-goals in two previous seasons on Long Island, while Mikkel Boedker was also a possibility.

In the end, Snow’s unwillingness to move high draft picks and prospects probably scuppered any potential deals, most notable for Boedker, and left Islanders fans feeling a little flat that all they came away with was Shane Prince.

Sunny Spells – Colorado Avalanche

Some may argue the Avs overpaid for (likely) rental Mikkel Boedker, but along with Eric Gelinas and Shawn Matthias the organisation has gotten better over the past week.

The idea of Boedker skating with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene is flat out scary, while additional offensive and defensive depth boost the clubs chances of holding on to the second wild card spot.

Warm Buttery Toast – Florida Panthers

The Panthers did not gain a significant return for Brandon Pirri, but did manage to wrangle two veteran forwards and a defenceman in a bid to bolster their chances in a pretty open Eastern Conference.

Both Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell provide offensive upside to a team performing ahead of expectations, but yet to show signs of slipping, while Jakub Kindl adds defensive depth at a key juncture, as the Panthers seek to hold off Tampa Bay and Detroit at the top of the Atlantic Division.

BBQ Weather – Winnipeg Jets

Kevin Cheveldayoff recouped a first round pick, an NHL ready forward in the shape of Mark Dano and another conditional pick (which, given it hinges on the Blackhawks winning the Cup, also seemed a solid bet) by moving Captain Andrew Ladd.

Waiving Adam Pardy also cleared space on a team loaded with prospects and a pretty bright future.

Simple moves, but Cheveldayoff garnered the most significant return of any seller by moving Ladd – in spite of there being other wingers available – and helped his club take a step forward in the long run.

Red Hot – Chicago Blackhawks

Already a powerhouse, General Manager Stan Bowman managed to dodge, duck, dive and dodge the club’s cap crunch to add Christian Ehrhoff, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

And that’s without mentioning the return of Andrew Ladd to the Windy City.

If the Blackhawks weren’t Cup favourites before, they probable are now.

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About Rob

Software engineer by day, Elite League Media man by night, Rob also blogs about cricket for One Stump Short, hockey for In Goal Magazine and video games for Outpost Delta as well as hosting the One Stump Short Podcast.

Posted on March 1, 2016, in Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Hockey, New York Islanders, NHL, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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