It is too hard to make trades during the season. More trades happen on the draft floor. This is a trade deadline deal. We hear these statements bantered about and wait eagerly for the next “big deal” to happen.
Then, all too often, the date passes and the big names stay where they are at and we are left wondering when is the best time to make a deal in the NHL?
The truth seems to be that the majority of NHL GM’s are too scared to make any deal that they could wind up losing. They refuse to address their team’s issues and tell reporters and hockey insiders that there were just “no deals that made sense”.
We are in an era of hockey where few teams are wanting to trade any player or prospect of value that may come back to haunt them. They all seem to forget that if they get what they need, trades can be win – win.
Here are some trades that the respective General Managers would be smart to consider.
Vancouver and Toronto
Tanev is the exact piece that Toronto needs to address their huge shortcomings on defense. A defense first blue liner with a good first pass, he can insulate Morgan Reilly much like Marc Method did for Erik Karlsson in his early years with Ottawa.
If Vancouver ever actually embraces the rebuild that should have begun five years ago, Tanev has no place there. By the time they can compete he will be well into his mid to late 30’s.
Tanev also has a very cap friendly 4.45 million cap hit through the 2019 – 2020 season.
Toronto parts with NHL ready forward prospect Kapanen and a high draft pick. Kapanen is lost in the forward depth enjoyed by Toronto making him expendable, He would fit in perfectly with a Vancouver rebuild on a team that needs depth on the wing.
Colorado and New York Rangers
With The Rangers struggling to score, an offensive addition like Duchene is a natural fit. Not to mention The Islanders have show a lot of interest in Duchene and sticking it to the Isles with such a trade would be extremely popular with the fans.
In the deal Colorado would acquire an asset that has been grossly mismanaged by Alain Vigneault and has now had his offensive potential blocked with the Rangers acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk and Anthony DeAngelo.
On a team where he is utilized and developed properly, expect Skjei to develop into a very good #2 or #3 defenseman with really good, but not elite, offensive upside. They would also have a 1st and a potential 2nd round pick to work with moving forward.
The addition of Grabner is to make room under the cap in New York. Grabner is in the last year of his deal with a 1.65 million cap hit.
Detroit and Las Vegas
Following a contentious salary dispute Detroit has done everything they can to break down their once prized goaltender. They have waived him, left him exposed in the expansion draft, and let it be known they were trying to trade him last summer. The relationship at this time is probably beyond repair and the injuries in Vegas open a door to relieve themselves of his salary.
At the expansion draft, Vegas targeted far too many middle of the road defensemen. They seriously misjudged the market for such players as they have been trying to move them ever since. Moving one now for a goalie of Mrazek’s calibre would be an incredibly lucky break for George McPhee and the Golden Knights.