The NHL’s business freeze went into effect at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. From 10 a.m. ET on Sunday to 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 22, the only team allowed to do anything is the league’s newest franchise, the Kraken. Seattle can deal with pending unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents who will be exposed in the expansion draft. The list of protected players will be released on Sunday morning.
Before the clock rang and everything froze in time on Saturday, NHL teams were a bit busy. Various moves were made, with some not being revealed until after 3pm (as long as they were in the queue as time ran out, they were ready to go). Several big-name players were sent to new addresses.
Here’s a rundown of the deals, why they came to fruition, what they mean for the future, and who won the trades.
Canucks acquire Jason Dickinson (F) from Stars for 2021 third-round pick
Dickinson was expected to be unprotected in the expansion draft when the Stars presented their roster before the 5 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday. The Kraken surely would have caught the forward, who scored seven goals and eight assists in 51 games and had Corsi For’s fourth-best 5v5 percentage (56.23) in the All-Stars last season. by natural stats trick. It’s a good move for the Canucks as they add a strong defensive forward who can play all three forward positions.
“He’s a versatile player. He plays center or wing. He kills penalties. He gives us speed,” Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said. told Patrick Johnston of Postmedia. “He’ll help us. He just gives (coach) Travis (Green) more options. I think he can play in that third-line showdown role. But he’s got enough speed, if Travis wants to play (Elias Pettersson), (Bo) Horvat and (JT) Miller [at] center, you can also play with him in the band. “
Dickinson will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights on July 28, but he only made $ 1.5 million last year and shouldn’t be priced high. According to Johnston, Benning has said the Canucks have already spoken with Dickinson’s agent and are hoping to reach an agreement.
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Sharks acquire Adin Hill (G), 2022 seventh-round pick from Coyotes by Josef Korenar (G), 2022 second-round pick
Each team can protect only one goalkeeper, and an exposed goalkeeper has to meet the requirement to be under contract for 2021-22. San Jose’s acquisition of Hill certainly means Martin Jones will go free.
Hill is coming off a season in which he was 9-9-1 with a .913 save percentage and 2.38 goals saved above average.
“Adin is an extremely competitive and athletic goalie and has played a significant number of professional hockey games despite being only 25 years old.” Sharks CEO Doug Wilson said. “We are impressed with the trajectory of his game, particularly his ability to make saves at high-danger scoring opportunities. We look forward to having him in San Jose and being a part of our goalkeeping unit.”
Maple Leafs gets Jared McCann (F) from Penguins for Filip Hallander (F), 2023 seventh-round pick
Leafs and Penguins like to make deals. Hallander was sent to the Leafs last summer on the Kaspari Kapanen deal. Now he’s back dressed in black and yellow as McCann heads north. (Side note: Kapanen was also originally acquired by Leafs from the Pens, so yeah, they like to trade.)
McCann is a six-point forward who can play either wing or center. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 games last season. Pittsburgh would surely leave him exposed for the Kraken, so the deal gives the club something and also gives Toronto a backup plan if it loses Alexander Kerfoot (as expected) on Wednesday.
Although only 25 years old, McCann has baggage (he’s in his fourth team since being selected by Vancouver at 24th overall in 2014) and a streak, but he can rack up points in the power play (10, including seven goals, in 2021).
Winner: Maple Leafs
Rangers acquire Barclay Goodrow (F) from Lightning for 2022 seventh-round pick
The bubble on the top of the Thunderbolt was going to burst and the first victim has been marked. Goodrow, who was acquired by Tampa Bay on the Sharks’ 2020 trade deadline and went on to win two Stanley Cups, will bring a great deal of value in the locker room as a player who knows the ins and outs of winning, having accomplished it in back to -back seasons.
He’s also a solid last-six forward who likes to improve things every shift and especially in the postseason. He had 20 points in 55 games during the 2021 regular season and added six points (four in the Finals) in 18 postseason games. The only problem with all this: the Rangers now have to sign him. Goodrow is an unrestricted free agent and may not be cheap:
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 17, 2021
Winner: Even. The Lightning eased some pressure on the salary cap and the Rangers did get a quality forward, but only if they sign him between now and July 28.
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Rangers acquire Nick DeSimone (R), Golden Knights 2022 fourth-round pick by Brett Howden (F)
The Rangers probably would have left Howden unprotected in the expansion draft, so instead of losing him for nothing, they got a fourth-round pick in return. DeSimone is not expected to sign with New York.
Regarding Nick DeSimone, the source said Vegas had to include a player to fulfill its reserve list. He is a free agent, the contract expires next week and he will not sign with NYR. https://t.co/Q5yYiYZ1uq
– Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) July 17, 2021
Vegas has a player from the last six who has shown his ability to score points (23 in 2018-19 and 19 in 2019-20) but struggled in the shortened 2021 season (seven points in 42 games). The left center-back saw his matchup percentage drop a bit to 46.64, but he was the first among players who took at least 100 matchups on the team and was used more in the defensive zone in draws.
Winner: Brett Howden, who gets a much-needed change of scenery
Coyotes get Andrew Ladd (F), 2021 second-round pick, 2022 conditional second-round pick, 2023 conditional third-round pick from Islanders
You’re probably wondering what the islanders got here (can we even call it an exchange?). In the end, they got relief at the top. Basically, general manager Lou Lamoriello paid the Coyotes with draft picks to take Ladd’s contract and his $ 5.5 million cap over the next two years. The 35-year-old winger did not play in the NHL in 2021 (he played in one AHL game) and in only four games in 2019-20. He spent most of that season in the minors.
Winner: Islanders, because they know that Lou has something cooking.
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Flyers Acquires Ryan Ellis (R) from Predators by Philippe Myers (R), Nolan Patrick (F); Predators acquire Cody Glass (F) from Golden Knights by Patrick
Probably the biggest change of the day was the one that sent veteran Nashville defender Ellis to Philadelphia for two young men who have bright futures in Myers and Patrick.
A 562-game veteran, Ellis is a solid blue line that should help the worst defense in the league (201 goals allowed, .880 save percentage in 2021). He has battled injuries, including losing time in 2019-20 after being elbowed in the head by Corey Perry at the Winter Classic. In the past two seasons, he has played just 84 of the Predators’ 125 games. He collected 38 points in 49 games two seasons ago and 18 points in 35 games in 2021.
“Ryan is an excellent all-round defender. In our opinion, he’s one of the best passers in the game on the blue line. He’s great in transition. He can play the power game. He has a strong shot and is very.” penalties, “Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a conference call with reporters.” He’s been part of the leadership group in Nashville for a while. He’s a competitive, team-oriented type of player. “
The move comes as the Predators were seeking “a change in our core,” according to general manager David Poile. Traded Viktor Arvidsson to the Kings on July 1; In this trade, they get two key guys back, well, one key guy when they led Patrick to the Gold Knights for the Cup.
The summary of Myers, Patrick and Glass:
Myers has shown flashes of being a skilled everyday defender, but he hasn’t been consistent. He is only 24 years old and something that the Predators blue line does not have much: height. At 6-5, he is Nashville’s tallest defender under contract for 2021-22.
Patrick, who was selected second overall by the Flyers in 2017, hasn’t shown much of what was expected of him. He had 30 points in 73 games as a rookie and then scored 31 in 72 games in 2018-19. He missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a migraine disorder before returning in 2021 and playing in 52 games, producing nine points. Heading to Las Vegas could be a good move for him, as he won’t have the aura of being one of the top picks in the draft there.
Probably a change of scenery will do Glass good too. He had trouble deciphering the Golden Knights roster after being picked sixth in the same draft as Patrick. He is a two-way center and is only 22 years old with a lot of potential.
Winner: Flyers. Ryan Ellis is a stud.