First of all, yes, PacDiv is a portmanteau of Pacific Division. That’s what you call a demonstration of creative license.
This was the most boring deadline in NHL history without a doubt. The largest name to move, Boedker, was a 2nd liner who is more well known for being a disappointing top draft pick than anything else, and being the first Dane to make a difference doing something other than being a complete dumbass like Jannik Hansen.
Without any further ado, here is a short description of each team’s deadline day moves:
- Los Angeles Kings added Kris Versteeg, Rob Scuderi and traded away prospect Valentin Zykov as well as Christian Ehrhoff. A little underwhelming – Chicago added more.
- Anaheim Ducks added Brandon Pirri and Martin Gernat and lose Pat Maroon. Dumpster diving Bob Murray can’t help himself.
- San Jose did jack, though a week or so earlier they added Polak, Spaling and Reimer for Stalock, Ben Smith, Raffi Torres (who was promptly loaned back to the San Jose AHL team, and then announced he was not going to play the rest of the season. Good riddance.) and a pair of 2nd round picks. Why did the Sharks add Reimer? Do they not have faith in Martin Jones? This is looking like the last ride out for the Sharks team.
- Vancouver also did jack. A few weeks earlier they traded vaunted scoring prospect Hunter Shinkaruk for Granlund – Markus, not Mikael. Rumor has it that ownership nixed a Hamhuis deal to Dallas. After being both one of the dirtiest and one of the diving-est teams, with an extremely arrogant fanbase, I feel little pity for the team’s current plight.
- Arizona traded Boedker for Tanguay, Bleakley (former first round pick) and Wood (they needed to get longest road). It’s funny – Boedker is a talented player, but also a notorious underperformer despite his speed – and fans seem to be almost relieved when they get rid of such a player (thinking of Bobby Ryan, Teddy Purcell).
- Calgary Flames lose Hudler, Russell and Jones and get back 2 2nd round picks, 4th round pick, Jokipakka and Nick Backstrom’s LTIR salary. Welcome to the cap era, starring Chris Pronger as the second active hall of famer to hit the ice.
- Edmonton Oilers deal Gernat for Maroon, Purcell to Florida for a 3rd, and Schultz to Pittsburgh for a 3rd. I guess they are starting to clean out the garbage.
So who won? In terms of moves that align with the strategy of the team going forward, Edmonton and Arizona are the clear winners in my eyes. Edmonton got rid of worthless skilled players and got draft picks, which should be used to acquire some blue-collar veterans to support their stars (I do think Chiarelli is different from the previous stooges). Arizona wins by default for actually making a big trade. Not only do they get a 1st round prospect, but they also get Tanguay’s likely backloaded contract, which helps their financial situation.
The losers were the fans. This deadline was hyped up so much, and yet there were probably less than 4 significant trades this year.