The NHL trade deadline ended with a flurry.
Even with a lot of big moves over the weekend, there was plenty of activity ahead of Monday’s 3pm ET deadline.
The best available goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury moved to the Minnesota Wild, the New York Rangers improved up front and defensively, the expansion Seattle Kraken continued to move players for draft picks, and Anaheim Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek , made his fourth trade of a pending unrestricted free game. agent.
With most of the top contenders making moves in the last week and the Calgary Flames adding Tyler Toffoli earlier, the playoffs should be hotly contested.
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Including the major moves in the final week, here are the winners and losers from the trade deadline.
The only weaknesses in Avalanche were determination at the blue line, matchups, and penalty kills. Defenseman Josh Manson helps with both, and on Monday, the Avalanche acquired penalty-killing forwards Artturi Lehkonen, Nico Sturm and Andrew Cogliano. Sturm wins more than 50 percent of his matchups. The Avalanche dumped top prospect Justin Barron, but this is their year to win.
Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux moves to the top line in a bid for his first Stanley Cup. Defenseman Ben Chiarot played a key role in the Montreal Canadiens’ run to the 2021 finals. Like last year, No. 1 defenseman Aaron Ekblad’s injury will play a key role, but general manager Bill Zito told him to NHL Network that he believes Ekblad will return for the playoffs.
The three-time Stanley Cup winner moves from the non-playoff Chicago Blackhawks to the contending Wild. The 2021 Vezina Trophy winner has a chance to make another run like he did when he helped lead the Vegas Golden Knights to the semifinals last season. He is close to his family in Chicago and goes to work for general manager Bill Guerin, his former Penguins teammate.
new york rangers
The Rangers had a lot of cap space available and at first it looked like they weren’t going to do much after adding Frank Vatrano last week. But they made a late flurry by adding forwards Andrew Copp and Tyler Motte, plus defender Justin Braun. Their last six forwards and defense are deeper and the team is more experienced. The key is Copp, a highly valued two-way striker.
General manager Julien BriseBois continues to work cap magic. The team had lost its entire third line in the offseason, but recently managed to add Brandon Hagel, Nick Paul and Riley Nash. With goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, defenseman Victor Hedman and a staple of talented forwards, the Lightning could win a third straight Stanley Cup.
The idea was that they needed to improve their goalkeeping, but they didn’t. They added defenseman Brett Kulak and forward Derick Brassard, fine on their own for a team that has high-powered offensive players Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but might not be enough for a team in need of strong playoffs after being swept in the final. first round last season.
the toronto maple leaves
The addition of defenseman Mark Giordano will help the power play and transition. But the Maple Leafs are also having problems with the goal. They signed Finnish Olympic gold medalist Harri Sateri, but had to expose him to waivers and he was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes.
The Wild was giving up plenty of goals after the All-Star break, but Talbot had recently changed his game. It will be interesting to see how Wild divides the time between himself and Fleury. Fleury’s trade might have been more of an evaluation on backup goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, who had lost six in a row and was traded to the San Jose Sharks.
Missing a bigger day
Coyotes players Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel and other big names were mentioned as trade possibilities, but they stayed where they were.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Avs Increase Volume, Leafs Fail at Goalkeeping