It’s the dog days of summer for the NHL. The draft has passed, free agency is slow and there haven’t been many blockbuster trades. That, however, doesn’t mean that GMs aren’t talking. Many players’ names have become commonplace in the rumor mill, and it’s only a matter of time before we see some action. Here are 10 trades I have worked on; all of which I feel can benefit both teams involved. I leave it to you, the reader, to tell me which team would say no in which deals. Please keep in mind that if somehow 1 out of these 10 trades actually happens, I will immediately have a better success rate at 10% than HockeyBuzz.
Edmonton Oilers receive: Jarret Stoll
Los Angeles Kings receive: Sheldon Souray, Andrew Cogliano
The Oilers make this trade because they want to get rid of Sheldon Souray, and they could use a #2/#3 center. Even though he is expensive at $3.6 million, Stoll fills an immediate need in Edmonton. The Kings make this trade because they are desperate for a defenseman, and they address that with Souray. Imagine a PP with Souray and Doughty. Souray is signed for 2 seasons at $5.4 million, but the Kings can afford the cap hit and by giving up Stoll, they enter the upcoming season with Kopitar-Schenn-Handzus down the middle. To those who will point to Handzus and say “wouldn’t the Kings rather give him up than Stoll?”, I will respond “you are right, but Handzus has a NMC, and good luck getting him to waive it to Edmonton.”
Tampa Bay Lightning receive: Kevin Bieksa, Shane O’Brien
Vancouver Canucks receive: Ryan Malone, Mike Lundin
A perfect match! Canucks acquire a winger who adds some piss and vinegar, who can score 20-25 goals and who can play anywhere in the top 3 lines and be effective. The Lightning get Bieksa; who if signed longer term and was coming off a better year, would never get traded straight up for Ryan Malone. He’s a quality top 4 D who is both an above average defender and a very good puck mover. O’Brien goes to Tampa in the deal as a salary dump ($1.6 mil), Canucks get Mike Lundin in return who comes with a digestible cap hit of 750k and can be a very good 3rd pairing defenseman.
San Jose Sharks receive: Brent Burns, James Sheppard
Minnesota Wild receive: Ryan Clowe, Nick Petrecki
The Sharks get the player with the most potential in the trade in Brent Burns. Burns has dealt with injuries over the past few years and with several good prospects almost ready to step into the Wild lineup, it’s the right time for Minnesota to deal him. On the other hand, the Wild get a very good winger in Ryan Clowe who would see an increased role and increased production as a result. Clowe for Burns straight up favors the Sharks, so Minnesota gets to force San Jose to take James Sheppard, and they acquire the Sharks’ top shutdown D prospect in Nick Petrecki.
Columbus Blue Jackets receive: Stephen Weiss, Rostislav Olesz
Florida Panthers receive: Derrick Brassard, RJ Umberger
This trade lands Columbus a #1 center in Stephen Weiss. Weiss had 28 goals and 60 points last year playing with Frolik and Horton. Those are good players, but not close to the caliber of Rick Nash. Imagine a Blue Jackets top 6 of Nash-Weiss-Huselius and Filatov-Vermette-Voracek. Florida continues to get younger with the acquisition of Derrick Brassard. Brassard is coming off a bad year, so Florida is getting an asset at arguably its lowest value. It also allows the Panthers to move Frolik back to center, they can have Brassard fill the #2 hole and Shawn Matthias can center the third line. Because Columbus is getting the better player in Weiss, in order to make the deal happen Florida will insist that Umberger for Olesz be part of the trade as well.
Toronto Maple Leafs receive: Mike Ribeiro, James Neal
Dallas Stars receive: Tomas Kaberle, Nazem Kadri
The Leafs make this trade because they add a #1 center and a top 6 LW in one transaction. Ribeiro improves any line in Toronto (NOT a cocaine joke) and James Neal gives a more instant impact than Kadri. Toronto does not want to give up Nazem Kadri, but in a trade like this they almost surely would. To make the salaries match, all they need to do is demote Jeff Finger to the minors. The Stars unload Ribeiro’s $5 million cap hit and no longer have to worry about re-signing James Neal. This frees up space to re-sign Kaberle, re-sign Brad Richards and Nazem Kadri steps right in as the #2 center.
Washington Capitals receive: Marc Savard, Tim Thomas
Boston Bruins receive: Alexander Semin, Michal Neuvirth
This blockbuster makes sense for several reasons. 1 – Washington has the cap space to make this happen, and Boston needs to unload salary. 2 – Washington lands the #2 center they desperately need, and a goalie that can carry them in the playoffs. 3 – Boston unloads their backup goalie and a center they don’t want or need, and acquire a scoring winger, which the Bruins are sorely lacking.
Anaheim Ducks receive: Marc Staal, Chris Kunitz
Pittsburgh Penguins receive: Bobby Ryan, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan
New York Rangers receive: Evgeni Malkin
Take a moment to digest that. To properly analyze this trade, you have to look at it team by team, and not via the big picture. Ducks trade Bobby Ryan and get Marc Staal who becomes the Chris Pronger they’ve been missing, and they re-acquire Chris Kunitz who can be plugged in next to Getzlaf and Perry or Koivu and Selanne (who is likely returning according to a report in La Presse). On the surface, the Penguins look like they aren’t getting fair value, but look at it this way. First they trade Malkin for Bobby Ryan. Ryan can score 50 goals with Sidney Crosby as his center, but he’s still not quite as good as Malkin. The Pens compensate for that by getting 2 top 6 wingers in Dubinsky and Callahan. Both are better than Chris Kunitz, both are considerably younger and both are more affordable. The Rangers take the biggest risk in the trade. They get rid of their top defenseman and 2 good forwards, but they get the #1 center they’ve been looking for in Malkin, who would likely light it up playing with Marian Gaborik.
Philadelphia Flyers receive: Carey Price, Andrei Kostitsyn
Montreal Canadiens receive: Jeff Carter
The Flyers finally address their concern in goal by acquiring Carey Price. Teamed up with Leighton and with a phenomenal D in front of him, Price would be a star in Philly. The Flyers also get Andrei Kostitsyn in the trade, who gives them more options at LW in their top 3 lines. The Habs get a big body presence up front in Jeff Carter, who can score 40 goals. Plugging Carter into the spot at RW (he’s secretly a much better winger than a center) alongside Cammalleri and Plekanec on Montreal’s top line gives the Habs a dangerous #1 line. Yes, this leaves the Habs without a #1 goalie, but….
Montreal Canadiens receive: Antti Niemi, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky
Chicago Blackhawks receive: Benoit Pouliot, Josh Gorges, Roman Hamrlik
The Habs replace the #1 goalie they traded away in TRADE #8. This is assuming Chicago accepts the $2.75 mil arbitration ruling and flips him in a trade. While this is not fair value for Chicago, there are few suitors for Niemi, and they are still acquiring a pretty good winger in Pouliot, and a young/cheap/useful #4 defenseman in Gorges. The Hamrlik for Brian Campbell part is purely a way for Chicago to get Campbell’s cap hit off the books. In all, the Hawks save approximately $3 million dollars, they clear up some long term cap space and they can sign Marty Turco for just north of $1 million.
Buffalo Sabres receive: Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Mikael Backlund, Jay Bouwmeester
Calgary Flames receive: Tim Connolly, Craig Rivet, Jochen Hecht, Steve Montador, Paul Gaustad
Remember that this is Darryl Sutter we’re talking about before calling this trade unrealistic!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.