NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 01: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
With the Tampa Bay Lightning mired in a disappointing season, general manager Steve Yzerman has spent the past couple of days selling off his upcoming free agents, including Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and Brian Boyle to Toronto.
On Wednesday, he managed to clear a significant amount of salary cap space for next season.
Both players had no-trade clauses in their contracts and had to OK the deal. It came after it was reported that Filppula had rejected a trade to Toronto. Streit is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Flyers are also picking up 10 percent of Streit’s remaining contract for this season.
The key to this deal for Tampa Bay should seem pretty obvious: Clearing salary cap space in the future.
He is having a nice enough season for the Lightning offensively with 34 points in 59 games, but he still carries a $5 million salary cap hit for next season. That presented a significant problem for a Lightning team that has a ton of key players in need of new contracts — including restricted free agents Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin — and not a lot of cap space to take care of them all. The Lightning needed to find a way to shed some salary to ensure they can keep them.
With Streit’s contract expiring after this season, the Lightning just opened up $5 million in cap space for next season and all Yzerman had to do was give up a couple of late round draft picks to do it.
The Flyers, meanwhile, have spent their deadline day adding a lot of salary to next year’s cap. Along with picking up Filppula’s deal, they also re-signed forward Piere-Edouard Bellemare and goalie Michal Neuvirth to two-year contract extensions.
Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..
To New York Rangers: F Taylor Beck
To Edmonton Oilers: F Justin Fontaine (link)
To Tampa Bay: G Mike McKenna
To Florida: G Adam Wilcox (link)
To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)
To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)
To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)
To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)
To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)
The San Jose Sharks couldn’t handle the Pittsburgh Penguins’ speed.
And so, after losing the Stanley Cup Final in six games, the Sharks decided they had to get faster.
Then, when the season started, there was a quasi-youth movement, as players like Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier received opportunities with the big club.
“Jannik is a versatile, gritty player who plays with speed and is talented on both sides of the puck,” said Wilson. “We think he is a perfect fit for the style of our team, which has earned the right for us to make this move and add to our NHL roster as we push towards the playoffs.”
Wilson probably undersold Hansen’s speed a touch. Even at 30 years old, Hansen is still very fast.
Where DeBoer puts his newest player remains to be seen. On the third line with Tomas Hertl is one possibility. That could bump Joel Ward down to the fourth line, which may be a better spot for the 36-year-old who’s struggled offensively this season.
The thing about Hansen is that he’s versatile enough to play up and down the lineup. In Vancouver, he started out as a checker. Eventually, he was skating with the Sedins on the top scoring line.
The Sharks’ next game is tomorrow at home against, of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks.
It seems like the Montreal Canadiens are on a mission to get bigger and heavier before the trade deadline.
They’ve already acquired Jordie Benn, Brandon Davidson and Dwight King and just moments ago, they shipped speedster Sven Andrighetto to Colorado for Andreas Martinsen, who’s listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds.
Martinsen is in his second season in the NHL, after spending three years in the German League. The 26-year-old has three goals, four assists and 32 penalty minutes in 55 games in 2016-17.
He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
In Andrighetto, the Avs are getting a quick forward with skill, who just hasn’t been able to land a regular gig with the Habs.
The 23-year-old has eight goals and 22 points in 20 AHL games and two goals and six assists in 27 NHL games.
A change of scenery may do Andrighetto some good. His former teammate, Mark Barberio, has been getting some significant ice time since being claimed off waivers by Colorado.