Author: Mike Halford

Carl Hagelin

Ducks stay busy, send Etem to Rangers for Hagelin


SUNRISE — The trades continue to pour in on the second day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

In a fairly sizable move, the New York Rangers dealt speedy forward Carl Hagelin to Anaheim in exchange for another speedster, Emerson Etem. The Rangers also received the 41th overall pick, which they used to select WHL Seattle left wing Ryan Gropp; Anaheim received the 59th pick and the 179th pick in this year’s draft.

It’s an interesting deal. Both players are pending RFAs, though Hagelin has the more accomplished NHL resume and larger existing contract. The Swede, who tied a career-high with 17 goals last year, just wrapped a two-year deal worth $2.25 million annually.

Etem, a former first-round pick, just wrapped his entry-level contract, one that paid $870,000 per year. He’s struggled to keep a regular spot in the Anaheim lineup, though he did show flashes this postseason by scoring three goals in 12 games, including a highlight-reel tally against Winnipeg in the opening round.

It’s been a busy day for Anaheim. Earlier today, the Ducks sent underachieving defenseman James Wisniewski to Carolina in exchange for goalie Anton Khudobin.

After acquiring Lack, ‘Canes flip Khudobin to Ducks — more moves coming?

Anton Khudobin

The Carolina Hurricanes are playing the goalie market — and now, it appears the Ducks are as well.

Shortly after acquiring Eddie Lack from Vancouver, the ‘Canes orchestrated a yet-to-be-completed deal that moved Anton Khudobin to Anaheim. That’s led many to speculate that, with Khudobin and Frederik Andersen and John Gibson on the payroll, Ducks GM Bob Murray will soon make another move to clear up his three-headed goalie situation.

Update: Per reports, d-man James Wisniewski is headed to Carolina to complete the deal.

Khudobin, 29, is heading into the last of a two-year, $4.5 million deal with a $2.25M average annual cap hit. He scored that contract after a stellar first season in Carolina, then regressed last year — he finished ’14-15 with a 8-17-6 record, 2.72 GAA and .900 save percentage.

With this move, it appears the complex goalie market has become even more dynamic. Rangers backup Cam Talbot is still available for trade, and it’s possible someone could get in the mix for Gibson, regarded as one of the brightest young goaltending prospects in the NHL.

Welcome to Day 2 of the NHL Draft

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

SUNRISE — After yesterday’s fireworks, most set off by the Boston Bruins, people have reconvened in the hope for more at Day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Vancouver and Carolina got an early start Saturday, as the Canucks sent popular goalie Eddie Lack to the ‘Canes in exchange for a pair of picks; it figures to be the first of several trades on the day as names like Phil Kessel, Kevin Bieksa, Anton Khudobin and Matt Beleskey continue to generate traction on the draft floor.

PHT will have all the latest from the BB&T Center, so be sure to check back often. Here’s some relevant linkage from last night:

PHT’s 2015 NHL Draft Tracker

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Sharks re-sign Karlsson: two years, $3.25 million

San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks
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The San Jose Sharks have re-upped with one of their few bright spots from last season, Melker Karlsson.

Karlsson has agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million extension that carries a $1.625M average annual cap hit — a nice bump from the $825,000 he made last year.

The 24-year-old Swede, who came to North America last year after spending all of his professional career in his native country, finished the season with 13 goals and 24 points in 53 games. Karlsson also averaged 15:26 TOI per night, this after starting the year with AHL Worcester (where he had 10 points in 20 games).

As mentioned above, Karlsson’s performance was one of the rare positives in an otherwise negative campaign for the Sharks. The club failed to make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade but Karlsson, plucked from SHL club Skelleftea, showed some real promise and a goalscoring touch that could benefit San Jose moving forward.

Trade: Devils acquire Palmieri from Ducks

Kyle Palmieri

SUNRISE — Just when everybody thought the action was done, the Devils and Ducks pulled off a trade.

At the tail end of Friday’s 2015 NHL Entry Draft, New Jersey acquired Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri for the 41st overall pick this year, and a selection at the 2016 draft.

Palmieri, 24, is a former first-round pick that’s coming off a year in which he tied a career-high for goals (14) and finished with 29 points. The former U.S. National Team Development Program product also scored four points in 16 playoff games for the Ducks, averaging over 14 minutes a night.

For New Jersey, the move makes sense as the team looks to get younger, faster and more skilled. It’s also the first trade orchestrated by new GM Ray Shero, and he got an affordable producer as Palmieri’s in the last of a three-year deal that pays just $1.46M annually.

For the Ducks, they have a slew of talented young forwards on the horizon, and this move could clear another roster spot up front. It’s also unlikely that UFA winger Matt Beleskey will be back, so Anaheim should have an open competition for minutes next season.