Tag: 2014 NHL Trade Deadline

Saku Koivu, Ryan Kesler

Ducks GM is confused about not landing a big player like Kesler


Many perceived the Anaheim Ducks’ decision to deal Dustin Penner as a prelude to a bigger trade. Maybe that indeed was the plan for GM Bob Murray, but it just didn’t work out that way, as Stephane Robidas stands as their biggest pickup.

It sounds like Murray is just as confused as many observers that the Ducks couldn’t land a big fish like Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (who stayed put).

Now, in the case of Kesler in particular, the Canucks might not have been interested for two key reasons:

1) Vancouver clearly didn’t want to deal the 29-year-old to another team in the West. That probably goes double for a high-ranking contender like the Ducks.

2) The Canucks laid out a blueprint that included a roster player and prospect plus a pick, so despite Murray floating a serious asset, it might not have conformed to what Mike Gillis was searching for.

So, in the case of Kesler in specific, Murray maybe shouldn’t be so surprised. If he was dangling such high picks for the likes of Thomas Vanek (who went for a fairly minimal package, unless you ask New York Islanders GM Garth Snow), then you can understand why he might be perplexed on Wednesday.

Isles GM says Habs’ offer was easily the best for Vanek

St. Louis Blues v New York Islanders

When many people compare what the New York Islanders received for Thomas Vanek to smaller name deals – or even the original trade that landed him on Long Island – the Isles’ takeaway won’t look sterling. GM Garth Snow insisted that it was the best trade he could make in what he called a slow market, however.

“There wasn’t the same action you usually see at the trade deadline,” Snow said.

The former NHL goalie said the Islanders were “very fortunate” to land the package of a conditional second-round pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

The overall takeaway from shipping away Matt Moulson and eventually Vanek doesn’t look great to many, yet Snow insists that the Islanders have some chips to work with going forward.

It’s reasonable to ask if Snow will be around to cash in those chips after an increasingly rough 2013-14 season.

PHT’s 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker

Thomas Vanek

Headline pretty much says it all. Here’s a rundown of all the trades leading up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline…

Wednesday, Mar. 5

To Columbus: Matt Taormina, Dana Tyrell
To Tampa bay: Jonathan Marchessault, Dalton Smith (link)

To Colorado: Reto Berra
To Calgary: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Washington: Jaroslav Halak, ’15 3rd rounder
To Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth, Rostislav Klesla (link)

To Minnesota: Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick
To Buffalo: Torrey Mitchell, two 2nd-rounders (2014 and 2016)  (link)

To Detroit: David Legwand
To Nashville: Patrick Eaves, 3rd-rounder, Calle Jarnkrok (link)

To Montreal: Thomas Vanek, 5th-rounder
To Islanders: 2nd-rounder, Sebastien Collberg (link)

To Boston: Andrej Meszaros
To Philadelphia: ’14 3rd-rounder (link)

To Dallas: Tim Thomas
To Florida: Dan Ellis (link)

To Columbus: Nick Schultz
To Edmonton: ’14 5th-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Marian Gaborik
To Columbus: Matt Frattin, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 third-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Braden McNabb, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder
To Buffalo: Hudson Fasching, Nicolas Deslauriers (link)

To Ottawa: Ales Hemsky
To Edmonton: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 5th-rounder (link)

To New York Rangers: Martin St. Louis
To Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan, ’15 1st-rounder, ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

Tuesday, Mar. 4

To Phoenix: Martin Erat, John Mitchell
To Washington: Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown, ’15 4th-rounder (link)

To Chicago: David Rundlbad, Mathieu Brisebois
To Phoenix: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Florida: Roberto Luongo, Steve Anthony
To Vancouver: Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias (link)

To Philadelphia: Andrew MacDonald
To New York Islanders: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder, Matt Magene (link)

To Ottawa: Patrick Mullen
To Vancouver: Jeff Costello

To Anaheim: Stephane Robidas
To Dallas: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Edmonton: Viktor Fasth
To Anaheim: ’14 5th-rounder, ’15 3rd-rounder (link)

To Minnesota: Ilya Bryzgalov
To Edmonton: ’14 4th-round pick (link)

To Washington: Dustin Penner
To Anaheim: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Montreal: Mike Weaver
To Florida: ’15 5th-rounder (link)

Sunday, Mar. 2

To Florida: Brandon Pirri
To Chicago: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’16 5th-rounder (link)

To Florida: Mark Mancari
To St. Louis: Eric Selleck (link)

Friday, Feb. 28

To St. Louis: Ryan Miller, Steve Ott
To Buffalo: Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, ’15 first-rounder (link)