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.
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.
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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