When Arizona’s captain re-signed with the Coyotes in 2012, rebuffing numerous suitors to commit to the financially-troubled franchise through 2015-16, he said he was “very excited about our team” and that he “chose to stay with the Coyotes because I am committed to winning here,” not anywhere else.
Well, fast forward two and a half years and the Coyotes are on their way to missing the playoffs for the third straight season, and they just traded away key veterans Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette.
Meanwhile, Arizona GM Don Maloney has been talking about completely revamping the roster, saying how new owner Andrew Barroway “wants to build for the long term” and “understands that there is some suffering involved” to build a sustainable winner.
So, where does that leave Doan?
“It was not my idea, not my ideal situation,” he said, per azcentral’s Sarah McLellan. “There’s no one that’s 38 years old that thinks it’s a good idea, ‘Let’s rebuild.'”
Doan also said he’s only thinking about the rest of the current season, not his future beyond that.
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Dan Rosen highlights what he saw as five underrated trades made before the deadline ended. (NHL.com)
The Buffalo Sabres have a large stockpile of draft picks and GM Tim Murray is interested in using some of them in future trades. (Buffalo News)
Keith Yandle was actually born in Boston, but after years of playing in Arizona it looks like he will need some time to adjust to life in New York:
Even after making big investments for reinforcements, the Chicago Blackhawks likely still feel a little shaken up without Patrick Kane … but hey, they still have a healthy Jonathan Toews.
Their captain scored the first two goals (and later added an assist) as they cruised to a 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
The Blackhawks showed off their still-deep offensive attack, as Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored their 20th and 18th goals of the season respectively (Marcus Kruger also broke a scoring slump with his sixth).
The game was essentially over in the third period, when Carolina scored its two goals. The only moment of real concern came when Corey Crawford was slow to get to his feet late in the contest, but he finished out the night for his 25th win of the season.
Neither newcomer scored a point, but Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette got their feet wet in their debuts with Chicago.
Despite a -1 rating, Timonen seemed to fit in quite nicely for a 39-year-old who’s dealing with career-threatening blood clot issues. He logged 17:29 TOI and may have been OK for more if it wasn’t such a lopsided game. Either way, Chicago has to be happy about its investment so far (though it’s obviously very early).
Vermette was quieter in his first game, only receiving 12:55 of ice time.
Beating up on a deflated Eastern Conference afterthought doesn’t prove a whole lot, but the Blackhawks at least looked dangerous in their first game after the trade deadline.
If the New York Rangers are “mortgaging their future,” at least their home looked like a mansion on the night of the trade deadline.
The Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Monday, and while Rick Nash’s empty-netter inflated the score, New York looked more than comfortable against the NHL’s current standings leader.
Speaking of standings, the Rangers stepped into first place in the Metropolitan Division with this win.
They’re tied with the New York Islanders at 84 points, yet they have two games in hand and two more regulation/overtime wins. They’re not that far from the top spot in the East, either.
Really, all the numbers look pretty splendid for a team pushing the envelop. Their +43 goal differential is the best difference in the entire league right now. They’re now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Even this win was more than just its 4-1 score, as the possession was clearly in the Rangers’ favor:
The dust has settled on another trade deadline, so now it’s time for hasty judgments. Let’s name the winners and losers mere moments after everything happened, then. For all the moves, click here.
Deride “tank jobs” if you must, but Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray (pictured) is doing a masterful job of amassing a staggering array of assets. It’s genuinely difficult to keep track of all the futures Buffalo now possesses, yet Evander Kane + Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel should make the Sabres fun to watch starting in 2015-16.
(Assuming Buffalo gets one of the top two picks, which is fairly safe.)
The Coyotes shifted into sellers far more abruptly than the Sabres, yet their takeaway has been resounding. They landed an enviable haul for Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle while “gently nudging” their way to the cellar by moving Devan Dubnyk before he won them too many games.
One of the biggest winners among the “buyers,” the Ducks reunited with James Wisniewski (pictured) while bolstering an already-young defense with an interesting piece in Simon Despres. They didn’t pay that big for a guy who may or may not help them in Tomas Fleischmann, who likely will get the benefit of the doubt from Bruce Boudreau thanks to their Washington days.
A reasonably healthy Kimmo Timonen could be a game-changer. Antoine Vermette may be the second-line center they were looking for. The big prices they paid might put them in the “losers” category in hindsight, however.
A nice job of “reloading” if not fully rebuilding.
Jordyn Leopold’s adorable letter went viral and Jordan Leopold gets a chance to maybe make an impact with a playoff team in the Minnesota Wild.
He clearly saw his stock plummet with the Calgary Flames, but now he gets a new lease on life with the Vancouver Canucks. Perhaps he’ll get up a little bit more for each rivalry game, too?
#Flames GM Treliving said Baertschi's agent had asked for a trade and said he had no intention of re-signing with the team.
The Canadiens grabbed some depth and also an interesting defenseman in Jeff Petry. The Red Wings get an aging but skilled puck mover in Marek Zidlicky and a top-six forward in Erik Cole. Maybe they didn’t knock their moves out of the park, but good teams like these (and maybe the St. Louis Blues?) are better equipped for the postseason without blowing up their futures.
He went from barely playing for the Nashville Predators to complaining about being a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs to getting a chance at his first-ever deep playoff run with the St. Louis Blues.
Chris Stewart gets a chance to inflate his value as a free agent if he can score big goals for the Wild. Torrey Mitchell could barely contain his excitement about going home to Montreal. Michal Neuvirth is a Jaroslav Halak injury away from an interesting opportunity …
Everyone involved with David Clarkson
Sure, he was traded for the essentially retired Nathan Horton, but David Clarkson gets a desperately needed clean slate. Toronto gets crucial cap space and Columbus isn’t wasting its budget on a guy who cannot play. Everyone wins?
Days before the deadline
It’s becoming a trend that the days before the deadline contain the biggest deals. When you expand the scope to the likes of Evander Kane and Keith Yandle, all of a sudden the trade deadline has some solid star power.
Deadline day itself
That said, if you took a day off to follow the proceedings on March 2 … you only have yourself to blame.
Did they know that the deadline was today? (Cue bad term paper memories.) San Jose was pretty quiet, too.
The Bruins didn’t get help on defense and it remains to be seen if Brett Connolly and Max Talbot can give Boston much of a boost on the wings.
If this is it for Bruins they clearly improved their team, but fell way short of getting needed help along their blue line #BruinsTalk
Pretty quiet deadline for a team in perpetual rebuild mode.
OK, Keith Yandle definitely makes them an interesting team in 2014-15 (and isn’t a full-on rental) … but at some point you need to keep some first-round picks, right? GM Glen Sather isn’t being shy about going “all-in,” and we might look back at this and wonder what he was thinking.
(They’ll be a lot of fun in the short term, though.)
Penguins fans aren’t exactly thrilled about the return of Ben Lovejoy, at least for the price of a former first-rounder. Then again, if you count the David Perron trade, they’re among the bigger winners.
He was already struggling as a backup with the Islanders, now he’s going to get shelled in Buffalo, which could be a painful trial-by-fire. Not ideal for a guy who’s still trying to prove himself and stop people from making jokes about faded former NFL receivers.
Health hasn’t been on his side, and now he’s gone from being on a contender to playing out the string in Toronto.
Who else would make your lists? Share your picks in the comments.