The day before the NHL’s trade deadline has almost become more exciting than the actual deadline day itself.
Before 1 pm eastern today we already saw two significant rental pieces move and a three-way deal. Here are my thoughts on the moves:
TO BOSTON: Rick Nash (50% cap-hit)
TO NEW YORK: 2018 First Round Pick, 2019 Seventh Round Pick, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren
A lot of times people will say that the team that got the best player won the deal, I don’t think that’s the case here.
While the Bruins got one of the best wingers on the market, they paid a premium and then some in my opinion.
The first round pick is significant, especially in a tight Eastern Conference, it could very well end up being before 25th overall. I like Ryan Spooner and think he can be an impact top-nine forward. Ryan Lindgren has a mixed reputation around the scouting community, but he still holds value.
Those are three rather significant pieces in my mind, and none are contingent on Nash signing with the Bruins on July 1st. I do like that they got Nash at 50% retained and managed to ship out Matt Beleskey awful contract
From a Rangers perspective, they did really well. A good pick, a solid prospect, and Spooner, who’s is a 26-year-old with over 250 games of NHL experience. All three are good assets and as far as taking on Beleskey deal goes, they’re a rebuilding team and likely won’t need to cap space anytime soon.
I score this deal as a win for New York.
TO TORONTO: Tomas Plekanec (50%) cap-hit), Kyle Baun
TO MONTREAL: Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev, 2018 Second Round Pick
Two rivals in completely different spots link up for a deal that honestly benefits both sides..
For Montreal, Valiev is a 2014 3rd round pick who has AHL experience. He got a cup of coffee a few years ago with the Leafs, but has never been back up since. A fresh start might be good for him.
Same goes for Rychel who I watched a fair amount when he was with the Blue Jackets organization. The power forward has decent AHL numbers and should get an NHL look eventually in Montreal.
The second round pick is good value for a rental center as well.
For the Leafs, they didn’t overpay in terms of value or money as Plekanec will have a cap hit of $3million. He’s an upgrade on Dominic Moore and should eat some tough minutes in Toronto’s bottom-six.
TO COLUMBUS: Mark Letestu
TO EDMONTON: Pontus Aberg
TO NASHVILLE: 2018 Fourth Round Pick
Let’s start with Columbus, who are bringing in Mark Letestu for his second stint with the club. The 33-year-old has struggled this year in Edmonton, but will give Columbus an upgrade on their fourth line and will help with their special teams. Their powerplay and penalty kill are both bottom-six in the NHL
For Edmonton, this shows their mindset heading into the deadline. They would rather get a young, fringe player than a late-round pick. Aberg has good speed and a decent scoring touch, despite recent struggles. He has another year on his contract and I think he’ll fit in well with the Oilers.
And finally, the Predators ship out the struggling Aberg and bring in a 4th round pick. They get free up a roster spot for another deadline addition and get a pick to boot. Not a bad move at all from David Poile.