The Biggest Winner and Loser from Every Major NHL Trade This Offseason
There have been numerous deals this offseason that involved players such as Bobby Ryan, Loui Eriksson, Tyler Seguin and Jonathan Bernier. Each assorted trade had a big winner and a loser, but who stands where?
In the interim, here are the biggest winners and losers from each major NHL trade this offseason. Initially teams can win big, but this will look at trades in the present and future.
*All deal information is courtesy of NHL.com.
WPG acquires Devin Setoguchi; MIN acquires 2014 second-round draft pick
Winner: Devin Setoguchi
This was not a major trade, but it's deserving of a mention. Devin Setoguchi is an offensive player whose game has fallen off a little bit, but he will get a fresh start with the Jets. He will get some more minutes and a chance to succeed.
Loser: Minnesota Wild
Blogger T.J. Maughan of Arctic Ice Hockey likes this deal for the Winnipeg Jets, and he raises some points in which the Wild could regret the trade. He states that Setoguchi was an effective player despite his limited minutes, and that he had a reasonable contract. With Winnipeg, Setoguchi could play with Evander Kane, and that could be a great dynamic duo.
MIN acquires Nino Niederreiter; NYI acquires Cal Clutterbuck
Winner: Minnesota Wild
The Wild acquired a first-round pick in Nino Niederreiter in exchange for a bottom-six grinder. Although he hasn't actualized it yet, the newest Wild prospect has a lot of talent. Things didn't go as planned with the Islanders, and look for Nino to flourish with the Wild.
Losers: New York Islanders
The Islanders gave up on a talented prospect. That is the short fact about this trade. He may have not developed as planned, but they could have played the situation better.
Niederreiter didn't have tremendous value, but he should have brought back more than Cal Clutterbuck.
While Clutterbuck will add physicality and grit, this trade is eerily similar to the Vancouver Canucks' trade of Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres. Hodgson didn't fit the Canucks' plans, and he has thrived with the Sabres.
Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Jonathan Bernier
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Full Trade: TOR acquires Jonathan Bernier; LAK acquirers Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and a 2014 or 2015 second-round draft pick
Biggest Winner: Dean Lombardi
Dean Lombardi was a huge winner in this deal for his ability to get a good return for his asset. The Kings general manager realized that he needed to make a move on soon-to-be RFA Jonathan Bernier. He dealt him to the Maple Leafs and received a solid backup goalie, a player who could fit in the top six and a draft pick that could become valuable.
Lombardi didn't want to the goalie market to dry up, so he acted fast and got a solid return for a player who didn't have a future with the Kings.
Biggest Loser: James Reimer
If the Maple Leafs skated for the final 11 minutes of Game 7 during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal; this trade does not occur. The Leafs inability to close out the Bruins forced Dave Nonis to make a snap decision that he may regret.
During the regular season and playoffs, Reimer was healthy. He showed that he can be a No. 1 starter, and he gave the Leafs a chance to win. Now the Leafs have added someone that will potentially steal Reimer's job, and then they could be stuck with a disgruntled asset.
After his performance in 2012-13 he deserved better, but he now will have to fight for a job that should already be his to keep.
New Jersey Devils Trade for Cory Schneider
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Full Trade: NJD Acquires Cory Schneider; VAN acquires ninth pick at 2013 draft (Bo Horvat)
Biggest Winner: New Jersey Devils
Even though Ilya Kovalchuk is gone, the Devils need a goalie for the future. There were a number of prospects still available at No. 9 overall, but long term the Devils will benefit from having a starting goaltender.
The team has cap space and the means to rebuild, and building from the net out is generally a good strategy.
Biggest Loser: Roberto Luongo
His contract "sucks" and he wanted to leave. Sorry, try again “Bobby Luo”. The Canucks will have Luongo as its starter this season, and he isn't happy about it. He has to honor his contract, and it is hard to believe that he would consider voiding his contract.
Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Dave Bolland
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Full Trade: TOR acquires Dave Bolland; CHI acquires 2013 2nd-round pick, 2013 4th-round pick and 2014 4th-round pick
Biggest Winner: Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks got a great return for a third-line center who appears to be in decline. The three draft picks acquired may not amount to anything, but it was a move that brought some cap relief for Stan Bowman.
Biggest Loser: Toronto Maple Leafs
This summer the Leafs addressed their center group, and they made some curious changes. Bolland was added to pivot the third-line, Tyler Bozak was re-signed and the team bought out Mikhail Grabovski.
It is a baffling move, because Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak would have been a solid group of centers with balance. Bozak can play Randy Carlyle hockey, and he would have added scoring to the bottom six.
Instead, the Leafs got rid of an offensive asset in Grabovski, and replaced him with a gritty center.
Edmonton Oilers Trade for David Perron
Full Trade: EDM acquires David Perron; STL acquires Magnus Paajarvi, 2014 second-round draft pick
Biggest Winner: Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers made out like gangbusters in this trade. Perron is a career 0.58 point-per-game player, and similar talent in Edmonton will surround him. He has all the tools required to be a successful scorer, and the Oilers got him for virtually nothing.
Perron adds more talent to the Oilers, and that is a good thing for new bench boss Dallas Eakins.
Biggest Loser: St. Louis Blues
While the St. Louis Blues may have added a solid two-way winger with size, they added a career 0.36 point-per-game player. The difference in skill level is apparent, and the Blues could have gotten more for a scorer like Perron.
The Blues actually needed players who can score goals, so it is baffling that they dealt one of their scorers away for another two-way forward.
Boston Trades for Loui Eriksson
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Full Trade: DAL acquires Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Ryan Button; BOS Acquires Loui Eriksson, Joseph Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser
Biggest Winner: Peter Chiarelli
In one fell swoop, the Boston Bruins general manager acquired an underrated top-six winger, a top defensive prospect and removed a problem from the dressing room. Chiarelli made it clear that Seguin needed to be more professional, and he made significant upgrades to the organization.
The Bruins' former top prospect never would supplant Patrice Bergeron or David Krejci on the depth chart, but the Bruins were still able to flip him for a number of key assets.
Biggest Loser: Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin is a young pivot with a ton of upside, but he is a loser in this deal. He couldn't get his game going with the Bruins after being put in a number of situations, and he will now be looked upon to be the Stars' top center.
He will get to play with Jamie Benn, but is he ready for all the responsibilities that come with being a first-line center? He showed he had talent, but will he be able to actualize it on a team with less talent?
Anaheim Trades Bobby Ryan
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Full Trade: ANA acquires Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and 2014 first-round pick; OTT acquires Bobby Ryan
Biggest Winner: Anaheim Ducks
At first glance it looked like the Senators won this trade. Upon further review, the Ducks are the biggest winner.
Bobby Ryan has been ready to be traded for a while, and he got his wish when he was dealt to the Ottawa Senators. The Ducks dealt their young sniper for a package of prospects highlighted by Jakob Silfverberg. It was a great deal for the Ducks, and they will benefit in the long run.
The winger has wanted to leave Anaheim for a while, and the team received a great package that will help the team this season.
Biggest Loser: Ottawa Senators
In the interim, the Senators added a great sniper, but the move could hurt them in the long run. Ryan will become a UFA in two years, and he has wanted to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for a number of years.
There is a good chance he could leave the team in two years, so that is why the Senators are the biggest loser in the deal. Unless he signs an extension next year, there are no guarantees that he will remain a Senator.
For a glorified rental, the Senators paid a hefty price. And if he leaves, Bryan Murray will look foolish.