If you were picking a word to describe the NHL's trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, that word would be "underwhelming." A year after 24 trades were completed before the 2015 deadline, this year's trade period came and went with a few minor trades.
Here is a rundown of the day's deals:
|Anaheim Ducks Get:||Buffalo Sabres Get:|
|F Jamie McGinn||A conditional third-round pick in 2016|
|Montreal Canadiens Get:||New Jersey Devils Get:|
|F Stefan Matteau||F Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Boston Bruins Get:||New Jersey Devils Get:|
|F Lee Stempniak||A 2017 second-round pick and 2016 fourth-round pick|
|Boston Bruins Get:||Carolina Hurricanes Get:|
|D John-Michael Liles||Prospect Anthony Camara, a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 fifth-round pick|
|New York Islanders Get:||Ottawa Senators Get:|
|F Shane Prince and a seventh-round pick in 2016||A third-round pick in 2016|
|Anaheim Ducks Get:||Florida Panthers Get:|
|F Brandon Pirri||A sixth-round pick in 2016|
|Dallas Stars Get:||Calgary Flames Get:|
|D Kris Russell||D Jyrki Jokipakka, prospect Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick in 2016|
|Colorado Avalanche Get:||New Jersey Devils Get:|
|D Eric Gelinas||A third-round pick in 2017|
|Colorado Avalanche Get:||Arizona Coyotes Get:|
|F Mikkel Boedker||F Alex Tanguay, prospects Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood|
|Arizona Coyotes Get:||Pittsburgh Penguins Get:|
|F Sergei Plotnikov||F Matthias Plachta and a 2017 conditional seventh-round pick|
|Nashville Predators Get:||Arizona Coyotes Get|
|D Corey Potter||Future considerations|
|Edmonton Oilers Get:||Anaheim Ducks Get:|
|F Patrick Maroon||Martin Gernat, a 2016 fourth-round pick|
Source: USA Today
The Boston Bruins looked to solidify a few weaknesses as they make a push for the postseason, adding winger Lee Stempniak and defenseman John-Michael Liles.
Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe was somewhat wary of the team's decision to make two trades for veterans:
So Bruins are, uh, all in. Godspeed.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) February 29, 2016
The Bruins are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference, though seven teams are within eight points of the Bruins as they battle for a berth in the playoffs.
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE felt the Stempniak addition would help the club:
Price tags aside, Stempniak is a good move for Bruins. Solid winger. Quality dude that loves Boston enough that he lives here in offseason.— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 29, 2016
Stempniak has 16 goals and 25 assists on the season and led the Devils in points.
Nicholas W. Goss of NESN passed along general manager Don Sweeney's thoughts on new defenseman Liles:
Sweeney: "John-Michael Liles brings a lot of versatility to our group." Praises his experience and puck-moving, too. #Bruins— Nicholas W. Goss (@NickGossNESN) February 29, 2016
Along with the additions, the Bruins also kept Loui Eriksson, long considered a potential trade chip for the team, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's one of the team's most important and reliable offensive producers, so keeping him looks like a calculated risk as the team guns for a Stanley Cup title.
One of the names expected to be moved on deadline day was ex-Buffalo Sabre Jamie McGinn, a physical third-line winger who has tallied 14 goals and 13 assists this season. He'll help solidify the Anaheim Ducks' forward depth along with fellow deadline addition Brandon Pirri, who registered 11 goals and 13 assists for the Florida Panthers this season.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune found Florida's decision to trade Pirri a bit curious:
James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail has his own theory, however:
Frankly I don't think the Panthers wanted to pay Pirri what he would get in an arb case.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 29, 2016
Finally, the Dallas Stars acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the Calgary Flames in a deal that may make both teams better. Russell gives the Stars a solid presence on the blue line and will be a shot-blocking machine as they look to win a title. The Flames nabbed defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka—who could become a steady producer—a promising prospect in Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick that becomes a first-round selection if the Stars reach the Western Conference Finals.
All of that for Russell, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, which makes this a potentially excellent haul for the Flames.
On a ho-hum day on the excitement radar, the Flames were the day's arguable winners.
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