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Hockey Daily Dose

NHL Deadline: Trades and Grades

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: April 13, 2021, 2:09 pm ET

With the trade deadline of 3:00 pm ET, instead of our usual recap of the night’s games, I thought I would recap all the trades and moves in the last week as team’s get ready for the stretch drive for the regular season and get ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It was a lighter than usual trade deadline, with plenty having to do with COVID, the trouble with a closed border between Canada and the United States and most importantly, staying under or at the salary cap.

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Anaheim

What they did

Received Haydn Fleury for Jani Hakanpaa and a 2022 sixth-round pick

Picked up a 2022 fifth-round pick for Ben Hutton.

Synopsis: The Ducks picked up a former first-round pick from 2014 who they hope can turn it around in Anaheim in Fleury. They also picked up a fifth in 2022 for a spare part in Hutton.

Grade: C

Arizona

What they did

Synopsis: The Coyotes did nothing

Grade: F

Boston

What they did

Dealt Anders Bjork and a second-round pick for Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar.

Received Mike Reilly for a 2022 third-round pick

Synopsis: The Bruins immensely improved their second line with the acquisition of Hall who will play with David Krejci and Craig Smith. That should help Hall who was having a horrible season in Buffalo as he will not have to see the opposition’s top line. They are severely injured on the blueline at this time and Reilly will help.

Grade: B+

Buffalo

What they did

Dealt Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar for a second-round pick and Anders Bjork.

Picked up a 2021 third-round pick for Brandon Montour

Synopsis: There was not the market for Hall that everyone thought there would be so GM Kevyn Adams did the best he could in getting a second-round pick. Bjork had some success with interim coach Don Granato when he was younger so this could be a bonus. Montour’s move out of town gave Buffalo an extra third round pick this season.

Grade: D

Calgary

What they did

Received Emil Heineman and a second-round pick in 2022 for Sam Bennett and a sixth-round pick in 2022.

Received a third-round pick in 2021 for David Rittich

Synopsis: Sam Bennett finally gets his wish and leaves the Flames organization. Heineman was selected in the second round and with a second-round pick in 2022 from Florida, the return is pretty good. Rittich was no longer in the Flames plans as Dustin Wolf is the Flames goalie of the future.

Grade: B-

Carolina

What they did

Received Jani Hakanpaa and a 2022 sixth-round pick for Haydn Fleury

Synopsis:  I actually liked what Carolina did as they picked up a hard-hitting defenseman for the tough East Division. While Hakanpaa has only one assist in 42 games, he is third in the NHL in hits with 168. He will fit in nicely on the third pairing in Carolina, giving the Hurricanes some extra grit in their own zone.

Grade: B

Chicago

What they did

Received a 2021 fourth-round pick for Madison Bowey and a 2021 fifth-round pick

Received Adam Gaudette for Matthew Highmore.

Received a second-round pick in 2021 and a fifth-round pick in 2022 from Vegas for Mattias Janmark and a third-round selection in 2022

Received Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson from Colorado in exchange for Carl Soderberg

Received Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman- Henrik Borgstrom and a 2021 seventh-round pick for Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark

Synopsis: The Blackhawks were quite busy and really did not give up a lot, while picking up some draft picks and an intriguing player in Henrik Borgstrom. Most of what was done will have no effect on the team but they did upgrade some draft picks.

Grade: C

Colorado

What they did

Received Carl Soderberg from Chicago for Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson

Received Devan Dubnyk for Greg Pateryn and a 2021 fifth-round pick

Received Patrik Nemeth for a 2022 fourth-round pick

Synopsis: Soderberg should line up on the third unit and the pick up of Devan Dubnyk gives the Avalanche a veteran goalie to go with Philipp Grubauer. The Avs just tweaked their lineup but that was all they really needed to do.

Grade: C+

Columbus

What they did

Received a 2021 first-round and 2022 third-round pick for Brian Lashoff

Received a 2021 first-round and 2022 fourth-round pick for Nick Foligno

Received Brian Lashoff for David Savard

Received a 2022 seventh-round pick for Riley Nash

Synopsis: The Blue Jackets were very busy and did extremely well, picking up a pair of first round picks in the 2021 Draft. They still could re-sign Foligno when he becomes a UFA at the end of the season and that would be even better as far as their grade is concerned.

Grade: A

Dallas

What they did

Sami Vatanen claimed off waivers

Synopsis: The Stars are in a battle for a playoff spot and trail at this time. They must be relying on the return to action of Ben Bishop, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov because they did nothing outside of claiming a depth defenseman in Vatanen.

Grade: D   

Detroit

What they did

Received Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, 2021 first round pick and 2022 second-round pick for Anthony Mantha

Received Hayden Verbeek and a 2021 fifth-round pick for Jon Merrill

Received a 2021 fourth-round pick for David Savard

Received David Savard for Brian Lashoff

Received a 2022 fourth-round pick for Patrik Nemeth

Synopsis: The Red Wings also did a great job of picking up draft picks as well as getting Jakub Vrana from Washington. Panik was a salary dump by Washington but the acquisition of Vrana who is comparable to Mantha, never mind the first and second round picks, could be sneaky good.

Grade: A

Edmonton

What they did

Received Dmitry Kulikov from NJ for a conditional fourth round pick. It becomes a third-rounder if the Oilers win a playoff round.

Synopsis: Picking up Kulikov was a nice move but the Oilers are dreadfully in need of secondary scoring as there is not a lot there after Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Grade: C-

Florida

What they did

Received Sam Bennett and a sixth-round pick in 2022 for Emil Heineman and a 2022 second-round pick.

Received Brandon Montour for a 2021 third-round pick

Received Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark for Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom and a 2021 seventh-round pick

Synopsis: I like the Panthers move to get Sam Bennett as he will be a factor in the playoffs. The trade of Connolly and getting rid of his salary, helped to make the Bennett trade come to fruition. Montour is a solid defenseman.

Grade: B

Los Angeles

What they did

Received a conditional 2022 third-round pick and a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick for Jeff Carter

Synopsis: The Kings are going to start getting the best farm system in the NHL into their lineup, so ridding themselves of Carter is good for their future. A couple of draft picks from the Penguins is fair compensation.

Grade: C+

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Minnesota

What they did

Synopsis:  They did nothing

Grade: Incomplete

Montreal

What they did

Received Jon Merrill for Hayden Verbeek and a 2021 fifth-round pick

Received Erik Gustafsson for a seventh-round pick in 2022

Synopsis: The Canadiens made a trade earlier for Eric Staal that is not reflected here. They added to their blueline but lost Victor Mete on waivers earlier in the day. Jon Merrill should contribute.

Grade: C

Nashville

What they did

Received Erik Gudbranson for Brandon Fortunato and a 2023 seventh-round pick

Synopsis: The Predators are in the thick of the Central Division playoff race but added only a tough defenseman in Gudbranson.

Grade: C-

New Jersey

What they did

Received a conditional fourth round for Dmitry Kulikov

Received Jonas Siegenthaler for a third-round pick

Received A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, 2021 first-round and 2022 fourth round pick for Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac

Synopsis: The Devils made their big deal late last week when they dealt a couple of veterans in Palmieri and Zajac to the Islanders. The haul they received included a first-round pick this season. Add in a conditional fourth for Kulikov and adding to their blueline with Siegenthaler and the Devils were quite busy. Overall, they did okay.

Grade: C

New York Islanders

What they did

Received Braydon Coburn for a seventh-round pick in 2022

Received Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac for A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst a 2021 first-round and 2022 fourth-round pick

Synopsis: The Islanders needed a scoring forward for the injured Anders Lee and a third-line center and they accomplished both with the Palmieri, Zajac deal. Coburn gives them extra depth on the blueline and that always comes in handy in the playoffs.

Grade: A-

New York Rangers

What they did

Synopsis:  The Rangers did nothing

Grade: F

Ottawa

What they did

Victor Mete claimed off waivers from Montreal

Received Brandon Fortunato and a 2023 seventh-round pick for Erik Gudbranson

Received a seventh-round pick in 2022 for Braydon Coburn

Received a third-round pick for Mike Reilly

Synopsis: The Senators gave up three defensemen for some draft picks and I like the waiver claim on Victor Mete who will have a role on the Sens blueline.

Grade: C+

Philadelphia

What they did

Picked up a 2021 fifth-round pick for Michael Raffl

Picked up a 2022 seventh-round pick for Erik Gustafsson

Synopsis: The Flyers look to be out of the playoff race in the East so they sold off a couple of small pieces for late round picks.

Grade: C -

Pittsburgh

What they did

Received Jeff Carter for a 2022 conditional third-round pick and a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick

Synopsis: The Penguins added to their depth at center with the pickup of veteran Jeff Carter. Once Malkin returns, there will not be too many teams as deep in the middle as the Penguins.

Grade: B

San Jose

What they did

Received Magnus Chrona from Tampa Bay for Fredrik Claesson

Received Alexander Barabanov for Antti Suomela

Received a 2022 fifth-round pick for Nick DeSimone

Received a 2021 fourth-round pick for Stefan Noesen

Received Greg Pateryn and a 2021 fifth-round pick for Devan Dubnyk

Synopsis: The Sharks were busy and made a couple of nice moves just being middle men to use their cap space and garner a couple of middle round draft picks. Otherwise, GM Doug Wilson didn’t do much.

Grade: C+

St. Louis

What they did

Synopsis:  The Blues did nothing

Grade: F

Tampa Bay

What they did

Received Fredrik Claesson from San Jose for Magnus Chrona  

Received Brian Lashoff for a 2021 first-round and 2022 third-round pick

Received David Savard for Brian Lashoff

Synopsis: The Lightning made a brilliant move that was copied by others on Monday as they wanted David Savard but couldn’t afford his salary. So, they had Columbus take on half the salary, deal him to Detroit who took on 25 percent of the salary and voila! The Lightning could now afford him and grabbed the top defenseman thought to be available at the deadline.

Grade: A+

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Toronto

What they did

Received Antti Suomela for Alexander Barabanov

Received Ben Hutton for a 2022 fifth-round pick

Trade a third-round pick in 2021 for David Rittich.

Received Nick Foligno for a first in 2021, and a fourth in 2022.

Traded a fourth-round pick in 2021 for Stefan Noesen.

Traded a 2022 seventh-round pick for Riley Nash

Synopsis: The Maple Leafs were quite busy, adding to their bottom-six with Foligno and Nash which will come in handy at playoff time as both are gritty players, while getting more goaltending depth as the long-term outlook on the injured Frederik Andersen is still up in the air.

Grade: A-

Vancouver

What they did

Received a 2021 sixth-round pick for Jordie Benn

Received Madison Bowey and 2021 fifth-round pick for 2021 fourth-round pick

Received Matthew Highmore for Adam Gaudette.

Synopsis: It was kind of difficult to make trades with so many players in COVID protocol but the Canucks managed to make a few moves. None were special.

Grade: C

Vegas

What they did

Received Mattias Janmark and a third-round pick in 2022 for a second-round pick in 2021 and a fifth-round pick in 2022.

Received Nick DeSimone for a 2022 fifth-round pick

Synopsis: The Golden Knights made one trade that was complicated as it was a three-way deal. In the end they netted Mattias Janmark and that will help the middle-six in the playoffs.

Grade: B-

Washington

What they did

Received Anthony Mantha for Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, 2021 first round pick and 2022 second-round pick

Picked up Michael Raffl for a 2021 fifth-round selection

Received a third-round pick in 2021 for Jonas Siegenthaler

Synopsis: The Capitals surprised everyone by pulling off a last-minute deal that was more of a hockey trade than a give up deal. The problem in my opinion is that Vrana is likely just as good a player as Mantha, plus the Red Wings picked up a first and a second-round pick. It may help this season as Vrana did not have a point in the last two playoff years, going 15 games without hitting the scoresheet. Nevertheless, it does not look like a good trade at this time.

Grade: D

Winnipeg

What they did

Picked up Jordie Benn for a 2021 sixth-round pick

Synopsis: The Jets are in a battle for the North Division but they didn’t do close to enough. Toronto was better heading into the trade deadline and did a lot while Winnipeg picked up an extra defenseman. Unless Connor Hellebuyck is outstanding in the post-season Winnipeg will be in tough to be the team to come out of the division.

Grade: C-

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.