Welcome to NHL Christmas part two! It’s the day when teams out of the playoffs trade NHL players for lottery tickets and magic beans and contenders look for that final piece to put them over the top. While we don’t expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to do too much, if anything today, you never know. Julien BriseBois has been known to pull off a surprise or two over the last couple of years.
We hit some of the transactions in the Lightning Round wrap up but we’ll start off with a couple of rather big deals that came in after that was written.
NEWS | The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings for forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first round pick and a 2022 second round pick.— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 12, 2021
Haydn Fleury to #nhlducks for 6th round pick and Jani Hakanpaa— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 12, 2021
Chicago trades Madison Bowey to Vancouver— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
Flyers pick up a 5th rounder for Raffl https://t.co/jFQ1KD8tlF— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 12, 2021
The deadline is here (and my lap top is at 10%). Stay tuned to see if there are any more deals that trickle through.
The last rush of trades appear to be rolling in.
Erik Gustafsson to MON— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 12, 2021
Bennett to FLA for 2nd in 2022 and Emil Heineman (taken second round last year). Equivalent of two seconds.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 12, 2021
The exodus out of Chicago continues!
One of the bigger names is reportedly off the board as Mattias Janmark is heading from Chicago to Las Vegas for a third-round and fifth-round pick, both in the 2022 draft.
Looks like a Lightning goaltending prospect could be on the move. We’ll have more if/when this is confirmed.
Hearing the Sharks trade Frederik Claesson to Tampa Bay for goalie prospect Magnus Chrona— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
Sami Vatanen claimed off of waivers from New Jersey by Dallas and it looks like Adam Gaudette is heading from Vancouver to Chicago with Matthew Highmore going the other way.
We have a traaaade! New Jersey sends Dmitry Kulikov to Edmonton for a conditional second rounder in 2022. A lot of 2022 picks moving this year. I think it’s an indication that people have no idea what’s going to go on in this draft and would rather have additional assets for a draft where things are a little more normal. Apparently this deal is on hold as Kulikov needs an updated passport in order to get a Canadian work visa.
Also, Ottawa makes the easiest waiver claim in a long time as they claim young defenseman Victor Mete from the Canadiens.
The Lightning made a roster move! Not a trade, but some reinforcements on the front line. After showing that he is good to go during his LTIR--conditioning stint in Syracuse, Mitchell Stephens is back to battle Ross “Can’t Stop me From Scoring” Colton for the fourth-line center role. ABB is probably back as depth in case Steven Stamkos is out for longer than a couple of game.
10:30 AM update:
Not much happening so let’s check in on some of the scuttlebutt. Defensemen seem to be a hot commodity this year:
Defensemen to keep an eye on today: Dmitry Kulikov (NJD), Michael Del Zotto (CBJ) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL).— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 12, 2021
As of yesterday, I heard Dallas was still undecided on whether to move Oleksiak or not, so that's a situation to watch.
Anaheim shooting for the big haul when it comes to a couple of their players:
Hearing Anaheim asking for a 1st-Plus for both Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson. Would consider a top prospect as a 1st but would want two. #Flytogether— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) April 12, 2021
Hall was the big prize of this year’s trade deadline and he’s heading from Buffalo to Boston along with Curtis Lazar. The Sabres are receiving a second round pick and Andreas Bjork. Buffalo is also retaining 50% of the salary. That is a fairly good deal for the Bruins (who were smoked by the Capitals 8-1 last night).
It looks like Toronto is picking up some Frederik Andersen insurance as they traded for Calgary netminder Dave Rittich for a 2022 third round pick. Jack Campbell has been manning the nets since Andersen’s injury and doing a fairly decent job. Toronto picks up a veteran back-up in case he stumbles.
Pittsburgh loved bringing in veteran forwards under the Jim Rutherford administration and it appears Ron Hextall is going to continue that Steel City tradition. At 36-years-old and with two Stanley Cup rings, Jeff Carter is the embodiment of a grizzled veteran. In exchange for his services the Penguins sent Los Angeles two conditional draft picks: a 2022 third round pick that becomes a second if the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final and Carter plays half of the games, and a fourth round pick in 2024. Los Angeles retains 50% of the salary.