NHL fans look forward to the trading deadline almost as much as the draft when it comes to action taking place off the ice. This year, however, most fans were a bit disappointed by what didn’t take place. A number of big games thought to be on the trading block are still with their respective teams.
Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikhail Grigorenko are still with the Colorado Avalanche, while Radim Vrbata, Anthony Duclair and Shane Doan are still with the Coyotes. The Sabres elected to hang onto Dmitry Kulikov and Evander Kane, while other teams did the same with their players.
Some of the players who were moved brought back less than expected, with New Jersey receiving only a 6th-round draft choice for P.A. Parenteau and an even worse player in Dalton Prout than the player they traded him for in Kyle quincy. Quincy was thought to be worth roughly a third-round pick. Instead the Devils traded him as a UFA for somebody they can expose in the expansion draft.
After Ben Bishop was traded, Marc-Andre Fleury was believed to be getting dealt, but he’ll remain in Pittsburgh. Vancouver’s Ryan Miller also stayed put.
The Washington Capitals picked-up the biggest name a few days ago in Kevin Shattenkirk. But the New York native appears to be set on joining his childhood favorite team, the Rangers. Still, a good move by Washington to have Shattenkirk for the playoffs, even though he will likely sign elsewhere this summer.
No team really made a big move that will help them get into the playoffs. The battle for the final wild card sports will continue until the final few games are played. While there wasn’t much action today, what didn’t take place should lead to some exciting and meaningful games down the stretch.