Irresponsible RumormongeringOpen Thread

Trade Deadline Open Thread


The 2016 trade deadline is today at 3pm. There have already been a few moves, two by the Rangers. The Rangers sent Aleksi Saarela and a pair of second rounders to Carolina for Eric Staal, and then sent Ryan Bourque to Washington for the non-musician Chris Brown. They also returned Marek Hrivik to Hartford. Around the league, there were a few other moves made yesterday. I will be updating this thread with trades made, Rangers moves bolded.

  • Kings acquired Kris Versteeg from Carolina for prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional 5th rounder.
  • The Caps acquired Daniel Winnik and a 2016 5th rounder from Toronto for Brooks Laich, prospect Connor Carrick, and a 2016 2nd round pick.
  • Arizona acquired Sergei Plotnikov from Pittsburgh for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional 7th round pick.

  • Apparently Kris Russell wants a Jeff Petry type deal (six years, $33 million). So, good luck to whoever trades for him.
  • Ho hum.
  • The NHL has acquired my boredom in exchange for hours in the day.
  • Pick a number between 1 and 10.
  • Oh hey a rumor. Darren Dreger says the Stars are interested in Dan Hamhuis and Kris Russell. Might try to get both.
  • The Avs are interested in Mikael Boedker. Because of course they are, he’s not loved by analytics people.
  • A trade! Carolina gets Dennis Robertson in exchange for Drew MacIntyre. Ok, sort of a trade.
  • Boedker has been traded to Colorado. Alex Tanguay, Kyle Wood, and Connor Bleakley (!!) headed to Arizona. What is Colorado doing?
  • The Stars appear to be closing in on Kris Russell, per Pierre LeBrun.
  • Russell has been traded to Dallas. Calgary gets Jyrki Jokipakka, Kevin Pollack, and a conditional 2nd round pick.
  • Eric Gelinas is headed to Colorado as well. New Jersey gets a 3rd round pick in 2017.
  • Brandon Pirri is headed to Anaheim. Florida gets a 6th round pick in return. Was hoping the Rangers would land him. Oh well.
  • What an anticlimactic deadline day.
  • John-Michael Liles goes from Carolina to Boston for prospect Anthony Carmara and 3rd/5th round picks.
  • Shane Prince heads to the Islanders from Ottawa for a third round pick. The Isles also sent a 7th rounder to Ottawa.
  • Lee Stempniak is headed to Boston

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  • Just some follow up thoughts on the Staal trade.

    After some consideration, I really think this is one of the stronger moves the Rangers could have pursued as the playoffs approach.

    Setting aside for a moment some of the issues of working Staal into the lineup, looking at the overall cost involved (2 high level draft picks and a top-10 prospect for a rental), it’s really important to note first off that Gorton was pretty much able to land Staal for a considerably lower price than Carolina would have hoped. No 1st round pick went to Carolina, no young roster player like Lindberg or Hayes was included in the deal, and Carolina retains 50% of Stall’s salary. That alone is worth mentioning.

    Beyond that, though, Staal is really a pivotal acquisition for the playoffs.

    First of all, let’s be clear: he’s an elite top 6 talent. His numbers are way down this year, no arguing that, but if you give him the Rangers’ top 6 talent around him, I think he can still be a real dangerous threat in the playoffs.

    He’s also a pretty decent sized forward who uses his body and drives to the net. Another critical component of successful playoff play.

    He’s also winning faceoffs at a 53.7% rate. This should not be understated. I’m not sure yet whether Staal will be positioned at center, but assuming they use him in this role –or at least slot him for important O zone faceoffs– there is no telling what a few extra offensive zone faceoff wins and possession can do for this team.

    Finally, Staal is driving possession at 57% surrounded by Carolina’s lackluster roster. I’m pretty confident he can sustain this, if not elevate it, working with the Rangers’ personnel.

    So, the Rangers have essentially added a big-body, physical forward, with elite scoring pedigree, who can win faceoffs and drive possession.

    The Rangers are shaping up to enter the playoffs with some of the best depth down the center of any teams in the league.

    For the cost, this deal is almost a no-brainer.

    • Yea, I’m with you on this. Took me a bit, but considering the cost, it’s a move they had to make. They need another move for the fourth line though.

      • Doesn’t the 4th line take care of itself when Nash comes back though? I won’t draw them up due to all of the moving parts, but with Staal and Nash in the line up we’d have a 4th of

        Stalberg / Lindberg – Moore – Fast
        13F Glass

      • Are we talking pre-Nash return? Then yes, I agree the 4th line is still pretty shaking.

        But, once Nash returns, we have a top 6 of Kreider, Stepan, Nash, Staal, Brassard, and Zucarello.

        That leaves a third line of Miller-Hayes-Lindberg, and a fourth line of Stalberg-Moore-Fast.

        That’s actually incredibly stacked on all 4 lines, in my opinion.

    • Well said, Chris. He gives us a lot of options and really bolsters our depth. Looking forward to seeing how we roll our lines out when fully healthy.

  • Eric Staai is first & foremost a centre, so I don’t see moving him to the wing at all. Hayes is the guy who should go to the wing because that is where he belongs. His backcheck is not good enough at this pt. to play centre ice. Staal is the same age as Mess when he came to NY. He is the big power centre we have been lacking if he can regain his goal scoring form. He can he can match up well against other centres in the east which is what we have lacked in the POs. He says he has a lot left in the tank so in 20 games we’ll see if that is true. Like to see him on a “power” line with Kreider & Miller.

    • Agree… reason at all with a better lineup around him he should be extremely productive. And he doesn’t have to be Mess, or even the leader that he was in Carolina.

      If Nash comes back healthy, then look out!

  • Paul,

    While I agree Staal contributes the most for the Rangers if placed at center, the primary issue is that he’s a rental, and he’s going to force a demotion of Stepan or Brassard if AV awards him a top-2 center slot. That’s could be…a delicate situation.

    • I think both Brassard & Stepan can handle not being the NO #1 and in some ways it takes pressure off them. Now we have three capable centres instead of two–big difference. Step & Brass are both team guys so I don’t see a problem.

  • In what universe does Lindberg deserve third line minutes above Stalberg, who has been just about the best forward on this team for the past month?

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