It was, indeed, a quieter NHL Trade Deadline than in years past. But big moves still went down, particularly in the East Division.
All things considered, the Islanders getting out ahead of the pack to nab Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac for a package centered around a first-round pick looks very strong. President and GM Lou Lamoriello wisely made his big move early, both setting the market and forcing other teams in the East to attempt to keep pace.
Look out today for a new episode of Islanders Anxiety.
- It will be a while before the Isles play a game again, but they need the rest and practice.
- Lamoriello felt comfortable and content with his teams’ moves, even after learning about his divisional foes’ moves. I agree. [LHH]
- Lamoriello wanted some extra veteran presence and acquired it without giving up any prospects of note. He also updated the media about Anatolii Golyshev and Robin Salo. [Islanders]
- Get to know a little better former Atlanta Thrashers first-round pick and new Islanders depth defenseman Braydon Coburn. [Isles 7 Facts]
- The IslesBlog team graded the Islanders’ Trade Deadline, and they received near-universal A-’s (one B+ and a few A’s).
- Salo and his team began the SHL playoffs this week and Reece Newkirk recorded three points. [Islanders Prospect Report]
- A Washington Capitals fan going to school in New York took in the Isles’ 8–4 demolition of her beloved team. While she didn’t like the result (hehe), she said she felt very safe thanks to the Isles’ and Coliseum’s protocols. [RMNB]
(Mostly Deadline Stuff) Elsewhere
Last night’s NHL scores included nothing in our lovely division. But the Detroit Red Wings spoiled Jordan Staal’s 1,000th game by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens topping the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending Jack Campbell’s winning streak at 11 games. Also, in the wake of another police shooting, the game between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild was postponed.
- The big trade that sneaked in just under the wire came when the Red Wings dealt Anthony Mantha to the Capitals for Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick. Nice trade for both sides, but really, quite the haul for GM Steve Yzerman. [WIIM]
- Vrana is a good player that was not in coach Peter Laviolette’s good graces and was due a significant raise this summer as an RFA. [RMNB]
- The Caps also snagged Michael Raffl from the Philadelphia Flyers for a late pick. Flyers fans are sad to see go their long-time bottom-sixer. [BSH]
- The Flyers also sent depth defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the Canadiens for an even later pick. [BSH]
- And they extended for five years Scott Laughton, a pending UFA that probably should have been traded. [BSH]
- The Pittsburgh Penguins did not trade too much, in terms of assets, for Jeff Carter—a couple of mid-round picks—but they probably did not use their limited cap space as well as they could have. [PensBurgh]
- Meanwhile, the New York Rangers did a whole lot of nothing. Interesting. [BSB]
- Catch up with all the trades in one handy link. [Trade Tracker]