2015 NHL Trade Deadline [Open Thread]

Jokinen Nashville

Former Nashville forward Olli Jokinen will be dressing for his third team in less than a month after a trade from Toronto to St. Louis today. Photo via TheScore.com (Bruce Fedyck / USA TODAY Sports)


That will wrap it up for our 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog. The biggest offensive pieces moving today were forwards Chris Stewart, Maxime Talbot, Torrey Mitchell, Ben Smith, Tyler Kennedy and Brian Flynn. Really there wasn’t much beef in this collection of front liners.

A few more significant defenders got traded, highlighted by Jeff Petry, Braydon Coburn, Zbynek Michalek and James Wisniewski. Others that relocated were Ben Lovejoy, Simon Despres, Jordan Leopold, Ian Cole, Robert Bortuzzo and Marek Zidlicky.

The biggest surprise was the lack of moving pieces as far as the goaltenders. Only Michael Neuvirth and Chad Johnson changed teams in an exchange for each other.

Nashville/Milwaukee were not surprisingly silent on this Monday. Their big shopping came a few weeks ago. Central Division rivals St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota and Winnipeg all made moves to improve their teams, while Dallas and Colorado sold off some spare parts.

Thanks for joining the Admirals Roundtable for our 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog. Feel free to continue to post your thoughts and comments on a very quiet wheeling and dealing day.


Here is the rundown of the all of the “post deadline” deals, aka the trades announced after 2:00 PM Central Time came and went:

Calgary sent forward Sven Baertschi to division rival Vancouver for a second-round pick:

Nashville appears to have not made any moves on Trade Deadline Monday:

Boston sent Jordan Caron to Colorado for Maxime Talbot:

Columbus traded defensman James Wisniewski and a third-round pick to Anaheim for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick:

Toronto’s Korbinian Holzer was traded to the Ducks as well, plus Michael Sgarbossa:

One last-minute “AHL” deal to report as well:


Minnesota acquires Chris Stewart from Buffalo. No wonder why the Sabres waited so long, the return was just a 2017 second-round pick.

Stewart first heard of the news of the trade, live on the air with TSN.


The clock strikes midnight on the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, or well 3 PM Eastern. Buffalo sent Torrey Mitchell to Montreal for a prospect and pick:

Cam Atkinson was extended with Columbus, aka no soup for you:

Pittsburgh has a trade still pending:

It’s for defenseman Ben Lovejoy, a former Penguin:

Stewart deal being finalized:


Just 15 minutes to go until the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline. No new trades to report as of now, but a few rumors are out there:


Remember that Olli Jokinen fellow who played with Nashville for a few months? Well he’s on his way back south of the border to St. Louis in exchange for a low draft pick:


The slew of minor deals continue. Here is the latest rundown, with Jordan Leopold, a commonly moved deadline puzzle piece, going home to Minnesota:

This guy was also traded:


One hour to go now on a slow trade deadline. Admirals broadcaster Aaron Sims shared this happy memory via Twitter:


Per Daniel Lavender and Hockey Night in Canada, Buffalo, on a full tilt push to tank the season, intends to use a shooter tooter for the rest of the season in goal, aka Chad Johnson. They send goaltender Michal Neuvirth in exchange for Johnson and a 2016 third rounder.


As we wait for Chris Stewart to get traded, St. Louis makes another move involving defensemen, acquiring Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft choice for Ian Cole:


A couple of low impact “depth” trades to report involving San Jose. Now journeyman forward Tyler Kennedy was traded to the New York Islanders today:

San Jose is getting a conditional third-round pick in the exchange:


Trades coming fast and furious now. Ditching the whole Dion Phaneuf plan, Detroit is instead acquiring defenseman Marek Zidlicky from New Jersey for a third-round pick:


Two hours until the deadline and we have, wait for it, a trade! Chicago makes a hockey deal with San Jose, sending Ben Smith to the Sharks for Andrew Desjardins, via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN:


With just three hours until trade deadline, this is what I have to report via TSN’s Bob McKenzie, a couple of minor waiver claims by Arizona:

This is officially the dullest post Twitter Trade Deadline on record. Might be worth setting the snooze until noon. Michalek is done deal for Maxim Letunov, plus a conditional pick going along with the Arizona defender to St. Louis:


A lot of conversation, not much action at this point. Talks going on involving Chris Stewart, the hottest trade chip at the moment, forward Matt Beleskey of Anaheim, goaltender Anntti Niemi of San Jose, defenseman James Wisniewski of Columbus and, of course, Phaneuf:


Via CBC’s Elliotte Friedman and many other sources, Zbynek Michalek has been acquired by the Blues:

Also, a minor trade involving light scoring forward Brian Flynn of Buffalo going to Montreal in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick:

The most interesting thing I’ve read lately is that Detroit and Toronto are working on a possible deal for Dion Phaneuf. Forward Stephen Weiss would be going the other way in that trade, but the Red Wings seem unwilling to move young defenseman, and former Wisconsin Badger, Brendan Smith to make it happen.


Word via Twitter is that the trade deadline chatter is very quiet so far.

Though TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes St. Louis will soon acquire defenseman Zbynek Michalek:

Via Lyle Richardson of the Hockey News, five trade targets in play today are: Defensemen Marek Zidlicky, Jan Hejda and Zbynek Michalek, forward Chris Stewart and goaltender Jonathan Bernier.


Former Milwaukee Admirals Cody Franson (pictured) and Mike Santorelli kicked off the NHL's 2015 Trade Deadline in a big way, returning to the Nashville Predators organization from Toronto.

Former Milwaukee Admirals Cody Franson (pictured) and Mike Santorelli kicked off the NHL’s 2015 Trade Deadline in a big way, returning to the Nashville Predators organization from Toronto. Photo via Predators.NHL.com

Good morning Admirals Roundtable readers,

Today is the final day for National Hockey League teams to adjust their rosters via trades prior to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year’s postseason tournament will most likely feature the Nashville Predators as one of the league’s top Cup contenders, as the team currently carries the NHL’s best record at 41-15-7–89 points.

Nashville was involved in one of the first major trades of deadline season, repatriating former Predators/Milwaukee Admirals Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, from Toronto in exchange for Olli Jokinen, then-Admirals top scorer Brendan Leipsic and the team’s 2015 first-round pick. That deal was predicated four days earlier by the huge Winnipeg/Buffalo swap of Evander Kane, et al., for Tyler Myers & Drew Stafford, et al.

Beyond those blockbusters, some of the names in play that have already moved included defensemen Andrej Sekera, Tim Gleason, former IHL-Admiral and Predator Kimmo Timonen, John Moore, T.J. Brennan and Jack Hillen, plus forwards Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Tlusty, David Clarkson, Antoine Vermette, Tomas Fleischmann and former Wisconsin Badgers star Dany Healtley. Yesterday saw arguably the best player moved so far in Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle, along with Curtis Glencross, Erik Cole, Lee Stempniak and James Sheppard also changing teams. Late night/early morning deals saw defensemen Braydon Coburn and Jeff Petry, plus forward Brett Connolly all relocate.

It should be a fun an interesting day with some big names with term in their contracts still in play, notably Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessell, while to a lesser extent there are some rental players still available. After their big trade with Toronto, Nashville might be quiet, but Predators GM Poile rarely shies away from a good deadline deal to bolster the club’s playoff chances.

Check back often for our latest updates and feel free to comment throughout the day!

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7 Responses to 2015 NHL Trade Deadline [Open Thread]

  1. frontrowjon says:

    Im sure some sort of Maz and Ardvinsson and the rights to Merkts Beer cheese for Tootoo and a package of 2007 MLB rookie cards is in the works!

  2. frontrowjon: Mmmm… beer cheese… *Homer Simpson drool sound effect*

  3. Zbynek Michalek, aka my boy, just traded to STL.

  4. Marek Zidlicky to DET. That may put a nail in the coffin as far as the Dion Phaneuf to DET rumblings.

  5. Penguins get Ian Cole from STL for Robert Bortozzo and a 2016 7th Rounder.

  6. NYI get Michael Neuvirth from BUF for Chad Johnson and conditional 2016 3rd Rounder.

  7. Fan in the Falls says:

    I laughed pretty hard when I read about Jokinen getting traded again. He’s probably happy, though. Not just because the Blues are doing much better than the Maple Leafs, but the comments he made about the environment with that club were pretty bad (and most likely true).

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