The NHL Trade Deadline has officially come and gone, and this year’s hoopla was clearly a clunker compared to previous years.
The combined effect of big names being signed, traded or taken off the market early (see Steven Stamkos, Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd), an expected “flat” Salary Cap for 2016-2017 (due to the poor performing Canadian Dollar) and many players being locked up to longer term deals resulted in boring deadline day.
A few impact players did change teams today. Defenseman Kris Russell was acquired by Dallas from Calgary, forward Mikkel Boedker was picked up by Colorado from Arizona and forward Lee Stempniak and defenseman John-Michael Liles were acquired by Boston. You can even throw in the last minute Jamie McGinn Anaheim Ducks pick up, but it doesn’t really help much. Overall, it was pretty serious dud of a day.
For Milwaukee/Nashville it was as expected a very quiet deadline. No current Predators or Admirals changed teams as Predators General Manager David Poile got his shopping done early with the Ryan Johansen/Seth Jones swap. Certainly, last year’s near deadline trade of 2015 AHL All-Star Brendan Leipsic had a huge impact on Milwaukee but nothing similar was forthcoming this season.
However, three former Admirals did change teams on deadline day, with defenseman Conor Allen moving to Iowa, forward Taylor Beck going to San Antonio and goaltender Drew MacIntyre packing his bags for Rockford. Nick Spaling was moved in the Roman Polak trade last week.
So Roundtable . . . What do you make of the QUIET trade deadline? Were your expecting Nashville to acquire more talent and in the process trade away an Admiral or two? What do you think of Milwaukee and Nashville playoff hopes with their rosters as is?
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