Free washer | Deal Deadline Week

It may now have to be called “Deadline Week” and start the special broadcasts a few days earlier…

Six big trades were made on Wednesday, two days before the trade deadline on Friday, and saw two powers in the West, the Avalanche and the Golden Knights, solidify their rosters ahead of the playoffs, and they probably haven’t finished their purchases!

Hanifin in Vegas

The Golden Knights got their hands on the most coveted rental defenseman, Noah Hanifin, 27 years old, 35 points in 61 games in Calgary, able to play 23.24 minutes on the left side. He joins an already formidable defense consisting of Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb, Zach Whitecloud and Nicolas Hague.


Noah Hanifin

The injury suffered by Mark Stone, placed on the long-term injured list until the start of the playoffs, allows the Golden Knights to have enough space under the salary cap to accommodate Hanifin and his salary, already reduced since Calgary and Philadelphia , through a fifth round choice, retain a significant portion. Who knows if Martinez’s departure on the free agent market at the end of the season will not allow Vegas to retain Hanifin? The Knights also acquired Anthony Mantha the day before with second and fourth round picks.

Calgary receives first and third round picks in 2025 and a smoking hot 26-year-old Russian defenseman in the AHL, Daniil Miromanov. Flames GM Craig Conroy has already received first and fourth round picks in 2024 from the Canucks for Elias Lindholm and second and third for Chris Tanev. Vegas’ third-round pick will turn into a second-round pick if the Golden Knights win a playoff round. The Flames’ relaunch is well underway!

Mittelstadt and Walker in Colorado

On the surface, the Colorado Avalanche paid a lot for a right-handed defenseman, Sean Walker, considered at best a fifth in a pecking order. But the first round choice given to the Philadelphia Flyers also served, above all, to get rid of Ryan Johansen, now useless in Colorado, and his salary of four million on the team’s payroll.


Sean Walker

The arrival of Walker also brings a little depth on defense to compensate for the loss of young Bowen Byram, fourth overall pick in 2019, subsequently sacrificed to the Buffalo Sabers to obtain Casey Mittelstadt and fill the void at the center of the second line of the Avalanche since the departure of Nazem Kadri. Alex Newhook was first tested two years ago, but he was still too young to be effective. Then Johansen this winter, but this one failed miserably. We therefore fall back on Mittelstadt, 25 years old, the Sabres’ best scorer, en route to a 62-point season. We could even keep the young man beyond this season.

The Sabers could afford to trade Mittelstadt with the significant number of top young forwards in his organization. Byram, 24, has suffered repeated injuries since the start of his career, but he has missed only nine games since the start of the year. He joins a young and talented defense already made up of Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power and Mattias Samuelsson, but they are all left-handed.


Casey Mittelstadt

For Daniel Brière and the Flyers, we are positioning ourselves as a seller even if the team is on track to participate in the playoffs. Despite the club’s unexpected successes, the CEO does not deviate from the reconstruction plan. We won’t blame him. Johansen has already been placed on waivers…

Vladimir Tarasenko at a discount

The Florida Panthers paid only third and fourth round picks to get Vladimir Tarasenko, 41 points in 57 games in Ottawa, en route to a nearly 60-point season. At almost this time last year, the Rangers had to cough up a first-round pick to the Blues to get it.

Is new Senators general manager Steve Staios a bad negotiator? No. Rather, he is a victim of the contractual clause granted to Tarasenko by his predecessor Pierre Dorion. With his full no-trade clause in place, Tarasenko wanted to play for the Panthers and nowhere else. Staios therefore had no negotiating power.


Vladimir Tarasenko

Dorion was undoubtedly hoping for a great season from the Senators and did not imagine positioning himself as a seller at the trade deadline. This is undoubtedly why he agreed to offer this clause to Tarasenko despite only having an agreement for one year.

Henrique in Edmonton and Wennberg in New York

The Oilers have agreed to cough up a first-round pick in 2024 for forward Adam Henrique, a possible unrestricted free agent, a winger also capable of playing center. The Ducks also gave Edmonton a sixth or seventh defenseman, Sam Carrick. Henrique, 34, had 42 points, including 18 goals, in 60 games in Anaheim. The Ducks therefore get at least as much for Henrique as the Canadian does for Sean Monahan.


Sam Carrick and Adam Henrique

The Rangers were wiser. Seattle Kraken center Alexander Wennberg, also a possible unrestricted free agent, is less offensive than Henrique, with 25 points this season, but more effective defensively. New York gave up second and fourth round picks to acquire him. Wennberg fills an important void at the center of the third line, with the loss of Filip Chytil, injured for the rest of the season.

It looks good for the Canadian


David Savard and Jake Allen

Unless there is an unexpected call and a surprising offer, there will be no action at the CH, or very little. The market is not very crowded for goalkeepers, especially for those who are having an ordinary year at a salary of around four million like Allen, and you will really have to see a club panic for Montreal to agree to get rid of David Savard. We like Savard’s influence over the young players of the team and especially the bond he develops with his young duo partner Arber Xhekaj. We ask him to take inspiration from his elder’s game. A trade to free up positions on the left side of the defense or to acquire a young offensive forward lends itself better in the summer.


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