The NHL’s trade-deadline action was more like a dud, with few deals of significance being completed before noon Pacific time.
The Ducks acquired forward Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers for a sixth-round draft pick, an apparent steal that was not confirmed as of early afternoon because the required conference call with the league had not been completed.
In addition, the Ducks reportedly acquired forward Jamie McGinn from Buffalo shortly before the deadline for a conditional third-round draft pick that can become a second-round pick depending on certain criteria.
The Kings acquired forward Brett Sutter, son of Coach Darryl Sutter, from Minnesota for forward Scott Sabourin. Brett Sutter, 28, was playing for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and is expected to be assigned to the Kings’ top affiliate, the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the AHL.
The biggest names rumored to have been available around the league stayed put. Tampa Bay didn’t move suspended forward Jonathan Drouin, despite reports that General Manager Steve Yzerman had talked to at least a dozen of his peers. Also, forward Loui Eriksson stayed with Boston and defenseman Dan Hamhuis remained with the Vancouver Canucks.
Here’s a link to TSN’s trade tracker, which lists all the confirmed deals.
The most noteworthy trade announced on Monday was the Dallas Stars’ acquisition of shot-blocking defenseman Kris Russell from Calgary for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round draft pick. That pick will become a first-round selection if the Stars reach the Western Conference final. That’s a steep price, but Russell ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots (174) and should add experience and ruggedness to a generally young defense corps.
The Ducks had been looking for depth on the wing and might have gotten it without having to give up any of their prized young defensemen. Pirri, who will be 24 in April, scored 22 goals in 49 games with Florida last season. He had 11 goals and 24 points in 52 games this season but has missed some time because of an ankle injury. He is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and has arbitration rights, which could drive his salary to a high level.
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