Faces in new locations following the NHL Commerce Deadline

The 2022 NHL Commerce Deadline has handed and quite a lot of gamers ended up altering groups over the previous few weeks. Stanley Cup contenders made additions that they hope will put them excessive, and non-playoff groups made strikes with an eye fixed towards the long run. We check out a number of the high names which are on the transfer. 


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This was the primary important commerce of the commerce deadline season and noticed the Flames add a big piece to their roster. Calgary has an excellent high line with Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau (the most effective and most efficient duos within the league this season), an elite protection, and improbable goaltending. They lacked secondary scoring and Toffoli is a large addition that additionally has a historical past with coach Darryl Sutter from their days with the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames are a respectable Stanley Cup contender and Toffoli offers them simply what they wanted with out having to surrender a ton in return. 


Claude Giroux, Florida Panthers

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Giroux’s time with Philadelphia ended simply after his 1,000th recreation with the staff. He had a no-trade clause and was in a position to dictate the place he went, favoring the Florida Panthers in his try to get a Stanley Cup. The Panthers traded ahead Owen Tippett and a future (2024) first-round draft decide to the Flyers for Giroux. He’s not the elite scorer he was at his peak, however he’s nonetheless a respectable top-line possibility and makes an already excellent offense that a lot better. 


Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild

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That is most likely the largest commerce of deadline day. The Chicago Blackhawks season became a multitude and resulted in them promoting off belongings after spending wildly within the offseason. Fleury, a pending unrestricted free agent, is among the gamers to maneuver for a conditional second-round decide that might develop into a first-round decide if the Wild advance to the Western Convention Ultimate. Fleury has not fairly repeated his Vezina Trophy efficiency from a yr in the past however he’s shifting to a a lot better staff (defensively and total) and may get a lift as he shares the crease with Cam Talbot. 


Brandon Hagel, Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Lightning are hoping they will get a repeat of the Blake Coleman commerce right here, snagging a superb third-line participant that’s signed long-term (two extra full seasons after this season) for a dirt-cheap price ($1.5 million) in opposition to the wage cap. Coleman was extra confirmed and a greater defensive participant, whereas quite a lot of Hagel’s manufacturing this season is tied to an outrageously excessive capturing share, he’s nonetheless a superb addition. The Lightning despatched two future first-round picks and two depth gamers to Chicago for Hagel and two future fourth-round picks. 


Rickard Rakell, Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are nonetheless respectable Stanley Cup contenders however wanted one other scoring possibility for his or her middle-six traces. Rickard Rakell is a pleasant addition by basic supervisor Ron Hextall who didn’t should commerce a first-round decide or any of the Penguins’ high prospects to accumulate Rakell. The Penguins despatched fourth-liners Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon, together with a 2022 second-round draft decide and goalie prospect Calle Clang, to the Anaheim Geese as a part of the commerce. Rakell isn’t the 30-goal scorer he was just a few years at his peak in Anaheim, however he’s nonetheless a strong 20-25 aim possibility with quite a lot of talent for his or her second or third line. 


Andrew Copp, New York Rangers

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The New York Rangers have been some of the top-heavy groups within the league this season, being carried by an elite goalie, a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman, and two nice traces on the high of the ahead group. They desperately wanted extra depth and Copp is a improbable addition for his or her bottom-six, bringing sturdy defensive play and a little bit of an offensive punch. The Rangers had extra wage cap area than every other Stanley Cup contender or playoff staff within the league and whereas they didn’t hit an apparent residence run, they did use their wage cap area neatly. 


Mark Giordano, Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs determined to not handle their goaltending questions (they tried to signal Gold Medal profitable goalie Harri Sateri, however he was claimed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes) and as an alternative tried to strengthen their protection with Giordano. Giordano has been one of many league’s greatest defenseman all through his profession and was the first-ever captain for the enlargement Seattle Kraken. He’s not as dominant offensively as he was, however he’s nonetheless superb defensively and can enhance Toronto’s protection, particularly within the absence of veteran Jake Muzzin. Toronto additionally obtained a high quality depth ahead in Colin Blackwell on this commerce. 


Artturi Lehkonen, Colorado Avalanche

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This is perhaps the most effective additions of the commerce deadline. Artturi Lehkonen is an excellent two-way participant that may drive possession and chip in some offense whereas additionally taking part in a robust defensive recreation. He’s going to be an excellent match on the Colorado Avalanche’s third line and make what’s already the league’s most spectacular roster and staff even higher. There isn’t any weak spot on this roster proper now. 


Max Domi, Carolina Hurricanes

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Issues didn’t work out for Max Domi with the Columbus Blue Jackets and he’s on the transfer but once more, shifting to his fourth completely different group previously 5 seasons. The Hurricanes will not be going to want him to be a high contributor, however he’ll convey some talent and playmaking to their bottom-six whereas being able to play up and down within the lineup. 


Hampus Lindholm, Boston Bruins

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The Boston Bruins didn’t add to their ahead depth, however they did add to their protection by including Josh Brown from Ottawa and Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Geese. Lindholm is a big addition as a result of he’s not solely the higher of the 2 gamers however as a result of they adopted his acquisition by instantly re-signing him to an eight-year contract extension price $52 million. That averages out to a salary-cap variety of $6.5 million per season. That may be a important contract for a 28-year-old defenseman, however Lindholm can be a pleasant No. 2 for Boston behind Charlie McAvoy and make an already nice defensive staff even higher. 


Josh Manson, Colorado Avalanche

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Josh Manson was one of many different pending unrestricted free brokers traded by the Anaheim Geese, touchdown with the Avalanche. Colorado already has the most effective blue traces within the league, however with Samuel Girard sidelined for some time the Avalanche had the salary-cap area and the necessity for some extra depth there. He joins a protection that, when all people is wholesome, boasts Cale Makar, Girard, Devon Toews, Erik Johnson, and Bowen Byram which is elite in each means. 


Ben Chiarot, Florida Panthers

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The Florida Panthers paid a particularly excessive value so as to add Ben Chiarot, and it’s a little complicated. Chiarot is greatest served as a third-pairing defender, and whereas he performs a bodily model of hockey his total affect on the sport is minimal. Nonetheless, Florida gave up a first-round decide and a prospect for him (as a rental) and he doesn’t even actually match their fashion of play. With Aaron Ekblad sidelined for the foreseeable future they might have used extra on protection, however I’m not positive Chiarot and their different commerce deadline addition (Robert Hagg from the Buffalo Sabres) actually make a big affect. Not less than not the affect the Panthers would possibly need. 


Ilya Lyubushkin, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Earlier than including Giordano from Seattle, the Maple Leafs added Lyubushkin from the Arizona Coyotes in change for a bundle that included Nick Richie. Lyubushkin is a defensive-minded participant that provides some further depth to Toronto’s blue line. It’s attention-grabbing that Toronto went on this path to improve its protection when the largest drawback and query mark for the staff has been in aim. They’re actually betting on Jack Campbell being wholesome and bouncing again within the playoffs. 


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Nick Paul, Tampa Bay Lightning

Nick Paul, Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Lightning traded Mathieu Joseph to the Ottawa Senators in change for Paul so as to add a bit of extra versatility to their lineup (Paul can play middle). He’s an unrestricted free agent after this season whereas Joseph continues to be a restricted free agent, however Tampa Bay could not have been in a position to tender him a contract to maintain him because of wage cap points. 


Frank Vatrano, New York Rangers

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One other strong depth addition for the Rangers. Vatrano isn’t a game-changer, however he does give the Rangers precisely what they wanted: Someone to play of their backside six that may rating the occasional aim. Florida moved him in an effort to create some salary-cap area so they might purchase Giroux, Chiarot, and Hagg. 


Calle Jarnkrok, Calgary Flames

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Jarnkrok isn’t going to get a ton of consideration, however he quietly goes about his enterprise scoring 15 targets and taking part in good protection yearly. He’s the right third-line participant. Between him, Toffoli, and Ryan Carpenter the Flames completely addressed their ahead depth considerations and have a rock-solid staff from high to backside that may compete with anyone within the Western Convention. 


Justin Braun, New York Rangers

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One other depth addition for the Rangers, Braun is perhaps essentially the most questionable of the Rangers’ trades. He was misplaced in a high position for the Philadelphia Flyers at this stage of his profession, however the Rangers are ideally hoping for him to play third-pairing minutes and be a stabilizing veteran presence on their blue line. 


Marcus Johansson, Washington Capitals

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After bouncing across the league the previous few years, Marcus Johansson returns to the Washington Capitals, the staff he started his profession with and had his most success with, in a deadline deal for Daniel Sprong. Not an enormous commerce, however Johansson will most likely be used greater than Sprong was by the Capitals’ teaching workers and a strong depth addition to a Capitals staff that is perhaps a bit of missed proper now. 


Nick Leddy, St. Louis Blues

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The Blues have an excellent offense and appear to have chanced on to an answer in aim with Ville Husso taking part in nice. The massive Achilles heel, oddly sufficient, appeared to be on protection, a place that was at one time not that way back a significant power for them. They didn’t get one of many high defenders accessible or that moved, however they did take an opportunity that Leddy can bounce again after a down season in Detroit. The value was proper and there’s some potential there. 


Johan Larsson, Washington Capitals

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The Capitals didn’t go for a significant splash on the commerce deadline, as an alternative choosing a few strong defensive forwards. Larsson joins Johansson in a depth position for the Capitals. They’re a possible Wild Card staff and taking a look at a first-round matchup in opposition to both the Carolina Hurricanes or Florida Panthers, each of which have excellent offenses. Any further defensive assist at ahead or on the blue line will assist in these potential matchups. 

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