• May 19, 2022

NHL Trade Deadline Dominoes Beginning to Fall

There isn’t much to report on the Flyers front with regards to potential trades in the next three weeks, but several dominoes have begun falling today that may open up room for future transactions.

In the early afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks traded former Flyer Joffrey Lupul and highly touted prospect Jake Gardiner to the Toronto Mapleleafs for defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Lupul has been injured for much of his time in Anaheim, but is a solid 25 goal-scorer when healthy. The Leafs will likely come out big in this trade, as Beauchemin (who left the Ducks to sign with Toronto) has been very inconsistent for the last year and a half.

Lupul, who has matured somewhat as a result of his injury status, was apparently shocked that he was traded to his former general manager Brian Burke.

According to Yahoo!Sports, Burke recounted, “(Lupul) said, ‘Why are you so excited to get me back when you moved me once?’ I said, ‘I moved you to get Chris Pronger,’ and I think everyone would agree that move paid off. We had a parade.”

In the late afternoon, it was officially announced that New York Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin had dislocated his left kneecap and will be out for the remainder of the season. With Dwayne Roloson traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Rick DiPietro out for another five weeks thanks to a knockout punch from Pittsburgh Penguins backup Brent Johnson, the Islanders were left with Mikko Koskinen.

Koskinen let up two goals on the two first shots fired on him yesterday in his NHL debut. Katie Strang of Newsday tweeted that the Islanders were hoping to complete a “soft” trade for a veteran goaltender as a stopgap, and Michael Leighton was thrown out as a potential candidate. In the end, they traded a 6th round draft pick for Phoenix Coyotes prospect Al Montoya.

As of two hours ago, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded their fourth line center Jack Skille and some prospects to the Florida Panthers for center Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak. Salak is the real interesting bit to this story, as he is currently leading the Swedish Elitserien with a 0.925 save percentage.

If the Hawks think that they could survive with a Crawford-Salak tandem, then goaltender Marty Turco could be available in the near future.

There are a number of teams on the playoff bubble in both conferences, which has kept the amount of trades down before the deadline. As these trades continue, though, expect more general managers to start responding more liberally than they would like to.

One team to watch is the Colorado Avalanche, who have skidded down to 14th place in the Western Conference. Several teams, including the Flyers, have apparently been kicking the tires on goaltender Craig Anderson, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. I would be surprised if the Avalanche elected to send him off, as back up Peter Budaj is not a starting goaltender waiting in the wings, but stranger things have happened.

Josh Janet

Josh Janet was raised in Northern New Jersey, but by an odd set of circumstances, is a Philadelphia sports fan. While recently converted to the Phillies, Josh is a diehard Flyers fan and can be expected to stay on top of the latest NHL news.

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4 Comments

  • Craig Anderson and his 3.15 and .901 GAA? No thanks.

    I just can’t see the Flyers trading for a mediocre goalie. If you see any goalie it will most likely be Tomas Vokoun from Florida.

  • Vokoun will never be here with a $6 mil cap hit. I’m set with our goalies as crazy as that may sound. The only thing I really want is a star winger to play next to Richie. Our team is freaking awesome.

  • I like our goalies but a Vokoun addition would be nice. I have no clue what Florida would want for him but come February 28 he is only due 1.2 million the rest of the season and that is a cap hit the Flyers could do without giving up on a major roster player.

    I agree that a solid veteran winger for Richie is our biggest concern and maybe a nice 7th defenseman too. They are more pressing needs that a goaltender.

  • I’d also prefer Vokoun over Anderson, but Florida is hopeful they can re-sign him and will be asking for a lot if they are going to trade him. Anderson hasn’t been very good this season, but he showed a lot of promise as a starter last season. If the Flyers chose to go that route, they could probably acquire him for a pick and a prospect without breaking up the team’s chemistry.

    In other news, the Nashville Predators just traded a first round pick and a 2012 conditional pick to the Ottawa Senators for Mike Fisher (now he can actually see his wife, Carrie Underwood). Basically, this means Ottawa is in full fire sale mode. Expect more players to be shipped out in the next two weeks.

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