NHL Trade Review: Devils take a chance on Siegenthaler


        The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 2021 3rd round pick. 

New Jersey makes a nice move here as they anticipate losing pending UFAs Ryan Murray, Sami Vatanen and Dmitry Kulikov at the looming trade deadline. Siegenthaler can step in and replace one of them. The Capitals have a lot of defensemen, so Siegenthaler has been a healthy scratch for most of this season. He has put up strong expected goal numbers in the past, with a 51.38 xGF% last year and 57.45% the year before. He is young and showed last year that he could be an above average defensive defenseman. A third rounder is a bit of a high price considering Siegenthaler\’s lack of experience, both in total and this year. The Devils did have two third rounders, and could add another by trading a pending UFA. Siegenthaler is cheap, with a $800k cap hit before becoming an RFA at the end of the year.

Siegenthaler, 23, has no points and 10 blocked shots in seven games this year. In his NHL career in Washington Siegenthaler has scored twice with 11 assists for 13 points with 159 blocked shots in 97 games. 

The Caps have eight defensemen, and Siegenthaler has easily played the least among them. He has some potential, but the contending Capitals open up a roster spot without having to waive someone. They get a third rounder, which is solid value for a player with less than 100 career games. Plus, they can flip it for a rental soon. 

NHL Trade Review: Lightning get Savard in three team deal


        The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defensemen David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three team deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning also acquired defenseman Brian Lashoff from Detroit, while sending a 2021 first round pick and a 2022 3rd round pick to the Blue Jackets, and a 2021 4th round pick to Detroit. The Blue Jackets retained 50% of Savard\’s salary, while Detroit retained 25% of his original salary. 

The Lightning have a ton of strong left-handed defensemen, but they lacked defenders on the right side. Savard is a great defensive defenseman, and while he does not bring much to the table offensively, he should be a great fit to play on the right of Norris candidate Victor Hedman. The three draft picks, including a first is a steep price, especially for a pending UFA. But, Tampa Bay\’s cap situation got them into this. Considering this year\’s buyer market, it is odd that they had to give up a first and a third for Savard, but the Lightning have shown that they are willing to overpay for fits. Last trade deadline they dealt recent first rounder Nolan Foote and two first rounders for Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow and a 3rd round pick in two separate trades. Savard will definitely help them in their own zone during their run to a second Stanley Cup in a row. However, he played second pairing minutes in Columbus, and that could now be jacked up. They will pay just $1.062 million, or 75% of Savard\’s $4.25 million cap hit towards the veteran, although it will be less in actual money. Lashoff has NHL experience, and played in 75 games in 2013-14, but he is just an AHLer at this point. He will stay put in Grand Rapids, Detroit\’s AHL team, as Tampa Bay is re-assigning him there.

Savard, 30, has one goal with five assists for six points in 40 games plus 89 blocked shots and 95 hits in 40 games for the Blue Jackets this year. In his NHL career, all in Columbus, Savard has scored 41 goals with 125 assists for 166 points with 958 blocked shots and 1117 hits in 597 games.

Lashoff, 30, has scored one goal with two assists for three points in 13 games for the AHL\’s Grand Rapids Griffins this year. In his NHL career, all in Detroit, Lashoff has scored two goals with 13 assists for 15 points in 136 games. 

The Blue Jackets are big winners here, getting a first and a third for Savard when he is a pending UFA, and the market seems to be low. The first round pick could very well be in the 30-32 range overall, as Tampa Bay looks stacked again. It seemed unlikely that they could get a first, and they ended up getting a third round pick as well. Savard was a 4th round pick back in 2009, and he ended up playing nearly 600 games for the Jackets, good enough for 4th in franchise history, two behind captain Nick Foligno, who could soon leave as well. 

Detroit are the real winners of this trade, just in pure value. They spend $1.062 million against the cap (about $242k in real life) just for this year so they can buy a 4th round pick. That is great value, and while they do give up Lashoff, they don\’t need him in the NHL, and he can still go to Grand Rapids, so it doesn\’t affect AHL team chemistry. 

NHL Trade Review: Avalanche acquire Dubnyk


       The Colorado Avalanche have acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2021 5th round draft pick. 

The Avalanche have had a backup goalie issue all season, as Pavel Francouz has been out with an injury. They recently traded a 6th round pick to Buffalo for Jonas Johansson, who has been successful so far, with a .920 save percentage through four games. But, they get a more experience backup for Philipp Grubauer, plus Johansson had a 3.79 GAA for the Sabres this year. Dubnyk is far from perfect, but there were not many great rental goaltending options available, and the price here is low. He has had a rough past two seasons, which are probably a result of being overworked. David Rittich and Ryan Miller would have been better rental options. Colorado brought in Patrik Nemeth last night, so Pateryn moved down the depth chart. After being acquired for Ian Cole earlier this year, he did not play a big role for the Avalanche. Dubnyk is a pending UFA, with a $2.16 million cap hit. San Jose did not retain any money, but Minnesota did when they traded him to the Sharks in the offseason. 

Dubnyk, 34, has an .898 save percentage with a 3.18 GAA and a -4.6 GSAA in 17 games for the Sharks this year. In his career for the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators, Dubnyk has a .914 save percentage with a 2.60 GAA and a 26.5 GSAA in 537 games. 

The Sharks are sellers for the second year in a row, and they get a draft pick back for Dubnyk, plus some defensive depth. This trade leaves them with an even scarier goaltending tandem than before, with Martin Jones starting and 22 year old Alexei Melnichuk likely backing him up. Pateryn will be a 7th or 8th defenseman for the Sharks, and the pending UFA is mainly acquired so the Avalanche can balance out the salaries. Pateryn has a $1.175 cap hit, so the Sharks save just under $1 million. Pateryn and Dubnyk were teammates in Minnesota in 2018-19 and 2019-20. 

Pateryn, 30, has two assists in 11 games for the Avalanche and Wild in 2020-21. In his NHL career for the Wild, Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, he has scored four goals with 37 assists for 41 points in 278 games. 

NHL Trade Review: Panthers bring in Montour


       The Florida Panthers have acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2021 3rd round pick.

       The Panthers have been in the market for a defenseman since Aaron Ekblad went down with a season ending injury. Montour is also a right-handed defender, but is not close to being on the same level as Ekblad. He was a good puck moving player for the Ducks, but really fell of when acquired by the Sabres a bit over two years ago. He has a -4.9 GAR and a 44.67 xGF% right now, which is not NHL caliber. He can move the puck and contribute offensively, and is an upgrade over Brady Keeper and Matt Kiersted, the latter of which just debuted after four seasons at the University of North Dakota. Montour may not even be better than Gustav Forsling, who has been a solid depth option for Florida this year. He looks to be a pure rental, with an expiring contract on a $3.85 million cap hit. Florida uses the cap space that they cleared when they traded Brett Connolly to Chicago. 

Montour, who will turn 27 tomorrow, has scored five goals with nine assists for 14 points in 38 games for the Sabres in 2020-21. In his NHL career for Buffalo and the Anaheim Ducks, Montour has scored 29 goals with 76 assists for 105 points in 281 games. 

No Sabre has played more minutes than Montour this year, and Buffalo will thank him for that. But it also is not a great look when you are playing the most minutes on the league\’s worst team. Montour has struggled with the Sabres, so a third round pick is a nice return. It gets better when you consider that Eric Staal barely netted that, and Taylor Hall may not get much more. 

NHL Trade Review: Nemeth returns to Colorado


        The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2022 4th round draft pick. 

The Avalanche have a solid defensive group, but could use depth, especially with Erik Johnson on LTIR. Plus, Jacob MacDonald is currently suspended. Nemeth was going to be out of Detroit\’s lineup, although that could have been due to an injury or because this trade was expected. A 4th round pick is not a high price for a solid defensive third pairing player. Plus, the Avalanche have familiarity with Nemeth, who played for the team in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before leaving to the Red Wings for the past two seasons.

Nemeth, 29, has scored two goals with six assists for eight points in 39 games for the Red Wings this year. In his NHL career for Detroit, the Avalanche and Dallas Stars, Nemeth has scored seven goals with 49 assists for 56 points in 353 games. 

The Red Wings are full on sellers once again this year, as any pick will help the cause. Nemeth was productive defensively for the last two seasons, and they will thank him for that while moving on with their fresh new draft pick.