Strengthening its workforce, freeing up space for the salary cap or even planning for the future, the NHL General Managers have been busy until the 2022 transaction deadline. Hockey Archives summarizes 5 exchanges to remember.
As usual, we expected multitudes of exchanges between the different players of several franchises, and we were not disappointed. On March 21, 2022 alone, 54 players were traded in 33 official transactions. In the days leading up to this event, here are five exchanges that caught our attention.
Claude Giroux to Florida
Dispute his 1000e game in the NHL is an accomplishment that only 357 players (as of March 22, 2022) managed to achieve. Claude Giroux was the most recent on March 18, 2022 when he skated against the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center. Celebrated as it should be with notably a silver butt and an engraved Rolex, but also several other attentions including an illustration representing it. It was necessary for the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, who has 715 games on the clock with the big C on his jersey.
However, this celebration of spectators and fans was short-lived. Two days later, Claude Giroux was traded to the Florida Panthers. Philadelphia therefore said goodbye to its captain, but also to Connor Bunnaman, German Rubtsov and a 5th round pick in 2024. For their part, the Panthers sent to Pennsylvania Owen Tippett, whose game is struggling to find productivity compared to his junior years, a 1st round pick in 2024 and a 3rd round pick in 2023. The Panthers – already extremely well supplied in their squad – are strengthening their team in order to reach the heights of the NHL during the last straight line of the regular season and especially for the upcoming playoffs.
Mark Giordano hits the road to Toronto
He was known to have walked the rinks in a red, white and yellow Calgary Flames uniform, but Mark Giordano had taken the road to Seattle during the expansion draft to become the first captain. Giordano is now back in Canada as the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team hoping to make it through the first round of the Playoffs since the 2003-2004 season. Colin Blackwell also joins the ranks of the maple leaf team. Kyle Dubas, the GM, got this against two 2nd round picks (2022; 2023) and one 3rd round pick (2024). Although questioned about the situation of the goalkeepers of his team, Dubas could not act to strengthen his net. He said in particular a few hours after the deadline: “We just didn’t feel like there was anything there that, for the prices paid, was going to be worth it to us. » Even if Marc-André Fleury had been mentioned by the very knowledgeable Darren Dreger… Without success.
Here’s a deal that didn’t happen. Chicago and Toronto discussed Hagel and Fleury to the Leafs for Mrazek, Matthew Knies and 1st round picks. Never reached a stage where Fleury was officially asked to waive. Toronto declined based on the futures involved…1/2
—Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 19, 2022
Fleury takes a trip to Minnesota
Speaking of Marc-André Fleury, here he is forced to pack his bags for the second time in a year. He joins the Minnesota Wild and reunites with the familiar face of Bill Guerin. The general manager is a former teammate, winner like him of the Stanley Cup. Ambitious, the Quebec goalkeeper finds a team capable of joining the playoffs without incident, hoping that the magic remains. Far from Chicago and its assumed reconstruction… “The last 24 hours have been more stressful. In Chicago, we weren’t close to the playoffs, but here I have the chance to get back into the race and go a long way with another team. It’s really fun for me, it’s a new challenge. », he told TVA Sports. For their part, Chicago gets a conditional first-round pick.
Hampus Lindholm traded and extended to Boston
One of the best defenders out there has moved on. Anaheim’s 2012 draft No. 6 Hampus Lindholm leaves sunny California for the cool East Coast of TD Garden in Boston. The Swede even extended his contract (eight years, $6.5 million per year) a few hours after the transaction. Not surprisingly, as Lindholm didn’t seem to want to extend with the Ducks. « I think I fit in well there. (Editor’s note: with Boston). It’s not easy to prolong your career that long in a place where you’ve never lived. But in my case, I go with instinct. This is an amazing team and they’ve always had a winning mentality – that goes for the organization, but also for the entire city of Boston,” he testified shortly after. San Diego Gulls (the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate team) defenseman Kodie Curran also joins the ranks of the black and gold.
What to see that Boston seeks to maximize its defensive aspect, especially alongside Charlie McAvoy. In return, Boston is sending John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen, a 2022 first-round draft pick and two second-round picks, in 2023 and 2024, to California. should play sound 1er Thursday game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A former Montreal Canadiens with the Hurricanes
Definitely, the Carolina Hurricanes like the players passed through the ranks of the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to extending Jesperi Kotkaniemi until the end of the 2029-2030 season (where he will receive an average annual salary of $4.82 million), the team coached by Rod Brind’Amour has opted for Max Domi, player of the Columbus Blue Jackets, while the Raleigh team released Aidan Hreschuk, a Boston College player and chosen by the Hurricanes in 2021 in 3e round. This transaction, signed a few minutes before the fateful 3 p.m. indicating the end of the trading period, also involves the Florida Panthers. The Russian, whose rights belonged to the Hurricanes, Egor Korshkov joined the Florida felines while Tyler Inamoto made the trip in the opposite direction.
And you, which exchange of this Trade Deadline 2022 marked you?
An article by Thomas Woloch