Joe Grimaldi

American defenceman Joe Grimaldi has joined British Elite League outfit Edinburgh for the 2014/15 season.

The 28 year old had a brief, and somewhat controversial, stint in the EIHL last season with Nottingham. Grimaldi scored 2 goals and 8 points in 7 games for the Panthers, also earning a whopping 110 PIMs and a four game suspension following a confrontation during the post game handshakes between Nottingham and rivals Coventry.

Grimaldi was subsequently released by the club, but Edinburgh coach Richard Hartmann sees the former Ottawa 67’s blue liner as a strong addition to the Capitals, telling the clubs website:

“Joe is a player who we’ve talked with throughout the offseason, and we’re pleased to have signed him. Grimaldi is an experienced player in North America and in Europe, he played in the UK with Nottingham last year, so he knows what to expect from our league. He is a no nonsense Long Island, New Yorker who adds toughness and offence to the club’s defence – he put up 8 points and 110 penalty minutes last season in only 7 games in the EIHL, so he’s not a guy to ignore. Joe knows what we need from him, we expect him to score points while adding a gritty, physical dimension.

“In previous years we felt that we’ve been a club that other clubs looked forward to playing against, we were bullied on some evenings. That stops here with the signing of Riley Emmerson, and Joe Grimaldi, as well as with big bodies like Lukas Bohunicky, Daniel Naslund and Jade Portwood. Our message to the rest of the league is that we have size, snarl and strength and we can match any team in this league physically. This year we’re here to compete.

“We are first and foremost a hockey team with an attractive brand of European-rooted hockey, but this year, as we promised our fans that we we would, we have added grit and a bit of nastiness for when we need it. Opposition teams will not look forward to seeing us this year.

“We have one more signing to deliver, don’t be surprised if we recruit another impact player. Quality players are looking at Edinburgh as a competitive option. This is the most exciting start to a season for the Edinburgh Capitals in a long time.”

Grimaldi had stints with with Elmira, Fresno, Gwinnett and Cincinnatti in the ECHL, as well a handful of AHL games with Rochester, Peoria and Albany. He was also part of the WSHL’s Southern Oregon Spartans coaching team during the 2013/13 season.

With the addition of Grimaldi, the Capitals roster now stands at just 14 players ahead of this weekends games against Dundee Stars.

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One of the concerns on the Colorado Avalanche roster is their lack of depth at defense. However, they may have fixed that Tuesday. The San Jose Sharks have traded defenseman Brad Stuart to the Avalanche in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 6th round pick in 2017.

Stuart, 34, appeared in 61 games for San Jose last season, posting 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and a +4 rating. He will be on the final year of a 3-year, $10.8 million contract signed in January 2012.

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The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in return for P.A. Parenteau and a 2015 5th round pick.

During the 2012 free agency period, Parenteau saw his name linked to the Canadiens before eventually joining the Avalanche. The former Islanders winger, who faced knee issues during the regular season, managed to pot 14 goals and 33 points in 55 games to follow up 43 points in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign.

Briere, like Parenteau, had a tough season. The one time big name forward only posted 13 goals and 25 points in 69 games while playing in a very limited role for the Canadiens. Briere had signed with the Habs after getting bought out by Philadelphia last summer and had a no-trade/no-movement clause with Montreal, meaning he needed to give the OK to be traded in the first place.

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The Anaheim Ducks have acquired center Nate Thompson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round and seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

A key face-off winner, Thompson had nine goals and 16 points last season in a bottom line role with the Lightning.  Thompson owns a career faceoff percentage of 51.7, good for higher than half of the faceoffs he has taken during his time in the NHL. In 391 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders and Boston, Thompson has just 85 points and 199 PIM.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Sam Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers today, giving up winger Teddy Purcell in the deal. Much like Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner has been rumoured to be on the outs in Edmonton for a year or more now, and this deal only sealed the deal on the inevitable.

Gagner was drafted 6th overall by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and recorded 295 points for the team in 481 games played. However, he has yet to play an NHL playoff game due to the Oilers complete (apparent) hatred of having any success in the league.

Purcell was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as an undrafted free agent in 2007, joining the Manchester Monarchs before moving to the NHL. He was traded from the Kings to the Lightning, along with a 3rd round pick, for Jeff Halpern. Since then, he’s put up 67 goals in 310 games, playing almost four full years in Tampa and being a staple as a top 6 winger. He currently has a salary of 4.5 million, opposed to Sam Gagner’s 4.8 million.

It’s surprising that the Oilers didn’t attempt to get a defender from the Lightning in the deal, as Edmonton continues to lack on the blue line compared to their talented forward core (which recently added Leon Draisaitl in the 2014 draft).

UPDATE: The Lightning have flipped Gagner to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

The Calgary Flames have acquired forward Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks in return for a third round pick, that was later used to choose Matt Iacopelli from the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Back in May, Bollig was given a two game suspension by the NHL for an illegal hit on Keith Ballard. A below average player from the most recent playoffs, Bollig will see time in Calgary’s bottom six for the majority of his time with the club. He currently holds a $1,250,000 cap hit for the next two seasons.

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The Nashville Predators acquired James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Neal has had six 20+ goals seasons in the NHL and one 40-goal season, which happened to be his first in Pittsburgh, back in 2011-12. The biggest question: how will he be able to play without two super-stars at his side?

Hornqvist, a very effective two way forward that is good to put up close to 50 points a season, is coming off his best career year of 53 points in 76 games.

Spaling, on the other hand, is used mainly in a depth role due to his ability to play all forward positions. He’ll add some solid depth to a bottom six in Pittsburgh that has really struggled in recent years.

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After three seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Martin Havlat has been bought out by the club.
After three seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Martin Havlat has been bought out by the club.

As was first reported by Josh Rimer on Twitter, Martin Havlat has been bought out by the San Jose Sharks.

Havlat had spent the past three seasons in San Jose, never playing more than 48 games (this past season) and his best point total came in his first year with the team when he had 27 points (7-20) in 39 games.  Before coming to San Jose, Havlat had spent five seasons with the Ottawa Senators (the team that drafted him), three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and two with the Minnesota Wild before being traded to San Jose. His best season came with the Blackhawks when he had 77 points (29-48) in 81 games during the 2008-09 season. This past season, Havlat played in just one of the Sharks’ playoff games and didn’t record a point.

Havlat had one more year left on his contract that he signed with the Wild in 2009-10 and was going to make $6 million with a $5 million cap hit. With the buyout, the Sharks will have a $1 million cap hit this season and a $2 million cap hit next season (according to CapGeek.com). Havlat will hit the free agent market in search of a team that will be able to use his services at a reduced salary than his previous one.

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The Vancouver Canucks have finally ended the Ryan Kesler trade-request saga, moving the top six center to the Anaheim Ducks, and getting forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, and the 24th overall in return.

Kesler was a draft pick of the Canucks, going 23rd overall in the 2003 Draft just behind Marc-Antoine Pouliot and just before center Mike Richards. He has 655 career NHL games, all with Vancouver, and recorded 393 points in that time for a 0.60 points-per-game rate. He is 11th in all-time scoring for the Canucks, and was third on the current team in this category behind both Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The Livonia, Michigan native scored a goal in his final game for the Canucks in their 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames on April 13th.

Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa are both young players within the Ducks organization. Bonino was drafted in 2007 by the San Jose Sharks, and his rights were traded less than two years later to the Anaheim Ducks in a minor trade. He has 82 points in 189 career games, all with Anaheim, and has 12 points in 24 playoffs games with the Ducks. He also scored 52 points in 19 games with in the second-tier Italian league during the 2012-13 lockout, because why not? Luca Sbisa is a 24 year old blueliner who was originally drafted in Philadelphia before being traded to Anaheim after 39 career games. Sbisa is a two-way defenseman who isn’t known for putting up points, and is an average possession player in all three zones.

The 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft could be an interesting one. According to results from fifteen expert mock drafts, the most likely picks in this area are Adrian Kempe from Sweden, Joshua Ho-Sang from the Windsor Spitfires, and Ivan Barbashev of the Moncton Wildcats. It’s a surprise that the Canucks couldn’t acquire the Ducks top pick in the draft at 10th overall, where bigger names like William Nylander, Brendan Perlini, and Haydn Fleury could be available. However, it’s up to the ‘Nucks management to choose where to go with the 24th overall pick.

The two teams also swapped their 2014 3rd round picks in the deal.

UPDATE 1: Later in the day, the Canucks traded defenseman Jason Garrison to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Lightning’s 50th overall selection in this draft. Garrison is a former Florida Panther, and his departure gives room for Luca Sbisa to enter the Canucks lineup.

UPDATE 2: The Canucks have flipped the 3rd rounder acquired from Anaheim in the Kesler deal to the New York Rangers for forward Derek Dorsett.

The Los Angeles Kings rented Marian Gaborik, and they liked him so much they bought him.

Less than a week from the start of free agency, where Gaborik would have been one of the hottest names out there, the Kings have re-signed the winger to a seven-year contract worth $34.125 million, good for a cap hit of $4.875 million. The original reports had the Kings discussing a three-year deal with Gaborik for between $5.5 million and $6 million per season, but ultimately they decided to go longer term and bring the cap hit down. Gaborik, now 32, will be 39 years old when this contract expires, likely meaning he’s going to finish his career as a King.

This is certainly a risk. Gaborik had a terrific run after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets and seems like a great fit with the Kings, but this is a guy who’s getting older and already has 13 NHL seasons on his body, as well as a lot of injuries. He’s started to lose a bit of a step, and that’ll likely continue throughout the course of this deal, and he’s already been up and down throughout his career. His tenure with the New York Rangers was a good example of that, where he also made a great first impression, scoring 42 goals and 44 assists in 76 games in his first season with the team in 2009-2010. The next season? 22 goals and 26 assists, and just a goal and an assist in five playoff games. Disappointing numbers even if he did just play 62 games. But the next season? 41 goals and 35 assists while playing all 82 games… but then he had just five goals and six assists in 20 playoff games, and scored just nine goals and 10 assists in 35 games with the Rangers the next season before seeming to wear out his welcome with then Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella with his Jekyll and Hyde act and getting traded to Columbus at the trade deadline, where he also underwhelmed and dealt with injury issues, playing in just 34 games over almost a full calendar year before being traded to the Kings at this year’s deadline, scoring just nine goals and 13 assists. While Gaborik seemed to revive his career with the Kings, this is still a risky guy to tie a contract of this term to.

On the other hand, he’s an immensely talented player. Gaborik has never had a centre as good as Anze Kopitar to play with, and Kopitar’s never had a winger as good as Gaborik to play with, and the two worked absolute wonders together. When on the ice together at five-on-five in the regular season and playoffs, the Kings outscored opponents 30-14 (thanks to @RobertJFTC for that one). The Kings averaged just 2.39 goals per game in the regular season, but in the 19 games with Gaborik in the lineup, it was 2.68. Over that span, Kopitar scored 10 goals and eight assists, while Gaborik had five goals and 11 assists. They averaged 3.38 goals per game in the playoffs. Kopitar had five goals and 21 assists for a playoff-leading 26 points in 26 games, while Gaborik had a playoff-leading 14 goals and eight assists. It’s safe to say the Kings don’t win the Stanley Cup without Gaborik this year, and they may very well not have gotten out of the first round, so of course I’m happy they’re keeping him. The length of the contract does bring the cap hit down, and because Gaborik isn’t 35 or older when he’s signing this contract, he can retire before the end of it without it hurting the Kings’ salary cap.

So, we’ll have to see how this plays out over the course of the deal. But at least in the short term, the Kings should be a much better team with Gaborik sticking around.

In other news, the Kings have also re-signed defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year contract worth $10 million. The cap hit of $2.5 million represents a bit of a pay-cut from his $2.95 million cap hit of the previous six years. The big 31-year-old right-handed shot who stands at 6’3″, 234 lbs is a veteran of nine NHL seasons, six with the Kings (for all of which he’s served as an alternate captain), but seemed to be on his way out. Between injuries and healthy scratches he played in just 38 of 82 games in the regular season and 20 of 26 games in the playoffs. However, you figure they’re not bringing a guy back on a four-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit to sit in the press box, and I also don’t think they plan to pay Robyn Regehr $3 million to sit in the press box next year. So with Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin also in the fold, that seems to leave pending unrestricted free agent Willie Mitchell on the outside looking in. After missing all of the 2012-2013 season with a knee injury, Mitchell returned last season and was fine, playing in 76 games while recording 12 points and a plus-14 rating, but at 37 years of age, perhaps the Kings just don’t feel he has much left to offer. After re-signing Greene, I’d be surprised if Mitchell is also brought back.

But anyways, as for Greene, I’m not thrilled about his return. He’s contributes next to nothing offensively with 69 points in 504 NHL regular season games (13 goals, 56 assists), he’s bad with the puck and skates like a snail, which leads to him taking lots of bad penalties. He has 582 penalty minutes in those 504 games. This past season was pretty par for the course, with two goals, four assists, and 47 penalty minutes in 38 games.

The Kings unfortunately may have to deal with both Regehr and Greene in the lineup on a consistent basis next season, but at least they only have one more year of Regehr to suffer through. I can’t even begin to imagine why Dean Lombardi gave Greene four more years. I tell you, every time I start to think this guy is really smart, he goes and does something like sign Regehr or Greene to a multi-year contract.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus (#LUMBUS) Blue Jackets for forward R.J. Umberger and a 4th round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (not this year, but next). It’s a questionable trade for one side, and a great steal for Columbus.

Umberger has been a poor puck possession player for the last three years, recording brutal negative Corsi relative numbers over all three seasons. Scotty Hartnell has been the exact opposite, as summed up by the following bar graph (#s provided by ExtraSkater.com).

The Flyers just got swindled so bad they’re suffering PTJVRTD (Post Traumatic James van Riemsdyk Trade Disorder). For a less fancy comparison: Hartnell was a long time Flyer, playing with the team since 2007-08 and recording 157 goals and 169 goals with the Philadelphia squad in 517 games, good for .63 points per game. He is 24th all time on their scoring list. Umberger had 94 goals and 130 assists in 527 games, a less mouthwatering .43 points per game. That’s an extra point for Hartnell per 5 games played, which comes out to an average of 16 more points per season than Umberger.

Ronnie Hextall only recently took over the reigns in Philadelphia, but this first trade begs the question: did all that scrappy play as a goaltending to a number on him?

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The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que. was selected by Montreal in the first round (18th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but never really got a chance to prove himself with the big club. Considered a long shot to ever make the team the past couple of seasons, Leblanc had 10 points in 50 career games with Montreal.
“After three seasons with the Canadiens organization we felt that moving forward the best option for Louis and our organization was to give him the opportunity to pursue his career with another team,” Bergevin said a statement on the team’s website. “Throughout his entire stay with our organization Louis showed great professionalism and a constant desire to improve. We thank him for his contribution and wish him success for the continuation of his career.”

A high-ankle sprain slowed his progress during his time in Hamilton, and his attitude towards playing in a bottom six role didn’t appear to help his cause. Leblanc recorded 68 points in 163 American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs didn’t also give the team any reason to give him an extended look in the National Hockey League.

Leblanc is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.

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The New York Islanders have acquired Dan Boyle’s rights from the San Jose in exchange for a 2015 5th round draft pick that will turn into a fourth rounder if he stays.

Boyle amassed 68 goals and 269 points in 431 games as a Shark, including 12 goals and 36 points in 75 contests last season. Back in May, according to GM Doug Wilson, the Sharks confirmed that Boyle was not in the team’s future plans and would be on the move. Reportedly, Boyle, who will turn 38 in July, wanted a two-year deal, but the Sharks were more stuck on giving him a one year pact.

“I cannot say enough about the kind of guy he is, the player, everything that he brought to the table for us. An ultimate competitor,” Wilson said of Boyle. “We’re going to go forward transitioning this team to the young players on the back end, but first and foremost there is a great appreciation for Dan.

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Slovakian goaltender Jaroslav Halak is on the move once again, getting traded to his fourth team since February thanks to a deal that will send him to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.

Halak had a strange year in the NHL in 2013-2014, having started the year in St. Louis before moving to Buffalo as part of the Ryan Miller deal, then moving from Buffalo to Washington in exchange for Michal Neuvirth before even playing a game. Despite being a popular item on the transaction list, he still managed to post a 29-13-10 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.25 GAA to go along with five shutouts.

The deal was a no-brainer for the Islanders. After it appeared as though any relationship between Halak and Washington was finished, acquiring the goaltender for a cheap price was a smart move by Garth Snow. With Evgeni Nabokov and Anders Nilsson likely heading off the island come July, as well as having no contract for Kevin Poulin just yet, the deal provides New York and option that could be effective in the long term. Even if a contract doesn’t come to fruition, it was a minor price to pay for a talented puck stopper.

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The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Trevor Lewis to a two-year contract extension worth $3.05 million (it carries a $1.525 million cap hit, which is also what he’ll make both years). It’s a slight raise from the $1.325 million he made this season. Lewis, who turned 27 years old in January, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Lewis was a first-round pick of the Kings in 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but hasn’t really lived up to that. His career high in assists is 10 in 72 games in 2010-2011, his career high in points is 14 in 48 games last season, and his career high in goals is six in 70 games this season. He has 48 points in 273 career games (18 goals, 30 assists) and 16 points in 44 playoff games (five goals, 11 assists), and had a nice run in the Kings’ Stanley Cup run two years ago, scoring nine points in 20 games (three goals, six assists), including two goals in the game the Kings won it all, a 6-1 win at home in Game 6 against the New Jersey Devils. Lewis scored the third goal on a five-minute power play to make it 3-0 in the first period, then scored on an empty net to make it 5-1 late. He also had a goal and three assists in six playoff games the year prior, so clearly he’s just as clutch as it gets.

While he may not be much of a scorer, Kings fans don’t hold much resentment towards the fact that they took a depth player in the first round, just a few spots before Claude Giroux. No, because Lewis is just so adorable to watch. And in all honesty, he’s not a bad player to have around. He’s versatile enough to play any forward position on your bottom two lines, and he’s a solid defensive player who’s logged the third most time on the penalty kill per game among Kings forwards this season at 1:55, and this is a fine contract for the six-year veteran.

Lee Stempniak has been traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lee Stempniak has been traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lee Stempniak has been traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lee Stempniak has been traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were extremely busy leading up to the trade deadline, adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray.

This year, they’ll have to settle for Lee Stempniak, who they’ve acquired from the Calgary Flames. The 31-year-old, right-handed shooting winger is a pending unrestricted free agent that currently holds a $2.5 million cap hit. Stempniak has eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games this season, and will just be expected to provide depth scoring for the Penguins. The Flames will get the Penguins’ third-round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Stempniak.

The Ottawa Senators have traded Andre Petersson to the Anaheim Ducks for Alex Grant.

Petersson was selected by the Senators in the 4th round (109th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Petersson started the 2012-2013 season with Binghamton and had 2 goals and 3 assists before injuring his hip and ending his season early. This season has been a little stronger for the forward, posting 40 points in 47 games with the baby Sens before the deal.

Grant was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round (118th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for winger Harry Zolnierczyk after compiling 20 points with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins last season. In two games with the Ducks this season, Grant scored two goals to give himself a perfect scoring record during his NHL career.

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AP Photo/LM Otero

With zero games in a Buffalo Sabres uniform to date, Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 third rounder have been traded to the Washington Capitals in return for Michal Neuvirth and Rusty Klesla.

Last Friday, the Sabres acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick in return for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. Halak backstopped the Canadiens to an upset win over the Capitals in the 2010 playoffs, so you have to imagine the playoff performance factored into the decision. Halak had a 24-9-4 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA in 40 games with the Blues before he was traded.

Neuvirth, who is signed for another year, struggled to maintain any traction in Washington after the club sent Semyon Varlamov to Colorado. In 13 games of action with the Caps this season, Neuvirth posted a 4-6-2 record to go along with a .914 SP and 2.82 GAA.

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The Montreal Canadiens made the biggest splash at the deadline, sending a second round pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg for superstar winger Thomas Vanek.

Vanek, who has 77 goals in the past three years, was acquired by the Islanders in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season. He curretly has 21 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 60 games in 2013-14 and has 271 goals and 270 assists for 541 points in 645 career NHL games. 

It was reported that Vanek turned down a 7-year $49 million extension offer from the Islanders last week. While it’s still believed that the Minnesota Wild are the number one choice for the Austrian forward come July, the Canadiens were lucky enough to acquire Vanek without trading much in return.

It should be noted that if the Canadiens fail to make the playoffs (they are currently in a playoff spot), the deal becomes simply Vanek for Collberg.

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Matt Moulson is off to the Minnesota Wild.
Matt Moulson is off to the Minnesota Wild.
Matt Moulson is off to the Minnesota Wild.
Matt Moulson is off to the Minnesota Wild.

The Minnesota Wild has loaded up for a playoff run, acquiring left wing Matt Moulson and forward Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Torey Mitchell and draft picks. Still awaiting word on the exact details of the draft picks.

I wrote this about Moulson yesterday as a potential trade target of the Kings:

“Matt Moulson:

Current season: 55 games, 17 goals + 21 assists = 38 points.

Best statistical season: 2011-2012: 82 games, 36 goals + 33 assists = 69 points (though he was on pace for his best season last year, with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in just 47 games).

Career stats: 377 games, 135 goals +127 assists = 262 points.

Another left-handed shooting left wing, and another former King, except the Kings just gave up on Moulson. Oops. Moulson left the Kings and immediately put up three straight 30+ goal seasons with the New York Islanders, then dropped 44 points in 47 games in the shortened season last year, then got traded to the Buffalo Sabres early on this season. The Sabres, as you may have heard, are the worst team in the NHL, and the 30-year-old Moulson is a pending unrestricted free agent, making him a prime candidate to get moved again.”

Moulson has a cap hit of $3.13 million. McCormick, meanwhile, will also be an unrestricted free agent after this season and carries a cap hit of $1.2 million. The 30-year-old, right-handed shot stands at 6’3″, 215 lbs and has a goal and four assists in 29 games this season.

Mitchell, a 29-year-old right-handed shot, has a goal and eight assists in 59 games this season. We’ll see what the draft picks are, but the Sabres don’t look like they got a ton back for Moulson.

Meanwhile, David Legwand has waived his no-trade clause to join the Detroit Red Wings. The 33-year-old, left-handed shooting centre is the Nashville Predators’ all-time leading scorer, and has 10 goals and 30 assists in 62 games this season. Still awaiting full details of the trade.