Article written by: Jonathan Camponovo
Today we present you the second part of our sum up of the most interesting trades of this summer.
Previously, we talked about the importance of trades (https://leading-sport.com/en/2019/07/19/lets-have-a-look-at-the-main-nhl-trades-in-view-of-the-2019-20-season/ ) and today we continue with the list and our analysis.
First and foremost, though, we want to talk about the fact why the trades are so important and their reasons. Obviously, trades are generally made to reinforce a team, but it happens also that a team is forced to make space in its salary cup.
As an example, we can talk about Patrick Marleau. He was playing in Toronto and his contract was worth more than 5 million dollars. The Maple Leafs decided, however, to trade him for draft picks even though Marleau performances were quite good. That’s because they were negotiationg several important contract extensions (above all Marner, Kapanen and Johnsson) and because needed to reinforce their defense. That’s why Toronto decided to let Marleau go.
Having said that, here are three other big trades that took place during this off-season!
P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils, Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, 2nd draft pick 2019 and 2nd draft pick 2020 to Nashville Predators
During the 2019 NHL draft, something unexpected happened. We mean, we could expect Nashville to trade Subban, but what surprised us and the experts, is that he joined the New Jersey Devils. The latter are the real winners of this off-season, and basically turned from a “bottom of the table side” into a playoff contender for next season.
P.K. Subban is one of the most coveted and dominant defensemen of the last 10 years in NA. He’s a good offensive defenseman and great during power-play opportunities as a blue liner. Meanwhile, he is rock-solid and a good penalty killer.
The 30 years old Canadian tallied 130 points in 211 games with the Predators during the last three seasons… but he sort of underperformed last season and that is why Nashville decided to trade him, also because they needed to make space in the salary cup in order to extend the contract of Roman Josi. Subban in fact, still had a 3-years contract worth 27 million dollars, but that’s not a problem for the New Jersey Devils who still have a lot of money to invest when it comes to salary cap.
Nashville for their part, other than two picks at the draft, got in exchange the solid defenseman Santini, who already collected over 100 NHL appearances, and the young forward Davies, 21 years old who played in the minors.
J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks, Marek Mazanek, 3rd pick at the 2019 draft and 1st pick at the 2020 draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning
The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to make up for the absence of the Sedin’s brothers and added a very good forward to their roster. J.T. Miller is a center but can also play as a wing. He didn’t find much space in Tampa Bay and considering also his contract (5.25 million a year) the Lightning decided to trade him.
The Canucks have great plan for Miller, he’s even considered to be lined up with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser in the first line. The 26 years old forward scored 237 points in 435 games and that’s good also considering that he didn’t have a primary role in Tampa.
The Lightning for their part, got in exchange a 3rd pick at the 2019 draft and most and above all a conditional 1st pick at the 2020 draft (it means, that they can pick a player at the first round if the Canucks miss the playoffs, otherwise it will happen in 2021).
Just like Nashville with Subban. Here as well, Tampa Bay’s choice was connected to the fact, that they needed to make space in their salary cap. And in exchange got back young players and picks at the draft.
Andre Burakovsky to the Colorado Avalanche, Scott Kosmachuk, 2nd pick at the 2020 draft, 3rd pick at the 2020 draft to the Washington Capitals
The ambitious Colorado Avalanche added a player that can become crucial for them next season. We’re talking about Andre Burakovsky, a 24 years old Swedish forward described as big, fast and talented. He already won a Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018 and collected 384 appearances including 56 during the playoffs. This is that kind of a player that, despite his young age, is already experienced. Last season in Washington, Andre played mostly in the bottom six and only rarely in the second power-play unit… that fact made the Swede asking for a trade. The Capitals accepted and got back a forward who can play mostly in the AHL, and two precious picks at the next draft.
This third trade represents very well a common trade in the NHL.
Let’s talk again about Burakovsky. He wasn’t a pillar for the Washington Capitals, even though he’s very talented. Moreover, his salary was destined to increase… and that’s why the Capitals decided to do without him. This is a strategy commonly used by the strongest teams… it’s a “tactic” that allows them to “get rid of” their “expensive stars” who don’t play a key role for them (but are like a godsend for other “weaker” teams…) and so get back some picks at the draft in order to reinforce themselves in a cheaper way.
See you soon for a third and last part about the NHL trades!