Mar 4, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) defends the goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Blues defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
If their struggles against their Central Division rivals weren’t enough, the Chicago Blackhawks will face two more tough goaltenders and a few more top forwards due to trades – many with the Easter Conference teams. Here’s a recap of all the Central Division trades after the Olympic break.
In exchange, they received defenseman Brian Connelly from Minnesota and defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix. They’ll have a 3rd round draft pick this year and a 5th round draft pick in 2016 from Florida.
The St. Louis Blues probably made the biggest splash in the Central Division and made a strong statement that they’re going after the Cup this year. They lost starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forwards Chris Stewart and William Carrier, as well as a 2015 1st round draft pick and 2016 conditional 3rd round draft pick in one massive trade with the Buffalo Sabres. In a much smaller trade, they sent Mark Mancari to the Florida Panthers.
The Wild are another very active Central Division team before the trade deadline. Outside of their minor trade with Chicago, they also sent forward Torrey Mitchell and 2nd round draft picks in 2014 and 2016 to Buffalo, and their 4th round pick this year to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Dallas Stars made 2 trades, sending goalie Dan Ellis to Florida and defenseman Stephane Robidas to the Anaheim Ducks. In exchange, they received a conditional 4th round draft pick this year from Anaheim and goaltender Tim Thomas from Florida.
The Nashville Predators made two trades, sending goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Montreal Canadiens and forward David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings. They received forwards Patrick Eaves and Calle Jarnkrok and a conditional 3rd round pick in this year’s draft from the Red Wings, and they have a stake in “future considerations” from the Canadiens.
The Colorado Avalanche made one minor trade with Calgary, giving away their 2nd round draft pick this year for goalie Reto Berra.
If the Blackhawks were quiet leading up to the NHL trade deadline, the Winnipeg Jets were even quieter. The Jets made zero trades after the Olympic break.
Which Central Division team do you think will benefit most from their trades?
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