Morning Free Association: ‘Tis The Season…

…for all the teams to trade away their troubles (expiring deals leading to UFAs) and take on new assets (other people’s problems). It’s times for teams out of contention to sell and those in the playoff hunt to buy and stock up and go ALL IN.

Yes, we’re just one day away from the NHL Tradeline. Below is a list of trades made since the start of February. (Use the arrows to scroll through the table.)

Date of TradePlayer / PickToFrom
2/23/17Ron Hainsey (D)
2/23/17Danny Kristo (F); 2nd-round draft pick in 2017
2/24/17Patrick Eaves (F)
2/24/172nd-round conditional draft pick in 2017
2/24/17Tomas Jurco
2/24/173rd-round draft pick in 2017
2/25/17Jeremy Morin (F)
2/25/17Stefan Fournier (F)
2/26/17Ben Bishop (G) and a 5th-round pick in 2017
2/26/17Peter Budaj (G), Erik Cernak (D), 7th-round pick and conditional pick in 2017 Draft
2/26/17Martin Hanzal (F ), Ryan White (F), and 4th-round pick in 2017 Draft
2/26/17Grayson Downing (F ), 1st-round pick in 2017 Draft, 2nd-round pick in 2018, and conditional pick in 2019.
2/27/17Teemu Pulkkinen (F)
2/27/17Future Considerations
2/27/17Brian Boyle (F)
2/27/17Byron Froese (F) and a conditional 2nd-round pick in 2017 Draft
2/27/17Jordie Benn (D)
2/27/17Greg Pateryn (D) and a 4th-round pick in 2017 Draft
2/27/17Alexandre Burrows (F)
2/27/17Jonathan Dahlen (F)
2/27/17Kevin Shattenkirk (D), Phoenix Copley (G)
2/27/17Zach Sanford (F), Brad Malone (F), 1st-round pick in 2017, conditional 2nd-round pick in 2019, and an additional conditional pick
2/28/17Brendan Smith (D) to New York Rangers for third-round pick in 2017 Draft, second-round pick in 2018 Draft
2/28/173rd-round pick in 2017 Draft, 2nd-round pick in 2018 Draft
2/28/17Viktor Stalberg (F)
2/28/173rd-round pick in 2017 Draft
2/28/17Daniel Catenacci (F)
2/28/17Mat Bodie (D)
2/28/17Johnny Oduya (D) to Chicago Blackhawks for
2/28/17Mark McNeill (F), conditional 4th-round draft pick in 2017 Draft
2/28/17David Desharnais (F)
2/28/17Brandon Davidson (D)
2/28/17Jannik Hansen (F)
2/28/17Nikolay Goldobin (F), conditional 4th-round pick in 2017 Draft
3/1/17Steve Ott (F)
3/1/176th-round pick in the 2018 Draft
3/1/17Joe Whitney (F)
3/1/17Brendan Ranford (F)
3/1/17Cody Corbett (D)
3/1/17Joe Cannata (G)
3/1/17Dwight King (F)
3/1/17A conditional 4th-round pick in the 2018 Draft
3/1/17Jarome Iginla (F)
3/1/17A conditional 4th-round pick in 2018 Draft
3/1/17Thomas Vanek (F)

The Red Wings will receive
3/1/17Dylan McIlrath (D), a conditional 3rd-round 2017 Draft pick
3/1/17Justin Fontaine (F)
3/1/17Taylor Beck (F)
3/1/17Sven Andrighetto (F)
3/1/17Andres Martinsen (F)
3/1/17Adam Wilcox (G)
3/1/17Mike McKenna (G)
3/1/17Dalton Prout (D)
3/1/17Kyle Quincey (D)
3/1/17Valtteri Filppula (F), a 4th-round pick and a conditional 7th-round pick in the 2017 Draft
3/1/17Mark Streit (D)
3/1/17PA Parenteau
3/1/176th-round pick
3/1/17Curtis Lazar (F), Mike Kostka (D)
3/1/17Jyrki Jokipakka (D), 2nd-round pick in 2017 Draft
3/1/17Mark Streit (D)
3/1/174th-round pick in 2018 Draft
3/1/17Drew Stafford (F)
3/1/17A conditional 6th-round pick
3/1/17Eric Fehr (F), Steve Oleksy (D), and a 2017 4th-round pick

3/1/17Frank Corrado (D)

3/1/17Lauri Korpikoski (F)
3/1/17Dillon Heatherington (D)

(Rumour as of 10:46pm last night when I wrote this up is that Kevin Shattenkirk is going to the Capitals. Edit: confirmed at 11:25pm.)

Which one has been the most surprising to you?

What do you think Donny will do at the deadline? What do you want him to do?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Not opposed to moving Belesky. Some insurance on D, perhaps. Would Belesky be an expansion draft loss anyway?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

More than likely. I don’t see the Bruins wasting protection on him.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

He’s got an NTC, I’m guessing that affects expansion draft stuff?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I thought it was just NMC that were impacted. Plus, I thought the clause was only for the first two years on his contract.

Satan81
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Satan81

Modified no-trade clause, gives list of 23 teams he can be traded to.

https://capfriendly.com/players/matt-beleskey

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

So what you’re telling me is that he really hates 6 teams.

That’s a bizarre clause.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That’s what I was thinking.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Clause: “Not Canada.”

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

That’s a pretty common thing to have.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

According to Cap Friendly there are 23 teams he can be traded to. Doesn’t say whether that also applies next year

Satan81
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Satan81

I like Beleskey, but I wouldn’t mind moving that contract out of here. If Cehlarik continues to do well and develop, and with the other young forwards about to show up, I think we’ll want that roster space and cap flexibility.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Exactly. I like him but I don’t think he’s bringing anything we can’t replace.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Also, Haggs is in fine form today on Twitter. Sheesh.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Why are you torturing yourself by reading his Tweets? smile

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Why are you torturing yourself by reading his Tweets?

Fixed that for you.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney
Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Now I have A LOT of Twitter blocked for that very reason, just not the guy who retweeted Haggs. smile

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I meant block Haggs!

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Cause a friend of mine retweeted it? smile

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

People who retweet Hags are not friends!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Friends don’t let friends retweet Haggs.
If you see someone retweeting Haggs, call an adult!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If you see Haggs call an adult!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Block him and you won’t have that problem!

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

He might have found the Tweet funny.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I dont even know why im following that dweeb…maybe for laughs?

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Morning all. Apparently Beleskey’s not at practice today and Twitter’s lit up with visions of trades dancing in its collective head.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I had a brief moment of panic this morning when I saw Bergeron trending.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Oh that would be ridiculous. He’s trending because he’s doing awesome things. smile

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Its just Pens Fans dreaming…the need better FO #s and many pens fans have (and rightfully so) been wanting him on their team.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

WELL THEY CAN’T HAVE HIM EVER!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Also, he announced Cuts for A Cause on the radio this morning

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I’d be totally fine with moving him.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Looks like Tuukka starts tonight. Interesting.

I know it’s an important game, but the Yotes haven’t beaten the Bs since 2010 and Dobby looked pretty good on his last start (after a shaky first period). Plus we’ve got a big game against NYR next and Tuuk has been lights out after a rest.

Hmmmm

Satan81
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Satan81

Go with Tuukka. Just get the wins. Plenty of other opportunities to rest him.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Good morning, friends.

Glad Shattenkirk went to Washington, not because I want them to do well (um, they’re doing just fine, but you take my meaning), but because it means that the Sweenius won’t be tempted anymore.

Keep focused, Don. Just stay put, and let’s address it later.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

Guess who gets to play hockey tonight!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

The Bruins! wink

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning, pals!
Caps went BIG last night. I’m thinking there’s only one puck to share on that powerplay, otherwise the Caps would score a gozillion goals. Caps lose in 2nd round (unless they play the Bs in round 1, then they go down in the first!).
Really want to paddle today, but must take Jo’s mom to the doc, then go pick up our kitchen cabinets. Buying them used from a guy who’s remodeling his kitchen. More cabinets than we need for $700. Yessssssssssssss!
I like the Bs the way they are right now. Of course, once somebody puts on the B, I tend to be overly fond of them. Keep it like it is. I’d rather they depend on the raw energy of the young uns than spend some of them chasing an aging player.
More interesting facts(?) about our new town. Apparently, there is a bit of a rift between the upper own and the lower town. The road between (I’m in the lower town) is closed all winter. Suspicions build about “what they’re doing up there”. Hey, let’s face it, there’s nothing to do but fish and fuck up there – and I’m thinking not a lot of fishing goes on in the winter.
Long winded is as long winded does.
Coffee – yeah, no more bourbon.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

The road between (I’m in the lower town) is closed all winter. Suspicions build about “what they’re doing up there”.

Are they trapped there while the road is closed? A bit like in The Shining?!

Maybe they hibernate…

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Uptowners have to go up the mountain to Florida (MA) and out towards civilization that way. We are only a half to three quarters of a mile below them, but we can get out along the river road. There is communication between the different parts of town – snowmobile! What ARE they doing up there?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Tom Waits autorecch.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

There’s a FLORIDA, MA? Who’s the comedian? smile

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

It’s VERY out West, and it’s very mountainous.
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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Hey i was in troop 76!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Hey, let’s face it, there’s nothing to do but fish and fuck up there – and I’m thinking not a lot of fishing goes on in the winter.

Here, There be dragons.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Mornin’ and a happy Pancake Day to you all!

The Benn brothers have been split up, huh?

I had a nightmare trip home from central London last night. My planned 20mins on train followed by a cab ride turned into an hour and a half on a bus followed by a three-mile walk. Then to cap it all, I fell down the stairs at home and badly bruised two toes!

These things are sent to try us.

Hope you’re all well

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ouch! Today will be better!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ouch!
Did your paper win?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

“Highly commended” – which translates as second place. Boxing News won in our category for their Muhammad Ali tribute. It was a good night all-in-all.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Congrats on being highly commended!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

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‘s Sister smile

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good Morning!

-Finally got to take the new car to work. So naturally I got sandwiched between two state troopers and then stuck as the first car behind a slow truck. So my 50mph commute was not fun.
-Blah. Burrows is in our division now? I bite my thumb at you, sir.
-Sweeney, I repeat, DO NOT DO ANYTHING STUPID!
-Is there really anyone out there worth pursuing, anyways?
-I almost landed tickets for tonight’s game. Wife would have gotten them for us if she wasn’t working tonight. Darn.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

DO NOT DO ANYTHING STUPID!

Probably best not to do anything at all…

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Apparently Celtics fans believe this to be stupid.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I think Celtics is in a bit of a different circumstance. Celtics currently allready have too many prospects in their system. With all the picks they have theres no way you are going to use/keep all of those players if you only draft. I dont know about next year but this year’s draft doesnt really have a “once in a generation” type player to make immediate impact.

Celtics really need to trade some of their picks for a solid player that still has a lot of time left on the upside because it will be about 3 years till both Golden State and Cavs are on the decline, so youd want your team to be ready and on the upswing around then…that or you somehow do something big to actually be “better” than golden or cavs.

Bruins and NHL in general on the other hand dont have the issue with stockpiling talent, the Bruins still have needs for depth in the system and in general NHL produces a lot more “Surprise contenders” during playoffs where anyteam can win as long as they are playing the best hockey of the season at the right time. NBA really doesnt ever allow surprises, you know who the best teams are and whomever the winner is generally comes from the top teams in each division.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Oh, I get it and I understand their frustrations. Lord knows we’ve been pissed off by non-moves here before, too.

It just always sounds funny when people get pissed at a GM not making a move. Would you rather they make a bad move just to say they did something?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I hate second guessing GM actions because we never know what the hell is happening behind the scenes. There are things i want to happen from afaar but that really has no imact on what actually is in the talks behind the scenes. From what ive seen with Sweeney…he isnt afraid to make a deal on something he feels like is a good deal for him. So i trust that he will make a deal if he gets offered something worth the deal….and thats the only way id want him to make one.

carvinbass18
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carvinbass18

-Is there really anyone out there worth pursuing, anyways

No. No there isn’t

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

-Sweeney, I repeat, DO NOT DO ANYTHING STUPID!

BE SAVIOR SWEENEY, NOT OUR DESTROYER.