Five NHL trades happened on Monday
A couple of big and small names were on the move Monday only two days before the trade deadline. Five total trades were completed by ten different teams over the course of the day.
To start the day off, the Arizona Coyotes made yet another trade with the Minnesota Wild, acquiring Teemu Pulkkinen in exchange for future considerations. Pulkkinen was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 11th overall in 2010. On October 11, 2016, Pulkkinen was waived by the Red Wings for the purpose of reassignment to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Minnesota claimed him off waivers and he has played a total of nine NHL games this season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs then acquired veteran forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Byron Froese and a 2017 second round pick. Froese is a 25-year-old center who has played a total of 58 career NHL points and amassed 5 points in that time. He has scored 39 points in 48 games this season for the Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Boyle is 32 years of age and has played over 600 NHL games. He is a bottom six veteran presence the Leafs lacked and needed as they push for the playoffs. Boyle had 22 points in 54 games with the Lightning.
The Dallas Stars then traded defenseman Jordie Benn, brother of captain Jamie Benn, to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth round pick. Jordie Benn is 29 years old and a solid veteran defensive presence on the blue line which Montreal was seeking. He has 15 points in 58 games played this season. Greg Pateryn is a 26-year-old defenseman who has only played 24 NHL games this season with a total of 6 points in that time.
Vancouver Canucks long time forward Alexandre Burrows waived his no-trade clause to go to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Jonathan Dahlen. Burrows is a 35-year-old center with only one season left on his $2.5 million AAV contract. He has scored 20 points in 55 games this season with the Canucks. Dahlen is a 19-year-old prospect from Sweden currently playing in Allvenskan (the second highest league in Swedish hockey) where he has 42 points in 44 games played.
The final and biggest trade of the day came from the St Louis Blues as they finally pulled the trigger on Kevin Shattenkirk in the last year of his contract. Shattenkirk along with goalie Phoenix Copley has been traded to the powerhouse Washington Capitals in exchange for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first round pick, and a 2018 conditional second round pick. Shattenkirk was perhaps the highest regarded rental this season, as he adds offensive and defensive stability to anyone’s blue line. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, in which he has already scored 11 goals and 31 assists across 61 games played. Shattenkirk joins the star-studded Capitals squad who is looking to be by far the Stanley Cup favorite this year.