NHL trade deadline 2019: Ottawa Senators trade Mark Stone to Las Vegas Golden Knights in huge deal
|National Post 01 Mar 2019 at 17:50|
The Senators shipped the winger to the Vegas Golden Knights for defence prospect Erik Brannstrom, centre Oscar Lindberg and a second-round selection in the 2020 draft just minutes before the NHL’s cut-off.
The deal comes after Ottawa had already traded fellow pending unrestricted free agent forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to the Columbus Blue Jackets in recent days as the club guts its core and continues on the path towards a potential rebuild.
The 178th selection at the 2010 draft, the 26-year-old Stone scored 123 goals and added 188 assists for 311 points in 366 games with Ottawa.
The six-foot-four, 219-pound Winnipeg native has been a full-time NHLer since 2014-15, and had already recorded a career-high 28 goals to go along with 34 assists in 59 games this season for the Senators.
Taken 15th overall in the 2017 draft by Vegas, Brannstrom is the key piece in the deal for Ottawa. The 19-year-old Swedish blueliner, who stands five foot 10 and weighs 173 pounds, had seven goals and 21 assists in 41 games this season for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Lindberg, 27, had four goals and eight assists in 35 games in 2018-19 for the Golden Knights. He has 71 points (34 goals, 37 assists) in 232 career NHL games with Vegas and the New York Rangers.
The six-foot-one, 202-pound Swede was taken by the Golden Knights in their expansion draft back in June 2017.
Stone’s reported exit from the nation’s capital comes on the heels of Duchene and Dzingel being dealt to Columbus for picks, prospects and journeyman winger Anthony Duclair.
Ottawa was a goal away from making it to the 2017 Stanley Cup final, but has been dogged by poor play on the ice and negativity off it ever since, including a since-rescinded threat to move the team by owner Eugene Melnyk, locker room drama, the trade of captain Erik Karlsson and the potential collapse of an arena deal that would see the Senators move from suburban Kanata to a new downtown home.
The Senators have stripped the roster down to its studs, but don’t have their first-round pick this June because of the deal to acquire Duchene in a three-team trade with the Colorado Avalanche in November 2017, meaning that Ottawa could potentially miss out on presumptive No. 1 overall selection Jack Hughes.
With Monday’s reported deal, the Senators will have parted ways with their top-6 scorers from last season — Stone, Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Duchene, Dzingel and Derick Brassard.
Stone, Duchene and Dzingel had accounted for 41 per cent of Ottawa’s goals this season.
“The decision to deal Stone will send shockwaves through the marketplace and it won’t go over well. Yes, it’s been speculated for weeks, but the hope here has always been that the Senators would be able to resolve the differences with Stone’s camp and get a deal done.”
Stone was a healthy scratch on Sunday night for the third straight game, so it was always probable he would have a new home by the end of it all. Garrioch had explained in detail why the Stone drama would likely go down to the wire while over at the Toronto Sun, Michael Traikos had his eyes similarly peeled .
Stone aside, here’s what business has been done on deadline day …
The Nashville Predators have traded young forward Kevin Fiala to the Minnesota Wild for Mikael Granlund in an attempt to boost both their power play and overall scoring.
Granlund has 18 points on the power play, which is five better than Nashville’s best on the man advantage. He ranked second in Minnesota with 49 points, a total that would put him third on Nashville’s roster.
Fiala has 32 points in 64 games, and Nashville coach Peter Laviolette moved Fiala up a line the past two games to play with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen for a final look at what the forward could do before Nashville traded the native of Switzerland away.
Fiala had a career-year season in 2017-18 with 23 goals, 48 points, 13 power-play points and 80 games. But the 11th pick overall in 2014 is minus-11 rating this season.
The Winnipeg Jets are adding depth for their push for the Stanley Cup by reacquiring centre Matt Hendricks from the Minnesota Wild.
The Jets sent a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Wild for the 37-year-old Hendricks, who has two assists in 22 games this season after signing with his home-state team this summer. Hendricks played in 60 games for the Jets last season, tallying five goals and eight assists.
Hendricks has played for six NHL teams over 11 seasons, with 54 goals, 61 assists and 722 penalty minutes in 603 games.
The Jets earlier acquired centre Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers.
The Penguins have added another veteran defenceman to shore up the blue line, acquiring Chris Wideman from Florida for forward prospect Jean Sebastian Dea.
Wideman is the second defenceman Pittsburgh picked up at the deadline. The Penguins also brought in Erik Gudbranson from Vancouver. They will join a team with serious depth issues along the blue line with Olli Maatta, Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang all dealing with injuries.
Pittsburgh is the 29-year-old Wideman’s fourth NHL stop this season. He began the year in Ottawa, was moved to Edmonton and then the Panthers.
He has two goals and five assists in 25 games.
Dea, 25, has five goals and two assists in 29 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and New Jersey.
The New Jersey Devils have traded forward Marcus Johansson to the Boston Bruins for a second-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick next season.
The Bruins approached the trade deadline looking to improve their scoring behind their top line. They pick up a player in the 28-year-old Johansson who has appeared in 48 games with the Devils this season, totalling 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points.
Johansson was originally selected by the Washington Capitals 24th overall in the first round in 2009. He had his best offensive season in 2016-17 with Washington, recording 24 goals and 34 assists for 58 points with a plus-25 rating while playing in all 82 regular season games.
Johansson is in the final season of a three-year, $13.8 million deal he signed with the Capitals. New Jersey will retain 40 per cent of his remaining salary.
Centre Derick Brassard is changing dressing rooms after being traded from the Florida Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche acquired Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick from the Panthers for a 2020 third-round pick. Colorado only gets the sixth-round pick if it re-signs Brassard, who is a pending free agent.
Brassard took the ice in Denver for the Panthers’ morning skate but was pulled off and could face his former team on Monday night.
This is the second time Brassard has been traded in the past month after going from Pittsburgh to Florida. It’s his fifth trade in the past six years.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have brought in some help for their injury ravaged blue line, acquiring defenceman Erik Gudbranson from Vancouver in exchange for forward Tanner Pearson.
Gudbranson gives Pittsburgh needed depth at defence with three of its top six currently sidelined. Olli Maatta is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin will both miss Tuesday’s game in Columbus after getting hurt during an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. Letang is considered day to day with an upper body injury and Dumoulin is dealing with a concussion.
The 27-year-old Gudbranson had two goals and six assists this season for the Canucks. He is signed through the 2020-21 season.
Pittsburgh acquired Pearson in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings last November but he struggled to gain traction. Pearson had nine goals and five assists in 44 games with the Penguins.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenceman Adam McQuaid from the New York Rangers in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round draft picks this year.
After adding two top forwards and a goaltender before the trade deadline, the Blue Jackets filled another need with the 32-year-old veteran blueliner. McQuaid has appeared in 33 games this season, with two goals and three assists.
He spent the first nine years of his career with Boston until being traded to the Rangers last summer. He missed 21 games because of a lower-body injury earlier this season.
Columbus got forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa over the weekend and traded for New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid on Monday.
Star forward Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky were the centre of Columbus trade talks because the unrestricted free agents have declined to sign extensions with the team. But no deals materialized.
The Calgary Flames have added some depth to their blue line by acquiring defenceman Oscar Fantenberg from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020.
The 27-year-old Swede has four goals and eight assists in 73 career NHL games over the last two seasons with the Kings.
The Flames lead the Western Conference and the Pacific Division, three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks. The Kings are at the bottom of the standings in the West.
New Winnipeg Jets centre Kevin Hayes expected to be traded from the rebuilding New York Rangers after signing a one-year deal last summer.
The Rangers traded Hayes to the Winnipeg for forward Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick.
The conditional pick only goes to New York if Winnipeg wins the Stanley Cup this spring. Hayes gives the Jets depth down the middle as they try to become the first Canadian-based team to win the Cup since 1993.
He says he is excited to get back to playing for a Stanley Cup contender after the Rangers shifted toward a youth movement. Hayes thinks he will fit in well in the middle of a “big, heavy team” like Winnipeg, which has skill on the wing in the form of Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine.
After the trade a photo surfaced on social media of Hayes wearing an original Jets jersey before that franchise moved to Winnipeg. Hayes is a cousin of former Jets forward Keith Tkachuk, who was among the first to call him after the deal.
The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired Michael Chaput in a trade that sends Jordan Weal to the Montreal Canadiens in a swap of centres.
Weal joins his second team in two months after the Los Angeles Kings traded him to Arizona on Jan. 11. The 26-year-old Weal had a goal and assist in 19 games with Arizona and has totalled four goals and seven assists in 47 games this season.
He was selected by Los Angeles in the third round of the 2010 draft, and has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 153 career NHL games.
Chaput joins his fourth team since breaking into the NHL in 2013-14 with Columbus. He has five assists in 32 games for the Canadiens, who signed him as a free agent last summer after two seasons in Vancouver. Overall, he has six goals and 16 assists in 167 career games.
The rebuilding Rangers earlier sent forward Mats Zuccarello to Dallas for conditional second- and third-round picks. They could also trade defenceman Adam McQuaid before the deadline.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils got the dealing started early on NHL trade deadline day.
Columbus acquired goaltender Kinkaid from New Jersey for a 2022 fifth-round pick. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says his team is strong in goal with Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo but that Kinkaid provides some depth.
This is the Blue Jackets’ third trade in the past four days after acquiring forwards Duchene and Ryan Dzingel in separate deals with the Senators.