The Washington Capitals were outbid for their man, and the Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a similar fate as the NHL trade deadline activity officially began with a bang. If “first night” is any indication, the market will be nuttier than the housing market. The Ben Chiarot sweepstakes are over. The Florida Panthers are loading for bear or Lightning. So, too, are the Calgary Flames. Tomas Hertl got a new splashy contract, the New York Rangers made a minor deal, and Sportsnet looked at what the last five Stanley Cup champions did at the deadline.
I thought about buying a house. Finally, set down roots? Friends told me of a perfect brick rowhouse coming on the market. I even tried to call the owner before it was on the market–she thought I was one of those “we buy houses” companies, screamed at me, and hung up. The house hit the market Monday and sold for 20% over-market in the first hour.
Given the prices we saw Wednesday…we’re there.
Florida: There were plenty of seriously interested teams for rugged defenseman Ben Chiarot, but GM Bill Zito paid a king’s ransom and then tipped 15%. A first, a fourth, and a good prospect, but–the Florida Panthers got their bruiser.
Calgary: The Washington Capitals were chasing Seattle forward Calle Jarnkrok. Heck, the Penguins were tied to him, too. Then, we saw the price, and wow, the Calgary Flames paid up.
If these are the prices, yikes. I’ll give some further details and address some of your inferences (and trolls) at the bottom.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: We handicapped the Penguins’ potentials at the NHL trade deadline. Chiarot and Jarnkrok are off the board, but there’s some meat left on the bone. Pittsburgh Penguins trade deadline analysis.
Should head coach Mike Sullivan keep Mike Matheson with Kris Letang? The numbers are astounding, but there’s a twist to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup.
NHL Trade Rumors, News & National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman is deep into the NHL trade market and the fallout from Wednesday night. From Flyers rumors to Colorado, and more cold water on Penguins-Vancouver trade talks.
Washington: Guess who else is rumored to D.C.? Max Domi could be the next target. Washington Capitals trade rumors.
I think Domi would really help them. Really, really help them.
Florida: The New York Rangers (the Penguins likely Round One opponent) acquired Frank Vatrano from Florida. Coach Andrew Brunette called Vatrano “one of my all-time favorite guys.” Read more about what the Rangers got from the Panthers.
TSN: Jacob Middleton, Andrew Copp, and those looming decisions could upset the NHL trade market.
Montreal: So much going on in Montreal, our writers’ heads are spinning. Jack McBain? Mathieu Perrault waived (two years ago, I would have advocated that the Penguins pounce), and the Arizona Coyotes are interested in acquiring Shea Weber’s contract. Montreal Canadiens news.
The NHL should bar the Coyotes from trading for dead money. They get to the cap floor without spending the money. If that’s not a violation of the spirit of the salary cap, then nothing is in violation.
Philly: Claude Giroux will play in his 1000th game on Thursday night. It’s an incredibly emotional time as it’s a celebration and a goodbye. Everyone knows it. Philadelphia Flyers news.
Another Metro Division subplot…
NYI: The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to need goaltending. Guess who has plenty of it? What is Semyon Varlamov worth? New York Islanders trade chatter.
I must confess to some of the reactions towards me (personally) and Pittsburgh Hockey Now after the Chiarot trade made me want to knock on doors like Jay and Silent Bob. Just because a team is seriously interested doesn’t mean they are the ONLY team. That doesn’t mean your team will pay any price, and that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. I feel like most of you know that and are adults.
I thought about calling people out, but Nah.
Placing Chiarot at 25% with the cautionary note–plenty of teams are interested, but it’s a steep price–was enough warning. The Hockey Now network is more plugged in than anything I’ve ever been a part of–the network had three sources, including folks on both sides and a connected third. Trade talk is like a tornado…it pulls everything in, is powerful, and changes direction without warning.