” It was a different year,” Detroit Red Wings basic supervisor Steve Yzerman said. “Yesterday I was sitting here going, Jeez, no one is calling, and I was hearing that was kind of typical around the League.”
However this trade due date came amidst the coronavirus pandemic with a flat NHL salary cap and quarantine requirements, plus security concerns ahead of the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken.
And if you look at the previous 3 weeks, not simply due date day, Stanley Cup contenders still discovered ways to add pieces. Reconstructing groups still added assets for the future. Some were creative maneuvering under the cap by retaining salary or using cap space to help broker deals.
Eric Staal went to the Montreal Canadiens, Kyle Palmieri to the New York Islanders, David Savard to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nick Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeff Carter to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Taylor Hall to the Boston Bruins, Sam Bennett to the Florida Panthers, Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals and more.
” There were quite a few done, and people tended to their service, and well see now,” Panthers GM Bill Zito stated. “Certainly, with visas and worldwide travel, thats going to be a hiccup. However well survive it and move on.”
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Bottom line: The pandemic hasnt moistened the competition. In some methods, it has even heightened it.
When the due date got here at 3 p.m. ET Monday, the top six teams in the NHL were separated by two points, the top nine groups by 4 points. The department races had an unique dynamic.
Since of travel limitations in the middle of the pandemic, the NHL realigned temporarily this season. Groups are playing within their department in the routine season. The leading 4 teams in each department will receive the playoffs, and groups will play the very first two rounds within their department.
” There are a great deal of teams in the mix,” Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said. “With the brand-new format were playing in, since of this COVID season, you can move up and down in the standings really rapidly. Youre playing head-to-head every night. Those things really do impact the due date.”.
In the eight-team MassMutual East, the leading three groups were separated by 2 points. The Capitals added Mantha and forward Michael Raffl, and the Islanders added Palmieri, forward Travis Zajac and defenseman Braydon Coburn. The Penguins included Carter, a 36-year-old forward who won the Cup two times with the Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014) and gets to chase it once again with Sidney Crosby.
” I believe the quote was, Im all-in. I cant wait to arrive,” Penguins GM Ron Hextall said.
The fourth-place Bruins included Hall, forward Curtis Lazar and defenseman Mike Reilly. Can he bounce back with a much better group?
Video: Breaking down which teams improved before due date.
In the eight-team Discover Central, the leading 3 teams also were separated by two points. The Carolina Hurricanes stood pat, the Lightning added Savard to bolster their blue line.
In the eight-team Honda West, the Colorado Avalanche added depth down the middle (Carl Soderberg), on the back end (Patrik Nemeth) and in net (Devan Dubnyk ). The second-place Vegas Golden Knights selected up forward Mattias Janmark, giving them speed on the wing in their middle six. The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues were quiet, however for the Blues, that was big. A week ago, they were on a seven-game skid (0-6-1) and appeared like sellers. Now theyre on a three-game winning streak and back in a playoff spot.
” Each trade due date has its own originality, but this one certainly, with the reduced season, our fluctuation in play, it had our minds entering various directions,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong stated. “Certainly, the play of the last 3 video games and being in a playoff spot today was a [reason for] truly deciding to stand pat with this group.”.
No Canada-based group has won the Cup since the Canadiens in 1993. Due to the fact that of the format this season, a Canada-based team will make the last 4, and the Maple Leafs have the largest lead in any of the divisions, six points ahead of the second-place Winnipeg Jets.
” We were excited to be able to, our company believe, add the pieces that will continue to improve our capability to be as competitive as possible as we go into the playoffs,” Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said, “and roll from there.”.
NHL.com personnel writers Tom Gulitti and Tracey Myers, and independent reporters Wes Crosby and Louie Korac contributed to this report.
The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday was quieter than normal. There were 17 trades, the least because 17 in 2013, including 26 gamers, the least since 23 in 2000.
Reconstructing groups still included possessions for the future. The leading four groups in each department will qualify for the playoffs, and teams will play the very first 2 rounds within their division.
In the eight-team MassMutual East, the top 3 groups were separated by two points. In the eight-team Discover Central, the top 3 teams also were separated by 2 points. Due to the fact that of the format this season, a Canada-based group will make the final four, and the Maple Leafs have the biggest lead in any of the divisions, six points ahead of the second-place Winnipeg Jets.