NHL expansion draft frenzy: Ryan Ellis, Jared McCann, Barclay Goodrow among players swapped before trade freeze


The NHL’s commerce freeze went into impact at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. From 10 a.m. ET Sunday by way of 1 p.m. ET Thursday, July 22, the one crew allowed to do something is the league’s latest franchise, the Kraken. Seattle can negotiate with pending unrestricted free brokers and restricted free brokers who can be left uncovered within the growth draft. The listing of protected gamers can be launched Sunday morning.

Earlier than the clock struck and every part was frozen in time Saturday, NHL groups had been a bit of busy. A variety of strikes had been made, with some not being revealed till after 3 p.m. (So long as they had been within the queue as time wound down, they had been good to go.) A variety of big-name gamers had been shipped to new addresses.

This is a rundown of the offers, why they had been performed, what they imply for the longer term and who received the swaps.

Canucks purchase Jason Dickinson (F) from Stars for 2021 third-round decide

Dickinson was anticipated to be left unprotected within the growth draft when the Stars submitted their listing by the 5 p.m. ET deadline Saturday. The Kraken would have absolutely snagged the ahead, who notched seven targets and eight assists in 51 video games and had the fourth-best Corsi For proportion (56.23) at 5v5 on the Stars final season, per Pure Stat Trick. It is a good transfer for the Canucks as they add a robust defensive ahead who can play all three ahead positions.

“He is a flexible participant. He performs middle or on the wing. He kills penalties. He offers us pace,” Vancouver basic supervisor Jim Benning instructed Postmedia’s Patrick Johnston. “He’ll assist us. He simply offers (coach) Travis (Inexperienced) extra choices. I feel he can play in that third line matchup function. However he is acquired sufficient pace, if Travis needs to play (Elias Pettersson), (Bo) Horvat and (J.T.) Miller [at] middle, he may also play him on the wing.”

Dickinson can be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights come July 28, however he solely made $1.5 million final yr and should not come at a excessive worth. Per Johnston, Benning has mentioned the Canucks have already talked to Dickinson’s agent and anticipate to succeed in an settlement.

Winner: Canucks

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Sharks purchase Adin Hill (G), 2022 seventh-round decide from Coyotes for Josef Korenar (G), 2022 second-round decide

Every crew can shield only one goaltender, and an uncovered goalie has to fulfill the requirement of being beneath contract for 2021-22. San Jose’s acquisition of Hill actually implies that Martin Jones can be left for the taking.

Hill is coming off a season the place he went 9-9-1 with a .913 save proportion and a 2.38 Targets Saved Above Common.

“Adin is an especially aggressive and athletic goaltender and he has performed a big quantity {of professional} hockey video games regardless of being solely 25 years outdated,” mentioned Sharks basic supervisor Doug Wilson. “We have now been impressed with the trajectory of his play, significantly his means to make saves in high-danger scoring alternatives. We sit up for having him in San Jose and being a part of our goaltending unit.”

Winner: Sharks

Maple Leafs get Jared McCann (F) from Penguins for Filip Hallander (F), 2023 seventh-round decide

The Leafs and Penguins absolutely do wish to make offers. Hallander was shipped to the Leafs final summer season within the Kaspari Kapanen deal. Now he is again in black and yellow as McCann heads north. (Facet word: Kapanen was additionally initially acquired by the Leafs from the Pens, so, yeah, they do wish to make swaps.)

McCann is a middle-six ahead who can play wing or middle. He recorded 32 factors (14 targets, 18 assists) in 43 video games final season. Pittsburgh was absolutely set to go away him uncovered for the Kraken, so the deal will get the membership one thing whereas additionally giving Toronto a backup plan if it loses Alexander Kerfoot (as anticipated) on Wednesday. 

Although simply 25, McCann has baggage — he is on to his fourth crew since being drafted by Vancouver twenty fourth total in 2014 — and streakiness, however he can accumulate factors on the ability play (10, together with seven targets, in 2021).

Winner: Maple Leafs

Rangers purchase Barclay Goodrow (F) from Lightning for 2022 seventh-round decide

The Lightning’s cap bubble was going to burst, and the primary casualty has been marked. Goodrow, who was acquired by Tampa Bay on the 2020 commerce deadline from the Sharks after which received two Stanley Cups, will carry a wealth of locker room worth as a participant who is aware of the ins and outs of successful, having achieved it in back-to-back seasons.

He is additionally a stable bottom-six ahead who likes to show issues up each shift and particularly within the postseason. He had 20 factors in 55 video games in the course of the 2021 common season and added six factors (4 within the Remaining) in 18 postseason video games. The one catch to all of this: the Rangers now must signal him. Goodrow is an unrestricted free agent and should not come low cost:

Winner: Even. The Lightning relieved some cap strain and the Rangers acquired a high quality ahead — however provided that they signal him between now and July 28.

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Rangers purchase Nick DeSimone (D), 2022 fourth-round decide from Golden Knights for Brett Howden (F)

The Rangers most likely would have left Howden unprotected within the growth draft, so as an alternative of dropping him for nothing, they acquired a fourth-round decide in return. DeSimone will not be anticipated to signal with New York. 

Vegas will get a bottom-six man who has proven a capability to get factors (23 in 2018-19 and 19 in 2019-20) however who struggled within the shortened 2021 season (seven factors in 42 video games). The left-shot centerman noticed his faceoff proportion drop a smidge to 46.64, however he was first amongst gamers who took no less than 100 faceoffs on the crew and was used extra within the defensive zone on attracts.

Winner: Brett Howden, who will get a much-needed change of surroundings

Coyotes get Andrew Ladd (F), 2021 second-round decide, 2022 conditional second-round decide, 2023 conditional third-round decide from Islanders

You are most likely questioning what the Islanders acquired right here (can we even name it a commerce?). In the long run, they acquired cap aid. Mainly, GM Lou Lamoriello paid off the Coyotes with draft picks to take Ladd’s contract and his $5.5 million cap hit for the subsequent two years. The 35-year-old winger didn’t play within the NHL in 2021 (he performed in a single AHL recreation) and in solely 4 video games in 2019-20. He spent the vast majority of that season within the minors.

Winner: Islanders, as a result of Lou has one thing cooking.

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Flyers purchase Ryan Ellis (D) from Predators for Philippe Myers (D), Nolan Patrick (F); Predators purchase Cody Glass (F) from Golden Knights for Patrick

Most likely the most important swap of the day was the one which despatched longtime Nashville defenseman Ellis to Philadelphia for 2 kids who’ve shiny futures in Myers and Patrick.

A veteran of 562 video games, Ellis is a stable blue-liner who ought to assist the league’s worst protection (201 targets allowed, .880 save proportion in 2021). He has battled accidents, together with dropping time in 2019-20 after taking an elbow to the pinnacle from Corey Perry on the Winter Traditional. Within the final two seasons, he has performed in simply 84 of the Predators’ 125 video games. He collected 38 factors in 49 video games two seasons in the past and 18 factors in 35 video games in 2021.

“Ryan is a wonderful all-around defenseman. In our opinion, he is likely one of the finest passers within the recreation on the blue line. He is nice in transition. He can play the ability play. He is acquired a heavy shot and he is an excellent penalty killer,” Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher mentioned on a convention name with reporters. “He is been a part of the management group in Nashville for some time. He is a aggressive, team-oriented sort of participant.”

The transfer comes because the Predators had been wanting “for a change to our core,” based on GM David Poile. They traded Viktor Arvidsson to the Kings on July 1; on this commerce, they get again two key guys — effectively, one key man as they flipped Patrick to the Golden Knights for Glass. 

The rundown on Myers, Patrick and Glass:

Myers has proven flashes of being an on a regular basis defenseman with talent however has not been constant. He’s simply 24 and has one thing the Predators’ blue line does not have a lot of: peak. At 6-5, he is the tallest Nashville defenseman beneath contract for 2021-22.

Patrick, who was drafted second total by the Flyers in 2017, has not proven a lot of what was anticipated of him. He had 30 factors in 73 video games as a rookie after which notched 31 in 72 video games in 2018-19. He missed all the 2019-20 season due to a migraine dysfunction earlier than returning in 2021 and enjoying in 52 video games, producing 9 factors. Heading to Vegas may very well be a superb transfer for him as he will not have the aura of being a high draft decide there.

A change of surroundings most likely will do Glass good, too. He had bother cracking the Golden Knights roster after being picked sixth total in the identical draft as Patrick. He is a two-way middle and is simply 22 with a ton of potential. 

Winner: Flyers. Ryan Ellis is a stud.


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