IceNationUK already has an extensive list of all free agent signings since July 5th here, but what about trades that have gone down?
You can read about the Shawn Horcoff and Tyler Seguin trades here, whilst a run down on the Bobby Ryan to Ottawa trade can be found in a piece I wrote back on Friday for The Farm Club, so those will not be included here.
- Calgary trades a 2014 5th Rd Draft Pick to St Louis for Kris Russell.
A slightly odd move given that Calgary could have claimed Russell off of waivers in the days prior to free agency, but trade for him they did. They get an undersized offensive defender coming off a poor campaign. Not great defensively, but adds some depth to the Flames d-corps. St Louis rid themselves of a guy who wasn’t awful, but simply the odd-man out on a fairly stacked blueline, and get a draft pick in return.
- Montreal trades Phillipe Lefebvre and a 2014 7th Rd Draft Pick to Florida for George Parros.
Florida get a 22 year old d-man still struggling to make the AHL plus a late draft pick in exchange for enforcer Parros, a guy who plays minimal minutes, provides no offence and is a defensive sink hole. But, you know, he makes Montreal tougher, so it’s ok. Good on Florida for actually getting assets in return.
- Minnesota trades Devin Setoguchi to Winnipeg for a 2014 2nd Rd Draft Pick.
Former high draft pick Setoguchi has struggled since joining the Wild, and is extremely unlikely to return to being the 30 goal, 60 point guy he was in one season 4 years ago. Still, he can chip in offensively but the Jets better shelter him – he was pretty awful defensively playing middling competition. The Wild get a decent draft pick in return, though I’m sure they would have preferred Setoguchi to have turned into the scorer many expected.
- Edmonton trades for the rights to Lee Moffie from San Jose in exchange for the rights to Kyle Bigos.
A d-man for d-man trade, both these players were left unsigned following the completion of their NCAA careers, so fair play on each of their parent teams for getting something in return for players that would have been UFAs by mid-August. Moffie is a two-way player who was decent for University of Michigan, but it was unspectacular on the whole; the Oilers will likely sign him for a year or 2 just to see what he has. Bigos on the other hand is an intriguing package.
Absolutely mammoth-sized at 6’5″ and 235, he is a pretty decent skater as well as being one mean mo-fo in the NCAA. The NCAA doesn’t allow fighting, so the fact that Bigos wracked up 457 penalty minutes in 133 games for Merrimack is pretty amazing; combine that with good defensive ability and a small amount of offense, and I think he might make for a decent pro. A longshot, but still a shot. The Oilers reportedly didn’t sign him (a) because of their logjam at defense in the system, and (b) he lacks hockey sense. I think the Sharks made off with the better prospect.
- New Jersey receives Riley Boychuk from Buffalo in exchange for Henrik Tallinder.
22 year old left winger Boychuk had a pretty non-descript WHL career followed by a poor AHL rookie season last year and a demotion to the ECHL where he wasn’t much better, and finally this year found himself another league lower in the CHL, where he still was kind of crappy. Always a longshot as a 7th round pick, you can tell New Jersey just wanted rid of Tallinder. The 34 year old defender returns to the team where he made his name after three mediocre seasons in New Jersey, although he blew away soft competition in terms of shot differential this past year. Still a decent 3rd pairing guy if used in the right situations.
- St Louis receives Patrick Cannone from Ottawa for “future considerations”.
26 year old forward has been an average AHLer since turning pro in 2011 following a decent NCAA career. Decent offensive skills have not translated greatly to the pro game, but could find himself a call-up option at some point. Ottawa likely just freeing up a contract spot, hence the mythical “future considerations” addendum.