Minor Moves (not worthy of a full article – to be updated throughout the day)
Ottawa trades Nick Paul to Tampa Bay for Mathieu Joseph. Joseph is solid return. He just turned 25, kills penalties, and has upside in the low 50s if he can play with skilled linemates. Whereas Tampa gets a huge forward (6-3, 224) who gets similar production but is decent for faceoffs. Paul has been a strong defensive forward this year. Compare the two players here.
Defenseman Jeremy Lauzon was traded from Seattle to Nashville for a second rounder.
Prospect Jack McBain was traded by the Wild to Arizona for a second rounder. This is a great spot for him because the Coyotes are not a deep team – and that includes their farm system. Here is McBain’s scouting profile. He dominated the NCAA this year (his senior year). Now the ‘Yotes just need to sign him, but given the price – they’ve probably already made an informal agreement.
Pittsburgh got Nathan Beaulieu from Winnipeg for nothing. Well, technically they give up a seventh rounder if they go three rounds and Beaulieu plays half of those playoff games. So probably nothing.
Winnipeg has traded Brian Little’s contract to Arizona, along with Nathan Smith (a Hobey Baker finalist!) for a fourth round pick. Frankly, Minnesota did better, as Smith is a prospect with more upside than McBain. Smith’s scouting profile.
Marcus Johansson has been traded by Seattle to Washington. The last time he was in Washington, he set his career high (58 points). But as is often the case – that was a contract year. Now 31, he won’t be touching 45 points again. Unless he pulls a David Perron and decides that in his 30s is the perfect time to break out. Daniel Sprong is part of the package going to Seattle, and is a bit of a dark horse to be another Colin Blackwell-type. But he would need sweet situations with top linemates.
Detroit trades Troy Stecher to Los Angeles for a seventh rounder.
Anton Forsberg has signed a nice extension for three years with Ottawa – contract is similar to Vejmelka’s (below) just under $3M AAV. Matt Murray still has two years left on his deal, but he can’t stay healthy. It will be Murray – Forsberg next year. It will be interesting to see how Filip Gustavsson fits in for 2023-24.
Toronto trades Alex Biega to Nashville for future c