Ramblings: Trade Deadline Wrap Including Rakell, Fleury, Copp, and More; Updates to Byram and Merzlikins – March 22

Michael Clifford

2022-03-22

It has been quite the week in the NHL as far as trades are concerned, even if the NHL's trade deadline day itself wasn't as busy as in some recent seasons. There were a handful of trades over the weekend, a couple of them significant like Claude Giroux heading to Florida, Hampus Lindholm off to Boston, and Mark Giordano being acquired by Toronto. All the trade analysis from the last several days can be viewed here.

Before we get to all the trades from Monday, I wanted to give my thoughts on some of the bigger deals we saw over the weekend.

Claude Giroux

This really reminds me of when Florida brought in Sam Reinhart in the offseason. At that time, the thought was that Reinhart could either skate on the top line with Aleksander Barkov, as he did with Jack Eichel in Buffalo, or help lengthen the lineup down on the third line. It has largely ended up being the latter, which should have been a death knell for his fantasy value. That obviously hasn't come to pass, as Reinhart is over a point-per-game pace on the year. What about Giroux?

This is a case where it does seem to make the most sense to have him on the top line. There has been a revolving door of wingers up there and the other two lines have largely been great. He should also be replacing Anthony Duclair on the top power-play unit, as Ian mentioned in his trade breakdown, and that's probably the most important part here. Whether he's