This has not been an easy season for Drew Stafford with the Winnipeg Jets.
Due to injuries, the 31-year-old forward has played in only 40 games and scored 13 points. The rumor mill surrounding the Stafford heated up in the days prior to the trade deadline. John Shannon added it appeared ‘inevitable’ he’d be moved the day of.
About thirty minutes after the deadline officially ended, Pierre LeBrun reported Stafford was on his way to the Boston Bruins for a conditional sixth round pick. About ninety minutes after that, it became officially-official when the Bruins announced their acquisition of Stafford and let it be known the pick was from the 2018 draft.
Per Craig Custance, the sixth round pick could become a fourth round pick if Stafford plays in at least 50-percent of Boston’s remaining regular season games, 50-percent of playoff games (should the Bruins make the playoffs), AND if the Bruins win in Round 1.
Stafford is making $4.35-million towards the cap this season. The Winnipeg Jets did not retain any salary in the transaction.
For this trade, we give it…
The New Jersey Devils shipped forward P.A. Parenteau to the Nashville Predators at the trade deadline for a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft.
Calling Parenteau a ‘journeyman’ is an understatement. With the trade, he will be suiting up for his sixth different team since the 2013-14 season.
The 33-year-old forward started this season as a member of the New York Islanders, signing a one-year, $1.25-million deal after a career rebirth of sorts in Toronto a season prior. Rejoining the Islanders was an experiment to see if he could rekindle the offensive firepower he once had scoring a career high 67 points in the 2011-12 season.
Parenteau didn’t even make it to opening night before he was put on waivers by the Isles.
The New Jersey Devils claimed him and that’s where he’s been until today. In 59 games with the Devils, Parenteau has 13 goals and 14 assists; four of his goals have come on the power play.
To the Milbury Scale!
Woo-boy. If anyone needed a reason to hate the Montreal Canadiens even more, Mark Bergevin just gave them a big one in the acquisition perma-pain-in-the-butt Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings.
In return, the Red Wings will receive a sixth round draft pick in 2018.
Ott joins a team that already has Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw in its lineup. Perhaps they’ve just formed a French-Canadian version of the Axis of Evil or ‘Axe de Mal,’ if you will.
If only they could acquire one more uber-agitator then Montreal could claim to have all four horsemen of the hockey-pocalypse.
(Calm down Canadiens fans. Jokes.)