Winnipeg ships Drew Stafford to Boston for 2018 conditional pick

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…

ONE MILBURY!

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P.A. Parenteau traded to Nashville, sixth team in four seasons

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!

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One horseman short: Ott joins Gallagher, Shaw on Canadiens

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.)

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Coyotes GM Chayka isn’t enjoying his first trade deadline

This is the first trade deadline for Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and it hasn’t exactly been the most fun. After dealing Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week, the 27-year-old GM sent Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

“Today has not been an easy day,” Chayka said candidly on a conference call with reporters. “It’s kind of miserable, to be honest. And right now I’m just trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

The bad situation is the Coyotes sitting at 29th, and according to Chayka, he has no choice but to continue to prep for the future. That vision continued with the Hanzal and White trade.

The Coyotes sent fourth round pick in 2017 to Minnesota along with Hanzal and White. In return Arizona gets a 2017 first round draft choice, a 2018 second round draft choice and a 2019 conditional fourth round draft choice plus prospect Grayson Downing, who was assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners.

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Maple Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes for conditional pick

Peter Holland wanted out of Toronto and on Friday he finally got his wish. The Maple Leafs have traded the center to the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange the ‘Yotes give up a 2018 conditional draft pick.

The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Peter Holland had become seriously strained over the past two weeks.

From James Mirtle of The Athletic:

Holland, 25, was a healthy scratch in 17 of the Leafs first 25 games this season and played sparingly when in the lineup (less than 11 minutes a game). It was clear last season he was not a favourite of coach Mike Babcock, and it’s believed Holland requested a trade at some point in mid-November.

Part of what made a deal difficult is that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello did not want a player in return, and Holland is making $1.3-million this season.

What Lou wants, Lou gets; hence the draft pick. Craig Morgan of AZ Sports is reporting it could be a conditional sixth rounder.

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Nail Yakupov traded to St. Louis for Pochiro, conditional draft pick

After what felt like years of speculation, Nail Yakupov was finally freed from traded out of Edmonton. The 23-year-old forward was sent to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third round 2017 draft pick.

In his four year NHL career Yakupov has 50 goals, 111 points in 252 games played. He missed 22 games last season due to an ankle injury.

Yakupov never really found his place in Edmonton, thus making him a constant target of trade rumors. When speaking to Gene Pricincipe of Sportsnet after the trade, Yakupov said simply, “It’s over.”

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