2021-22 NHL Top 5 Trades
Which have been the biggest trades so far in this NHL season, and how will they affect the landscape of the league?
As the 2022 NHL trade deadline approaches (it’s March 21), multiple big-time names could be moving in the weeks to come. Let’s look at five trades that have already gone down this season, and how those will affect the teams involved.
Vegas Golden Knights Get: Jack Eichel, 2023 3rd Pick
Buffalo Sabres Get: Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, 2022 1st Pick, 2023 2nd Pick
The most significant NHL trade so far this season was one of the first that went through. Former #2 overall pick and Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel had a disagreement with the team’s front office about which surgery to get for his herniated disk in his neck. As a result, Buffalo stripped him of his captaincy and eventually traded him to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Months later, Eichel has recovered from his surgery and has begun playing for the Knights. When fully healthy, this is one of the most talented centers in the game; he’s already tallied three goals and four assists in his first 10 games since the surgery.
This NHL trade was made for the postseason, and Eichel is building himself up to be a game-changer in time for playoff hockey.
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Chicago Blackhawks Get: Sam Lafferty
Pittsburgh Penguins Get: Alex Nylander
Alex Nylander used to be a contributor for the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists in 2019-20 while appearing in eight playoff games. Nylander hasn’t played for the Pittsburgh Penguins since the NHL trade, but come playoff time, he’ll be a veteran presence to help the team along.
Sam Lafferty, on the other hand, has played 22 games for the Blackhawks since the trade, posting two goals and one assist. His contributions have not been quite enough for the team to turn its season around, as Chicago sits second-to-last in the Central Division.
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Calgary Flames Get: Tyler Toffoli
Montreal Canadiens Get: Tyler Pitlick, Emil Heineman, 2022/2023 1st pick, 2023 5th pick, 2024 4th pick
This NHL trade was a classic exchange between buyer and seller. The Calgary Flames sit atop the Pacific Division, while the Montreal Canadiens reside in the Atlantic Division cellar. Tyler Toffoli is averaging nearly a point per game this season, and has exactly 11 points in 11 games so far with Calgary. This was a great move by the Flames to add some firepower to an already highly successful attack, and the team will be better off come playoff time.
Meanwhile, Tyler Pitlick has 10 points in 20 games for his new squad in the Habs, who will most likely occupy last place for the remainder of this season.
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Arizona Coyotes Get: Nick Ritchie
Toronto Maple Leafs Get: Ryan Dzingel & Ilya Lyubushkin
The Toronto Maple Leafs waived Ryan Dzingel shortly after this trade, which essentially became a one-for-one deal. It was a less significant move than the others, as a successful Toronto team moved off of a player they didn’t need in exchange for a player who has not and will not make much of a contribution.
Ilya Lyubushkin has played in eight games for the Leafs, tallying one assist and a +2 +/-. Meanwhile, Nick Ritchie has scored three goals and two assists in five games for the last-place Arizona Coyotes.
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San Jose Sharks Get: Alex Stalock
Edmonton Oilers Get: Future Considerations
In his one appearance for the Sharks so far this season, Stalock allowed six goals in 46 minutes of action, so again, the trade was not meant to be a season-changer. But it’s always nice to see a veteran player return to his team in the late stages of his career. The Sharks are currently second-to-last in their division.
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There’s been a mix of minor and major trades so far in this 2021-22 NHL season, with plenty more to come in the next two weeks leading up to the deadline. Stay tuned and take these trades into account while building up your betslip! Enjoy the deadline drama and all the action on the ice.
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