Rating Don Maloney’s Trade Deadline Deals

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How did Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney do at the NHL Trade Deadline? –

Some Arizona Coyotes fans were saying the rebuild should have started years ago but I’m not sure I would agree with that statement. The Coyotes only missed the playoffs by two points last year and most pundits in Coyotesland would agree that if Mike Smith hadn’t missed the teams final ten games they would have been in the post-season.

I give Don Maloney credit for realizing that this season was going sideways and for starting to prepare for a rebuild on the fly.  If there was any season in recent history to be bad, it is certainly this one.  It’s been well documented that there are two generational franchise changing prospects (Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel) available at this years NHL Draft so drafting in the bottom two or three positions could net you a very special player.

Trade #1

The Arizona Coyotes traded center Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Anytime you are trading a pending UFA, any return is better than letting the player walk for nothing come July 1.  In this case, the Coyotes acquired a “B” prospect plus a 1st round draft pick.  Klas Dahlbeck has potential to be a top six defenceman and maybe even a top four defenceman.

Rating: A

Trade #2

The Arizona Coyotes trade defenceman Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 4th round draft pick in the “2016 Entry Draft” to the New York Rangers.  In return, the Coyotes acquired forward Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore, a 1st round draft choice in the “2016 Entry Draft” and a 2nd round draft choice in the “2015 Entry Draft”.

In order to make this trade happen, the Coyotes had to retain half of Keith Yandle’s contract.  The Coyotes received a defenceman in John Moore that should be a mainstay on their roster for years to come not to mention getting Anthony Duclair, who along with Yotes “Top Prospect”, Max Domi formed two thirds of one of the most dynamic forward lines at the WJHC over the Christmas holidays.  BTW, Canada won the Gold Medal with Domi and Duclair being major player in their victory.  Add the two draft picks and this trade was a huge win and major haul for G.M. Don Maloney.

Rating: A+

Trade #3

The Arizona Coyotes trade defenceman Zbynek Michalek and a conditional 3rd round draft choice in the “2015 Entry Draft” in exchange for forward Maxim Letunov from the St. Louis Blues.  Letunov would be considered a “B” prospect at best right now but he will be continuing his development at Boston University and could be a surprise in a couple of years.  Like I mentioned earlier, any return you get for a pending UFA is a victory although the results of this trade may not be felt for 3-5 years.

Rating: C+ 

Trade #4

The Coyotes made a minor league deal acquiring goaltender David Leggio from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Mark Louis.

Rating: C

Waiver pick-ups

The Arizona Coyotes have claimed forwards Tye McGinn from the San Jose Sharks and Craig Cunningham from the Boston Bruins off waivers.  The Coyotes get a chance to look at and evaluate two players at no cost with no risk.  I don’t see either player having an impact at the NHL level so no harm, no foul.  They are auditioning for a potential roster spot next season with either the Coyotes or their AHL affiliate in Portland.

Rating: B


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