Teams active as trade deadline approaches

February 27, 2017
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We are now just about 48 hours away from the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m., but there was plenty of action on the trade wire on Sunday with two notable names being dealt.

It started on Sunday with goaltender Ben Bishop and a couple of draft picks being traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Lightning acquired goalie Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak, and a draft pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
 
Bishop, 30, is in the final year of a two-year deal that carries an average annual value of $5.95 million. Bishop is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

In 32 games played with the Lightning this season, Bishop has started in 31 of those games with a 16-12-3 record, a 2.55 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. In eight NHL seasons with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues, Bishop has a career 146-77-23 record with a 2.32 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

Bishop comes to the Kings as Jonathan Quick appears to be ready to return from a groin injury suffered on the opening night of the season. However, the Kings may not be sure how ready Quick will be to return to the net on a nightly basis, and Bishop will provide the Kings with some stability in net. Los Angeles is currently sitting three points out of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, and 10 points behind the Edmonton Oilers for third place in the Pacific Division.

Going back to Tampa Bay is Budaj, who was putting up some impressive numbers with the Kings in 53 games played for the Kings this year. Budaj went 27-20-3 with a 2.12 goals against average and a .917 save percentage, and is tied with Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby for the most shutouts this season with seven.

Budaj, 34, will likely serve as the back up to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who will now take over as the full-time starting goalie in Tampa.

Cernak was a second round pick of the Kings (43rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 19-year old defenseman is currently playing with the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League, where he has scored three goals and registered 14 assists in 41 games played.

Just a short time later, the Arizona Coyotes made a move dealing their leading goal-scorer Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild. Forward Ryan White and a fourth round draft pick was also included in the deal to Minnesota in exchange for a 2017 first round pick, a 2018 second round pick, a conditional fourth round pick in 2019, and prospect Grayson Downing.
 
Hanzal, 30, had a team-high 16 goals for the Coyotes this season to go along with 10 assists in 51 games played in the desert. Hanzal has spent parts of the past 10 seasons with the Coyotes putting up 117 goals and 313 points in 608 games played. The Coyotes selected Hanzal with the 17th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft out of the Czech Republic.

The Wild acquire Hanzal as they currently sit atop the Western Conference standings with 84 points and a 39-14-6 record. Minnesota paid quite a high price on Hanzal in hopes of being able to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hanzal has been pegged to slot in the team's third line center with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville on his wings.

Hanzal is in the final year of a five-year deal with an average annual value of $3.1 million, and will become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. The Coyotes have also agreed to retain 50-percent of Hanzal's salary, which will only cost the Wild $1.55 million against their salary cap.

White was an add-in to the trade as a depth, checking forward who plays primarily on the fourth line. The 28-year old has seven goals and 13 points in 46 games played this season to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

As for Downing, he was in the midst of his second full season in professional hockey with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League. In 47 games with the farm club, the 24-year old centerman had seven goals and 22 points. He will report now to the Coyotes' AHL team, the Tuscon Roadrunners.

On Monday, the Coyotes and Wild were active with one another again on the trade wire. This time it was a minor league deal with the Coyotes acquiring forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Wild for future considerations.

Pulkkinen, 25, has been on the move quite a bit this season with being placed on waivers and moving up and down between the NHL and AHL. Pulkkinen has just one goal in nine games with the Wild, and has 18 goals and 36 points in 47 games in the AHL. Pulkkinen was originally acquired off waivers by the Wild earlier this season from the Detroit Red Wings.

Shortly later, the trade market ignited once again with a flury of movement between numerous teams.

It started with the Lightning returning to the market and sending forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a 2017 second round pick.
 
Boyle has 13 goals and 22 points in 54 games played with the Lightning this season. Boyle, 32, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season after signing a three-year deal with the Lightning in the summer of 2014. Boyle is a veteran playoff performer with 100 games played with 15 goals and 26 points, and has made the playoffs in six straight seasons.

The Leafs are currently sitting in the second and final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with a 28-20-13 record and 69 points. 

Going back to Tampa, Froese will immediately be assigned to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. Froese has 24 goals and 39 points in 48 games with the Toronto Marlies this season, and has played two games in the NHL this season with the Leafs.

Also important to note in the trade, the second round pick the Lightning received will become the highest of the three second round picks the Leafs have. In addition to holding their own, they also own the San Jose Sharks' second rounder along with the Ottawa Senators' second round pick.

Speaking of the Senators, they have made a deal to acquire forward Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks. In exchange, the Senators will deal the Canucks prospect forward, Jonathan Dahlen. As part of the deal, Burrows has signed a two-year extension with a reported average annual value of $2.5 million.
 
Burrows, 25, has nine goals and 20 points in 55 games this season with Vancouver. Burrows has spent his entire 12-year career with the Canucks, scoring 193 goals and registering 384 points in 822 career games. Burrows was on the final year of a four-year deal signed with the Canucks with an average annual salary of $4.5 million.

Dahlen, 19, was a second round pick of the Senators (42nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft and is currently playing with Timrå IK in Sweden's Allsvenskan. Dahlen has 24 goals in 44 games this season in the Swedish Tier-II league.

One other move going down on Monday was between the Dallas Stars and Montréal Canadiens, which sent defenseman Jordie Benn from Dallas to Montréal for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth round pick.

Benn, 29, has two more years remaining on his current contract with an average annual value of $1.1 million. Benn has two goals and 15 points in 58 games in Dallas this season.

Pateryn will have one more year remaining on his deal following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The 26-year old blue liner has one goals and six points in just 24 games, and has been in and out of the lineup at numerous times this season.

On the rumor mill, trade activity could soon be picking up at the KeyBank Center with the Sabres. According to ESPN's Craig Custance, other general managers have taken notice after the Sabres' two losses over the weekend to the Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, however the activity is not believed to be surrounding Sabres forward, Evander Kane.
 
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also adds that the main focal point of trade talks could be surrounding defensemen Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov.

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