The Ducks decide to sell, the Kraken trade their captain away, and the LA Kings have a pretty quiet trade deadline.
8. Seattle Kraken (19-38-6)
Last week: 8
Playoff odds: 0%
Seattle was one of the busiest sellers of the trade deadline. They loaded up on draft picks by trading Marcus Johansson to the Washington Capitals, Mason Appleton to the Winnipeg Jets, Calle Jarnkrok to the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Lauzon to the Nashville Predators, and captain Mark Giordano along with Colin Blackwell to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What’s left of the Kraken’s roster will play out the string with little more than lottery odds on the line. They’re now tied for last place in the NHL despite coming off of a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Yanni Gourde put them on top with just under seven minutes to go and later added an empty-netter as well, extending his goal streak to three games and his point streak to six games.
HERE'S YANNI FOR THE LEAD!! pic.twitter.com/NjIte0jfEj
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) March 20, 2022
This week: @ ARI, @ LA
7. Anaheim Ducks (27-27-11)
Last week: 6
Playoff odds: 0.3%
The Ducks accepted their fate. They dealt Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche, Rickard Rakell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hampus Lindholm to the Boston Bruins, and Nicolas Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild. (They also may have acquired Evgenii Dadonov from the Vegas Golden Knights, but somehow that still isn’t clear.)
Anaheim is winless in seven straight games. Given the players they traded away, things don’t figure to get much better down the stretch. At least they still have Troy Terry, though. He potted his 30th goal in just 60 games this season on Monday.
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) March 22, 2022
This week: VS CHI, @ SJ
6. San Jose Sharks (27-27-8)
Last week: 7
Playoff odds: 0.4%
With San Jose needing a bit of a miracle to make the playoffs at this point, Tomáš Hertl could have been one of the biggest names to move at the deadline. Instead, they signed him to an eight-year, $65.1-million contract extension ($8.1375-million cap hit).
The Sharks went 1-2-1 last week, so it’s not like they’re showing signs of making a big push. Rather, they just decided to add another big contract to their books and to try to build around Hertl. Time will tell if they made the right decision.
They did make some minor moves. San Jose dealt Andrew Cogliano to Colorado for a fifth-round pick, Nick Merkley to the New York Rangers for Anthony Bitetto, and Jake Middleton to Minnesota for Kaapo Kahkonen and another fifth-rounder.
Here's that Kahkonen skate save on Toews pic.twitter.com/scGDozJeqO
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) January 23, 2022
This week: @ CGY, @ EDM, VS ANA
5. Vancouver Canucks (30-26-8)
Last week: 5
Playoff odds: 6.8%
There was a whole lot of talk around the Canucks leading up to the deadline, but they didn’t end up doing anything too exciting. They acquired Travis Dermott from the Maple Leafs for a third-round pick, dealt Travis Hamonic to the Ottawa Senators for a third, sent Tyler Motte to the Rangers for a fourth, and claimed Brad Richardson off waivers from the Flames. J.T. Miller, Brock Boeser, and Conor Garland are all sticking around to help Vancouver push for a playoff spot.
Shot so quick, no one saw it the first time. pic.twitter.com/zxJ6WezFdV
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 21, 2022
That whole playoff chase thing hasn’t been going super well lately, though. The Canucks are just 1-3-2 over their last six games and winless over their last three, coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
This week: @ COL, @ MIN, @ DAL
4. Vegas Golden Knights (34-27-4)
Last week: 4
Playoff odds: 43.2%
The Golden Knights snapped a five-game losing streak with home victories over the Florida Panthers and LA Kings before starting this week off with a 3-0 loss to the Wild. They were another team that had a quiet deadline, other than the bizarre Dadonov situation.
Trading him to Anaheim hardly seemed like any way to thank him for his two-goal performance in the win over Florida.
✨ PUUUUUUREEEE GOLD ✨ pic.twitter.com/dqFZs2J8J9
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 18, 2022
POWER PLAY BEAUTY 👀 pic.twitter.com/yTHjos86xV
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 18, 2022
This week: @ WPG, VS NSH, VS CHI
3. LA Kings (34-22-8)
Last week: 2
Playoff odds: 93.6%
They finally found a way to beat the Sharks, but it wasn’t a great week for the Kings. In addition to tough losses suffered to the Avalanche and Golden Knights, they got some bad injury news regarding their defense. Mikey Anderson will likely be sidelined for the rest of the regular season. With all due respect to Anderson, it is of much greater significance that they aren’t promising Drew Doughty will be back before the end of it, either.
Troy Stecher was acquired from the Red Wings for a seventh-round pick to help hold down the fort on the blue line, but the Kings only made minor-league trades aside from that in what turned out to be a quiet deadline for them. Reinforcements will have to come from injured reserve.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 18, 2022
This week: VS NSH, VS CHI, VS SEA
2. Edmonton Oilers (35-23-5)
Last week: 3
Playoff odds: 88.6%
The Oilers saw a five-game winning streak snapped by the Avalanche on Monday but still picked up a point in a 3-2 OT loss. They’ve moved to within a point of the Kings for second place in the division and have a game in hand.
Edmonton’s offense was on fire over the course of that streak, scoring 27 goals in five games. They added a bit more scoring depth at the deadline by acquiring Derick Brassard from the Philadelphia Flyers.
All square after two periods thanks to Derick Brassard.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 12, 2022
The Oilers also shored up their blue line a bit by acquiring Brett Kulak from the Montreal Canadiens.
This week: @ DAL, VS SJ, @ CGY
1. Calgary Flames (38-16-8)
Last week: 1
Playoff odds: 100%
Calgary picked up five of six points, another solid week despite Friday’s 1-0 overtime loss to Buffalo. They remain firmly in the driver’s seat for first place in the Pacific.
The Flames made their big move a month ago when they acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Canadiens, but they brought in some more depth up front before the deadline, too, adding Jarnkrok from the Kraken and Ryan Carpenter from the Chicago Blackhawks.
— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) March 20, 2022
This week: VS SJ, VS ARI, VS EDM