Thursday, August 1, 2013
Thursday Morning Cupcheck - Revisiting the 2013 Trade Deadline Sell-off
Panicked Stars fans might remember the 2013 trade deadline as disastrous and/or catastrophic.
Hola mi amigos di hockey. Last week we looked at what it takes to join the U.S. Olympic team. This week, rather than browbeat the league's 30 GMs about why they haven't signed Mark Fistric yet, we're going to take a step back from all the ground-breaking Stars news, and focus on what's really important moving forward: how amazingly accurate we were about all those trades.
Yes, it's time to gauge whether or not you should ever read any other major-market hockey news website again in your entire lives. Spoiler: No, you really shouldn't. So without further delay, let's get on with the self-backslapping!
Trade #1: Brenden Morrow and a 3rd to Pittsburgh for Joe Morrow and a 5th
What the Stars Got: 9 games of Joe Morrow in the AHL, where he followed up an awesome first game with just two points in his last 8, and three more in 9 playoff games. Later they would package Morrow with some other dudes for Boston's Tyler Seguin, who immediately steps in to their biggest roster hole at #1 center. They also got Matej Paulovic in the 5th round, a player so obscure that not even seasoned draftniks knew anything about him.
What the Pens Got: A shockingly competent 14 points in 15 games from B-Morrow, followed by a far-less-shocking 4 points in 14 playoff games, although he did technically score a game-winning-goal in that one game Crosby where had a hat trick. They also got a 152-pound high schooler with that 3rd rounder.
What We Said At The Time: Nothing, as we were too busy cheering that we got anything at all for an old and busted-up Morrow. But the Pens did manage to escape the first round this year, which puts them far ahead of where we predicted they would annually fail.
Uncontested Winner in Hindsight: Dallas. The loss of the 3rd rounder hurt, but anytime you can turn Joe Morrow into Tyler Seguin, you do that trade, provided Seguin doesn't use the words "third round" and "high schooler" all that often next season.
Trade #2: Derek Roy to Vancouver for Kevin Connauton and a 2nd
What the Stars Got: 9 games of Connauton at the AHL level in which he put up 6 points, plus five more in 9 playoff games. Connauton is expected to compete for an NHL job this season, along with AHL pairingmate Cameron Gaunce. The Stars used the 2nd on goalie Philippe Desrosiers, who some consider the steal of the draft.
What the Canucks Got: 12 games and 6 points from Roy centering their second line, then a single assist in four no-show playoff games. Which should come as little surprise to Stars fans who had to suffer through his final games in Dallas, in which he skated lazily in circles, lost most of his faceoffs and couldn't find the defensive zone with a map and a flashing goal-light.
What We Said At The Time: While we were pretty sure Roy had skated his way out of Dallas for good, even we couldn't predict just how titanically awful he would be with Vancouver. The Canucks paid a hefty price for a second-line center, and got less than bupkus. Particularly in the playoffs, where they failed to show up against the San Jose Sharks.
Uncontested Winner in Hindsight: Dallas. If Connauton and/or Desrosiers ever becomes even a mediocre NHL player, Dallas will have walked away with a huge win. If Connauton can become the points-munching powerplay specialist he's capable of, or if Desrosiers can light a fire under Jack Campbell and blossom into an excellent puckstopper five years from now, Canucks fans will ritually execute their team executives with Bo Horvat's skates.
Trade #3: Jaromir Jagr to Boston for Cody Payne, Lane MacDermid and a conditional 2nd
What the Stars Got: 6 games of Lane MacDermid in which he scored two huge goals, then got injured. 15 playoff games for Cody Payne in the OHL, where he put up a measly 2 points, and a conditional 2nd that turned into a 1st that Dallas used to draft Jason Dickinson, who is a boom or bust pick if there ever was one.
What the Bruins Got: 9 points in 11 regular season games, then 10 assists and zero goals in 22 playoff games.
What We Said At The Time: While we were extremely critical of Jagr's me-first cherrypicking no-responsibility game here in Dallas --and were pleasantly surprised when his and Roy's absence directly led to a better team via addition by subtraction-- we were not impressed with the haul former GM Joe got for the future HoFer. MacDermid's two goals in two games were undeniably awesome and tied him with Jagr's output in 27 fewer games, but moving forward MacDermid is a fourth-line role player at best, a solid guy but not terribly unique. Cody Payne has had one good year at the OHL level and is probably not among the Stars' top 20 prospects. That said... Dickinson is a potential beast. He was far and away the most promising young Star at their recent education camp, has offensive tools that rival fellow #1 pick Nichushkin, and a tenacious defensive game to boot.
Uncontested Winner: Dallas. It'll be 2-3 years before we even think about seeing him in a Stars uniform, but Jagr-for-Dickinson might go down as an unexpectedly lopsided trade when the History of the NHL is written thirty years from now. Jagr, meanwhile, was not re-signed by Boston and will join his fourth (fifth come the 2014 deadline) team in three years, as he tries valiantly to play for all 30 NHL clubs before his 45th birthday.
Trade #4: Tomas Vincour to Colorado for Cameron Gaunce
What the Stars Got: 9 games in the AHL from Gaunce, who despite being a stay-at-home defenseman, still managed to put up 5 points alongside defensive partner Connauton. Gaunce put up zero points in 9 playoff games, however.
What the Avs Got: One assist in two games with the big club, then 11 points in 6 games in the AHL. Then Vincour left 'em for the KHL.
What We Said At The Time: Of all the deadline deals, this one was the hardest to stomach. Vincour was an excellent possession player who got over 15 minutes in a game just a half-dozen times as a Star, and produced quite well in those games. He was solid defensively and made his linemates better, was just 22 and one of those quiet guys who improves your team at little cost. Gaunce, however, is a defensive beast who will finally see some NHL minutes next season with the Stars, and could well be their next Brenden Dillon-esque surprise in the d-zone. It was a lateral trade, but one that had some Avs fans fuming.
Uncontested Winner: Dallas. Gaunce has the potential to not just be a solid 2nd/3rd pairing defender, but captain material as well. Vincour, while promising, decided to head to the KHL this summer. So what normally would be a wash is now a decidedly lopsided win for Dallas. The fact that it comes at the expense of our new division rival (and former playoff nemesis) makes it all the more delicious.
So in conclusion, Dallas got Jason Dickinson, Tyler Seguin (kinda), Kevin Connauton, Cameron Gaunce, Philippe Desrosiers and a fourth liner in Lane MacDermid, while Pittsburgh, Boston, Vancouver and Colorado combined got... let's see... carry the five... a kid from high school.
Wait, what? That can't be right (re-checks math, shows work). Yep. Is it too late to nominate Nieuwendyk for 2013 GM of the Year?