In the past six days, seven players and one draft pick have been exchanged between four NHL teams.
Those deals might be just the sparks that sets off a wildfire of trade activity leading into Sunday’s NHL draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. [3 p.m. NBC Sports Network].
With Vinny Lecavalier, Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgaov already on the market as compliance buyouts and Brad Richards likely to be among the big names joining them, Capitals general manager George McPhee said he expects teams to be very creative in the days and hours leading up to the one-day, seven-round draft.
“Yes, those are the discussions that are going on now with other clubs,” McPhee said earlier this week.
“What do you want to do? How do you want to do it? Does this fit for you if it fits for us? L.A. and Toronto did something that makes sense for both clubs. We’ll talk to everybody and see where it goes.”
The Kings sent backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs for forward Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens and a second-round pick. In next year’s draft. On Thursday, the Avalanche acquired forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich from the Flames for forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien.
The Flames had been rumored to have interest in Caps backup netminder Michal Neuvirth, but McPhee quashed that speculation by saying he has no interest in trading Neuvirth.
That doesn’t mean McPhee isn’t working on a draft day brew that could have a significant impact on the 2013-14 Capitals. McPhee has made a draft day deal in four of the last five years and overall the Caps have made 18 trades on draft day.
Here’s a look at those deals. Get out your scorecards:
June 22, 2012: Caps acquired Mike Ribeiro from Dallas for Cody Eakin and a second-round pick [Mike Winther] in the 2012 Entry Draft.
June 24, 2011: Caps acquired Troy Brouwer from Chicago for a 1st round pick [Phillip Danault] in the 2011 Entry Draft.
June 26, 2010: Caps acquired a 4th round pick [Philipp Grubauer] in the 2010 Entry Draft from Toronto for a 4th round pick [Petter Granberg] and a 5th round pick [Daniel Brodin] in 2010.
June 27, 2009: Caps acquired a 5th round pick [Caleb Herbert] in the 2010 Entry Draft from Phoenix for Sami Lepisto.
June 20, 2008: Caps acquired a 1st round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft [John Carlson] from Philadelphia for Steve Eminger and a 3rd round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft [Jacob Deserres].
June 24, 2000: Caps acquired a 2nd round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft [Matt Pettinger] from Calgary for Miika Elomo.
June 26, 1999: Caps acquired their own 9th round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft [Igor Shadilov] from Chicago for a 7th round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
June 28, 1994: Caps acquired Rob Pearson and Philadelphia’s 1st round pick [previously acquired, Nolan Baumgartner] in the 1994 Entry Draft from Toronto for Mike Ridley and St. Louis’ 1st round pick in the 1994 Entry Draft [previously acquired, Eric Fichaud].
June 26, 1993: Caps acquired a 7th round pick in the 1993 Entry Draft [Andrew Brunette] from Calgary for Brad Schlegel.
June 26, 1993: Caps acquired Craig Berube from Calgary for a 5th round pick in the 1993 Entry Draft [Darryl Lafrance].
June 20, 1992: Caps acquired Kevin Miller from Detroit for Dino Ciccarelli.
June 22, 1991: Caps acquired Toronto’s 2nd round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft [previously acquired, Eric Lavigne] from Quebec for Mikhail Tatarinov.
June 17, 1989: Caps acquired Alan May from Los Angeles for a 5th round pick in the 1989 Entry Draft [Thomas Newman].
June 17, 1989: Caps acquired Bob Mason from Quebec for future considerations.
June 13, 1987: Caps acquired Clint Malarchuk and Dale Hunter from Quebec for Gaetan Duchesne, Alan Haworth and a 1st round pick in the 1987 Entry Draft [Joe Sakic].
June 8, 1983: Caps acquired Dave Christian from Winnipeg for a 1st round pick in the 1983 Entry Draft [Bobby Dollas].
June 9, 1982: Caps acquired Alan Haworth and a 3rd round pick [Milan Novy] in the 1982 Entry Draft from Buffalo for a 2nd round pick [Mike Anderson] and a 4th round pick [Timo Jutila] in the 1982 Entry Draft.
June 9, 1982: Caps acquired Ken Houston and Pat Riggin from Calgary for Howard Walker, George White, a 6th round pick in the 1982 Entry Draft [Mats Kihlstrom], a 3rd round pick in the 1983 Entry Draft [Parry Berezan], and a 2nd round pick in the 1984 Entry Draft [Paul Ranheim].
June 11, 1980: Caps acquired Mike Palmateer and Toronto’s 3rd round pick in the 1980 Entry Draft [Torrie Robertson] from Toronto for Tim Coulis, Robert Picard and a 2nd round pick in the 1980 Entry Draft [Bob McGill]