The struggle between the three eastern Canada teams at the Atlantic summit moved to the offices of the Directors General, while the Canadian, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators all Exchanges on Monday.
The Canadian made a first move by acquiring defender Jordan Benn of the Dallas Stars for defender Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in 2017.
Benn, 29, is in his sixth season in the NHL, all with the Stars. This season, the left-handed defender scored two goals, added 13 assists, and 24 penalty minutes in 58 games. Its defensive ratio is -3.
In his career, Benn played in 302 NHL games and scored 71 points, including 11 goals. He is under contract until the end of the 2018-2019 season at an annual salary of $ 1.1 million.
“In Jordan Benn, we just got a defender with NHL experience, and a player that we think will improve our defensive brigade. In addition to providing stability in our area, it will also bring an offensive touch, “said Canadian general manager Marc Bergevin in a statement.
The Benn acquisition occurred almost at the same time that the Maple Leafs and the Senators also announced they had moved. Toronto secured the services of forward Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for a minor league player and a second round contingency in 2017. As for Ottawa, he traded with the Canucks Vancouver and captured veteran Alex Burrows for Jonathan Dahlen, a hopeful of only 19 years.
A new start
Although his name was circulating in rumors of transactions for a few days, Pateryn was a little surprised by the transaction. He sees in this exchange an opportunity to start from scratch.
“I felt a bit stuck, and that’s why change sometimes can be productive. I think it will be profitable for me and will give me an opportunity to start afresh, “said Pateryn, who attended a brief teleconference late in the afternoon.
Pateryn was frequently left out this season, including Saturday night in Toronto. It was also the case at the beginning of the season when the Canadian wanted to give an audition to young hopeful Mikhail Sergachev, and again in early February, after Marc Bergevin acquired the services of defender Nikita Nestorov of Tampa Bay.
“Early in the season, it’s hard to determine what you want to accomplish. I think you’re trying to show that you’ve improved and that you’ve taken steps in the right direction, and I think I did. Certainly it’s disappointing not to play as often as you hope. Moreover, I know what mistakes I have been responsible for and I have tried to correct them as much as possible, “said Pateryn, who missed 24 meetings between December 8 and January 26, Of an injury to an ankle. “I was a little unlucky. I began to play well and regain some rhythm and I had this bad injury. But it’s part of the sport and we have to find ways to bounce back. ”
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired striker Brian Boyle in an exchange with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won a second-round pick in 2017 and forward Byron Froese.
Boyle, 32, is likely to become a free agent without compensation at the end of this season. He has 13 goals and 9 assists to his record in 54 games this season. In 603 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers and the Lightning, he has 93 goals and 73 assists.
The Hingham hockey player in Massachusetts is known to be a responsible defensive forward who can win his faceoffs and offers the Maple Leafs deep center stage beyond Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak. This exchange suggests that the Lightning will make other staff movements as the team has already handed over goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Boyle has taken part in 100 playoff games, including 42 in the past two years. He is leading a veteran to the young Maple Leafs who are trying to make their way to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Boyle was still part of the Lightning at the time of a nap in the morning on Monday. When he awoke, he learned that he had been exchanged in Toronto. “You’re kind of asking yourself,” OK, where do I start? “Boyle said about his first reaction. “Do I make at least one suitcase right away?” Do I take a shower? It’s different … it’s really different as a sensation. ”
It is suspected that Leafs coach Mike Babcock will appreciate Boyle’s gauge (6’6 ” and 244 pounds), in addition to his efficiency at the face-off circle. He won 53% of the time, this season.
“There are brilliant people in the leadership positions of the Leafs, and I think they have a good idea of what kind of player I am,” Boyle told a telephone press conference about two hours after He was made aware of the exchange. “I will continue to practice the same style of play.”