Another domino about to fall?


A few days before the National Hockey League (NHL) amateur draft, we should expect to see the general managers take action and move their pawns.

The team wanted to know how long the latter left the dust to settle after winning the Stanley Cup before proceeding to the first major transaction. This year, it was the Kings who kicked off the game by getting their hands on Kevin Fiala on Wednesday.

For the purposes of the exercise it was enough to find the date on which the cup was won, then evaluate what was the first major transaction of that year.

An important factor to consider, however, was the date the repechage takes place, as many teams prefer to trade on the amateur auction floor.

This year Avalanche won full marks on June 26, and as the amateur draft takes place on July 7, that leaves a 12-day gap to fill manager hires, contract extensions but most importantly important transactions. .

On average over the past five years, the draft takes place 12 days after the Stanley Cup victory. Then, at the intervals that will be indicated below, 6 days after the consecration a big exchange takes place. So stay tuned this Saturday, July 2nd, because if the trend continues, some dominoes should drop right now.

What has attracted attention in recent years

Last year, the Lightning won in five games against the Canadiens on July 7, 2021. Hence, Ken Holland of the Oilers wasted no time and sought to address the defensive shortcomings of his club that had been blown away in the first round by acquiring Duncan Keith. It happened on July 12, five days after the conquest.

However, we have to put an asterisk last year, because the Kraken Seattle expansion draft was supposed to take place on July 21st. Likewise, the teams had to provide their protection list before July 17. So, to stick to this said list, the period July 12-17 is packed with transactions, particularly those of Ryan Graves from the Avalanche to the New Jersey Devils, or Ryan Ellis switching from the Predators to the Flyers. The amateur draft took place on July 23, 2021.

In 2020, Lightning wins in the Edmonton bubble in six games against the Stars starting September 28. Hoping to make up for lost time, the NHL will virtually host the draft no more than 8 days later, on October 6. This time, no noteworthy transactions occur between the two dates. In fact, it was Marc Bergevin who took down the first domino on auction day by picking up Josh Anderson of the Blue Jackets in exchange for Max Domi’s services and a round three pick.

On June 12, 2019, the Blues beat the Bruins at home at TD Garden. It will only take two days for Matt Niskanen to take the road to Philadelphia, while Radko Gudas takes the opposite road to Washington. However, it is precisely on June 17 that a great coup d’état takes place. Jeff Gorton gets his hands on coveted right-handed defender Jacob Trouba, for whom he lets Neal Pionk go and pick him in the first round. Thus, on June 21, the Jets set their sights on Ville Heinola in the 20th echelon.

2018 will be the year Alex Ovechkin finally won his first (and only to date) Stanley Cup on June 7. for the fiery Max Domi that fans remember. Someone will remember that it all happened on a Friday evening, June 15th, exactly one week before the amateur auction of that year.

On June 11, 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins defended the title by beating the Nashville Predators in six. Their parade will take place on the 14th, and while everyone is preparing for the Golden Knights expansion project, Marc Bergevin (again him) has a little surprise in store for the world of hockey. Indeed, it was on June 15, 2017 that the Habs acquired Jonathan Drouin in exchange for Mikhail Sergachev, a transaction that still marks the minds of Montreal fans five years later. The deadline for submitting its protection list was June 17 in preparation for the June 21 expansion draft, where all trades made with Vegas will be announced. The amateur project will be two days later.

The only downside to this analysis is that Marc Bergevin took part in 60% of these transactions. And the latter being in Los Angeles, it was obviously the Kings who made the first big move this year …

Summary table

Cut : July 7 Transaction : July 12 Draft : 23 July*

Cut : September 28th Transaction : October 6 Draft : October 6

Cut : June 12th Transaction : June 17th Draft : June 21st

Cut : 7 June Transaction : June 15 Draft : June 22nd

Cut : June 11th Transaction : June 15 Draft : June 23 *


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