A recent history of the NHL salary pranks and how they ended up

               Two weeks ago, the Blue Jackets split from Oliver Bjorkstrand and achieved the $5.4 million cap that his contract would hold for the next four seasons.                 </p><div><p>

Against Bjorkstrand, Seattle Kraken 2023 traded third and fourth picks for Columbus.  Without looking at the context, this is a steal.  However, context is always key, and due to the signings of Johnny Goudreau and Patrick Lane, the Blue Jackets have had to forgo some salary to be in line with the 2022-23 season cap.  Therefore, Bjorkstrand's trading can be classified as a salary dump.  Click here to read from our area <a rel="nofollow" href="https://twitter.com/@daniel_dukart">Dan Twice</a> About why this trade happened. 
Let's take a look at a few salary pranks around the league in recent history and see how they were chosen for the teams that made the moves.  All cap numbers and stats about caps are from capfri Friendly.com.

We will start in 2019 off season. <strong>The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Patrick Marlowe ($6.25 million) along with the 2020 first-round pick (13th overall - Seth Jarvis) and the 2020 7th-round pick (199th overall - Alexander Pachin) to the Carolina Hurricanes for Take the 6th round pick for 2020 (177th overall - Axel Reindel).</strong>
The Leafs had to make this trade to free up cover space so they could sign Mitch Marner, who was RFA at the time, who would end up signing a six-year deal worth $10.903 million.  Jarvis, on the other hand, had an impressive campaign debut in the NHL, finishing in the top ten in both goals and points among the juniors in 2021-22.  As for the other selections included, neither Paschen nor Rendell has yet played in the NHL.

Yes, Toronto had to make that trade, and yes, Mitch Marner is a world-class player.  But, since this trade, Carolina has won three series of qualifiers including the 2020 qualifier round. Toronto?  zero.  However, if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup with Marner playing a big part, the trade will be well worth it. 

Let's move on to the 2020 off season. <strong>The St. Louis Blues took the 2020 third-round pick (86th overall - Dylan Peterson) and the 2020 seventh-round pick (203rd overall - Chase Bradley) from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jake Allen ($4.35 million headgear achievement) and 2022 7th round selection (216th place overall - Miguel Torini).</strong>
This payroll dump is less outrageous than the previous deal, but Allen scored 0.927SV% in 24 regular season games and 0.935SV% in five playoff games in 2019-20, so you could say a goalkeeper with those numbers at that max figure he could make Greater return.  However, the Blues had to account for the $6.5 million hitting extensions of Brayden Schenn and Justin Faulk at the start of the 2020-21 season, and it provided space that enabled them to sign Tory Krug for a seven-year deal at a $6.5 million price tag.  Additionally, Jordan Bennington was entering the final year of a two-year deal and would sign a six-year extension with a cap of $6 million in March 2021. 

This trade worked well for both clubs.  While none of the players selected with the draft picks have yet to play in the NHL, Allen scored .907SV% in 29 regular season games in 2020-21, helping the Habs make the playoffs and move on to the Stanley Cup Final.  The Blues were able to use the maximum space to re-sign key players and made major signings with free agents that have helped them maintain their competitive edge in the two seasons since.

stay off season 2020, <strong>The Detroit Red Wings acquired Mark Stahl ($5.7 million) and 2021 second round (48th place - Artem Groshnikov) from the New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations.</strong>
If you are wondering if the trade is a salary dump, if the team is only receiving future considerations, there is a good chance that it is a salary dump.  It was a necessary move for Rangers, as they kicked off Chris Kreider's eight-year strike extension of $6.5 million for the 2020-21 season and they also had to count RFA Tony DiAngelo, who they signed for two years, $4.8.  M hit the contract. 

The Wings benefited greatly from this, too.  Staal brought a veteran presence to the team in Rebuild, and their pick was filled with 23 and 138 overall picks from the 2021 draft and sent to Dallas for the 15th overall pick in the draft.  With this selection, Detroit has chosen Sebastian Koussa, who they hope will be their future goalkeeper. 

Last but not least, in the off-season of 2020, <strong>The Colorado Avalanche acquired the rights to sign Devon Toyuz of the New York Islanders in exchange for the 2021 second-round pick (60th - Janis Moser) and the 2022 second-round pick (65th overall - Kaley Odilios).</strong>
Upon acquiring Toews, Colorado signed a four-year contract for $4.1 million and won the Stanley Cup in 2022. 

Well, considering that the 2021 second-round pick earned by the islanders was used to ditch Andrew Ladd's salary in a trade deal to Arizona one year later, and Devon Tows played a key role in Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, so far, that's He- sidelined as it happens.  However, if Odelius had become one of the islanders' elite defensemen, trade would not look so slanted toward Colorado as it is now. 

This section is an honorable reference to <strong>Vegas Golden Nights</strong>who traded during the past three seasons (2020-2022) <strong>Max Passeurity, Marc-Andre Fleury, Paul Stastny, Nate Schmidt, and Evgeny Dadonov</strong> For a set of future considerations along with players who never played for the team and choices that were later traded before they were used, for example when the Vegas pick received from Winnipeg for Stastny was part of a trade package sent to <strong>Notice</strong> vs <strong>Brett Houdin</strong>. 

In a tough league like the NHL, these trades are bound to happen.  Whether or not Bjorkstrand's trading is worth it, Jackets is based on Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine's play.  That question will be answered over the next few seasons, the first of which are just over two months away. 

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