The bigger story today coming out of the 2018 NHL trade deadline is what did not happen for the Carolina Hurricanes and what happens from here.
I will write that up in some detail when I have time later tonight.
As the clock was striking midnight, the Hurricanes did pull off one trade sending Josh Jooris to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Greg McKegg.
In checking with a couple contacts who track the Penguins closely, the deal is basically this..
–Greg McKegg is an experienced AHL-level center who should help the Charlotte Checkers in their playoff chase. With 91 games of NHL experience, he also represents experienced NHL-level depth somewhat similar to Phil Di Giuseppe. But at 25 years old, he qualifies much more so as a good AHL player than an NHL prospect at this stage of his career.
–More significantly, what Francis did with this deal was swap a one-way contract (Jooris) for a two-way contract (McKegg). If McKegg spends the rest of the 2017-18 season at the AHL level (as I expect) and does so instead of Jooris, the Hurricanes will save about $130,000 if the general idea was to bury Jooris in the AHL anyway to free up a roster spot for an AHL call up. McKegg is also a restricted free agent this summer which gives the Hurricanes some flexibility on retaining him for AHL-level depth if they choose or cutting him loose to free up another contract in staying under the limit of 50.
From the Canes perspective, I think the trade nets out as saving $130,000 and freeing up another spot for an AHL call up. I guess the other shoe to drop (that has been floating in the air for two weeks now) is for an AHL call up to both go to Raleigh and also play more than a handful of shifts.
–From Pittsburgh’s side, they added another experienced and flexible depth forward who can play center or wing with what little they had left in cap space after the Derek Brassard deal in preparation for what hey hope will be another long playoff run.