Other deals on Saturday also were influenced by salary-cap considerations. As clubs continued to wait for the official announcement of the cap ceiling for 2019-20, general managers who expect to be near the top of the acceptable range chose not to wait any longer to make moves to give themselves more flexibility.
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Patrick Marleau and a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional first-round draft pick and a seventh-round pick, both in 2020. Marleau, 39, has one year remaining on a contract with a cap hit of $6.25 million.
Supporters of the Vancouver Canucks, the host team, sent a cheer through Rogers Arena with the announcement that the team had acquired forward J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a third-round pick in 2020 and a conditional first-round pick in 2020. The Lightning are also looking for cap relief. Miller’s contract runs for four more seasons at an average annual value of $5.25 million.
Earlier in the week, the Rangers made a big trade of their own for a defenseman, acquiring Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 2019 first-round pick they acquired from the Jets in February as part of the Kevin Hayes trade.
The Rangers had two second-round picks, selecting the Edmonton-born defenseman Matthew Robertson and the Swedish forward Karl Henriksson. They followed with two American-born defensemen, Zachary Jones, in the third round, and Hunter Skinner, in the fourth.
After selecting Kaapo Kakko with the second pick on Friday, the Rangers took another Finnish forward, Leevi Aaltonen, in the fifth round, followed by the 6-foot-6 Swedish forward Adam Edstrom in the sixth round and the Canadian forward Eric Ciccolini in the seventh.
The Islanders picked defenseman Samuel Bolduc from Laval, Quebec, in the second round. They didn’t have a third- or fourth-round pick. They chose the Canadian forward Reece Newkirk in the fifth round, followed by the 20-year-old forward Felix Bibeau in the sixth and the American forward Cole Coskey in the seventh.
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