Earlier this evening, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded David Clarkson ($5.25M cap hit through 2020) to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton ($5.3M cap hit through 2020). In this deal, two horrible contracts were traded for each other, but the deal actually helps both clubs. Here’s a breakdown of how each team benefits from the trade.
The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is now less than a week away and with this today’s deals of Jiri Sekac for Devante Smith-Pelly and Sean Bergenheim to Minnesota, the domino’s are starting to fall for a busy deadline week. Every year there are buyers and sellers which are largely determined from the standings and whether a team is in the playoff hunt or on the outside looking in. The buyers try to add pieces that will help them down the line and into the playoffs while the sellers start to look toward future seasons unloading players they likely won’t sign come free agency or don’t see part of their long-term plan.