Vancouver’s war room was relatively quiet on the day of the NHL trade deadline, but the Canucks did make one small move after a morning of inactivity.
The Canucks acquired Cory Conacher, a center from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Dustin Jeffrey, a center who has spent the season in Utica.
Conacher played in 15 games for the Islanders this season, scoring three points (1-2-3) with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-minus of -3. In 28 games this year with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Conacher has 22 points (5-17-22) with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-minus of -8.
In 141 career NHL games, Conacher has 58 points (19-39-58). He also scored three playoff goals with the Ottawa Senators in 2013.
Conacher’s most complete NHL season came last year with the Senators and Buffalo Sabres. In a combined 79 games (60 with Ottawa, 19 with Buffalo), Conacher had 26 points (7-19-26) and 50 penalty minutes. Conacher had a plus-minus rating of 8 in Ottawa and -7 in Buffalo that year.
Jeffrey has played in 49 games for Utica this year with 41 points (17-24-41), 18 penalty minutes and a plus-minus of 5.
In 124 NHL games, Jeffrey has 31 points (17-14-31). The only time Jeffrey reached double digits in scoring was during the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 12 points (7-5-12) in 25 games. Jeffrey has never played more than 26 games in a single season in the NHL.
Conacher has been told to report to Utica, where he said he hopes to be a depth guy and become Vancouver’s first call-up. Purely an AHL move that won’t likely have any direct impact on the Canucks.
Now, back to our debate on doughnuts.