The NHL trade deadline has come and gone and there were plenty of big names sent packing to new teams as contenders gear up for the playoff push. We started seeing some big moves starting last Friday and we are here to recap all the big trades from the past weekend.
Friday February 22nd
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Matt Duchene and defenseman Julius Bergman from the Ottawa Senators for two forward prospects and a 2019 or 2020 first-round pick plus a conditional first-round pick. Duchene has 28 goals and 32 assists in 52 games played this season. The Blue Jackets ended up flipping Bergman to the New York Rangers for defenseman Adam McQuid on Monday.
The defending champion, Washington Capitals, bolstered up their defense by acquiring defenseman Nick Jensen, along with a 2019 fifth-round pick, from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick. Jensen is having a career year averaging 20:48 of ice time and adding in two goals and 13 assists.
Florida acquired Vincent Praplan from the San Jose Sharks. The Panthers sent future considerations to San Jose.
Saturday February 23rd
The Dallas Stars acquired forward Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers for a conditional 2019 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 third-round pick. Zuccarello had 12 goals and 27 assists in 47 games, but will miss at least four weeks with a broken arm after blocking a shot in his Stars debut. Dallas also acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2019 third-round draft pick.
Ottawa and Columbus stayed busy on Saturday by engaging in their second trade in as many days. Ottawa sent forward Ryan Dzingel, and a 2019 seventh-round pick, in exchange for forward Anthony Duclair, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. Dzingel has 22 goals and 22 assists in 57 games this year, while Duclair has 11 goals and eight assists in 53 games.
Sunday February 24th
No major trades occurred on Sunday, but we did see the Buffalo Sabres acquired an offensive minded defenseman. Brandon Montour is being sent to Buffalo, from the Anaheim Ducks, for defenseman Brendan Guhle and a 2019 first-round pick. Montour has 16 goals and 47 assists in 169 regular-season games.
Monday February 25th (Trade Deadline Day)
The first big trade of the day was the San Jose Sharks acquiring forward Gystav Nyquist from the Detroit red Wings for a 2019-second round pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick. Nyquist has 16 goals and 33 assists in 62 games this season.
The Winnipeg Jets acquired forward Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers for Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2022 conditional fourth-round pick. Hayes has 14 goals and 28 assists in 51 games this season while Lemieux has nine goals and two assists in 44 games.
In perhaps the biggest trade of the season the Las Vegas Golden Knights traded for forward Mark Stone and forward Tobias Lindberg, from the Ottawa Senators, for defenseman Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round pick. Stone has 28 goals and 34 assists in 59 games this season. After the trade it was reported that Stone signed an eight year $76 million dollar extension with his new team.
The final trade of the day saw longtime Philadelphia Flyer favorite, forward Wayne Simmonds, traded to the Nashville Predators for forward Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick. Simmonds has 16 goals and 11 assists in 62 games this season.
It was a busy weekend for the NHL, as we saw 31 trades since last Friday, and it surely wont calm down as we are in the stretch run and these teams will work hard to integrate their new players as quickly as possible.