Hockey fans look forward to this day every year. It is always like Christmas to us hockey fanatics. The NHL Trade Deadline has officially come and gone. We have seen some major moves over the last few days leading up to the ultimate deadline. Some teams improved tremendously for a deep playoff run while some teams were completely silent. Here, we recap the biggest moves of the NHL Trade Deadline.
Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the Islanders
This is the trade that started the dominos falling into place for the NHL Trade Deadline. Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac were shipped to the New York Islanders last week. The return for New Jersey was a few prospects and two picks. One of those picks was a first-rounder as well. The Islanders are all in to make some noise in the playoffs this year. Palmieri and Zajac add veteran presence and some offensive production. This is a great trade for both sides. The Devils get some great assets for two expiring contracts.
#Isles Transaction: The #Isles have acquired forwards Kyle Palmieri & Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards Greer, Jobst, the #Isles 1st round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft & a conditional 4th round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 1/2 https://t.co/BaV5g2DcNN
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 7, 2021
Taylor Hall is off to Boston
A player that has been linked to the Bruins for a while has officially joined the club. Taylor Hall has been linked to Boston ever since last season. Over the summer, he almost signed with the club, but the financial situation made it not worth it. Hall has now been shipped off to Boston from Buffalo. This move is arguably the biggest steal of the NHL Trade Deadline this year. The Bruins only give up Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in this year’s draft. Along with Hall, the Bruins also get forward Curtis Lazar in the trade. How are the Buffalo Sabres considered an NHL franchise with all these returns they get for quality players?
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 12, 2021
Anthony Mantha to the Nation’s Capital
This might be the most shocking trade of the NHL Trade Deadline. Anthony Mantha has established himself as a pretty solid power sniper in this league. While on a depleted team in Detroit, he still manages to put up points on a consistent basis. Today, he starts a new chapter in his NHL career. He has been moved to the Washington Capitals. The Red Wings get Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, a second-round pick next year, and a first-rounder pick this year. The Capitals are giving up a ton for this one player. Vrana has a lot of upside and Panik is a good depth piece. Mantha has some term on his contract which is why the Capitals had to give up so much.
The Detroit #RedWings today acquired RW Richard Panik, LW Jakub Vrana, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for RW Anthony Mantha. pic.twitter.com/Tp8M0uXiJe
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 12, 2021
Jeff Carter to Pittsburgh
This one seems a little puzzling to some fans. Jeff Carter has been traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carter is well past his prime, but he still knows how to score goals. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion brings great veteran leadership for a long playoff run. Carter hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2018 when the Kings got swept by the Golden Knights in round one. This move reminds me of when Matt Cullen was in Pittsburgh. He is not being brought in to score a lot of goals. He is there to provide depth and leadership for a shot at the Cup.
TRADE ALERT 🚨: The Penguins have acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Kings in exchange for conditional 2022 third-round and 2023 fourth-round draft picks.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 12, 2021
Toronto Adds Nick Foligno
This rumor has been circulating for a few weeks now. Nick Foligno has been the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets for quite some time now. Now that the ship is sailing away from the playoffs for Columbus, it was time for Foligno to move on. Toronto came in a scooped him up. The Leafs are one of a few teams to surrender a first-round pick at the NHL Trade Deadline this year. The Leafs have plenty of offensive talent, but veteran leadership is key for a long playoff run. Foligno adds that as well as being a specialist on the penalty kill. After the Leafs made this move, I knew they were all in on this Stanley Cup run.
TRADE: We’ve acquired forwards Nick Foligno and Stefan Noesen in a multi-team trade with Columbus and San Jose. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 11, 2021
David Savard is Off to Tampa Bay
It seems like every year we think Tampa Bay will be in trouble, but we are always wrong. All signs seem to point that Tampa Bay would run into some cap trouble at the deadline, but they are still good. Once again, I have no idea how Tampa gets away with this, but they do. The Lightning are poised to go back-to-back as they have now acquired David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Just like his former Captain, David Savard has been shipped out of Columbus, too. David Savard is a great shutdown defender, but he is also fantastic at generating offensive opportunities. He also has been seen a lot from Tampa in the last two seasons during the playoffs with Columbus. Tampa Bay not only gets a great defenseman but a great person as well.
We have acquired defenseman David Savard in a multi-team trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings. https://t.co/5tYIISleym
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 10, 2021
Mattias Janmark Find Gold in Vegas
The Vegas Golden Knights are a favorite to take it all this year, but they lack depth down the middle. Before today’s deadline, the Golden Knights only had one good center on their roster. Today, that has changed. Mattias Janmark has landed in Vegas from the Chicago Blackhawks. The former Dallas Stars can play the wing, but he can also play center. This is a solid pickup from the Golden Knights at the NHL Trade Deadline in hopes of reaching the final for the second time in four seasons.
🔄 TRADE ALERT 🚨
We have acquired forward Mattias Janmark and a 2022 5th round pick from Chicago! We’ve also added Nick DeSimone from San Jose.
Chicago receives a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2022 3rd round pick. San Jose receives a 2022 5th round pick. https://t.co/VzkQbOlfCe
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 12, 2021
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