Biggest Moves From the NHL Trade Deadline

NHL Trade Deadline

Taylor Hall



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.



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?



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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