There 17 trades involving 26 players prior to the 3 PM (ET) NHL Trade Deadline on Monday and a scurry of deals, including two trades by the Boston Bruins, late Sunday night and into the wee hours of Monday morning. If you’re a betting man and bet on the volume of trades at this deadline, hopefully, you’ve been paying attention to the current finances for NHL franchises and the salary cap this season and bet the under unlike so many who were surprised there were so few trades.
For your Boston Hockey Now Daily Links today, let’s look back on the trade coverage from the National Hockey Now network, as the Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, and Colorado Avalanche all completed trades through the weekend and on NHL Trade Deadline Day.
The Bruins were extremely busy late Sunday night and early Monday morning making two separate trades that netted three players and saw the Bruins give up just one roster player and no first-round picks.
Thanks to four regulars on the blue line not being able to play Sunday night, the Bruins were forced to ice what amounted to an AHL defense against the Washington Capitals. The first place Caps exposed the young and inexperienced Bruins defense in an 8-1 drubbing of the B’s. Within 90 minutes of the final siren mercifully ending a game to forget for the Bruins, General Manager Don Sweeney brought in some blueline depth by acquiring defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Bruins also added what they hope can be a difference-maker for their top 6 forward group and some depth for the bottom 6 by acquiring winger Taylor Hall and center Curtis Lazar in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a 2021 second round draft pick. (Boston Hockey Now)
After signing a one-year, $8 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres last offseason, Hall, as the Sabres have, has struggled mightily. The 2010 No. 1 draft pick and 2018 Hart Trophy hopes to redeem himself with the Bruins down the stretch run and playoffs and then sign an extension with the B’s. (Boston Hockey Now)
My partner-in-crime, Joe Haggerty, thinks Sweeney did a solid job of addressing his team’s most glaring needs. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Stanley Cup contending Colorado Avalanche got wheeling and dealing on Saturday as they acquired more goaltending depth, getting goalie Devyn Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Av’s also re-acquired former Bruins forward Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks and sent the son of former Bruins and Avalanche winger Brian Rolston, Ryder, to the Windy City in the trade. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic addressed the NHL Trade Deadline and the state of his team as they begin the stretch run into what they hope will be a long playoff run. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers snagged one of the biggest fish on the NHL Trade market but did pay a hefty price to the Calgary Flames for forward Sam Bennett. (Florida Hockey Now)
So how did Bill Zito do at his first NHL Trade Deadline for the Panthers? (Florida Hockey Now)
New York Islanders
After acquiring forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac last week, the New York Islanders added some Stanley Cup experience in defenseman Braydon Coburn. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Flyers traded fan-favorite Michael Raffl to the Washington Capitals. (Philly Hockey Now)
Ryan Gilbert evaluates Chuck Fletcher’s performance at the NHL Trade Deadline. (Philly Hockey Now)
Did the Penguins do enough at the NHL Trade Deadline to keep up with the Benjamins in the East? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
San Jose Sharks
Did the Sharks do enough at the NHL Trade Deadline to replenish their system? (San Jose Hockey Now)
Vegas Golden Knights
What will Mattias Janmark, whom the Knights acquired just prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, do for a team poised to make a Cup run? (Vegas Hockey Now)