Trade Deadline Winners & Losers

On Monday,  TXHT covered the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline. It started off slow and then came fast and then calmed down before the floodgates opened just before the deadline. Some teams sold, some teams bought, some teams made smart deals. Here is TXHT Winners and Losers recap of the NHL Trade Deadline.

1200px-Anaheim_Ducks.svg Anaheim Ducks

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Michael Del Zotto, Brian Gibbons, Brandon Montour

Brought in: 6th round pick 2019 STL, Patrick Sieloff, Brendan Guhle, 1st round pick 2019 BUF

Explanation: The Ducks job during this trade deadline was to begin a restructuring process in Anaheim. Most people wish they would full out rebuild and move on from certain parts – but that doesn’t look like it will be happening. Moving Del Zotto and Gibbons was positive for them when some youth or picks is brought back the other way. But the deal of intrigue for most is moving 24 years old stud blueliner, Brandon Montour. It was apparent from sources around the league that the Ducks had thrown his name out there as potential trade bait. But most believed it was just the Ducks trying to gauge his worth on the open market – especially considering he’s a right-handed defenceman who was logging 20 minutes a night for the Ducks. But for the Ducks to get back Brendan Guhle – a young 2-way defender, who should easily be a top 4 defenceman in NHL – and a 1st round pick in 2019 – gauging it will be around 15-20th overall – is a steal for the Ducks.

Winner or Loser: Winner

ARI Thumb - CopyArizona Coyotes

Sellers or Buyers: Neither

Traded: Jordan Weal

Brought in: Michael Chaput

Explanation: The Coyotes made quite a few moves earlier on in the season and because deadline trackers were open for business. Shipping out Dylan Strome, Brandon Perlini, Laurent Dauphin, Adam Helweka and bring in Nick Schmaltz, Jordan Weal, Emil Petterson. But unfortunately for the Coyotes, their season has gone down in injuries.

Winner or Loser: Neither

BOS Thumb - CopyBoston Bruins

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Ryan Donato, 2019 5th round pick (conditional), 2nd round pick 2019 (BOS), 4th round pick 2020 (BOS)

Brought in: Marcus Johansson, Charlie Coyle

Explanation: The Bruins find a way to come out winners at the trade deadline almost every year. This season the Bruins did it again acquiring a mixture of speed, skill, and grit in Charlie Coyle and offensive winger in Marcus Johansson. The Bruins were already dangerous this just makes them more dangerous right down their lineup.

Winner or Loser: Winner

BUF Thumb - CopyBuffalo Sabres

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: 1st round pick 2019, Brendan Guhle

Brought in: Brandon Montour

Explanation: The Sabres got their right-handed defencemen and improved their blueline. Will it bring them the playoffs? Who knows but they definitely improved their blueline moving forward.

Winner or Loser: Winner

CAL Thumb - CopyCalgary Flames

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: 4th round pick 2020 (CGY)

Brought in: Oscar Fantenberg

Explanation: The Flames had a rough go at the trade deadline. Most analysts and reporters reporting that the Flames had 3 big deals in the work that we’re all finished but fell through last second. Jason Zucker to Calgary was all but done but something happened that Minnesota called off the deal last second. A lot of sources say that the Flames had the best deal on the table for Wayne Simmonds but that Simmonds would not wave his No Trade to go to Calgary. Finally, most outlets are reporting that Calgary was all in for Alex Edler but the deal was contingent on Edler resigning with Calgary, and within the last hour or 2 the Canucks decided against trading Edler and pulled out.

Winner or Loser: Losers

DAL ThumbDallas Stars

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: 2nd round pick 2019 (DAL), 3rd round pick 2019 (DAL), 3rd round pick 2020 (DAL), Conor Carrick

Brought in: Mats Zuccarello, Ben Lovejoy

Explanation: The Stars made the tough choice of whether to throw in the towel for this season or go for it – they decided to go for – acquiring speedy winger Mats Zuccarello – highly sought after – and Ben Lovejoy – solid stay at home guy who works hard. Zuccarello scored a goal and an assist in his first game as a star but then was injured and is out 4 weeks. But still, these deals make them better

Winner or Loser: Winner

DET Thumb - CopyDetroit Red Wings

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Gustav Nyquist, Nick Jensen, 5th round pick 2019 (DET)

Brought in: 2nd round pick 2019 (SJ), 3rd round pick 2020 (SJ), Madison Bowey,  2nd round pick 2020 (WSH)

Explanation: The Red Wings had another excellent deadline for their rebuilding process. Grabbing a couple of 2nd rounders and a 3rd rounder would have been a nice haul but grabbing Madison Bowey – Who could potentially turn into a number 2 or 3 defenceman and will be given the opportunity to do so in Detroit – is an amazing pick up for the Wings.

Winner or Loser: Winner

FLA Thumb - CopyFlorida Panthers

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Derrick Brassard, 6th round pick 2019 (FLA), Chris Wideman

Brought in: 3rd round pick 2020 (COL), Sebastian Dea

Explanation: The Panthers season has been an utter failure and so was their trade deadline. Bring in a pick and prospect but have yet to bring in an impact player to play with Barkov. Panthers should have been looking for players with term on their contract to compliment Barkov.

Winner or Loser: Loser

LA Thumb - CopyLos Angeles Kings

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Oscar Fantenberg, Carl Hagelin

Brought in: 4th round pick 2020 (CGY), 3rd round pick 2019 (WSH), 6th round pick 2020 (WSH)

Explanation: The Kings fell short on what should have been a firesale in LA. Names like Kovalchuk, Toffoli, Carter, Clifford were all thrown out there. Rumors swirled all day at Boston taking a jab to get Toffoli – who seemed to be Boston’s first choice for a winger, but the price was a 1st pick and the Kings wouldn’t come down off that price – But none of the trades seemed to come to pass, which leads to believe like many analysts have reported that the Kings were overpricing their players.

Winner or Loser: Loser

MIN Thumb - CopyMinnesota Wild

Sellers or Buyers: Neither

Traded: Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle

Brought in: Kevin Fiala, 4th round pick 2019 (BOS), Ryan Donato

Explanation: The Wild seemed to be sellers coming into the deadline but with the deals, they made at the deadline they didn’t lose much skill and what they did lose in skill they gained in potential. Donato has been lights out since coming from Boston -Donato seemed to lose favor with the coaching staff in Boston – while Kevin Fiala is a young kid who looked good in Nashville and oozes potential.

Winner or Loser: Winner

MON Thumb - CopyMontreal Canadiens

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Ryan Donato, 2019 5th round pick (conditional), 2nd round pick 2019 (BOS), 4th round pick 2020 (BOS)

Brought in: Marcus Johansson, Charlie Coyle

Explanation: The Bruins find a way to come out winners at the trade deadline almost every year. This season the Bruins did it again acquiring a mixture of speed, skill, and grit in Charlie Coyle and offensive winger in Marcus Johansson. The Bruins were already dangerous this just makes them more dangerous right down their lineup.

Winner or Loser: Winner

NAS Thumb - CopyNashville Predators

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Ryan Hartman, 4th round pick 2020, Kevin Fiala

Brought in: Wayne Simmonds. Mikael Granlund

Explanation: The Preds found a way again to end up with one of the top talents in the league and really give up very little for him. Then swapping a young player with potential for a proven top-six winger isn’t old at all. Preds got everything they want without sacrificing Tolvanen.

Winner or Loser: Winner

NJ Thumb - CopyNew Jersey Devils

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Ben Loveoy, Keith Kincaid

Brought in: Connor Carrick, 3rd round pick 2019 & 5th 2019

Explanation: The Devils find a way to deal some guys. The Kincaid deal was a head-scratcher, almost a shot at Kincaid’s ability but none the less decent deadline for Jersey

Winner or Loser: Winner

NYR Thumb - CopyNew York Rangers

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Adam McQuaid, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello

Brought in: Julius Bergman, 4th round pick 2019 (CBJ), 7th round pick 2019 (CBJ), Brendan Lemieux, 1st round pick 2019 (WPG), 4th round pick 2022 (WPG), 2nd round pick 2019 (DAL), 3rd round pick 2020 (DAL)

Explanation: The Rangers did some amazing things at the deadline – bringing in a ton of picks and some good prospects to add to an already impressive young core. Give the Rangers 2-3 years and they could be very dangerous.

Winner or Loser: Winner

OTT Thumb - CopyOttawa Senators

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Matt Duchene, Julius Bergman, Ryan Dzingel, 7th round pick 2019 (OTT), Patrick Sieloff, Mark Stone

Brought in: Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson, 1st round pick 2019 (CBJ), Conditional 1st round pick 2020 (CBJ), Anthony Duclair, 2nd round pick 2020 (CBJ), 2nd round pick 2021 (CBJ), Brian Gibbons, Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, 2nd round pick 2020 (VGK)

Explanation: The Sens did all the right things at the deadline, the rumors about signing Duchene and Stone would have been nice from an organizational perspective. But the Senators did everything right, all these prospects and picks especially Brannstrom. Senators fans are in for a real treat.

Winner or Loser: Winner

COL Thumb - CopyColorado Avalanche

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: 3rd round pick 2020 (COL)

Brought in: Derrick Brassard, 6th round pick 2019 (FLA)

Explanation: The Avalanche told everyone they wouldn’t be making any big moves at the deadline, but they quietly made one of the best low risk/high reward moves of the deadline. Brassard has struggled but with the right team could flourish and they didn’t give away anything of huge substance.

Winner or Loser: Winner

CLB Thumb - CopyColumbus Blue Jackets

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson, 1st round pick 2019 (CBJ), Conditional 1st round pick 2020 (CBJ), Anthony Duclair, 2nd round pick 2020 (CBJ), 2nd round pick 2021 (CBJ), Julius Bergman, 4th round pick 2019 (CBJ), 7th round pick 2019 (CBJ), 5th round pick 2019 (CBJ)

Brought in: Matt Duchene, Julius Bergman, Ryan Dzingel, 7th round pick 2019 (OTT), Adam McQuaid, Keith Kincaid

Explanation: The Blue Jackets know that Panarin might be on his way out but in a last-ditch effort to convince Duchene to sign and Panarin to stay they went all in. I’m sure they will regret this in the future but I guess we will find out.

Winner or Loser: Winner/Loser

PHI Thumb - CopyPhiladelphia Flyers

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Wayne Simmonds, Anthony Stolarz

Brought in: Ryan Hartman, 4th round pick 2020 (NSH), Cam Talbot

Explanation: The Flyers sold a UFA in Simmonds but picked one up in Talbot as well. So kind of a half sale in Philly. Don’t think the Flyers are sold they are out of a playoff spot just yet.

Winner or Loser: Loser

PIT Thumb - CopyPittsburgh Penguins

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Sebastian Dea, Tyler Toffoli

Brought in: Chris Wideman, Erik Gudbranson

Explanation: The Penguins made their small depth moves as normal with such a strong core you can’t really blame them. Gudbranson could be a gamechanger for the Penguins.

Winner or Loser: Winner

SJ Thumb - CopySan Jose Sharks

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: 2nd round pick 2019 (SJ), 3rd round pick 2019 (SJ)

Brought in: Gustav Nyquist

Explanation: The Sharks are also all in this solidifies the wing position and gives them some more scoring punch. Sharks didn’t pay a premium price.

Winner or Loser: Winner

STL Thumb - CopySt. Louis Blues

Sellers or Buyers: Small buyers

Traded: 6th round pick 2019

Brought in:  Michael Del Zotto

Explanation: The Blues just adding a little more offensive flair to the blue for cheap. Del Zotto has never really found a home. So can’t really say winner or loser.

Winner or Loser: undetermined

TOR Thumb - CopyToronto Maple Leafs

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Par Lindholm

Brought in: Nic Petan

Explanation: The Leafs had an underwhelming deadline. They were expected to come in and grab one of the power forwards – Wayne Simmonds or Kreider – to add some size and grit to the team. But didn’t do it. Instead, Kyle Dubas decided to stay the course and ship off an expiring contract of a player that the Leafs probably wouldn’t resign and get a player that is smallish but oozes potential. This still doesn’t make up for the terrible deadline and not addressing needs.

Winner or Loser: Loser

VAN Thumb - CopyVancouver Canucks

Sellers or Buyers: Sellers

Traded: Erik Gudbranson

Brought in: Tyler Toffoli

Explanation: The Canucks had an interesting deadline considering they almost dealt Alex Edler away but pulled out of the potential deal just before finalizing it. This deal is an interesting one because I’m not sure what sense this makes for the Canucks, From all accounts Gudbranson was a good locker room guy and was the hardest worker on the defence.

Winner or Loser: Loser

VGS Thumb - CopyVegas Golden Knights

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg, 2nd round pick 2020 (VGK)

Brought in: Mark Stone

Explanation: The Golden Knights bring in one of the most prized possessions at the deadline in Mark Stone and yet still considered losers because of the package they paid. A lot of talk was going on that the Knights would not part with Brannstrom, no matter what – But not only did they give up one of the most highly touted prospects in the league, they gave up a young forward in Lindberg who hasn’t been given top 6 minutes as of yet.  This trade could come back to bite Vegas but they did resign Stone so this could be interesting for both sides.

Winner or Loser: Winner/Loser

WAS Thumb - Copy Washington Capitals

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Madison Bowey, 2nd round pick 2020 (WSH), 3rd round pick 2019 (WSH), 6th round pick 2019 (WSH)

Brought in: Nick Jensen, 5th round pick 2019 (DET), Carl Hagelin

Explanation: The Caps wanted to add some speed and little more offensive flair to their lineup. They accomplished both with Hagelin and Jensen. Jensen is a great young defender as well so locking him up was key.

Winner or Loser: Winner

WIN Thumb - CopyWinnipeg Jets

Sellers or Buyers: Buyers

Traded: Brendan Lemieux, 1st round pick 2019 (WPG), 4th round pick 2022 (WPG), Nic Petan

Brought in: Kevin Hayes, Par Lindholm

Explanation: The Jets did everything right. Acquiring a big number two centermen who can score and skate. Then adding some 4th line grinding defensive help. Jets are geared up for a big run this season.

Winner or Loser: Winner

 

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