The Notable Deals of the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline

by | Feb 24, 2020 | Soapbox | 29 comments

New York Rangers re-sign Chris Kreider to a seven-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $6.5 million

Not a trade, but Kreider was considered the top trade bait entering deadline day. Reports out of New York this morning suggested he was likely to be moved. The Rangers bent on the term, as they reportedly offered a six-year deal. Perhaps the Kreider camp gave a little on the dollars. The 28-year-old left-winger gets the long-term deal to stay put, but time will tell if this deal pans out over the long term for the Blueshirts.

The New York Islanders acquire and sign center Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

New York Islanders acquire center Jean-Gabriel Pageau

The Islanders address a glaring need on their forward lines with Pageau, a skilled two-way player who can skate at center or on the wing. They overpaid to get him, sending a conditional first-round pick in 2020, a 2020 second-rounder, and a conditional third in 2022 to the Ottawa Senators. That was offset by re-signing Pageau to a six-year, $30-million contract extension. The rebuilding Senators got a fine return, leaving them with potentially 13 picks in the 2020 Draft, with nine of those in the first three rounds.

Carolina Hurricanes acquire Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers and Sami Vatanen from the New Jersey Devils

The Hurricanes shored up their banged-up blueline by parting with a first-round pick for Skjei and shipping forward Janne Kuokkanen and a conditional second-round pick to the Devils for Vatanen. With Dougie Hamilton out for several more weeks with a broken leg and Brett Pesce sidelined by an upper-body injury, Skjei and Vatanen should help fill the gaps.

Florida Panthers trade Vincent Trocheck to the Carolina Hurricanes

The Panthers were rumored for weeks to be in the market for a top-four defenseman and Trocheck recently surfaced as a trade candidate. Instead, they swap him for checking-line forwards Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark plus two prospects. Trocheck, meanwhile, should provide the Hurricanes with some welcome depth at center.

Vegas Golden Knights acquire goaltender Robin Lehner

Big pickup there for the Golden Knights, shipping Malcolm Subban, a prospect and a second-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist. Lehner will share the duties with starter Marc-Andre Fleury, providing Vegas with a solid one-two punch between the pipes.

Pittsburgh Penguins acquire forwards Patrick Marleau, Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford made a significant move earlier this month by acquiring Jason Zucker from Minnesota. He wasn’t done tinkering with his forward lines, bringing in three key playoff rentals. They got Marleau for the San Jose Sharks for a conditional third-rounder and shipped center Dominik Kahun to the Buffalo Sabres for winger Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues. In the twilight of his career, Marleau gets a final shot at winning the Stanley Cup. It’s Sheary’s second go-around with the Penguins, winning Cups with them in 2016 and 2017. Rodrigues had requested a trade from the Sabres earlier in the season.

Edmonton Oilers deal for winger Andreas Athanasiou

The Oilers sent Sam Gagner and two second-round picks to the Detroit Red Wings for one of the fastest players in the league in Athanasiou, prompting speculation he’ll become a new linemate for Connor McDavid. If those two mesh well together, Athanasiou will regain the 30-goal form that he’s been lacking this season. Failing that, perhaps he’ll be a better fit on their second line with either Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Oilers also acquired winger Tyler Ennis from the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Mke Green from the Red Wings.

Calgary Flames bring in Erik Gustafsson and Derek Forbort

With Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic still sidelined, the Flames sent a third-round pick in 2020 to the Chicago Blackhawks for Gustafsson and a conditional fourth in 2021 to the Los Angeles Kings for Forbort. Gustafsson is a mobile blueliner and Forbort will bring a physical edge to the Flames defense corps.

Buffalo Sabres acquire winger Wayne Simmonds

The Sabres sent a fifth-rounder in 2021 to the New Jersey Devils for Simmonds. He’ll provide leadership and experience, but won’t address their ongoing need for a scorer. At least they didn’t pay much to get him, plus the Devils picked up half of his $5-million salary-cap hit.

Boston Bruins trade winger Danton Heinen to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Ritchie

This is a swap of two young forwards who needed a change of scenery. Ritchie was the Ducks first-round pick (10th overall) in 2014 but struggled to play up to expectations as a power forward. Heinen had a promising rookie performance (47 points) in 2017-18, but his production has eroded since then.

Colorado Avalanche land Vladislav Namestnikov

With their forward lines depleted by injuries, the Avs sent a 202 fourth-rounder to the Ottawa Senators for the versatile Namestnikov. The 27-year-old is a solid two-way forward who can skate at center or on the wing. He should fit in well on their checking lines.

Philadelphia Flyers add Derek Grant and Nate Thompson

The Flyers had an interest in Jean-Gabriel Pageau before the Senators shipped him to the Islanders. They instead went a more affordable route, sending a minor-league forward and a 2020 fourth-rounder to the Anaheim Ducks for Grant, and a 2021 fifth-rounder to the Montreal Canadiens for Nate Thompson. The two veterans will provide the Flyers with experienced depth up the middle.

Vancouver Canucks acquire Louis Domingue

With starting goalie Jacob Markstrom sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury, the Canucks sent minor-league goalie Zane McIntyre to the Devils for Domingue. He’ll split the duties with Thatcher Demko and should provide some additional insurance once Markstrom returns.


  1. Guess we know how NYR cleared cap to resign Kreider by shipping out Trouba’s best bud.

    Could it mean next season we see Libor Hajek up permanently or K’Andre Miller.

    Definitely frees room to resign ADA.

    Hank not going to a contender shocks me. Sad bc I like him and want him to have a chance with a contender. Colorado would have been fun. Vegas even.

  2. Good day

    I thought the Canes were the biggest winners today !

    Will be back shortly…lol


    • wondering what 1st rd high that will be.

      Nice move getting tougher by Boston. Shame they couldn’t add Palmieri to shore up that 2nd line.

      Any truth Zach Parise to NYI for Andrew Ladd??

  3. Surprised the the number of defensemen moved. There were a lot of names being tossed around l adding up the the deadline but not many who actually moved, at least compared to forwards. You can never have too many defensemen come playoff time, guess the GMs disagree.

  4. Can anyone explain to me the leafs Knights and Hawks 3 way …trade having the Leafs retain a quote unquote portion of money from Lehner conttact to help out the Knights …

    @ Joey theres your garbage !!

    • Leafs landed a fifth to eat Robin’s salary to keep LV under the cap. That is all.

  5. The angst being displayed by some among LeafsNation over the fact they did essentially nothing (but they did re-sign Muzzin at $5,625,000 over the next 4 years) stems largely for the fall they set up for themselves with unrealistic expectations.

    There was NO way they were going to get a # 1 pick for Barrie – not even from Carolina who gave that up to get Skjei – a better defensive D-man by a country mile – now the Leafs lose him for nothing

    There was also NO way they were ever going to get Drew Doughty out of L.A. although some figured all they would have to do is dangle Kapanen

    These were totally unrealistic expectations and when they didn’t happen it brought the level of anger up against Dubas about 6 notches

    • Maybe they keep Barrie George?
      Need to make some room, but possible.
      Somebody needs to play for them and I assume Ceci isn’t coming back.

      I like what the Oil did considering their cap position. Ennis and AA gives them way more flexibility to mix and match lines. Green gives them much needed depth on the blue line at the NHL level. When I was at the Bruins Oiler game last week the Oil had 3 rookies playing on D. They did well, but far from ideal come playoff time.
      The west seems more wide open than the east and when you have McDavid and Draisaitl, you can do something in the playoffs.
      My new sleeper. Is bias clouding my judgement, probably.

      • @ Ray Bark

        Not sure if anyone can get past the Knights in the West ..obviously anything can happen and you can catch lightening in a bottle ..

        but the West is hard pressed to beat Vegas
        ..and the Blues as well..

        looks like they LOVE being defending champs ..same team last last year

        ..but a boat load of nerve !

        here is some back round posting music for you….

        Classic …

        and it dont come much better than this !

    • @ GEORGE O

      Skeji ws locked in for 5 more years a first would make it more reasonable than Barrie ….UFA

      • Well exactly Kal El. Who, in their right mind, would relinquish a 1st in a deep draft for a one-dimensional D who can test the waters as a UFA to see IF anyone would present any kind of substantial increase over the $5.5 mil deal that was expiring. NYI gave up one for a pending UFA – and then re-signed him right away – but that was for what Burke describes as a “three zone” C who can help a team in a number of ways.

    • Expecting miracles from a team that is still 2 years away, minimum.

  6. I think Dubas did the right thing by doing nothing. Mistakes are made this time of year. He knows they are middle of the pack. They weren’t going to make a trade and then be magically competitive. Their core is young.
    Their will be changes in the summer. Dubas should be respected for not making bad trades . Usually that’s what happens and then the next manager has to straighten it out.

    • @ Vinnie

      You do realise the HOT commodity today was draft picks ..and you do realise that Dubas could not make a trade because he all ready GAVE them away ..literally and figuratively !

      ANYWAYS…. Thought the Canes mdeout like bandits today !

      Got a top 6 legit scorer for fringe assets ..picked up not one but 2 TOP 4 D men of which was Brady Skeji…where they got that First Round draft pick for a monetary value from the Leafs VIA Marleau …so essentially a top 4 D man for FREE!

      Had teh leasf not signed CECI …they may have been able to keep Marleau and there 1st and 7th round pick as his cap hit ws 3 quarters of Marleaus …

      If the leafs had that first Round pick today they would have Brady Skeji in there top 4 D pairings tomorrow night and Marleau would not be a Pen.

      Yes I realize there is still 2.6 million outstyanding between Marleau and Ceci but that can be worked out !

      So essentially Ceci was bought for Marleau a first and a 7th ..LMAO !

      And no Brady Skeji ..but instead the Leafs with giving the Canes another Top 1st round pick helped the Canes get better and most likely beat them out of a Playoff spot by giving them ammunition to upgrade which they did in SPADES!!

      This is why I dont like trades either in division or Conferences with how close things are now and with the parody

      • You realize you were baited by a troll?

      • @ Chrisms..

        thast ok ..

        I actually never figured this out in money… picks and players until today …and how fricken idiotic this really is !

        Everyone is going to say …if they didnt sign Ceci that means they would have had to play rookies to keep the cap hit down …

        which essentially is what they are doing anyways ..playing Sandin…. Liljergen… Holl and Marnicin…its absolutely unbelievable really what has transpired…

        The Leafs traded themselves out of a top 4 D man ( which they need ) by moving Marleaus contact and signing Ceci !


  7. Chrisms, that really hurt. At least when George calls me a name I have to look it up in the dictionary. Oh my
    Takes time to build a team

    • @ Vinnie …

      Not sure whats worse …being called a TROLL or simply ignored…LMAO !

      Oh well…

      Here ya go ….ENJOY with a beer !

      • I don’t mind being ignored because I know I am not.
        Everyone reads what I write. Takes time to build a team, ask Dorion he has been chief scout since 2007.
        Their moving up the standings.
        He definitely knows talent. He has built the dynasty that is the Senators

      • Set the bar high Vinnie!
        Comparing the Leafs and the Sens is like apples and oranges. The markets are totally different. It is an advantage. Period.
        Sens barely make $ if they spend to the cap. Plus Melnyk went through some financial problems (of his own making) that has caused him to spend less.
        They can’t front load contracts, buy expensive LTIR contracts for assets etc, and need to build through the draft, go for it in their window, sell it off, try again.
        If you are going to compare the Leafs do it with teams with the same financial means – BOS, NYR etc.

  8. I agree with Vinnie best move Leafs did today was nothing but also believe they shouldn’t have trade Patrick with a first to Carolina they could have played him all year and than traded him for a third. Patrick would not have hurt them this year possibly may have helped them. I realize they needed to make cap room but also wouldn’t have signed Matthews Marner Nylander for anywhere near the cash they received they could have sat. Would have had more cap room and all my picks finished in bottom third and picked a good prospect. Difference is Leafs thought they could compete for Lord Stanley this year I believed two years away with some smart moves.

  9. Ya , you’re right Ray. So I guess the salary cap makes a difference. Rangers 1 cup in 80 years . Bruins 3 cups in 75 years . Leafs no cups in 52 years
    Tampa 1 cup , started same time as Ottawa. Carolina 1 cup. I don’t think a billionaire is that hard up. I don’t think the salary cap doesn’t do a thing. If they wanted it to be fair the Canadian teams would be allowed to be over the cap by the difference in the exchange between the Canadian and American dollars. American teams are set up to win.
    Canadian teams make Canadian dollars and have to pay out American.
    Ya , the salary cap is fair . Lol

  10. Vinnie I know you think I’m full of crap but you will see when I believe the Bruins can’t win cup than sell sell sell and pick good young players build build build. Dreaming is dreaming and competing is competing.

    • Obe , your right that is how you build. That’s what the Leafs have done They started the tear
      down in 2015 . I don’t think the Leafs thought it was done this year. The media is the one that encourages that. The Marleau trade allowed them to sign Kapanen and Johnsson.
      Funny how Toronto is wrong moving Marleau for a first. But Backes for a first makes sense.

      • Agree with most of that Vinnie. Just saying that TO is a rich team and there are competitive advantages that come with that.
        Except the Backes comparison isn’t totally accurate. Need to look at that deal in it’s totality. Axel Anderson for Kase would have been an underpay, the 1st and Backes made it fair IMO.

  11. Can someone explain to me, how is that possible that Bergevin still has a job?
    This guy has no idea what he’s doing. Def the worst manager in the NHL.
    Congrats to NY Rangers, got first and resign Kreider, also congrats to OTT and Carolina for picks and players they acquire

  12. Vinnie difference is Boston has a fighting chance not sure Leafs do but if you do than it’s right move.

  13. Ray , there is competitive advantages for the Leafs because of money. But those same said advantages create just as many disadvantages. Everyone wants to beat the Leafs. Teams play the Leafs harder. Nobody takes Ottawa seriously , they don’t try as hard. Karlsson, Turris, Dzingle all stars in Ottawa. Pretty ordinary now.
    There is different levels in the NHL whether people want to believe or not.
    50 years later an everyone tries harder against an original 6 franchise

  14. Anyone know why Rutherford traded Kahun for Sheary and Rodrigues? Bad trade for the Pens


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