Analysis of offers before the April 12 deadline
The NHL trade deadline is April 12 at 3 p.m. ET on April 12. Here are the transactions that took place before the last day:
April 11: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire center Jeff Carter from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional third-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2023. After 10-season games in Los Angeles that included two Stanley Cup victories by the Kings, Carter was dispatched to Pittsburgh. Playing behind Sidney Crosby and (once healthy) Evgeni Malkin, the 36-year-old Carter – who is still a year older on his contract – should register well as a seasoned veteran among the Penguins’ bottom six. He has 19 points in 40 games this season. The Kings are keeping 50% of Carter’s salary to make the deal happen.
April 11: The Boston Bruins acquire defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators for a third-round pick in 2022. Boston has lost a few veterans of the blue line to free agency, and their defense has been exposed to injury this season. Reilly, a pending unrestricted free agent, is reliable and has a career record 19 points.
April 11: The New York Islanders acquire defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Ottawa Senators for a seventh-round pick in 2022. A movement of depth. But he’s got a lot of playoff experience.
April 11: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire goaltender David Rittich from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in 2022. Jack Campbell set an NHL record with an 11-0 start, but the depth of goalies can’t hurt, especially with Frederik Andersen still on the injured list. Rittich likely won’t be re-signed in Calgary with Jacob Markstrom signed for six years, so the Flames get a trump card. They keep 50% of the goalkeeper’s salary.
April 11: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire forward Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Stefan Noesen from the San Jose Sharks. The Blue Jackets get a first round and fourth round pick in 2022 and the Sharks get a fourth round. Foligno, captain of the Blue Jackets, provides leadership, physical play and offense. He can move to the second or third row of the Leafs. The Sharks got involved in the deal to absorb money. Columbus keeps 50% of his salary and San Jose 25%. The Blue Jackets have now picked up two first-round picks in two days.
April 11: The New Jersey Devils acquire defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Washington Capitals for a conditional third-round pick. The Siegenthaler move gives the Capitals a little extra wiggle room if they chase a goalie with playoff experience. Henrik Lundqvist tweeted on Sunday that he was abandoning his attempt to come back this season because a health check had revealed heart inflammation. Siegenthaler will be a restricted free agent and the Devils have three unrestricted free agent defenders on their roster.
April 11: The Montreal Canadiens acquire defenseman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings for a fifth round pick and forward Hayden Verbeek. A deep move with Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot out long-term with a broken hand. Verbeek’s uncle Pat played two seasons with the Red Wings.
April 10: The Tampa Bay Lightning acquire defenseman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-way trade with the Detroit Red Wings. The defending Stanley Cup champions were expected to stay on the sidelines at the deadline due to cap issues. But they added a defender who can play 20 minutes per game, kill penalties, deliver hits and block shots. They pay only 25% of Savard’s salary, Columbus withholding half and Detroit 25%. The Blue Jackets get a first-round pick and a third round pick in 2022, while the Red Wings get a fourth-round pick.
April 10: The Florida Panthers acquire defenseman Brandon Montour from the Buffalo Sabers for a third round pick. The Panthers are without top defenseman Aaron Ekblad (leg surgery) and Montour offers solid depth. He has five goals this season.
April 10: The Colorado Avalanche acquires goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round pick. The Avalanche remember vividly how an injury to goaltender Philipp Grubauer sidelined their playoff hopes last year. Now their depth is better. Pateryn was traded for the second time this season.
April 9: The Colorado Avalanche acquires defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings for a fourth-round pick in 2022. Scorching Avs boost their depth on defense with a player they know – Nemeth was on Colorado’s playoffs in 2018 and 2019.
April 9: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire forward Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2022. Toronto is making a deep playoff recovery as injured Nash, a waiting unrestricted free agent, is set to miss the remainder of the regular season with a knee problem. CBJ could get a sixth-round pick instead of a seventh if Nash plays 25% of Toronto’s playoff games.
April 8: The Chicago Blackhawks acquire forwards Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom, defenseman Riley Stillman and a seventh-round pick from the Florida Panthers for defenseman Lucas Carlsson and forward Lucas Wallmark. This is the second exchange of the teams in less than a week. Florida appears to be making room for a bigger move. Connolly is one of the last six forwards who has scored 15 or more goals four times, Stillman is a physical player and Borgstrom, who plays in Finland, has a good advantage. Wallmark was also distributed to the Panthers on the deadline of last year.
April 7: The New York Islanders acquire forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils for a first-round pick, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022, and potential forwards AJ Greer and Mason Jobst. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello had to make a move following the loss of captain Anders Lee for the season, and he made a big one. Palmieri averaged 26 goals per season from 2015-20, and Zajac is a longtime Devils player who was drafted by Lamoriello when he was New Jersey general manager. The Devils keep 50% of the salaries of both players. The two were potential unrestricted free agents, and the deal distances Palmieri from division rival Boston Bruins.
April 2: The Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. General manager Stan Bowman has a history of reacquiring former Blackhawks, and Hinostroza played his first three seasons in Chicago. The forward hasn’t been used much in Florida (zero points in nine games), but he’s quick.
March 28: The Los Angeles Kings acquire forward Brendan Lemieux from the New York Rangers for a fourth-round pick. Lemieux (59 penalty minutes) will give guts to a team whose leader had 23 minutes at the time of the exchange. The Rangers get an asset for someone who would likely have been exposed in the expansion plan. He will also have a bigger role in Los Angeles.
March 27: The Montreal Canadiens acquire center Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabers for a third and fifth round pick. Although Staal scored three goals at the time, the veteran has averaged 20 goals the previous two seasons with the Minnesota Wild. He can provide the offensive depth the Canadians need to grab a playoff berth. He scored in overtime in his debut for the Canadiens.
March 26: Anaheim Ducks acquire Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alexander Volkov for forward Antoine Morand and a seventh-round pick in 2023. The Lightning had to act to improve its salary cap situation. Volkov scored in his first game for the Ducks.
March 21: The Colorado Avalanche acquires goaltender Jonas Johansson from the Buffalo Sabers for a sixth round pick. With backup goalkeeper Pavel Francouz injured and Hunter Miska ineffective, the Avalanche needed someone to give goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer an occasional break.