Mark Stone to Vegas
Ottawa receives: Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round pick
Vegas receives: Mark Stone
The biggest deal of the day was done when Mark Stone was shipped off to the defending Western Conference champs. Stone is set to score 30+ goals and has 28 goals, 34 assists and 62 points this season. He should fit well with a Vegas team that could use an extra kick on offense. Shortly after acquiring Stone, the Golden Knights wasted no time at all, signing him to an eight-year extension.
Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg
Winnipeg receives: Kevin Hayes
New York receives: 2019 first-round draft pick, Brendan Lemieux and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick
The Jets and Predators are in a dog fight for the Central Division title, separated by only one point, so the Jets tried to add even more firepower to their offense. Hayes comes in with 14 goals and 28 assists for a 42 point total. He should add some great depth up the middle and will likely center Patrik Laine, (who could use a shake-up after a slumping season, and Nikolaj Ehlers.
Mikael Granlund to Nashville
Minnesota receives: Kevin Fiala
Nashville receives: Mikael Granlund
Nashville watched its division rival Winnipeg go out and acquire Kevin Hayes, so they went out and made a splash as well. The Predators made a one-for-one deal with Minnesota and received right wing Mikael Granlund. Nashville gave up a younger winger in Fiala in exchange for Granlund, who will bring more experience and production to the Nashville wingers, including 15 goals and 34 assists for 49 points on this season so far.
Gustav Nyquist to San Jose
Detroit receives: 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional third-round draft pick
San Jose receives: Gustav Nyquist
San Jose currently sits at second in the NHL in scoring offense, and in second place in the Western Conference standings, three points behind Calgary. The Sharks added a player with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points in Gustav Nyquist, who put up those numbers on a Detroit team that struggles on offense as a whole. Nyquist should instantly add depth on the wings for the Sharks, a team that made a statement with this move that they aren’t going to settle for second in anything.
Matt Duchene to Columbus
Ottawa receives: Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson, 2019 or 2020 first-round pick and a conditional first-round pick
Columbus receives: Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman
There were lots of people expecting Columbus to shop winger Artemi Panarin, but instead of dealing him they went out and got him a new center who put up 28 goals and 32 assists on one of the worst teams in the NHL. Duchene will likely play on Columbus’ top line as it pushes for a playoff spot in a loaded Metropolitan Division.
Wayne Simmonds to Nashville
Philadelphia receives: Ryan Hartman and a 2020 conditional fourth-round draft pick
Nashville receives: Wayne Simmonds
The Nashville Predators acquired a great winger in Mikael Granlund, but they didn’t stop there. They went out and got Wayne Simmonds from Philadelphia as well, who is having a slow season by his standards, with only 16 goals and 11 assists on the year. A change of scenery could snap him out of his funk and back into what he could be, a dangerous weapon come playoff time.
Cam Talbot to Philadelphia
Edmonton receives: Anthony Stolarz
Philadelphia receives: Cam Talbot
The biggest draw from this is that the Flyers will set a new NHL record for most goalies started in a season with eight. A playoff appearance looks bleak for the Flyers, but if Talbot can be what he was a couple years ago, he would give Philly a capable backup behind Carter Hart. But for now, Talbot is struggling with a 3.36 GAA this year.