Winners and losers of the 2019 NHL Transaction Deadline

The deadline for the NHL exchanges in 2019 was comparable to that of the final in high school: hours of procrastination followed by many moments of frenzied debacle. Almost all the most important movements of the day were made during the last hour of Monday, at 15 hours. HE limit, while other important transactions were carried out in the days that preceded.

Who won? Who lost? Here are our choices:


As members of the Shoot Your Shot team, we congratulate the Jackets for keeping Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky and adding Ottawa Senators free agents waiting Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel go there this spring. The price to pay for Duchene ends up being stiff if they sign it again – two first-round players, two join two worthy prospects – and two seconds for Dzingel represented a high return for Ottawa, probably because Columbus intended to sign the Ohio State product.

And then they traded fourth and seventh round picks in 2019 for the defender Adam McQuaid, and a fifth round 2022 for the goalkeeper Keith Kinkaid. To put things into perspective, there are 14 draft rounds in 2019 and 2020, and the Jackets potentially have five choices, including two in the seventh round. But for a franchise that hears only the rumors of a second round in the playoffs, having never seen it herself, the push of all-in was the right way for GM. Jarmo Kekalainen.

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Mats Zuccarello was one of the most coveted wingers in the game, and Dallas (29th in the league in goals per game) landed him. Congratulations. They did not need to pay too much, either. Even better. And Zuccarello was superb for the first half period as a Star on Sunday, scoring a goal and a pass against Chicago.

Then he blocked a shot, broke his arm and was absent for at least four weeks. The deadline is all about betting, and this one has quickly deteriorated. A team that lacks prospects has no choice for the second and third rounds for each of the next two seasons.

The 26-year-old winger loved to be an Ottawa senator, but the money (and the long-term prospects of the team) ultimately required an exchange for General Manager Pierre Dorion. There were several contenders, but few offered Stone a better situation than the Vegas Golden Knights. He finds Deputy General Manager Kelly McCrimmon, who had it with the juniors with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

He could slip on their first line with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. He joins a franchise that ranks third in the Pacific after participating in the Stanley Cup final in its inaugural season, and a franchise that makes many people envy for their facilities and their property. Not to mention the biggest attraction of Vegas: the jackpot. Stone will sign an eight-year extension worth $ 9.5 million annually, which, given the absence of state income tax on Nevada, will bring him much more money than anything Ottawa would have given him. A victory all around for Stone.

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Mark Stone reacts after being traded from Ottawa to Las Vegas, saying he is ready to face the Golden Knights despite mixed feelings.

Ottawa has been cautious in recent games by eliminating players who may move, including Cody Ceci. Oh, some teams had surely acquired about This. But nobody wanted it. The defender has some of the worst statistics in the league. He could probably benefit from a change of scenery and a coach who will place him in more favorable situations. Instead, he became attached to the worst team in the league.

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Winner: Ottawa Senators

The Senators had three high-level players whom they wanted to move and managed to unload them all – and to get a decent return in each case, even in a year when teams were more likely to keep high choices. In other words, they slowly catch up with their scarf of November 2017, during which they discussed with discernment Colorado Avalanche in the Matt Duchene case.

Oh, they still have to give this cover up, but at least they add some extra players among the first, second and an elite prospect to Erik Brannstrom to soften the shock.

This one could be a bit controversial, and really depends on how much one admires the skills of Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. The Bruins had to add a center and a second line wing. Coyle could end up being better as the last one than the first, and cost them Ryan Donato, who quickly scored a winner in overtime for the Wild. Johansson just does not have the same pop as some of the other wingers who moved by the deadline.

The good news for Boston is that their Eastern rivals did not bring much, aside from the Columbus shopping frenzy. The bad news is that the pieces they buy do not necessarily fit well.

The Bruins have abandoned too quickly Ryan Donato, who already has a winner in overtime on his CV as a member of the Wild? Photo Parlay Game / Andy Clayton-King

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At most, the Sharks will trade two seconds against the Detroit Red Wings for Gustav Nyquist (whether they're participating in the Stanley Cup final or signing it again), which has 49 points in 63 games and is leading its most productive offensive season since 2013-14. His number of playoffs is a concern, of course; but its acquisition contributes greatly to the depth of San Jose and the creation of a third scoring option behind the Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski lines.

It is true that the Penguins needed healthy bodies on the blue line, but they traded against one of the NHL's worst defenders (in numbers). Erik Gudbranson, looking for physicality before efficiency. It is quite possible that they managed to downgrade Jamie Oleksiak. And Gudbranson is signed until 2021.

You thought the Predators general manager, David Poile, would be complacent Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod as his only month of February moves? Yeah OK. The most daring GM in the league lived up to its reputation and was able to compete with the other contenders at the Western Conference, such as the Jets and the Golden Knights, by acquiring Mikael Granlund and Wayne Simmonds.

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In addition, the Predators have done it for a negligible price. They lost Kevin Fiala, an attacker who had stammered, and Ryan Hartman, one of the last six attackers for whom they have overpaid the last deadline (at least, Poile could admit an error here). Simmonds should help in power play while Granlund is a serious improvement over Fiala and will be under contract until next season.

Loser: the day limit futures market

What happened to all those first-round picks that were going to move into the rental market? Only three of them have moved unconditionally. As one source says, "This year was really risky for some reason … everyone wanted to keep their choice."

It's never been more obvious than the deadline itself, as ticketing like Wayne Simmonds supposed, Derick Brassard and Marcus Johansson have all opted for less than expected. Congratulations to the Senators, Rangers and Red Wings for their ability to get ahead of this market depression and recover value before Monday 's clock.

The Lightning was the best team in the NHL before the trade deadline. The Lightning is the best team in the NHL after the trade deadline. Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

Winner: The teams that held up?

Could the best move do nothing at all?

the Tampa Bay Lightning are the best hockey team. the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames are all up this season. What do these last three have in common? They all have a new coach who has instilled a new system and forged chemistry among the players. All three teams were listed as players in the market (especially for the top six strikers), but each decided not to pay a high price, but rather to face with his group.

All Stanley Cup winners since 2010 have moved in the week prior to the trade deadline. We will see if one or the other of these teams can resist the trend. In regards to Michael Del Zotto, the St. Louis Blues should also be classified in this group.

Loser: The Guardian Market

The chances of the guards at this year's deadline seemed endless. After all, Sergei Bobrovsky, twice winner of the Vezina Trophy, has been in the block all season. There were murmurs about Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Quick, Semyon Varlamov, Brian Elliott, Jake Allen and Keith Kinkaid also moving.

In the end, the only member of this group to move was Kinkaid in Columbus – and the return was laughable. A fifth round pick … in 2022. All others are stuck with what they've got.

Winnipeg knew its biggest gap was in the center of the second line (again). Paul Stastny so transparently connected last spring, the Jets tried to sign him as a free agent (he chose Vegas instead).

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  • Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat is the clearest modern champion, but some historical exchanges were just as bad as this flight. Here is the top 20.

  • Mark Stone in Vegas. Wayne Simmonds in Nashville. Yes, some key actions were taken before Monday's deadline. Familiarize yourself with news, business goals rankings, team needs, grades, and more.

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This year, Winnipeg participated in the Rangers competition Kevin Hayes. Winnipeg has only abandoned Brendan Lemieux (which was one of the last six posts) and their first-round pick (which should be low) to acquire Hayes. They will also lose a fourth player in 2022 when they win the Stanley Cup, which they will gladly travel.

Importantly, the Jets did not need to separate from more popular youth, such as Jack Roslovic, which could have been a necessity to get Mark Stone. In other words, Hayes was a cheaper but usable option. The story tends to favor modesty over splashing. Winnipeg has also added some deep pieces – including the defender Nathan Beaulieu, for a cheap price – to set the tone for the West.

Loser: ridiculous conditions and long-term choices

The "conditional choice" is a tradition of trading time in the NHL, but some of these conditions were … a bit far-fetched or a bit distant.

Like the trade of Mats Zuccarello, in which the Rangers get a first if Dallas wins two rounds in the playoffs, which they have not done for a decade; and a third round pick in 2020 that becomes a first if the Stars sign Zuccarello again, which they will not do. Meanwhile, the Rangers get a fourth-round pick for Kevin Hayes if the Jets win the Stanley Cup … a fourth-round pick in 2022, that is to say.

This is actually the second draft pick 2022 negotiated on the day of the deadline, as the Devils landed one for Keith Kinkaid. Will there even be an NHL in 2022? Who has to say ?!

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