Grading All 32 NHL Teams’ 2024 Trade Deadline

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Here is the Inside The Rink entire NHL Trade Deadline breakdown. It was a quieter deadline, but it was still full of excitement nonetheless. We have compiled all the moves for you below, including links to every single article written analyzing trade deadline moves at Inside The Rink.

Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division was not an arms race this year, the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline saw a significant arms race in the Atlantic Division last year, but this year wasn’t nearly as hectic.

Boston Bruins:

IN: Andrew Peeke & Patrick Maroon
OUT: Jakub Zboril, Luke Toporowski, 2026 sixth-round pick (conditional) & 2027 third-round pick

Grade: C-

I wasn’t too fond of the Bruins moving Jakub Zboril, but business is business. However, they are certainly exceeding expectations when it comes to their performance this season. The Boston Bruins moved a prospect (Zboril) who hasn’t been great with the Bruins to Columbus for Andrew Peeke. The swap is simply to give both players a change of scenery and hopefully bolster the Bruins’ defence. As for the Maroon deal, it seems almost reactionary to the Toronto Maple Leafs playing with far more sandpaper than they usually do. If the Bruins had made another depth move or two, I could see this trade deadline grade being higher.

“Known as a character guy, Maroon brings a physical presence. It isn’t a surprise that he is being traded to a playoff team. Maroon previously won three Stanley Cups in consecutive years (once with the St. Louis Blues and twice with the Lightning).”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Minnesota Wild Trades Pat Maroon to Boston Bruins

“With the move to Columbus, Zboril will have an opportunity to get some playing time with a Blue Jackets team that is currently rebuilding around guys like Adam Fantilli up front.”

Armand Klisivitch – March 8, 2024

Read More: Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Andrew Peeke To Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres

IN: Bowen Byram, Calle Sjalin, 2024 fourth-round pick, 2024 seventh-round pick (conditional) & 2025 seventh-round pick
OUT: Casey Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo, Erik Johnson & Devin Cooley

Grade: B-

This was quite a busy trade deadline for the Buffalo Sabres, but they were not expected to be in a position where they could bring in significant assets. They traded out prospect Devin Cooley and veteran defenseman Erik Johnson. Notably, they also moved out their captain Kyle Okposo and centre Casey Mittelstadt. Out of every move, I liked the Byram acquisition the most. The Sabres have an already young and deep defense group and they could certainly be a force long-term.

“Prior to the move, it was rumored the Colorado was looking to add, and adding a guy like Mittelstadt, who can play down the middle, is huge.”

Armand Klisivitch – March 6, 2024

Read More: Buffalo Sabres Trade Casey Mittelstadt to Colorado

“The 35-year-old winger is nearing the end of his career and could cap it off with a deep playoff run with the very-stacked Florida Panthers. Florida was one of the teams that Okposo wanted to be traded to and the Sabres did right by their captain.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Buffalo Sabres Send Captain to Florida Panthers

“A big shut-down defenseman, Johnson is a good skater for the third-pairing to add veteran depth at the blue line. While he doesn’t bring much offense, he is good in his own zone. He played on the penalty kill for the Sabres.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Philadelphia Flyers Acquires Erik Johnson from Buffalo Sabres

Detroit Red Wings

IN: Radim Simek & 2024 seventh-round pick
OUT: Klim Kostin

Grade: C

I was honestly surprised at how quiet the Detroit Red Wings were at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline. While I wasn’t expecting Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman to make any significant moves, I did expect him to make some improvements to the roster given the Red Wings playoff chances. If there was another move or two, I could see this trade deadline grade being different.

“The reality of the situation is that Kostin did not play well enough with the Red Wings to justify Yzerman keeping him on the roster. The Red Wings are not on the level of the other top teams in the NHL at this point in the eyes of Yzerman.”

Andrew Walsh – March 8, 2024

Read More: Detroit Red Wings Trade Klim Kostin to San Jose Sharks

Florida Panthers

IN: Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Okposo & Magnus Hellberg
OUT: Ludovic Waeber, Calle Sjalin, 2024 fourth-round pick (conditional), 2024 seventh-round pick (conditional), 2025 third-round pick & 2025 seventh-round pick

Grade: B+

While the Florida Panthers didn’t make any major swings at the deadline, they did pick up a couple of experienced wingers in Tarasenko and Okposo. Tarasenko was the Panthers’ most notable acquisition, and the winger had been the big fish at the deadline in previous years. The Panthers are an extremely deep group and the veteran additions with Tarasenko and Okposo only reinforce the 2023 Stanley Cup Finalists.

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Florida Panthers Acquire Vladimir Tarasenko

Montreal Canadiens

IN: Jacob Perreault, 2024 first-round pick, 2025 third-round pick (conditional) & 2027 third-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Jake Allen, Jan Mysak & Sean Monahan

Grade: A-

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes did some rather tidy work for what he had in play. He didn’t move too many big pieces like David Savard or Joel Armia, but he did move Sean Monahan and Jake Allen. This grade is mostly centered around the Sean Monahan move where Hughes managed to acquire Monahan with a first-round pick. Well before the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline, Hughes received a first-round pick for Monahan. It was a rather tidy bit of work for Hughes, and the trades have been looking great so far. Jan Mysak being moved to Anaheim was a shock, but picking up Jacob Perreault who has a high potential was a nice move that I feel isn’t talked about enough.

“Monahan is a pending unrestricted free agent, his $1.985 million contract makes it easier to move in the salary cap climate we currently live in. The trade has no salary retention; it is a pure pickup for the Jets, and they only move draft picks to get their guy.”

Conrad Jack – February 2, 2024

Read More: Sean Monahan Traded to the Winnipeg Jets

“The addition of Jake Allen to the New Jersey Devils’ roster has the potential to significantly impact the team. With Allen’s wealth of experience, skill, and veteran presence, the Devils address their goaltending struggles, particularly evident with rookie goalies Akira Schmid and Nico Daws.”

Mikayla Johnson – March 8, 2024

Read More: Montreal Canadiens Trade Jake Allen To New Jersey Devils

Ottawa Senators

IN: 2024 fourth-round pick (conditional) & 2025 third-round pick
OUT: Vladimir Tarasenko

Grade: C-

I thought that the Ottawa Senators could’ve made another move or two at this year’s trade deadline. While they did right by Tarasenko to move him where he wanted to go, I feel that Senators GM Steve Staios didn’t make any proper moves, especially for a team that should be more competitive than they are this season.

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Florida Panthers Acquire Vladimir Tarasenko

Tampa Bay Lightning

IN: Anthony Duclair, Matt Dumba, 25% of Adam Henrique’s cap hit, 2025 fourth-round pick (conditional), 2025 seventh-round pick & 2025 seventh-round pick
OUT: Ty Taylor, Jack Thompson, 2024 third-round pick & 2027 fifth-round pick

Grade: B-

The Tampa Bay Lightning did quite well considering how much they didn’t have to use at this year’s trade deadline. I was surprised at Lightning GM Julien BriseBois’ efforts to upgrade his team considering the minimal draft capital and prospects. It isn’t the usual big splashes that BriseBois makes, but there was an effort to upgrade the team. I think the Lightning came out of the trade deadline a better team overall.

“Playing in 546 games putting up 138 goals and 150 assists for 288 points. Duclair will fit very nicely into the middle six for the Lightning.”

Armand Klisivith – March 7, 2024

Read More: Tampa Bay Lightning Acquire Anthony Duclair

“Dumba is a blue-liner with an offensive upside. He’s physical and enjoys taking risks on the ice. Dumba has a great locker room presence and is known as a good leader.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Matt Dumba Traded to Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs

IN: Ilya Lyubushkin, Joel Edmundson, Cade Webber, Connor Dewar & Kirill Slepets
OUT: Dmitry Ovhchinnikov, 2024 third-round pick, 2024 sixth-round pick, 2025 third-round pick, 2025 fifth-round pick, 2026 fourth-round pick & 2026 sixth-round pick

Grade: B+

I’m going to take heat for this, but Maple Leafs GM Brad Treliving’s first trade deadline with his new team wasn’t bad at all. He didn’t go out to acquire the big fish or bring in another top talent, he has a solid group already. Notably, his free agent signings Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi are starting to play more of a playoff style of hockey. Treliving went out and got some tougher players to play against in Lyubushkin, Edmundson and Dewar. These are all guys who fit the playoff mould and the Leafs will lean on these guys plus those they already have for that hard-hitting playoff style of hockey.

“A familiar face winds up back in a familiar place, although under new management… This is a low-risk, high-reward move for Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs who need an upgrade at the right defense position.”

Conrad Jack – February 29, 2024

Read More: Ilya Lyubushkin Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Three-Team Trade

“Dewar is a fourth-line center who is known for his ability to score and set up shorthanded goals. He’s been a key element of the Wild’s penalty kill.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Connor Dewar Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

Similar to the Atlantic Division, the Metropolitan was not quite an arms race like in previous years. Granted, the Western Conference was the arms race this year and I’m pretty sure most general managers are looking at those teams knowing they’re facing bruised teams in the Stanley Cup Final. The Metropolitan Division was a little more active than the Atlantic.

Carolina Hurricanes

IN: 25% of Ilya Lyubushkin’s cap hit, Jake Guentzel, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ty Smith, 2024 sixth-round pick & 2026 sixth-round pick
OUT: Michael Bunting, Kirill Slepets, Cade Webber, Vasili Ponomarev, Cruz Lucius, Ville Koivunen, 2024 second-round pick (conditional), 2024 fifth-round pick (conditional) & 2025 third-round pick

Grade: A

I was quite surprised at the moves the Carolina Hurricanes made at this year’s trade deadline. They acquired Jake Guentzel for an underwhelming return for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Evgeny Kuznetsov for a single pick. Kuznetsov needed a change of scenery and Guentzel was unlikely to re-sign with the Penguins. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell made out like a bandit, keeping his first and second-round picks and even his top prospects at this trade deadline.

“Kuznetsov returned from NHLPA players assistance last Saturday and the Capitals placed him on waivers, he would clear and now he is joining the Hurricanes.”

CJ – March 7, 2024

Read More: Breaking: Carolina Hurricanes Are Trading for a Forward

“The addition of Guentzel provides more scoring to the Hurricanes and makes them one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference if the defense and goaltending can hold up. “

CJ – March 8, 2024

Read More: Carolina Hurricanes Acquire Another Forward

Columbus Blue Jackets

IN: Jakub Zboril, Malcolm Subban, 2026 fourth-round pick (conditional) & 2027 third-round pick
OUT: Jack Roslovic, Andrew Peeke & Future Considerations

Grade: B-

I think the moves that the Columbus Blue Jackets made were fair, even because they did not have a full-time general manager. While it likely wasn’t the return they wanted for their players, they snagged what they could. Future considerations were a nice little touch at the trade deadline a few times as well.

“His NHL record is 36-33-9 with a 3.10 GAA and a .898 save percentage. Subban’s single-season best was with Vegas during the 2017-18 season.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Goalie from St. Louis Blues

“With the move to Columbus, Zboril will have an opportunity to get some playing time with a Blue Jackets team that is currently rebuilding around guys like Adam Fantilli up front.”

Armand Klisivitch – March 8, 2024

Read More: Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Andrew Peeke To Boston Bruins

New Jersey Devils

IN: 25% of Christopher Tanev’s cap hit, Kurtis MacDermid, Jake Allen, Kaapo Kahkonen, Nathan Legare, 2024 third-round pick, 2025 second-round pick, 2025 third-round pick (conditional), 2026 fourth-round pick & 2026 fourth-round pick
OUT: Cole Brady, Zakhar Bardakov, Vitek Vanecek, Tyler Toffoli, Colin Miller, Arnaud Durandeau, 2024 seventh-round pick & 2025 seventh-round pick

Grade: B+

The New Jersey Devils refused to decide whether or not they were going to sell at the trade deadline or not. While they did sell off Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller, that wasn’t enough to figure out the remainder of the season that the Devils have in front of them. They needed to make a decision and it felt as if they chose not to decide the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline. While I could’ve graded the New Jersey Devils lower, they did do right by those who didn’t want to be with the team anymore and I respect that.

“With the Winnipeg Jets adding a versatile winger, it is expected that Toffoli will fill the gap on the second line right wing position that has had a rotating door all season.”

Conrad Jack – March 8, 2024

Read More: Winnipeg Jets Acquire Tyler Toffoli for Draft Picks

“This is a surprising move for the Sharks, who people expected to get younger, but they do the opposite in this trade.”

Armand Klisivitch – March 8, 2024

Read More: New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks Swap Goalies

“The veteran, right-shot defenseman will provide depth and an abundance of Stanley Cup playoff experience. Drawing similarities to Toffoli, the fellow 31-year-old played in the Ontario Hockey League and played for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before making his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.”

Conrad Jack – March 8, 2024

Read More: Winnipeg Jets Acquire Colin Miller from New Jersey Devils

“His playoff experience and Stanley Cup victory with the St. Louis Blues brings invaluable postseason insight to a Devils team eager to make a playoff push.”

Mikayla Johnson – March 8, 2024

Read More: Montreal Canadiens Trade Jake Allen To New Jersey Devils

New York Islanders

IN: N/A
OUT: N/A

Grade: N/A

The New York Islanders didn’t make a move at the trade deadline this year. They will not be graded like any other team.

New York Rangers

IN: Alex Wennberg, Jack Roslovic, Nicolas Petan & Chad Ruhwedel
OUT: Turner Elson, 2024 second-round pick, 2025 fourth-round pick (conditional), 2026 fourth-round pick & 2027 fourth-round pick

Grade: C

The New York Rangers did not make any significant splashes at the trade deadline this year, and considering they needed a player to play right wing on the top line, it was underwhelming to see Drury sit back and not do much. When it comes to playoffs, we’ll see how successful the Rangers are compared to other teams.

“Wennberg, a left-handed center, will likely slot in on the 3rd  line, adding some much-needed depth to the first-place Rangers.”

Alex Dudley – March 6, 2024

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Rangers Acquire Alex Wennberg From Kraken

“This is the first time that Elson has been traded, having signed as a free agent with four teams, including the Flames, the Red Wings, the Colorado Avalanche, and most recently, the Rangers”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Minnesota Wild Trade Nic Petan to New York Rangers

“Feel like the Rangers have a big add on this trade, getting a great reinforcement at the deadline.”

Elijah Webb – March 8, 2024

Read More: New York Rangers Acquire Defensemen from Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers

IN: 25% of Noah Hanifin’s cap hit, Ryan Johansen, Erik Johnson, Denis Gurianov, 2024 fifth-round pick & 2025 first-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Mikhail Vorobyov, Wade Allison, Sean Walker, 2024 fourth-round pick & 2026 fifth-round pick

Grade: B+

I was pleasantly surprised at the Philadelphia Flyers trade deadline. They had to decide between Nick Seeler and Sean Walker, and the decision was made once Seeler secured a contract extension and the Flyers pulled a small haul for Walker. While the Flyers remain in the playoff hunt, they also have a strong defense and the veteran presence and leadership of Erik Johnson could be invaluable if the Flyers make it into the playoffs.

“As a result of his production, trade rumors have surrounded Walker for weeks. The Flyers’ fanbase was biting its nails to see how General Manager Danny Brière would maximize his return.”

Maria Kaffes – March 6, 2024

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Philadephia Flyers Trade Sean Walker to the Colorado Avalanche

“A big shut-down defenseman, Johnson is a good skater for the third-pairing to add veteran depth at the blue line. While he doesn’t bring much offense, he is good in his own zone.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 8, 2024

Read More: Philadelphia Flyers Acquires Erik Johnson from Buffalo Sabres

Pittsburgh Penguins

IN: Emil Bemstrom, Michael Bunting, Vasili Ponomarev. Cruz Lucius, Ville Koivunen, Ludovic Waeber, 2024 second-round (conditional), 2024 fifth-round pick (conditional), 2025 seventh-round pick (conditional) & 2027 fourth-round pick
OUT: Alexander Nylander, Jake Guentzel, Ty Smith, Chad Ruhdewal, Magnus Hellberg & 2026 sixth-round pick (conditional)

Grade: D

Kyle Dubas’ first trade deadline with the Pittsburgh Penguins was significantly underwhelming. There was exposure to how Dubas handles a deadline once he was gone from Toronto and tasked with building a team from scratch and not from inheritance. While Dubas did acquire some top prospects and an NHL player for pending unrestricted free agent Jake Guentzel, he failed to acquire a first-round pick.

Read More: New York Rangers Acquire Defensemen from Pittsburgh Penguins

Read More: Breaking: Carolina Hurricanes Are Trading for a Forward

Washington Capitals

IN: 2024 second-round pick, 2024 third-round pick, 2025 third-round pick, 2025 fifth-round pick & 2026 fourth-round pick
OUT: Joel Edmundson, Anthony Mantha & Evgeny Kuznetsov

Grade: C-

Washington didn’t have a terrible trade deadline, but it wasn’t great by any means. A few years ago, each of these players could’ve brought a haul to any team they were traded away from. Now, the acquisitions seem underwhelming and the Capitals are opening roster spots signifying that a rebuild is in full swing.

“Should Mantha keep up his recent offensive abilities, he could be a great addition to a banged-up team and serve the defending champions well if they make another playoff run this season.”

Hayley Paljug – March 6, 2024

Read More: Capitals Trade Anthony Mantha for a Pair of Draft Picks

Central Division

The Wild West starts with the Central Division in the Western Conference. It seemed as if every single team that is currently in the playoff hunt wanted to make a splash of some sort, even if they missed the playoffs.

Arizona Coyotes

IN: 2024 sixth-round pick, 2027 fourth-round pick & 2027 fifth-round pick
OUT: Jason Zucker, Matt Dumba, Troy Stecher, 2024 seventh-round pick & 2025 seventh-round pick

Grade: C+

I don’t know what to think when it comes to the Arizona Coyotes’ trade deadline. It seemed as if they were just wanting to recoup any assets for their pending unrestricted free agents. With the team being a little more competitive this season, there’s hope that Arizona can continue to build into the future and not suffer in mediocrity.

“I’m sure my perspective will change when I am finally able to see him play regularly. He’s not the same 20+ point player that he once was, but the defensive aspects of his game are still strong on all of the stats sheets.”

Stephen Vani – March 7, 2024

Read More: Arizona Coyotes Trade Troy Stecher To Edmonton Oilers

“The Predators weren’t done as they acquired Jason Zucker from the Arizona Coyotes, it is not known right now what is heading to Arizona to complete the deal.”

CJ – March 8, 2024

Read More: Nashville Predators Are at It Again

Read More: Matt Dumba Traded to Tampa Bay Lightning

Chicago Blackhawks

IN: 2024 fifth-round pick
OUT: Anthony Beauvillier

Grade: C+

I don’t even know what to say about this. Beauvillier was highly touted during his tenure with the Islanders and loved by the fans. It’s sad to see him traded again and there’s hope that the move out of a rebuilding team could spark Beauvillier to perform like he did during his time with the Islanders.

“Today they traded for a forward to help give them some depth in their bottom six by acquiring Anthony Beauvillier from the Chicago Blackhawks.”

CJ – March 7, 2024

Read More: Nashville Predators Acquire Forward

Colorado Avalanche

IN: Zahkar Bardakov, Sean Walker, Casey Mittelstadt, Brandon Duhaime, Yakov Trenin, Graham Sward, 2024 fifth-round pick, 2024 seventh-round pick & 2026 fifth-round pick
OUT: Kurtis MacDermid, Ryan Johansen, Bowen Byram, Jeremy Hanzel, Ben Meyers, 2024 fifth-round pick, 2025 first-round pick (conditional), 2025 third-round pick & 2026 third-round pick

Grade: A-

Lots of analysis so far. If Vegas did not make as many bold moves as they did, I would probably argue that Colorado had the best trade deadline for teams that were looking to add. In the move to acquire Sean Walker and then Casey Mittelstadt, Colorado did two things well. They gained cap space and two really good players that are comparable, maybe even a little bit better than the player they were traded for. Getting rid of Ryan Johansen seemed to be a priority for this team, and while it’s unfortunate to see a great career fade away so quickly, there’s hope that Johansen can provide value to any team that picks him up at this point.

“In MacDermid, the Devils gain a player with experience as both a forward and defenseman who could provide some versatility and depth.”

Madinson Hutchinson – March 1, 2024

Read More: Devils Add Versatility and Toughness with MacDermid Trade

Read More: Buffalo Sabres Trade Casey Mittelstadt to Colorado

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Philadephia Flyers Trade Sean Walker to the Colorado Avalanche

“Duhaime is a great asset on the penalty kill and is never afraid to drop the gloves. The only downside to Duhaime is that sometimes he ends up in a fight that he cannot win.”

Mikki Tuohy – March 7, 2024

Read More: BREAKING: Brandon Duhaime Traded to Colorado Avalanche

“Now they’ve completed another trade as they have sent forward Yakov Trenin and prospect Graham Sward to the Colorado Avalanche for prospect Jeremy Hanzel and a 2025 third-round pick.”

CJ – March 7, 2024

Read More: Nashville Predators Make Another Trade

“While scouts believe he’s ready for a bottom-six role with Anaheim, his offensive contributions have been limited… Although his offensive skills are developing slowly at the NHL level, he’s actively learning defensive positioning across all zones. While the potential for success is evident, he remains a work in progress.”

Austin Gibbons – March 8, 2024

Read More: Ben Meyers Traded to the Anaheim Ducks

Dallas Stars

IN: Christopher Tanev, Cole Brady & Mathias Emilio Pettersen
OUT: Artem Grushnikov, Riley Damiani, 2024 second-round pick, 2026 third-round pick (conditional) & 2026 fourth-round pick

Grade: B+

I really liked how Dallas managed to upgrade their defence while not removing a current roster player and keeping their first-round pick. Tanev was rumored in trades for weeks leading up to Dallas landing him, with the Stars getting more competitive with Tanev now, they will look to continue their lengthy post-season runs which they’ve had for consecutive years now.

“He is also a plus 16 and is averaging almost 20 minutes of ice time per game. To say he is a valued component of any functioning blue line is nothing short of an understatement.”

Taylor Gallagher – February 29, 2024

Read More: Calgary Flames Trade Chris Tanev to Dallas Stars

Minnesota Wild

IN: Turner Elson, Luke Toporowski, Dmitry Ovchinnikov, 2026 third-round pick, 2026 fourth-round pick & 2026 sixth-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Connor Dewar, Patrick Maroon, Nicolas Petan & Brandon Duhaime

Grade: C-

I’m trying not to be overly critical of a lot of teams, but Minnesota blundered this year’s trade deadline in my opinion. The Wild sit six points out of a wildcard spot and rank sixth in the Central Divison. It seems as if the team is either fine with attempting to re-sign their pending free agents or letting them walk for nothing.

Read More: Minnesota Wild Trades Pat Maroon to Boston Bruins

Read More: BREAKING: Brandon Duhaime Traded to Colorado Avalanche

Read More: Minnesota Wild Trade Nic Petan to New York Rangers

Read More: Connor Dewar Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators

IN: Jeremy Hanzel, Anthony Beauvillier, Jason Zucker & Wade Allison
OUT: Denis Gurianov, Yakov Trenin, Graham Sward, 2024 fifth-round pick, 2024 sixth-round pick & 2025 third-round pick

Grade: B+

I didn’t realize Nashville was in the first wildcard spot and three points ahead of Vegas at the time of writing. While they traded away some players that could’ve helped Nashville in the grand scheme of things, the truth is that their AHL affiliate (Milwaukee Admirals) is a strong team and players need to be graduated to the NHL level.

Read More: Nashville Predators Acquire Forward

Read More: Nashville Predators Are at It Again

Read More: Nashville Predators Acquire Forward

St. Louis Blues

IN: Future Considerations
OUT: Malcolm Subban

Grade: D

Future considerations found himself being moved quite frequently. In all seriousness, there wasn’t a whole lot that the Blues could do. While there were rumors of trades and rumors of absurdly high asking prices, St. Louis stayed put at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline, and nine times out of ten, that’s fine.

Read More: Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Goalie from St. Louis Blues

Winnipeg Jets

IN: Sean Monahan, Tyler Toffoli & Colin Miller
OUT: 2024 first-round pick, 2024 third-round pick, 2025 second-round pick, 2026 fourth-round pick & 2027 third-round pick (conditional)

Grade: A-

I have to admit, I was a little surprised with Kevin Cheveldayoff this year. First, it was the highway robbery that was committed in the haul we got for Pierre-Luc Dubois, now it’s the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline. While we weren’t expecting much, adding a second-line centre and a top-line winger alongside a depth defenseman certainly exceeded fans’ expectations. The Winnipeg Jets know their competitiveness window and now they are going for it.

Read More: Sean Monahan Traded to the Winnipeg Jets

Read More: Winnipeg Jets Acquire Tyler Toffoli for Draft Picks

Read More: Winnipeg Jets Acquire Colin Miller from New Jersey Devils

Pacific Division

Finally, the last of the four divisions, the Pacific Division truly put the label on the Wild West for the Western Conference teams. Out of all the divisions making trades at the trade deadline, the Pacific was by far the most active of all the teams.

Anaheim Ducks

IN: Ben Meyers, Jan Mysak, 2024 first-round pick, 2025 third-round pick & 2025 fifth-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Jacob Perreault, Adam Henrique, Sam Carrick, Jacob Perreault, Ilya Lyubushkin, 2024 fifth-round pick & 2024 seventh-round pick

Grade: B-

Admittedly, the Ducks’ trade deadline wasn’t anything fancy, but it wasn’t terrible. Fans knew that Adam Henrique was going to be traded, and there were reports when it came to the possibility of moving Ilya Lyubushkin. The Ducks made the unexpected move to trade Jacob Perreault but picked up a great prospect in return. The Ducks could end up winning simple trades like these going forward if they continue this approach.

Read More: Ilya Lyubushkin Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Three-Team Trade

“I like both of these players, and I believe they can help. However, after seeing the return for Vladimir Tarasenko an hour before, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of seeing a 1st rounder go the other way. Though you could also make the case that the 1st rounder won’t be as high this summer anyway because we’re hoping to see a much deeper Playoff run than last year.”

Stephen Vani – March 6, 2024

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Anaheim Trades Henrique And Carrick To Edmonton

Read More: Ben Meyers Traded to the Anaheim Ducks

Calgary Flames

IN: Andrei Kuzmenko, Joni Jurmo, Hunter Brzustewicz, Artem Grushnikov, Daniil Miromanov, Riley Damiani, Nikita Okhutiuk, 2024 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick, 2024 third-round pick (conditional), 2024 fourth-round pick (conditional), 2026 first-round pick & 2026 third-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Noah Hanifin, Christopher Tanev, Elias Lindholm, Mathias Emilio Petterson & 2024 fifth-round pick (conditional)

Grade: A+

Out of all the teams’ trade deadlines, I was the most impressed by Craig Conroy’s first trade deadline with the Calgary Flames. Conroy went out and loaded up on draft picks spread over the next three years and managed to also pull off conditionals where picks can upgrade and/or be pushed back to a later year. This was incredibly tidy work by Craig Conroy given the situation he was in with the Calgary Flames and the mass amount of highly talented pending free agents that he had.

“Lindholm is one of the strongest two-way players in the NHL today. He’s recognized for his defensive awareness and responsibility. He backchecks effectively, disrupts opposing plays in the defensive zone, and contributes to his team’s overall defensive efforts.”

Conrad Jack – January 31st, 2024

Read More: Elias Lindholm Traded to the Vancouver Canucks

Read More: Calgary Flames Trade Chris Tanev to Dallas Stars

“General Manager Craig Conroy has done well in recent weeks to bolster his organization’s pick selection and add nicely to the prospect pool while reducing the amount of heavy UFA contracts he would have had to deal with in the future.”

Taylor Gallagher – March 7, 2024

Read More: Noah Hanifin Lands With Golden Knights

Edmonton Oilers

IN: Adam Henrique, Sam Carrick, Ty Taylor, Troy Stecher, 2024 seventh-round pick & 2024 seventh-round pick
OUT: 2024 first-round pick, 2025 fourth-round pick (conditional), 2024 fifth-round pick & 2027 fourth-round pick.

Grade: B

With the Edmonton Oilers being in a position to make another lengthy run in the playoffs, all eyes were on GM Ken Holland to make a big move to acquire a forward and a defenseman. The addition of Mattias Ekholm proved super valuable for the Oilers, and Holland needed to follow up by acquiring a veteran forward who could impact the team. Enter Adam Henrique being traded to the Oilers, and Holland answered fans. The additions of Sam Carrick and Troy Stecher were also noteworthy too, Carrick made his mark known immediately in a highly physical game in his debut versus Columbus. If the Oilers can keep the momentum going, they can be a legitimate threat to other teams come playoffs.

Read More: NHL Trade Deadline: Anaheim Trades Henrique And Carrick To Edmonton

Read More: Arizona Coyotes Trade Troy Stecher To Edmonton Oilers

Los Angeles Kings

IN: N/A
OUT: N/A

Grade: N/A

I don’t know what to think about the Los Angeles Kings not doing anything at this year’s trade deadline. There were rumblings to send Pierre-Luc Dubois to Boston for Linus Ullmark, but maybe LA had flashbacks to the first trade for Dubois and didn’t want to get robbed a second time over. However, Linus Ullmark does have a modified no-trade/no-movement clause and one has to wonder if Los Angeles was on that list.

San Jose Sharks

IN: Jack Thompson, Klim Kostin, Devin Cooley, Vitek Vanecek, David Edstrom, 2024 third-round pick, 2024 fifth-round pick (conditional), 2025 first-round pick, 2025 seventh-round pick & 2025 seventh-round pick
OUT: Tomas Hertl, Anthony Duclair, Radim Simek, Nikita Okhotiuk, Kaapo Kahkonen, 2024 seventh-round pick, 2025 third-round, 2025 seventh-round pick, 2025 seventh-round pick & 2027 third-round pick

Grade: F

I am not impressed with Mike Grier’s second time around as a general manager at the NHL Trade Deadline. Tomas Hertl is a top centre and should’ve gone for a package similar to somewhere in between what the Jets got for Pierre-Luc Dubois and what the Flames got for Elias Lindholm. Instead, the Sharks got a first-round pick in 2025, not 2024, and the top prospect of the team they traded with. It would be fine if no salary retention and draft picks were going to Vegas. Instead, Mike Grier retained 17.1% of Hertl’s cap hit for the next SIX SEASONS and traded away two third-round picks which are basically second-round picks because San Jose will be awful for at least three more seasons. Unless Grier made another trade and absolutely robbed somebody, I would consider going higher in the trade grade. However, this was awful work by Mike Grier this year.

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“Earlier today there was a report that Jonatan Berggren was getting called up which likely indicated that there was going to be a move coming and there was as the Red Wings have traded forward Klim Kostin to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Radim Simek and a seventh-round pick in 2024.”

CJ – March 8, 2024

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“If you’re a San Jose Sharks fan, you have to wonder what the plan is going forward. General manager Mike Grier has used all three salary cap retention slots, and he didn’t weaponize a single slot.”

Conrad Jack – March 8, 2024

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Seattle Kraken

IN: 2024 second-round pick & 2024 fourth-round pick (conditional)
OUT: Alex Wennberg

Grade: B-

Here’s a trade deadline where I expected a team to do more but chose to stick with the majority of their group. Moving Wennberg for a second-round pick and a third-round pick that could become a second is pretty tidy work. Granted, the conditional pick was traded away by Dallas to the Rangers meaning the Rangers did not place any conditions on the pick.

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Vancouver Canucks

IN: Elias Lindholm
OUT: Andrei Kuzmenko, Joni Jurmo, Hunter Brzustewicz, 2024 first-round pick & 2024 fourth-round pick (conditional)

Grade: B

This trade grade would’ve been higher if the Canucks made another move or two. There were rumors that the Canucks might make another move or two and potentially flip Elias Lindholm, but nothing materialized and I feel this trade grade is fair.

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Vegas Golden Knights

IN: Anthony Mantha, Noah Hanafin, Tomas Hertl, Mikhail Vorobyov, 2025 third-round pick & 2027 third-round pick
OUT: Daniil Miromanov, David Edstrom, 2024 second-round pick, 2024 third-round pick (conditional), 2025 first-round pick, 2026 first-round pick, 2026 fourth-round pick

Grade: A

This was the craziest trade deadline the Vegas Golden Knights have been involved in since they came into the league. They acquired top talents Anthony Mantha, Noah Hanafin, and Tomas Hertl for next to nothing and managed to get two third-round picks in the process. Kelly McCrimmon has stones to go out and make multiple massive trades, but the fans weren’t happy in the LTIR scheme that seemed to happen and McCrimmon wants to double down on another Stanley Cup.

“Vegas’ recent trade deadline history has caused controversy amongst NHL fans online, as the team has managed to add key players at the trade deadline the last two seasons while having key players placed on LTIR, most notably captain Mark Stone. Despite the mild outrage, Vegas have not been found operating outside of league rules at any point in the last two seasons.”

RJ Forbus – March 6, 2024

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Conrad Jack

Conrad Jack is a lifelong hockey fan who is now actively writing for Inside The Rink covering primarily the Winnipeg Jets and the entire NHL second. He also covers the latest NHL News & Rumors, the NHL Entry Draft, and so much more for Inside The Rink.

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