Well, that was fun.
The hot stove of NHL trade talk is starting to simmer down post-March 1, but not after another season’s worth of last-minute, late-season moves. Some on-the-brink teams took the subtle route by bolstering depth, while others ignored their standing atop conferences (see: Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild) to go big in an effort not to go home come playoff time. It was a relatively mild year for winter trades, but it had its fair share of headlines.
With the deadline swaps complete, here’s a rundown of some of the bigger moves, complete with grades for each buyer and seller: