2021 NHL Trade deadline has passed! Since many teams started wheeling and dealing yesterday; let’s take a look at some of the deals that could impact the playoffs.
2021 NHL Trade News
In the first place, last year’s teams played in the bubble when games resumed in 2020. To read more on how the Lightning won the Stanley Cup; be sure to visit our Tampa Bay Lightning Wins the Stanley Cup post.
At the same time, this year’s season has played out much differently than in prior years. In fact, the 2021 season was shortened and the teams were broken into divisions. To read more about the 2021 season; be sure to check out our The NHL is Back – the Season Begins on January 13, 2021 post.
2021 NHL Trade News – Winners
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins were crushed by the Washington Capitals on Sunday by a score of 8 – 1. Due to the Bruins having a lot of injuries and question marks in their line-up; they landed the former MVP, Taylor Hall, and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres for the Bruins second-round pick, Anders Bjork.
In addition, the Bruins also acquired Defenseman, Mike Rielly from the Ottawa Senators for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Indeed, the Tampa Bay Lightning is hoping to repeat their Stanley Cup performance and landed Defenseman, David Savard and Brian Lashoff in a 3-way trade. The Columbus Blue Jackets received the Lightning’s 2021 first-round pick and the third-round pick for 2022. Moreover, the Detroit Red Wings will receive the 4th round pick for the 2021 season.
Also, the Colorado Avalanche traded Greg Pateryn and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for goaltender, Devan Dubnyk.
Though there was a lot of movement; many teams reached new agreements with some of their players. Hence, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Scott Laughton to a 5-year extension and the Los Angeles Kings reached a 4-year extension with Alex Iafallo.
2021 NHL Trade Deadline – Losers
In essence, though there was a lot of movement and contract extensions; it is still too soon to tell what teams will benefit and what teams won’t make the playoffs.
Though the Bruins were active; many Sports Analysts and fans didn’t feel they did enough to contend.
In summary, there are always winners and losers from the trades. However, the key will be how some of these deals impact the teams, and was there enough done to give some of these teams a chance to win the Stanley Cup?