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NHL trade tracker: Sizing up the deals that occurred before the April 12 deadline

  • April 08, 2021

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on April 12. Here are the trades that have happened in the leadup to the final day:

April 7: The New York Islanders acquire forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils for a first-round pick, a 2022 conditional fourth-round pick and prospect forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello was expected to make a move after captain Anders Lee was lost for the season, and he made a big one. Palmieri averaged 26 goals a season from 2015-20, and Zajac is a lifelong Devils player who was drafted by Lamoriello when he was GM in New Jersey. The Devils are retaining 50% of both players’ salaries. The two were potential unrestricted free agents, and the deal keeps Palmieri away from the division rival Boston Bruins.

April 2: The Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. General manager Stan Bowman has a history of reacquiring former Blackhawks, and Hinostroza played his first three seasons in Chicago. The forward wasn’t used much in Florida (zero points in nine games), but he’s fast.

March 28: The Los Angeles Kings acquire forward Brendan Lemieux from the New York Rangers for a fourth-round pick. Lemieux (59 penalty minutes) will provide grit to a team whose leader had 23 minutes at the time of the trade. The Rangers get an asset for someone who likely would have been exposed in the expansion draft. He will get a bigger role in Los Angeles, too.

The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for 2021 third- and fifth-round picks.

March 27: The Montreal Canadiens acquire center Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for a third- and a fifth-round pick. Though Staal had three goals at the time, the veteran averaged 20 goals the previous two seasons with the Minnesota Wild. He can provide the offensive depth that the Canadiens need to hang on to a playoff spot. He scored in overtime in his Canadiens debut.

March 26: The Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Alexander Volkov from the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward prospect Antoine Morand and a 2023 seventh-round pick. The Lightning needed to make a move to aid their salary cap situation. Volkov scored in his first game with the Ducks.

March 21: The Colorado Avalanche acquire goalie Jonas Johansson from the Buffalo Sabres for a sixth-round pick. With backup goalie Pavel Francouz hurt and Hunter Miska ineffective, the Avalanche needed someone to give workhorse netminder Philipp Grubauer an occasional break.

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