This year's NHL trade deadline was far steadier than previous editions, when huge deals came down the pipeline in the final minutes or even after the deadline had officially passed.
While there was an element of that on Monday, there were also some substantial agreements made well before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. The biggest of the early-day moves was arguably Jean-Gabriel Pageau heading to the Islanders in what appeared to be a rental situation but was quickly revealed to be a long-time deal for the now-former Senator.
As the morning turned to the afternoon, a clear pattern emerged as a handful of teams dominated the transactions. The Hurricanes, Flames Oilers and Senators were active early, to be joined by the Ducks and Golden Knights as the clock ticked on.
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Full list of every deal completed before the 2020 deadline
Even with the early flurry of activity, a huge transaction came right as the trade window officially closed with Robin Lehner traded to the aforementioned Golden Knights.
We've graded each of the significant trades from 2020 deadline day in real time below. Head here if you're looking for an entire list of deals that went down.
2020 NHL trade deadline grades
(All times Eastern)
TRADE: A rare goalie-for-goalie trade
|Vancouver receives:||New Jersey receives:|
|Louis Domingue (G)||Zane McIntyre (G)|
Jacob Markstrom reportedly has a knee injury that may keep him out for a while, necessitating this deal.
TRADE: Goodrow swaps coasts
|Tampa Bay receives:||San Jose receives:|
|Barclay Goodrow (F), 2020 third-round pick (PHI)||Anthony Greco (F), 2020 first-round pick|
Can someone explain this deal to me from the Lightning's perspective? A first-round pick (and an AHLer) for Goodrow and the Flyers' third-rounder seems like a very steep price to pay, but good on the Sharks for extracting that kind of return.
3:17 p.m. — Not exactly a trade, but Toronto was busy on deadline day.
3:01 p.m — Deals are still rolling in past the official end of the trade window.
3:00 p.m. — The deadline is here! No more trades can be made, but many more will be announced as the afternoon rolls on.
TRADE: VGK drops last-minute bomb
|Vegas receives:||Chicago receives:|
|Robin Lehner (G)||Malcolm Subban (G), Slava Demin (D)|
Golden Knights: A
There are now two starting-caliber goalies in Vegas, even if Lehner's in a slump. This is a great deal for a Vegas team that sees itself going deep into the playoffs and possibly needing relief for 35-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury without suffering a drop-off in quality.
TRADE: 'Canes land Vatanen
|Carolina receives:||New Jersey receives:|
|Sami Vatanen (D)||Janne Kuokkanen (F), second-round pick|
New Jersey: A-
A good, puck-moving blueliner than will boost the Hurricanes and give them another push in the postseason. Vatanen is on the IR, but should be healthy soon. The 'Canes would score higher here if this wasn't a rental.
2:47 p.m. — We're near the finish line. Of course, deals can still be announced after 3 p.m. ET, but teams will have had to alerted the NHL central office before then.
2:36 p.m. — Speculation on Jumbo Joe will continue until 3 p.m., probably.
For the record, Joe Thornton IS NOT going to Dallas.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) February 24, 2020
2:27 p.m. — ... it's the Penguins
Evan Rodrigues from BUF to PIT.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
2:22 p.m. — Who's at the other end of this deal?
The #Sabres are planning to trade Evan Rodrigues before the deadline, per source with knowledge of discussions to The AP— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) February 24, 2020
2:03 p.m. — It's starting to pick up again...
2:01 p.m. — Ken Holland is not done for the day.
BREAKING: The Ottawa Senators have traded Tyler Ennis to Edmonton for a 5th rd pick in 2021— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) February 24, 2020
1:59 p.m. — Calgary adding a D-man?
Derek Forbort to CAL— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
1:56 p.m. — But why?
Leafs decline to make Tyson Barrie available for interviews post practice.— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) February 24, 2020
1:51 p.m. — The Isles lock up Pageau for an additional six years.
1:38 p.m. — Are the Habs still offloading?
Three or four teams kicking tires on Montreal's Nick Cousins. Will be interesting to see if he moves with less than 90 minutes to deadline. #TradeCentre— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 24, 2020
1:33 p.m. — The Hurricanes may not be done yet.
Hearing that Rangers and Hurricanes have been talking about a potential Brady Skjei trade but right now Carolina has cap issues so not clear where this goes...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
1:28 p.m. — We are here for good-natured trolling by hockey wives on deadline day.
1:22 p.m. — Could it be?
Johnny Gaudreau just left the ice at #Flames practice. Not sure why.— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) February 24, 2020
TRADE: More speed for Edmonton, but will it work?
|Edmonton receives:||Detroit receives:|
|Andreas Athanasiou (F), Ryan Kuffner (F)||Sam Gagner (F), 2020 second-round pick, 2021 second-round pick|
Connor McDavid gets a fellow speed merchant to play alongside. Ken Holland knows what he's getting from Athanasiou, who's been having a terrble year but can certainly be rejuvenated with better teammates. Athanasiou has been heavily criticized as a selfish player, but if the Oilers can get the best out of him they just hit the jackpot.
12:45 p.m. — Parise to the Isles seems to be getting closer.
Not saying it's done (and now that it's out, LL may decide it's dead), but heard Parise has waived his NTC and is ready to go. Wants to join the #Isles .— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) February 24, 2020
12:33 p.m. — Meanwhile in Toronto...
Tyson Barrie is on the ice at #LeafsForever practice.— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) February 24, 2020
12:30 p.m. — We're seeing both a major and minor deal taking shape.
Hearing #isles are working on a deal that would reunite Zach Parise and GM Lou Lamoriello. Not done yet.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2020
Ritchie to Boston for Heinen.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020
12:11 p.m. — Anybody seen Tyler Ennis?
Tyler Ennis's gear was in the #Sens locker room. But no sign of Ennis inside Nationwide Arena— Matthew Scianitti (@TSNScianitti) February 24, 2020
12:10 p.m. — We've hit a lunchtime lull in the trade market. Still almost three hours to go.
11:54 a.m. — Wayne Simmonds heads to Buffalo.
It’s a conditional 5th round pick going to NJD from BUF for Wayne Simmonds, can turn into a 4th.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2020
11:45 a.m. —
⚠️ #NJDevils Wayne Simmonds is not on the ice for practice.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 24, 2020
11:37 a.m. — They're coming fast and furious now.
Columbus close to a deal for Andreas Athanasiou. #SNTrade— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) February 24, 2020
11:34 a.m. — Some depth moving both ways.
ANA working on Derek Grant to PHI for Kyle Criscuolo a 4th-rounder #SNTrade— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
TRADE: Leafs bring Rosen home
|Toronto receives:||Colorado receives:|
|Calle Rosen (D)||Michael Hutchinson (G)|
The Michael Hutchinson era is mercifully over in Toronto. Hutchinson gets away from the intense spotlight that follows the Leafs everywhere, and Toronto brings a familiar face back into the fold. This works out for all parties, even if neither player is going to have a big impact on their new teams.
11:25 a.m. — Here are the details on the Kreider extension, which feels like a deadline day move on its own even though he's not changing teams.
Kreider is 7 years (as announced by NYR), AAV around $6.5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
11:13 a.m. — The top candidate to move today seems to now be off limits.
Expectation is Chris Kreider will extend with the New York Rangers.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020
TRADE: Marleau's quest for Stanley brings him to Pittsburgh
|Pittsburgh receives:||San Jose receives:|
|Patrick Marleau (F)||2021 conditional third-round pick|
This is obviously a short-term move for the Penguins, who add even more experience to an already veteran group. Marleau isn't what he was even two years ago, but he's still got enough to add to the bottom-6 of a Stanley Cup contender. The only question is where exactly does he fit?
11:00 a.m. — One of the league's elder statesmen looks to be making a big move.
Per @PierreVLeBrun , Patrick Marleau to PIT pending trade call.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
10:54 a.m. — Thompson is confirmed (but not yet official), with more details.
It's a 2021 fifth-rounder heading to MON from PHI for Nate Thompson. #SNTrade— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 24, 2020
10:42 a.m. — Philly looking to get in on today's action.
Flyers are showing serious interest in Nate Thompson...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
10:24 a.m. — The Hurricanes are eager to shore up their blue line.
Hurricanes still chasing a D and would prefer not to go the rental route— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
TRADE: Carolina pays big-time for Trocheck
|Carolina receives:||Florida receives:|
|Vincent Trocheck (F)||Eric Haula (F), Lucas Wallmark (F), Chase Priskie (D), Eetu Luostarinen (F)|
That's quite the Haul-a for the Panthers.
In all seriousness, the Hurricanes gave up a lot for Trocheck on the surface, but they're getting back a player who put up 75 point two seasons ago and still has two more years left on his current contract.
TRADE: Pageau heads to the Islanders, Sens receive haul of picks
|New York receives:||Ottawa receives:|
|Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)||2020 conditional first-round pick, 2020 second-round pick, 2022 conditional third-round pick|
Ottawa isn't wasting any time this morning, and continues to stockpile assets. The Isles get a player having a career year and ready to contribute in the top-6 immediately.
9:46 a.m. — Looks like one of the bigger names is coming off the board early.
NYI and OTT working to finalize a trade for Jean Gabriel Pageau.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
Here are the early-morning deals that kicked off deadline day:
TRADE: Ottawa begins to unload, Avs the first recipient
|Colorado receives:||Ottawa receives:|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||2021 fourth-round pick|
The Senators are firm sellers, and they'll spend the rest of the day trying to maximize their return. For the Avs, getting a proven winger for a fourth-round pick is good business.
TRADE: Green heads west
|Edmonton receives:||Detroit receives:|
|Mike Green (D)||Kyle Brodziak (F), 2020 or 2021 conditional draft pick|
Mike Green is having a down year, but then so is everyone on the Red Wings. The experienced RHD boosts Edmonton's overall depth and adds some offensive thrust to the rearguard. For Detroit,, who retains 50 percent of Green's $2,687,500 cap hit, this is all about adding assets to an oncoming rebuild.
Of course, the trades didn't begin on Monday morning. Let's recap some of the more notale deals that took place prior to deadline day:
|Washington receives:||Montreal receives:|
|Ilya Kovalchuk (F)||2020 third-round pick|
As SN's Sam Jarden writes, "[t]he fact that Washington managed to squeeze in another offensive threat for a playoff run while staying under the cap, can only be a good thing."
For the Canadiens, "it's another trade to stockpile draft picks after a disappointing season thus far."
|Washington receives:||San Jose receives:|
|Brenden Dillon (D)||2020 second-round pick (from COL), 2021 conditional third-round pick|
As SN's Sam Ficcaro writes , "Dillon should fit in seamlessly with Washington as he'll likely get paired with Carlson on the top pairing."
Additionally, "it feels San Jose could have gotten more from the Capitals or another trade partner. Yes, Dillon is a pending unrestricted free agent but he has a relatively low AAV of $3.27 million and was considered one of the best defensemen available on the market."
|Vancouver receives:||Los Angeles receives:|
|Tyler Toffoli (F)||Tim Schaller (F), Tyler Madden (F), 2020 second-round pick, 2022 conditional fourth-round pick|
As SN's Sam Ficcaro writes , the Canucks "made a win-now move acquiring Toffoli who immediately becomes its best winger with Brock Boeser out for three weeks."
However, "Toffoli is a pending unrestricted free agent and the Canucks are going to have a tough time re-signing him. "
|Tampa Bay receives:||New Jersey receives:|
|Blake Coleman (F)||Nolan Foote (F), 2020 conditional first-round pick (from VAN)|
As SN's Steve Kournianos writes , "the Bolts obviously are in win-now mode and need to erase the pain of last year’s disastrous postseason. Unless Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup, the trading of essentially two first-round picks for a winger who’ll be lucky to play more than 10-12 minutes a game at 5v5 is hard to justify — regardless of Coleman’s shot proclivity or how well their AHL prospects are progressing."
|Pittsburgh receives:||Minnesota receives:|
|Jason Zucker (F)||Alex Galchenyuk (F), Calen Addison (D), 2020 conditional first-round pick|
As wrote at the time , "getting a player like Zucker comes with a cost, and the Penguins paid a big one. Galchenyuk is having a down year but is still just 25 and can easily turn it around in a new environment, while Addison is seen as a gifted defensive prospect. And then there's the first-rounder in the upcoming draft, which could turn into another blue-chipper."
However, the "looks like it could be one of the rare ones that works out for both sides."
|Toronto receives:||Los Angeles receives:|
|Jack Campbell (G), Kyle Clifford (F)||Trevor Moore (F), 2020 third-round pick, 2021 conditional third-round pick)|
As SN's Jackie Spiegel writes , the "Maple Leafs got their [much-needed] backup goalie in Campbell ... As for Clifford, he'll be a bottom-six forward but will add a desperately needed gritty, tough, physical element."
For the Kings, they shed some salary and added assets as the full rebuild is on.