NHL Trade Deadline Pacific Division 2020 Rankings:

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So..quiet a 2020 deadline wasn’t it? Only a minor 32 trades to report about. So many NHL teams to go through and so many moves that have happened so lets rate how the pacific division has done on the trade front and how they look.

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks had an interesting deadline. For starters, they made the most moves out of the day with 6 trades. Here is a list of what the ducks acquired and what they gave up to acquire them.

What the Ducks Traded Away:

What the Ducks Acquired:

While they say quantity over quality sometimes wins, the ducks definitely did some spring cleaning early. The move that sent David Backes to Anaheim had many scratching their heads, however, General Manager Bob Murray has stated he does want a veteran presence on the team and Backes fits that mold. Certain moves I feel were good as they created some assets the team can use down the line. Sonny Milano and Danton Heinen are two pieces that may thrive in a bigger role in Anaheim as they desperately needed some offense upfront. Considering how the team is still rebuilding, I am going to give this team a solid ranking. Solid start, but we need to see more in the summer. Rank 5/10

Arizona Coyotes

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It was a quiet deadline for Arizona. After the trade for Taylor Hall back in December, many were wondering if the Coyotes were done on the trade front. Let’s take a look and see what they did after acquiring Hall.

What Arizona Traded Away:

  • 2020 Conditional 7th round pick *pick is sent to Columbus if Hannaikainen plays in 10 regular-season games this season* (ARZ)

What Arizona Acquired:

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I honestly expected the Coyotes to do a lot more than just a minor deal. No disrespect to Hannaikainen, but for a team struggling to put the puck in the net they needed more. Perhaps they were waiting to see what a player like Chris Kreider in New York would cost, but considering he re-signed in the big apple, that may have hurt their chances at adding another forward upfront. Or perhaps John Chayka felt that they have a good group as it is, however for 24th in the league in goals for, you have to try and add more given the struggle upfront. Rank 2/10

Calgary Flames

The Flames deadline moves came very late in the day on Monday. They were very interested in different players on the day and many were wondering if the team was going to make a big splash at the deadline to address their struggles in February.

What the Flames Traded Away:

  • 2021 Conditional 3rdround pick *Chicago will receive the higher or better 3rd round picks between Edmonton or Calgary (pick is not yet owned by Calgary)* (CGY)
  • 2020 Conditional 4th round pick *pick will upgrade to the 3rd round in 2022 pick if Calgary reaches the Western Conference Finals and Forbot plays in 50% of games or re-signs with Calgary

What Calgary Acquired:

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An interesting deadline day for the flames. They addressed their blue line with some nice pieces on the left side. Gustafsson is on a down year of just 26 points in 59 games this year which is a step down from his quiet 60 point season last season. Forbort also adds some insurance on a back end that has struggled with numerous injuries to key players like Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Travis Hamonic. Brad Treliving definitely addressed a big need on defense, however, I feel swung and missed on adding a big name offensively like say on a Vladislav Namestnikov or even someone like Ilya Kovalchuk to help boost the team’s offense a little bit. Otherwise, I feel these moves were very needed and well-executed. Rank 6/10

Edmonton Oilers

Wow, Edmonton were you ever busy at the deadline! I expected this team to buy but I will share my thoughts on the moves momentarily, first let’s track how they pulled off all their moves.

What the Oilers Traded Away:

  • F Kyle Brodziak
  • 2020 Conditional 4th round pick *pick is upgraded to a 2021 3rd round pick if Edmonton reaches the Western Conference finals and Green plays in 50% of the games* (EDM)
  • 2020 2nd round pick (EDM)
  • 2021 2nd round pick (EDM)
  • F Sam Gagner (10% salary retained)
  • 2021 5th round pick (EDM)

What the Oilers Acquired:

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I would arguably call the Oilers the unofficial winners at the deadline this year. They didn’t overhaul anything and got some players they needed. With the injuries to Oscar Klefbom, adding a veteran defenseman like Mike Green was a solid addition to also bolster the teams already stable defense core and provide some leadership. With Athanasiou and Ennis, both very great additions upfront. 2 speedsters who could play with Connor Mcdavid and Leon Draisaitl to help carry the offense. Ennis upon being acquired has had a great season playing on Ottawas top six and tallied 33 points in 61 games with the Senators. Athanasiou was the big name however, a former Ken Holland drafted player, he was reunited with him and has control over him beyond this season (RFA going into 2020-21) Him being glued along Mcdavid’s wing could make the turn into one of the NHL’s deadliest weapons to use on opposing teams. Solid work. Rank 8/10

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings Rebuild Continues with a lot of unloading from the team. Another down year for L.A means more selling some expiring deals as well as some older players from the player’s old regime. Many moves were made before the deadline but let’s see what the team sold going into the deadline.

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What the Kings Traded Away:

What the Kings Acquired:

  • F Trevor Moore
  • 2020 3rd round pick (CBJ)
  • 2021 Conditional 3rd round pick *pick becomes a 2nd round pick if Clifford re-signs with Toronto or Toronto makes the playoffs and if Jack Campbell wins 6 regular season games* (TOR)
  • 2020 2nd round pick (VAN)
  • 2020 Conditional 4th round pick*only if Toffoli re-signs with Vancouver* (VAN)
  • F Tim Schaller
  • F Tyler Madden (unsigned prospect)
  • 2021 Conditional 4th round pick *pick becomes a 3rd round pick in 2022 if Calgary goes to the Western Conference Final or if Forbort re-signs in Calgary (CGY)
  • 2020 2nd round pick (VGK)
  • 2021 2nd round pick (STL)
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The Kings were not messing around with trading away players. After last year’s poor season and more of it this year, the kings made with several drafts picks that can help them replenish their farm system. L.A. has 13 draft picks in the upcoming draft, the second most out of any team this draft class. The only other team with the same draft picks or more are Ottawa with 13 as well and Montreal with 14. I know it hurts to part with players who won cups with the team like Martinez and Clifford, but such is life in the NHL when a team rebuilds. It may take a while, but the kings are trending in the right direction. Rank: 6/10

San Jose Sharks

This season has been extremely tough for sharks fans. Injuries galore and their on-ice play starting to trend downwards. There were signs of this last season with Martin Jones inconsistent play, but a strong playoff performance made many forget the trouble they were in and are heading towards. Regardless they were sellers this year for the first time in a long time so let us see what they did.

What the Sharks Traded Away:

What the Sharks Acquired:

  • 2020 2nd round pick (COL)
  • 2021 conditional 3rd round pick *If the Capitals win the Stanley Cup in 2020, the pick will become a 2021 3rd round pick (ARI) that Washington previously acquired (WSH)
  • 2021 conditional 3rd round pick *If Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup in 2020, pick will instead upgrade to a 2021 2nd round pick* (PIT)
  • F Anthony Greco
  • 2020 1st round pick (TBL)
  • D Brendan Davidson
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San Jose did the right thing by selling off expiring contracts, however, Joe Thornton not being moved perplexed me. Perhaps the market on him was not to Doug Wilson’s liking but such is the business. Surprised Aaron Dell was kept at the deadline as I am sure teams needed goalie help but perhaps an extension is in the works there. Wilson and the sharks have a steep hole to climb out of though, with all that money wrapped up to injury-prone players like Erik Karlsson and older players like Brent Burns are hurting them now. Besides trading away their 1st round pick to Ottawa the last off-season, the sharks did decent in their trades leading up to and on deadline day. Rank 6/10

Vancouver Canucks

Well Vancouver, you guys got very busy over the last little while. You guys are really clicking and your General Manager is making some rather positive moves. Let’s see what else Jim Benning has in store for his Canucks.

What the Canucks Traded Away:

  • 2020 2nd round pick (VAN)
  • 2020 Conditional 4th round pick (VAN) *If Tyler Toffoli re-signs with Vancouver*
  • F Tim Schaller
  • F TylerMadden (unsigned prospect)
  • G Zane McIntyre

What the Canucks Acquired:

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Sure Vancouver gave up more than what it received in return, but the need for both players was worth it. By acquiring Toffoli, the Canucks add to an already deep forward core and gives captain, Bo Horvat, another winger to help score. With the injury of Brock Boeser, it makes this trade even more necessary as it provides the team with another prime scorer while Boeser recovers. With Louis Domingue, basically, insurance playing with Thatcher Demko while starter Jakob Markstrom heals from a procedure for the next couple of games. While his numbers are not ideal with a .882 in 16 games with New Jersey, Domingue could get another chance in the west coast. Vancouver has hit on a lot of trades this past year, so the Canucks come out on top of the deadline stronger than before. Rank: 7/10

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas has always made several impact trades leading up to and on trade deadline day in each of the last 3 seasons. In 2018 there was Tomas Tatar and in 2019 was Mark Stone. What could 2020 have in store for Golden Knight fans?

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What Vegas Traded Away:

  • 2020 2nd round pick (VGK)
  • 2021 2nd round pick (STL)
  • F Cody Eakin
  • 2021 4th round pick (VGK)
  • G Malcolm Subban
  • 2020 2nd round pick (PIT)
  • D Slava Demin (unsigned player)
  • 2020 5th round pick (VGK)

What Vegas Acquired:

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Vegas once again made a huge impact on deadline day with acquiring starting goalie Robin Lehner. A tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner on the same team? Wow. Alec Martinez on the blueline was also a big pickup as he will slide into the top 4 alongside Nate Schmidt, Shea Theodore, and Brayden McNabb. I would call the Golden Knights dead set on winning a cup and these moves helped them strengthen their chances on an already deep team front and back. Rank: 8/10

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