Recapping the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline: Will Tampa Bay Win The Cup?

Let’s start off by saying the 2018 trade deadline was pretty crazy. Tampa Bay seems to be the frontrunner for the Cup at this point in the season and they really bolstered their lineup at the trade deadline. Let’s take a look at all of the trades made before the deadline.

Ryan McDonagh to Tampa Bay:

We all knew that Ryan McDonagh was going to be moved at the trade deadline. Boston, Toronto, and Tampa were in on the star defensive defenseman, but Tampa came out on top and acquired him last minute.

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 conditional first-round pick.

The Lightning were able to acquire McDonagh without giving up Mikhail Sergachev or Brayden Point which shocked fans everywhere. Along with McDonagh, the Rangers sent JT Miller to Tampa as well.

Tomas Tatar to Vegas:

I’m not sure anyone thought Tomas Tatar was going to be traded, but when VGK couldn’t acquire Erik Karlsson, they decided to go after Tatar instead to add veteran depth heading into the playoffs.

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and a 2021 third-round pick.

This was a great depth move for the Golden Knights as they will head into their first ever playoff series in a good position.

Evander Kane to San Jose:

Kane was bound to be traded at the deadline. Plenty of teams wanted him and Buffalo knew they could acquire things to make them better off in the future. After Kane has caused some trouble in Buffalo it will be nice to see him get a fresh start in San Jose.

San Jose acquired Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2019 conditional first-round pick, a 2019 fourth-round pick, and former Boston University Terrier Danny O’Regan.

With the acquisition of O’Regan, the Buffalo Sabres have managed to reunite Jack Eichel’s collegiate line. Eichel centered O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues while playing college hockey at Boston University. This could be a pretty dangerous line in the future.

Thomas Vanek to Columbus:

Thomas Vanek who is a person that tends to jump from team to team and always seems to be traded at the deadline. Vanek was made available and Columbus jumped on the opportunity immediately.

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Tyler Motte, and Jussi Jokinen.

Thomas Vanek is a great depth player who can provide scoring and Columbus needs that right now. This was a very good trade for Columbus who didn’t give up much at all to acquire Vanek.

Patrick Maroon to New Jersey:

Oilers forward, Patrick Maroon was bound to move at the deadline. There were talks of him being on the move for weeks and he was finally traded to New Jersey on deadline day.

The New Jersey Devils acquired Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick, and forward Joey Dudek.

Maroon will definitely be able to help the Devils in their final push for the playoffs. He adds depth, physicality, and the ability to score and make plays. This was a good trade for the New Jersey Devils although Maroon is on the last year of his contract and will most likely head back to Edmonton after the season is over.

Chris Bigras to NYR:

This is definitely a smaller trade that hasn’t gotten much attention but the Rangers added a much needed defenseman to their team on deadline day.

The New York Rangers acquired Chris Bigras from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Ryan Graves.

This is a good move by the Rangers who are in desperate need of defensive depth.

Tyler Gaudet and John Ramage to Nashville:

This is another minor trade that happened on deadline day. The Nashville Predators acquired Tyler Gaudet and John Ramage from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Trevor Murphy and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

Tommy Wingels to Boston:

Don Sweeney added yet another depth player in Tommy Wingels. Wingels, who has played for San Jose, Ottawa, Chicago, and now Boston is a nice depth add for Boston.

The Boston Bruins acquired Tommy Wingels from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2019 conditional fifth-round pick.

Don Sweeney seems to be depth-crazy as he added many depth players before the trade deadline. Tommy Wingels is set to make his Boston debut on Tuesday, February 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Josh Jooris to Pittsburgh:

Somewhat of a minor trade here. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Greg McKegg.

Nick Shore to Calgary:

The Calgary Flames acquired Nick Shore from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

Mike Reilly to Montreal:

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

Joe Morrow to Winnipeg:

The Winnipeg Jets added some nice defensive depth when they made the trade for Joe Morrow. Morrow is a decent defenseman who adds depth on the blueline heading into the playoffs.

The Winnipeg Jets acquired Joe Morrow from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick.

Jason Chimera to Anaheim:

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Jason Chimera from the New York Islanders in exchange for Chris Wagner.

Ryan Kujawinski to Columbus:

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Jordan Maletta.

Brendan Leipsic to Vancouver:

The Vancouver Canucks acquired Brendan Leipsic from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Philip Holm.

Paul Stastny to Winnipeg:

Winnipeg added some serious skill to their offense with the addition of Stastny. Winnipeg arguably has one of the best offenses in the league right now and the addition of Stastny only made them better.

Winnipeg Jets acquired Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick and the rights to Erik Foley.

Ryan Hartman to Nashville:

What a trade made by the Nashville Predators. Adding Ryan Hartman was a terrific choice for a team who is looking to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals this season. Hartman is a great player who is only going to continue to grow.

The Nashville Predators acquired Ryan Hartman and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick, and Victor Ejdsell.

Ian Cole to Columbus:

The Columbus Blue Jackets made yet another trade before the deadline in acquiring Ian Cole which will provide them with some defensive depth.

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nick Moutrey, and a third-round pick in 2020.

Brandon Bollig to Nashville:

The Nashville Predators acquired both Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Mark Letestu to Columbus:

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Mark Letestu from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

Tomas Plekanec to Toronto:

The Maple Leafs acquired a great depth guy in Plekanec. He’s going to improve their offense both now and in the playoffs.

Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev, and a 2018 second-round pick.

Rick Nash to Boston:

The type of guy Boston was looking for was a guy like Rick Nash. They needed to add scoring depth and they did just that. Rick Nash can score goals and use his body to make fantastic plays. He has already played alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk and has looked great.

The Boston Bruins acquire Rick Nash from the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, and a 2018 first-round pick. Boston retains half of Beleskey’s contract while New York retain’s half of Nash’s contract.

Brandon Davidson to NYI:

New York Islanders acquire defenseman Brandon Davidson from Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2019 third-round pick.

Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh:

The Pittsburgh Penguins upgraded their offense with the acquisition of Derick Brassard. Brassard is a great player who can score goals when needed and also help out on defense.

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, Tobias Lindberg, and a 2018 third-round pick in exchange for Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 third-round pick. Vegas Golden Knights acquire Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round pick from Pittsburgh.

This was a crazy three-team deal that was originally denied and had to be reworked by the teams GM’s for it to be approved.

Michael Grabner to New Jersey:

New Jersey added the perfect goal scoring guy in Grabner. Many teams were after Grabner for his pure goal scoring ability and New Jersey was able to offer the best assets to New York.

The New Jersey Devils acquired Michael Grabner from the New York Rangers in exchange for Yegor Rykov and a 2018 second-round pick.

Frank Vatrano to Florida:

Frank Vatrano had been riding the pine for the Boston Bruins for a while and barely played in any games for the team this season. He was bound to be traded eventually and this season it happened.

The Florida Panthers acquired Frank Vatrano from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick.

Tobias Rieder to Los Angeles:

The LA Kings acquired Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Jakub Jerabek to Washington:

Washington Capitals acquire defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal Canadiens for fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Eric Fehr to Toronto:

San Jose Sharks acquire forward Eric Fehr from Toronto Maple Leafs for seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Nick Holden to Boston:

Bruins GM Don Sweeney added a great depth defenseman in Nick Holden. Holden has playoff experience and will be able to help Boston in the long run.

The Boston Bruins acquire defenseman Nick Holden from New York Rangers for defenseman Rob O’Gara and third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia:

In a goaltending struggle in Philly, they were looking to add a goaltender who could come in and get the team some wins while their main goaltenders are injured.

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third-round pick in 2019.

Michal Kempny to Washington:

Washington Capitals acquire defenseman Michal Kempny from Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for third-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft.

Nikita Soshnikov to St. Louis:

St. Louis Blues acquire forward Nikita Soshnikov from Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for fourth-round pick in 2019 NHL Draft.

Chris DiDomenico to Chicago:

Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Chris DiDomenico from Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Ville Pokka.

Dion Phaneuf to Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Kings acquire defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson from Ottawa Senators in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.

There were many trades made and the blockbuster trade was definitely the Ryan McDonagh trade to Tampa. Tampa Bay added a terrific defenseman in Ryan McDonagh and they showed that they are really all in for the Cup this year.

With the acquisition of McDonagh, Tampa Bay is even more of a Stanley Cup favorite. They are all in this year and will be looking to win their first Cup since 2004.

(All information taken from NHL Deadline Tracker 2018)


Erin Walsh


Erin is studying Communications and Public Relations at Bridgewater State University. She has been a Boston sports fan her whole life and is a huge Boston Bruins fan. When not in class, you can find her writing about hockey or watching hockey. She attends many Bruins games and has a dream of attending a game at every NHL arena in the US and Canada.


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