Notable Deadline trades involving established players
March 5, 1984 – Winnipeg Jets obtain D RANDY CARLYLE from Pittsburgh for Winnipeg’s first-round choice in 1984 Entry Draft (D DOUG BODGER) and future considerations (D MOE MANTHA) – (trade completed one day before trading deadline).
The Jets obtained Carlyle, an eight-year veteran who had captured the Norris Trophy as the League’s outstanding defenseman in 1981. He spent the next 10 seasons with the Jets before retiring after the 1992-93 season. Bodger, selected by the Penguins ninth overall, played five seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to Buffalo in November, 1988.
March 11, 1986 – Calgary Flames obtain LW JOHN TONELLI from New York Islanders for D STEVE KONROYD and LW RICHARD KROMM.
Tonelli was a veteran of the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 through 1983 and had set a career high with 100 points in 1984-85. Kromm, 21, and Konroyd, 25, were young prospects. Tonelli recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 22 playoff games, including a six-game point streak to start the post-season, as the Flames reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
March 10, 1987 – New York Rangers obtain C MARCEL DIONNE, LW JEFF CROSSMAN and Los Angeles' third-round choice in 1989 Entry Draft (later traded to Minnesota – Minnesota selected C MURRAY GARBUTT) from Los Angeles for C BOB CARPENTER and D TOM LAIDLAW.
Dionne, the center of the Kings’ famous "Triple Crown" line, left Los Angeles as the club’s all-time leading scorer. Carpenter, acquired by the Rangers earlier in the season, was the first U.S.-born player to record 50 goals in a season, in 1984-85 with the Washington Capitals.
March 7, 1989 – Washington Capitals obtain RW DINO CICCARELLI and D BOB ROUSE from Minnesota for RW MIKE GARTNER and D LARRY MURPHY.
A trade involving star players and fan favorites. Ciccarelli was in his ninth season with Minnesota, scoring 40-or-more goals four times. Gartner and Murphy were in their 10th and sixth seasons with Washington, respectively, and had posted big offensive numbers, as well.
March 6, 1990 – New Jersey Devils obtain C PETER STASTNY from Quebec for D CRAIG WOLANIN and future considerations (D RANDY VELISCHEK).
Stastny, who left Quebec after 10 seasons in a Nordiques uniform, had teamed with left wing Michel Goulet to form one of the most successful forward combinations in the 1980s. Stastny and Goulet were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.
March 22, 1993 – (1) Penguins obtain D PETER TAGLIANETTI from Tampa Bay for Pittsburgh’s third-round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (later traded to Florida – Florida selected C STEVE WASHBURN). (2) Penguins obtain D MIKE RAMSEY from Buffalo for LW BOB ERREY.
The Penguins, in quest of a third consecutive Stanley Cup, bolstered their defense by acquiring veterans Taglianetti and Ramsey. Their drive was thwarted by a determined New York Islanders team in the Patrick Division Final; the series was decided by a David Volek goal in overtime of Game Seven at Pittsburgh.
The Canucks significantly upgraded their defense with the acquisition of Brown and Hedican, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise history.
April 5, 1995 – Montreal Canadiens obtain C PIERRE TURGEON and D VLADIMIR MALAKHOV from the New York Islanders for C KIRK MULLER, D MATHIEU SCHNEIDER and C CRAIG DARBY (trade completed two days before the trading deadline).
Turgeon and Malakhov had starred for the Islanders during their 1993 run to the Conference Finals, while Muller and Schneider were integral parts of Montreal’s Stanley Cup-winning team that same season.
March 16, 1996 – Florida Panthers obtain RW RAY SHEPPARD and San Jose’s fourth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (D JOEY TETARENKO) from San Jose for Florida’s second-round (later traded to Chicago – Chicago selected C GEOFF PETERS) and fourth-round (RW MATT BRADLEY) choices in 1996 Entry Draft (trade completed four days before the trading deadline).
The Panthers, in just their third NHL season, added scoring punch with Sheppard, a former 50-goal scorer. He scored eight goals in 14 games, helping the club make the playoffs for the first time, and was Florida’s second-leading scorer during its run to the Stanley Cup Final.
March 24, 1998 – Dallas Stars obtain C BRIAN SKRUDLAND, RW MIKE KEANE and New York Rangers’ sixth-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (C PAVEL PATERA) from New York Rangers for RW TODD HARVEY, LW BOB ERREY and Dallas’ fourth-round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (LW BOYD KANE).
The Stars, en route to capturing their first Presidents’ Trophy, welcomed Skrudland and Keane, both with Stanley Cup rings, while the Rangers received one of hockey’s promising young players in Harvey.
In a bid for their third consecutive Stanley Cup, the Red Wings acquired nine-time All-Star Chelios from division rival Chicago. In separate transactions, the Red Wings also acquired veteran defenseman Ulf Samuelsson from the New York Rangers and forward Wendel Clark from Tampa Bay. All told, the Red Wings added 45 years of NHL experience to their already seasoned roster. Despite the blockbuster moves, the Red Wings were ousted by Colorado in the Western Conference Semifinals.
March 6, 2000 – Colorado Avalanche obtain D RAY BOURQUE and DAVE ANDREYCHUK from Boston for LW BRIAN ROLSTON, C SAMUEL PAHLSSON, D MARTIN GRENIER and a first-round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (RW MARTIN SAMUELSSON)-- (trade completed eight days before the trading deadline).
In an effort to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1996, Colorado traded for one of the NHL’s greatest defensemen. Bourque recorded 14 points in 14 games as the Avalanche finished the season 12-2-1 in the 15 games after the trade and won its sixth consecutive division title. The Avalanche qualified for the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive year, falling one game short of the Stanley Cup Final.
On the outside of the playoff race looking in with 13 games remaining in the regular season, Buffalo acquired 16-year veteran Doug Gilmour and the young J.P. Dumont to help with the stretch drive. Gilmour tallied 3-14—17 and the Sabres went 8-2-1-2 to clinch the eighth seed for the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
March 12, 2001 -- Pittsburgh Penguins obtain G JOHAN HEDBERG and BOBBY DOLLAS from San Jose for JEFF NORTON.
Hedberg appeared in only nine career NHL games before starting all 18 Penguins games en route to the Eastern Conference Finals. He posted a 2.30 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and a 9-9 record. Hedberg, keeping the goaltender mask he wore while with the IHL's Manitoba Moose, quickly became a favorite of Pittsburgh fans, who chanted "Moose" after his saves. Although Hedberg allowed three goals or fewer in 14 of 18 playoff games, Pittsburgh was eliminated in the Conference Finals, 4-1, by the New Jersey Devils.
March 18, 2002 – New York Rangers obtain RW PAVEL BURE and Florida’s second-round choice in 2002 Entry Draft (C LEE FALARDEAU) from Florida for D IGOR ULANOV, the rights to D FILIP NOVAK and New York’s first (later traded to Calgary – Eric Nystrom) and second-round choice (C ROB GLOBKE) in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Bure was an immediate hit on Broadway, tallying 12-8--20 in just 12 games for the Rangers in 2002.
March 19, 2002 – Colorado Avalanche obtain D DARIUS KASPARAITIS from Pittsburgh for D RICK BERRY and LW VILLE NIEMINEN.
The Avalanche bolstered their defense with the acquisition of Kasparaitis, advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season. Kasparaitis appeared in all 21 playoff games, tallying 0-3--3 alongside a defensive core that included Rob Blake, Adam Foote and Greg deVries.
In their quest to reach the Stanley Cup Final for a third consecutive year, the Devils added some offensive punch. Nieuwendyk (2-9--11) and Langenbrunner (3-3--6) appeared in the final 14 regular season games for the Devils, sparking the club to an 11-3 record. Unfortunately, the Stanley Cup Final-bound Carolina Hurricanes thwarted the Devils’ quest for the Cup in the first round of the playoffs, 4-2.
March 11, 2003 - (1) Anaheim acquired C ROB NIEDERMAYER from Calgary for MIKE COMMODORE and JEAN-FRANCOIS DAMPHOUSSE. (2) Anaheim obtained RW STEVE THOMAS from Chicago for a fifth-round draft pick in 2003 (C ALEXEI IVANOV).
Anaheim added depth to their forwards for their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003. Thomas contributed three game-winning goals and Niedermayer added 10 points (3-7--10) for the Ducks in 2003.
March 6, 2004 - (1) Calgary obtains LW CHRIS SIMON and a seventh-round draft choice (C Matt Schneider) in 2004 from New York Rangers for G JAMIE MCLENNAN, C BLAIR BETTS and RW GREG MOORE (trade completed three days before the deadline). (2) two days later Calgary obtains LW MARCUS NILSON from Florida for their second-round choice in 2004 (LW DAVID BOOTH).
The Calgary Flames added toughness and depth at left wing for their playoff run as they made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1989. Simon led the team in playoff penalty minutes with 74 and Nilson was fourth on the team in playoff scoring with 11 points (4-7--11).
The tone for a record breaking trade deadline day involving 25 trades and 40 players was set by Edmonton a day earlier with their move to get goaltending help. The trade proved important as Roloson started the first 18 games of the playoffs (12-5), posting a .927 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average in helping the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1990. He suffered a playoff-ending knee injury in Game 1 of the Final.
February 27, 2007 - New York Islanders obtain LW
In the day's blockbuster deal, the Islanders obtained the eight-time 20-goal scorer who had spent his first 12