As always, the 2018 NHL trade deadline figures to be a busy one, but the question this year is how many big-ticket players will be moved? And we’re not just talking about pending UFAs such as Evander Kane or Rick Nash, but guys with term who are in the rumour mill: Erik Karlsson, Max Pacioretty, Ryan McDonagh, etc.
Some moves have already started to come in, but you can bet Monday will see a flurry of activity, big and small. You can tune in to Sportsnet starting 8 a.m. Monday morning for a full day of trade deadline coverage and analysis as teams bulk up for the playoffs, or take a step back from the present with the future in mind.
Here, then, are 18 quick stats from deadline days past, with a stick tap to the great Sportsnet Stats department.
5: Number of trades made on the day before deadline day in 2017:
• Canadiens trade David Desharnais to Oilers for Brandon Davidson
• Stars trade Johnny Oduya to Blackhawks for Mark McNeill and conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018 Draft
• Rangers trade Mat Bodie to Sabres for Daniel Catenacci
• Hurricanes trade Viktor Stalberg to Senators for third-round pick in 2017 Draft
• Red Wings trade Brendan Smith to Rangers for third-round pick in 2017 Draft and second-round pick in 2018 Draft
9: Most total pieces moved in one trade on deadline day (2007).
Los Angeles got: Johan Fransson, Jaroslav Modry, 2007 second, 2007 third, 2008 first
Dallas got: Mattias Norstrom, Konstantin Pushkarev, 2007 third, 2007 fourth
15 years: Longest any team has gone without making a deadline day deal. Boston Bruins, 1968-1993.
15 years: Longest active streak of making a trade on deadline day. Colorado Avalanche.
35: Most deadline day trades made by any one team in the salary cap era. Anaheim Ducks.
6: Fewest deadline day trades made by any one team in the salary cap era. Dallas Stars.
61: The most deadline day moves made by any one team since 1968. Pittsburgh Penguins.
574: Number of total trades made on deadline day since 1968.
1,077: Number of players dealt on trade deadline day since 1968.
Most points by player traded on deadline day with new team
14: Most goals by player traded on deadline day with new team. Lee Stempniak with Coyotes, 2009-10.
33: Most deadline day trades made by a current NHL general manager. David Poile.
8: Most trades made by the same two teams on deadline day since 1968. Edmonton/NY Rangers.
8.4 per cent: Deadline day trades involving a goalie, the least traded position.
34.4 per cent: Deadline day trades involving a defenceman, the most traded position.
20.8 per cent: Amount of deadline day deals involving a third-round pick, the selection most commonly swapped.
6.6 per cent: Amount of deadline day deals involving a first-round pick.
2015: The last year in which a first-round pick was traded on deadline day.