NHL Trade Deadline history by the numbers

Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy previews what the Flames have planned for the NHL Trade Deadline.

Although Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel have already been moved by Ottawa to Columbus, leaving Artemi Panarin‘s trade likelihood in doubt, there are still a number of things that could unfold on Feb. 25. For instance, none of the big players in the Western Conference have made a move yet, and pending UFA Mark Stone is still out there and unsigned by Ottawa.

You can tune in to Sportsnet starting at 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT 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.

No deadline day is the same, but we have a long history of them to extract some interesting stats. With that, here are 14 interesting numbers put together by the impeccable Sportsnet Stats staff, in relation to the trade deadline.

1: The fewest moves made in a deadline season by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the salary cap era. This is shared by three different teams. In 2006, Carolina acquired Mark Recchi on deadline day; in 2008 Detroit picked up Brad Stuart on deadline day; and in 2012 Los Angeles acquired Jeff Carter four days before the deadline. In the salary cap era, the eventual champions have always made a deal within two weeks of the deadline.

2: The number of teams that haven’t made a deadline day trade in either of the past two seasons. Both Carolina and Minnesota were silent in 2017 and 2018.

4: The most times any one player has been traded on deadline day. Alan May was traded a total of five times in his career, with four of them happening at the deadline (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995). The teams that acquired him were Calgary, Dallas, Los Angeles and Edmonton. Lee Stempniak (just re-signed by Boston on Sunday) and Thomas Vanek (who has a no-move clause with Detroit) are the only players who could be traded for the fourth time on deadline day this season. If Vanek is moved, he would become the first player to ever get traded on three consecutive deadline days.

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5: The most trades made in a deadline season by that year’s eventual Stanley Cup winner in the salary cap era. In 2011, the Bruins made five deals all within two weeks of the deadline. In that time they acquired Chris Kelly, Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley, Boris Valabik, Anton Khudpbin, Stefan Chaput and David Laliberte.

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

13: The number of consecutive seasons Anaheim has made a trade on deadline day. They are the only team that has made at least one transaction on the last day of dealing in each season of the salary cap era. The team has had two GMs in that time: Brian Burke and Bob Murray. Colorado had a streak of 15-straight deadlines making a move until they stayed quiet in 2018.

14: The most goals scored by a player acquired on deadline day for his new team in the remaining regular season games. Toronto traded Lee Stempniak to Arizona in 2010 and he went on to convert 14 goals in 18 regular season games and was then shut out in seven playoff games.[sidebar]

15: The most consecutive years one team has gone without making a single trade on deadline day. The Bruins did not make a single transaction at the trade deadline from 1968 to 1983.

20: The most points accumulated by a player moved on deadline day with his new team the rest of the season. In 2010 the Colorado Avalanche picked up Peter Mueller who went on to score nine goals and 11 assists in 15 regular season games. The Islanders’ pick up of Robert Rychel in 1997 and San Jose’s acquisition of Brian Campbell in 2008 were the next most-productive regular season finishers with 19 points apiece.

31: The number of first-round picks traded on deadline day since 1968. In 2018 a record five first-round picks were moved on the final day of dealing. The most frequently traded pick? Eighty-five third-rounders have moved on deadline day since 1968, with the 81 second-rounders moved a close second.

35: David Poile has made the most deadline day deals of any current NHL GM with 35, followed by Jim Rutherford’s 28 made as GM of Carolina and Pittsburgh.

36: The number of deadline day trades made by the Anaheim Ducks in the salary cap era, which is the most among all teams. Arizona comes second with 34. Excluding Vegas (2) the Dallas Stars have made the fewest deadline day deals since 2006 with just six.

62: The number of deadline day trades made by the Pittsburgh Penguins since 1968, which is the most among all NHL teams in that time. Excluding the California Golden Seals and Vegas Golden Knights, the fewest deadline day trades made since ’68 is 20 by the Minnesota Wild.

592: The total number of trades made on deadline day since 1968. These trades have included 1,114 players and 409 draft picks.


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