It got off to a slow-ish start, but the BEARD Hockey Trade Deadline did not disappoint with 24 trades (many of them near the deadline) and 22 teams taking part.
While the BEARD Hockey Trade Deadline itself became the star late in the day on Sunday as the clock neared 5:00pm EDT, the show was entertaining throughout, as Aaron Sanderson and Corey Chernuka starred in a brilliant podcast with alcohol, BEARD, and anything else up for debate.
22 of the 32 BEARD Hockey clubs made a deal on Sunday, with the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs leading the charge at five deals apiece. The Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators each made four trades, while Chicago, New Jersey, and Washington each made three deals.
10 teams did not make a move on Sunday - one of which made two on Saturday (Carolina). Perhaps surprising in their lack of deals on Deadline Day was Boston - who actively shopped players but didn't land a trade; Tampa Bay - who has been surging of late but had several pending UFA's on the market; and Vancouver - who was rumored to be making a deal centered around Jake Guentzel, but it never materialized.
Perhaps the biggest names moving on the day were Jaccob Slavin (from Chicago to Florida) and Claude Giroux (from St. Louis to Buffalo). Two deals featured some creative bartering in order to fit under the salary cap - the aforementioned Giroux deal saw Washington retain salary on Giroux's remaining contract for a 3rd round pick in 2021, while St. Louis shipped Alex Killorn to New Jersey via Nashville, who retained a $2.5 million cap hit for this season for a 4th round pick.
All in all, for a debut in terms of Trade Deadlines, this one will certainly be remembered for a long time. EXCELLENT JOB to everyone for being active today - that was so cool to see and be a part of!
I hope everyone made it through the day and ended up where they wanted to be. :)