NHL trade deadline 2020 winners, losers: Oilers, Hurricanes and Johnny Gaudreau seize the day, Maple Leafs do not

first_imgMORE: Dubas doesn’t mince words at presserLoser: Wayne SimmondsNot only did Simmonds tell NHL Network/Sportsnet that he waived his no-trade clause to go to the Buffalo Sabres, but he added that he’s open to staying there long-term. Sorry, don’t get this trade at all.Loser: The rest of the NHLAs Pavel Buchnevich previously noted, Chris Kreider was No. 1 on TSN’s Trade Bait List. Unfortunately, no one was able to make the Rangers brass go ga-ga. Besides, there is no one who wanted to stay in New York more than Kreider and the veteran winger was rewarded for his blue-collar work ethic with a new seven-year deal. There was quite a bit of wheelin’ and dealin’ done before the NHL trade deadline slammed shut at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.Some general managers went all in — looking at you, Ken Holland — while others subliminally told their fans, “Hey, listen, we know, this year just isn’t our year.” When the dust officially settled, 32 trades involving 55 players were completed. That player tally does not even include all the draft picks exchanged that will represent the future of the NHL.TRADE DEADLINE: Tracker | Best, worst dealsObviously, the big question is where does it all lead? Well, as of right now, that’s anyone’s guess but that won’t stop us from taking a stab at assessing the biggest winners, losers, and those who fell in betweenNHL trade deadline winners, losersWinner: Oilers nationLadies and gentlemen, Ken Holland has officially arrived in Edmonton.”We felt that we’d like to do something to put a little, we use the word ‘buzz’ into our team,” Holland told reporters before adding, “I think at the end of the day, my message today is: we’re trying to win.”Well, that message has definitely been delivered. The veteran general manager has officially put his stamp on the 2019-20 squad by acquiring Andreas Athanasiou from the Red Wings. The speedy forward should look mighty nice skating down the ice with the equally speedy (or let’s be honest, faster) Connor McDavid. The Oilers also brought in two-time Norris Trophy finalist Mike Green from Detroit in a separate deal Sunday night and added Tyler Ennis from Ottawa.The Oilers are now a serious threat to not only the rest of the Pacific Division but the Western Conference — and dare we say, the NHL.MORE: Athanasiou trade grade | Sharp picks Oilers as Canadian team to win CupWinner: Chase Priskie’s childhoodThe newest Florida Panther went full-John Tavares on Twitter.It’s crazy how some things come full circle in life. Extremely excited to join the @FlaPanthers and return to my hometown. Talk about following your dreams… pic.twitter.com/5IsRp7cozT— Chase Priskie (@priskie4) February 24, 2020Winner: Christina MarleauOr, could be us. Hard to tell. Regardless, Patrick Marleau was traded to Pittsburgh and well, thank you, Christina.Growing up, Patrick’s favorite team was the @penguins and I have sooooo many hilarious photos to prove it 😂 pic.twitter.com/jzBDRkZOJg— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) February 24, 2020I see where our boys gets their looks and die hard love of the game. 👀 spy 🐧 pic.twitter.com/dqHgIWvCuG— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) February 24, 2020Winner: Vegas, baby!Not only did the Golden Knights acquire a 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist and create possibly one of the greatest goalie tandems in recent NHL history — but they also got quite a unique gem in Robin Lehner.Nice calm day in St. Louis. Anything special going on today on Twitter? 🐼😎— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) February 24, 2020Really exited to join Vegas. Going to be a ride. Can’t wait to get there but please no drums at the airport I’m shy…— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) February 24, 2020Beef Wellington:) huge fan!— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) February 25, 2020Taking of to Vegas. @MapleLeafs we were so close…😂 see you tomorrow Vegas. Can’t wait to join the @GoldenKnights pic.twitter.com/TNnzU8AcSS— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) February 25, 2020Winner: Carolina HurricanesThey may have lost two goalies over the weekend but Don Waddell said screw it and went big to avoid going home in April. He added forward Vincent Trocheck and defensemen Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen on deadline day.As the GM said, “Overall, it’s a strong message that we’re here to win.”Now, the big question: Is Lazlo Holmes available to lead the Storm Surge?TBD: Ottawa SenatorsThe Senators have 14 picks in June’s draft and should have two picks in the top-10, and possibly 1-2 overall. All eyes will be on GM Pierre Dorion to see what he does and if he can make the right moves for Ottawa’s future.Kournianos: Sens primed for huge offseason overhaul | Pageau trade gradeTBD: Johnny GaudreauLast year, there was this:Asked Johnny Gaudreau earlier how he’d spend his #NHLTradeDeadline day. His response: “Honestly I just wanna eat some Chipotle.” 🤗😂— Jackie Redmond (@Jackie_Redmond) February 25, 2019This year, there was this:#Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau: “I had to pee.”— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 24, 2020One thing stays the same, Gaudreau just calls trade deadline day: Monday.MORE: Gaudreau freaks out hockey TwitterTBD: Vancouver CanucksInitially, the trade for Louis Domingue left everyone scratching their heads. Then the team announced that No. 1 netminder Jacob Markstrom is out with a knee injury. Domingue is a reliable backup, which is the role he’ll fill for now behind Thatcher Demko. How all of this impacts Vancouver’s playoff push leaves this TBD.More: Markstrom injury timetable unknown as of nowLoser: Toronto Maple Leafs“Let’s speak bluntly about it,” Kyle Dubas told reporters. “There’s a lot of people that are writing the obituary for the team and putting the team into the ground right now — and that’s fine, that’s fair. When you play that way, that’s what you get, especially in a market as passionate as this.”Well, can you blame them? Considering the Leafs recent performances, this team needed a jolt. But, can you trade for passion? For heart? last_img