The NHL’s roster freeze went into effect on July 17th at 3:00 PM EST, with teams waiting until the last possible second to get trades done and their protection lists submitted. With the NHL Expansion Draft just three days away, let’s recap the trades made as a direct result of the draft.

  • Arizona Coyotes acquire Andrew Ladd, a second-round pick in 2021, a conditional second-round pick in 2022, and a conditional third-round pick in 2023 from the New York Islanders.
  • Detroit Red Wings receive Nick Leddy from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round pick in 2021 and Richard Panik.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning acquire a seventh-round pick in 2022 from the New York Rangers in exchange for Barclay Goodrow.
  • New York Rangers send Brett Howden to the Vegas Golden Knights for Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round selection in 2022.
  • Nashville Predators send Ryan Ellis to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick.
  • Nashville Predators send Nolan Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Jared McCann, sending Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in 2023 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Dallas Stars send Jason Dickinson to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in 2021.
  • Arizona Coyotes send Adin Hill to the San Jose Sharks for Josef Korenar and a second-round pick in 2022.
  • New Jersey Devils acquire Ryan Graves from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Mikhail Maltsev and a 2nd round pick in 2021.
  • Chicago Blackhawks send Duncan Keith and Tim Soderlund to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Caleb Jones and a conditional 2022 pick.

Biggest Expansion Draft trades

Starting in New York, both the Rangers and Islanders addressed needs with their transactions over the past couple of days. The Rangers added a Stanley Cup champion and big-bodied fourth-liner in Goodrow, filling their void in the ‘gritty forward department.’ Their crosstown rivals shed significant cap space with their roster moves, making them key players in the upcoming free agent and trade markets.

The Islanders have their sights set on Vladimir Tarasenko and Gabriel Landeskog. With over $18 million in cap space available to them, they are serious players for one of the two. The biggest name dealt was Ryan Ellis as he heads from Music City to the City of Brotherly Love. A depleted team in their own end in 2020-21, the Flyers look to revamp their blue line by adding a veteran defenseman.

Ellis missed 31 games last season but is a solid two-way defenseman under contract through 2026-27. The moves made ensures that teams who would lose quality names to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft for nothing get compensated. But the moves that didn’t get made left quite the grouping of unprotected players for the Kraken to select, headlined by Carey Price.

Metro most active prior to freeze

The Metropolitan Division was the most active, with the Rangers, Islanders, Flyers, Devils, and Penguins making moves. McCann leaves the Penguins for the Maple Leafs, giving Toronto another talented depth piece to add to their forward corps. No doubt the most impactful move was the Ellis trade, however, the acquisition of Graves by the Devils and the clearing of cap by the Islanders could be moves that pay off more in the long run.

Overall, the Rangers, Islanders, and Flyers were the three Expansion Draft trade-day winners. There’s no doubt that the Kraken will be active again on Wednesday, making deals with teams and piecing together a team for next season while stockpiling picks for their future. But until that excitement begins, these trades left were enough to hold us over in the meantime.

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