March 5, 1984 – Winnipeg Jets acquired D RANDY CARLYLE from Pittsburgh for Winnipeg's first-round choice in 1984 Entry Draft (D DOUG BODGER) and future considerations (D MOE MANTHA) – (trade completed one day before trading deadline).
The Jets obtained Carlyle, an eight-year veteran who had captured the Norris Trophy as the League's outstanding defenseman in 1981. He spent the next 10 seasons with the Jets before retiring after the 1992-93 season. Bodger, selected by the Penguins ninth overall, played five seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to Buffalo in November, 1988.
March 11, 1986 – Calgary Flames acquired LW JOHN TONELLI from New York Islanders for D STEVE KONROYD and LW RICHARD KROMM.
Tonelli was a veteran of the Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 through 1983 and had set a career high with 100 points in 1984-85. Kromm, 21, and Konroyd, 25, were young prospects. Tonelli recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 22 playoff games, including a six-game point streak to start the post-season, as the Flames reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
March 10, 1987 – New York Rangers acquired C MARCEL DIONNE, LW JEFF CROSSMAN and Los Angeles' third-round choice in 1989 Entry Draft (later traded to Minnesota – Minnesota selected C MURRAY GARBUTT) from Los Angeles for C BOB CARPENTER and D TOM LAIDLAW.
Dionne, the center of the Kings' famous "Triple Crown" line, left Los Angeles as the club's all-time leading scorer. Carpenter, acquired by the Rangers earlier in the season, was the first U.S.-born player to record 50 goals in a season, in 1984-85 with the Washington Capitals.
March 7, 1989 – Washington Capitals acquired RW DINO CICCARELLI and D BOB ROUSE from Minnesota for RW MIKE GARTNER and D LARRY MURPHY.
A trade involving star players and fan favorites. Ciccarelli was in his ninth season with Minnesota, scoring 40-or-more goals four times. Gartner and Murphy were in their 10th and sixth seasons with Washington, respectively, and had posted big offensive numbers as well.
March 6, 1990 – New Jersey Devils acquired C PETER STASTNY from Quebec for D CRAIG WOLANIN and future considerations (D RANDY VELISCHEK).
Stastny, who left Quebec after 10 seasons in a Nordiques uniform, had teamed with left wing Michel Goulet to form one of the most successful forward combinations in the 1980s. Stastny and Goulet were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.
March 22, 1993 – (1) Penguins acquired D PETER TAGLIANETTI from Tampa Bay for Pittsburgh's third-round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (later traded to Florida – Florida selected C STEVE WASHBURN). (2) Penguins acquired D MIKE RAMSEY from Buffalo for LW BOB ERREY.
The Penguins, in quest of a third consecutive Stanley Cup, bolstered their defense by acquiring veterans Taglianetti and Ramsey. Their drive was thwarted by a determined New York Islanders team in the Patrick Division Final; the series was decided by a David Volek goal in overtime of Game Seven at Pittsburgh.
March 21, 1994 – Vancouver Canucks acquired D JEFF BROWN, D BRET HEDICAN and C NATHAN LaFAYETTE from St. Louis for C CRAIG JANNEY.
The Canucks significantly upgraded their defense with the acquisition of Brown and Hedican, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise history.
April 5, 1995 – Montreal Canadiens acquired C PIERRE TURGEON and D VLADIMIR MALAKHOV from the New York Islanders for C KIRK MULLER, D MATHIEU SCHNEIDER and C CRAIG DARBY (trade completed two days before the trading deadline).
Turgeon and Malakhov had starred for the Islanders during their 1993 run to the Conference Finals, while Muller and Schneider were integral parts of Montreal's Stanley Cup-winning team that same season.
March 16, 1996 – Florida Panthers acquired RW RAY SHEPPARD and San Jose's fourth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (D JOEY TETARENKO) from San Jose for Florida's second-round (later traded to Chicago – Chicago selected C GEOFF PETERS) and fourth-round (RW MATT BRADLEY) choices in 1996 Entry Draft (trade completed four days before the trading deadline).
The Panthers, in just their third NHL season, added scoring punch with Sheppard, a former 50-goal scorer. He scored eight goals in 14 games, helping the club make the playoffs for the first time, and was Florida's second-leading scorer during its run to the Stanley Cup Final.
March 24, 1998 – Dallas Stars acquired C BRIAN SKRUDLAND, RW MIKE KEANE and New York Rangers' sixth-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (C PAVEL PATERA) from New York Rangers for RW TODD HARVEY, LW BOB ERREY and Dallas' fourth-round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (LW BOYD KANE).
The Stars, en route to capturing their first Presidents' Trophy, welcomed Skrudland and Keane, both with Stanley Cup rings, while the Rangers received one of hockey's promising young players in Harvey.
March 23, 1999 -- Detroit Red Wings acquired D CHRIS CHELIOS from Chicago for a first-round choice in 1999 (D STEVE McCARTHY) and 2001 (G ADAM MUNRO).
In a bid for their third consecutive Stanley Cup, the Red Wings acquired nine-time All-Star Chelios from division rival Chicago. In separate transactions, the Red Wings also acquired veteran defenseman Ulf Samuelsson from the New York Rangers and forward Wendel Clark from Tampa Bay. All told, the Red Wings added 45 years of NHL experience to their already seasoned roster. Despite the blockbuster moves, the Red Wings were ousted by Colorado in the Western Conference Semifinals.
March 6, 2000 – Colorado Avalanche acquired D RAY BOURQUE and DAVE ANDREYCHUK from Boston for LW BRIAN ROLSTON, C SAMUEL PAHLSSON, D MARTIN GRENIER and a first-round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (RW MARTIN SAMUELSSON)-- (trade completed eight days before the trading deadline).
In an effort to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1996, Colorado traded for one of the NHL's greatest defensemen. Bourque recorded 14 points in 14 games as the Avalanche finished the season 12-2-1 in the 15 games after the trade and won its sixth consecutive division title. The Avalanche qualified for the Western Conference Final for the second consecutive year, falling one game short of the Stanley Cup Final.
March 10, 2000 – Buffalo Sabres acquired C DOUG GILMOUR, RW J.P. DUMONT and a conditional draft pick in 2001 or 2002 from Chicago for LW MICHAL GROSEK (trade completed four days before the trading deadline).
On the outside of the playoff race looking in with 13 games remaining in the regular season, Buffalo acquired 16-year veteran Doug Gilmour and the young J.P. Dumont to help with the stretch drive. Gilmour tallied 3-14--17 and the Sabres went 8-2-1-2 to clinch the eighth seed for the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
March 12, 2001 -- Pittsburgh Penguins acquired G JOHAN HEDBERG and BOBBY DOLLAS from San Jose for JEFF NORTON.
Hedberg appeared in only nine career NHL games before starting all 18 Penguins games en route to the Eastern Conference Finals. He posted a 2.30 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and a 9-9 record. Keeping the goaltender mask he wore while with the IHL's Manitoba Moose, Hedberg quickly became a favorite of Pittsburgh fans, who chanted "Moose" after his saves. Although Hedberg allowed three goals or fewer in 14 of 18 playoff games, Pittsburgh was eliminated in the Conference Finals, 4-1, by the New Jersey Devils.
March 18, 2002 – New York Rangers acquired RW PAVEL BURE and Florida's second-round choice in 2002 Entry Draft (C LEE FALARDEAU) from Florida for D IGOR ULANOV, the rights to D FILIP NOVAK and New York's first (later traded to Calgary – Eric Nystrom) and second-round choice (C ROB GLOBKE) in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Bure was an immediate hit on Broadway, tallying 12-8--20 in just 12 games for the Rangers in 2002.
March 19, 2002 – New Jersey Devils acquired C JOE NIEUWENDYK and LW JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER from Dallas for C JASON ARNOTT, RW RANDY McKAY and New Jersey's first-round choice in 2002 Entry Draft (later traded).
In their quest to reach the Stanley Cup Final for a third consecutive year, the Devils added some offensive punch. Nieuwendyk (2-9--11) and Langenbrunner (3-3--6) appeared in the final 14 regular season games for the Devils, sparking the club to an 11-3 record. Unfortunately, the Stanley Cup Final-bound Carolina Hurricanes thwarted the Devils' quest for the Cup in the first round of the playoffs, 4-2.
March 11, 2003 - (1) Anaheim acquired C ROB NIEDERMAYER from Calgary for MIKE COMMODORE and JEAN-FRANCOIS DAMPHOUSSE. (2) Anaheim acquired RW STEVE THOMAS from Chicago for a fifth-round draft pick in 2003 (C ALEXEI IVANOV).
Anaheim added depth to their forwards for their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003. Thomas contributed three game-winning goals and Niedermayer added 10 points (3-7--10) for the Ducks in 2003.
March 6, 2004 - (1) Calgary acquired LW CHRIS SIMON and a seventh-round draft choice in the 2004 Entry Draft (C MATT SCHNEIDER) from New York Rangers for G JAMIE MCLENNAN, C BLAIR BETTS and RW GREG MOORE (trade completed three days before the deadline). (2) two days later Calgary acquired LW MARCUS NILSON from Florida for their second-round choice in 2004 (LW DAVID BOOTH).
The Flames added toughness and depth at left wing for their playoff run as they made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1989. Simon led the team in playoff penalty minutes with 74 and Nilson was fourth on the team in playoff scoring with 11 points (4-7--11). Booth, meanwhile, has blossomed into one of Florida's promising young stars.
March 8, 2006 - Edmonton acquired G DWAYNE ROLOSON from Minnesota for a first round choice in 2006 (later traded to Los Angeles - C TREVOR LEWIS) and future considerations (trade completed one day before the deadline).
The tone for a busy trade deadline was set by the Oilers a day earlier with their move to get goaltending help. Roloson started the first 18 games of the playoffs (12-5), posting a .927 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average in helping the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1990. He suffered a playoff-ending knee injury in Game 1 of the Final.
February 27, 2007 - New York Islanders acquired LW RYAN SMYTH from Edmonton for C RYAN O'MARRA, C ROBERT NILSSON and the Islanders' 1st-round pick in 2007 (D ALEX PLANTE).
In the day's blockbuster deal, the Islanders obtained the eight-time 20-goal scorer who had spent his first 12 NHL seasons with the Oilers. Nilsson and O'Marra were the Islanders' first-round picks in the 2003 and 2005 Entry Drafts, respectively.
February 26, 2008 - Pittsburgh acquired RW MARIAN HOSSA and RW PASCAL DUPUIS from Atlanta for RW COLBY ARMSTRONG, C ERIK CHRISTENSEN, C ANGELO ESPOSITO and Pittsburgh's 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (C DAULTAN LEVEILLE).
In Hossa, the Penguins obtained a four-time 80-point scorer, five-time All-Star and great fit with star center Sidney Crosby. Hossa ranked third among playoff scorers with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 20 games and led the Penguins in average ice time (21:00) during their deep postseason run.
February 26, 2008 - San Jose acquired D BRIAN CAMPBELL and Buffalo's 7th-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (RW DREW DANIELS) from Buffalo for RW STEVE BERNIER and San Jose's 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (C TYLER ENNIS).
The Sharks went 16-2-2 in their final 20 games of the season after the club acquired Campbell, who posted 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and a +9 rating in those contests. He ended the season fourth among NHL defensemen in scoring with a career-high 62 points (eight goals, 54 assists) in 83 games with the Sabres and Sharks.
March 4, 2009 -- Calgary acquired C OLLI JOKINEN and Phoenix's 3rd-round pick in 2009 from Phoenix for C MATTHEW LOMBARDI, LW BRANDON PRUST and its 1st-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.
The Flames' playoff push gathered steam with the addition of the four-time 30-goal man Jokinen, who arrived in Calgary ticketed for the center spot on the top line between wings Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri. Jokinen notched 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 19 regular-season games and went 2-3--5 in six playoff games as the Flames dropped their first-round series to the Chicago Blackhawks.