The two biggest players were dealt just minutes before the NHL trade deadline on Monday afternoon.
Mark Stone and Wayne Simmonds were both playing on expiring contracts and were involved in two of the day’s final trades.
Stone, who has 28 goals and 62 points for the Ottawa Senators, was sent to the Vegas Golden Knights. The 26-year-old, who is having his best season in the NHL, has scored at least 20 goals in five straight seasons.
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In return, the Senators get top prospects in defenceman Erik Brannstrom and forward Oscar Lindberg and 2020 second-round draft pick.
Other teams across the league got to work earlier on Monday.
Simmonds —; a physical six-foot-two, 185-pounder —; is now a member of the Nashville Predators, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers. The 11-year NHL veteran has 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points and has picked up 90 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Flyers this season.
Flyers forward Ryan Hartman and draft picks go the other way —; from Philadelphia to Nashville.
The New Jersey Devils sent goalie Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.
The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets already teamed up for two significant trades, with the Blue Jackets getting Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel over the weekend.
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Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets were the first team in the west to upgrade on NHL trade deadline day.
The Jets acquired forward Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and Brendan Lemieux.
Hayes is a top-six forward who has 14 goals and 42 points in 51 games this season. He also has playoff experience that the Jets covet with 34 games with New York.
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The Arizona Coyotes sent Jordan Weal to Montreal for Michael Chaput, another forward.
Weal has played just 19 games this season and has a goal and an assist. Chaput has 10 goals and 16 points in 32 AHL games, and has five assists in 32 NHL games with Montreal.
Derick Brassard was sent to his third team this season. He started in Pittsburgh, then got traded to Florida and was been shipped to Colorado on Monday, shortly before the deadline.
Defenceman Adam McQuaid will be moving from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth- and seventh-round draft pick.
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The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Oscar Fantenberg from the L.A. Kings for a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick.
Fantenberg has played 73 games with the Kings over the last two seasons, scoring four goals and adding eight assists.
The Minnesota Wild sent Mikael Granlund to Nashville for Kevin Fiala.
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It was confirmed after the deadline that the Boston Bruins got forward Marcus Johansson from New Jersey for a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-round pick in 2020.
Matt Hendricks was acquired by Winnipeg from the Minnesota Wild for a seventh-round pick.
Also, Vancouver sent defenceman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Tanner Pearson.
On Sunday, Gustav Nyquist was sent to the San Jose Sharks from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks. Nyquist is in his eighth NHL season, all with Detroit, and has 16 goals and 49 points this season.
Also on Sunday, Buffalo sent a first-round pick and defenceman Brendan Guhle to Anaheim for another defenceman, Brandon Montour.
– With files from Kirby Bourne and Morley Scott, 630 CHED