Analyzing deals made before deadline

This year’s March 21 NHL trade deadline, later than usual because the league was supposed to be shut down during the Olympics, is fast approaching.

Pending unrestricted free agents such as Marc-Andre Fleury, Claude Giroux, and Phil Kessel could be on the move. Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk’s trade demand remains active. The expansion Seattle Kraken could deal players to add prospects and the Arizona Coyotes could make moves.

Here are some of the trades or signings that have taken place before deadline day or injuries that could affect trade outlooks (a separate file will be published on deadline day):

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The Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Boston Bruins.

March 19: The Bruins acquire defenseman Hampus Lindholm and defenseman Kodie Curran from the Ducks for defensemen Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore, a 2022 first-round draft pick, a 2023 second-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder.

The Bruins’ defense took a hit in the summer of 2020 when Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara left in free agency. Now, they have a high-quality defenseman to go with Charlie McAvoy. Lindholm is the third pending free agent that the Ducks have traded and they have been loading up on draft picks. Moore is a veteran defenseman and Vaakanainen is a 2017 first-round pick who has played only 31 NHL games.

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