The Golden Knights gave away defenseman Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg, and a second-round draft pick, which belonged to the Dallas Stars. The 26-year-old was on pace to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but will now enjoy his time with the Golden Knights for a majority of his career to come. He has 28 goals and 34 assists over 59 games this season, and has scored over 20 goals each season since 2014-2015. The move for the Knights may give them the extra boost needed to move from the third place spot in the Pacific, as they sit at 32-26-5 for 69 points on the season. On the other end, the Senators have dealt away some of their biggest assets, including Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel.
The Nashville Predators made the another notable move on Monday as they continue to battle the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division. The Predators went out and acquired Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers for Ryan Hartman and a 2020 conditional fourth-round draft pick. If the Predators advance at all in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, that draft pick will turn in to a third-rounder. Simmonds is a longtime Flyer, as he has 242 goals and 229 assists over 824 NHL games, with this being his 11th season in the league.
Through 62 games this season, the 30-year-old has 16 goals and 11 assists, and is on track to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has also spent a short time with the Los Angeles Kings, but his time with the Flyers was expected to come to an end. The team had a good feeling of it after a 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stadium Series showdown, where they gave Simmonds an emotional goodbye afterwards, long before any rumors were ever confirmed. The team had talked about extending the veteran earlier in the season, but they were said to be "a ways apart" in those discussions, but that doesn't mean he can't return in free agency.