With the NHL officially unveiling its plan to use a 24-team playoff format if it does return to play this season, commissioner Gary Bettman ruled the 2019-20 regular season effectively finished.
A number of big trades were made this past year that included conditional draft picks. With a revamped draft lottery and a number of teams set to potentially miss the playoffs, certain conditional picks are now in limbo.
Let's take a look at some of the deals that may be affected by the new 24-team playoff format.
Vancouver's 1st-round pick in the hands of New Jersey
The Vancouver Canucks originally dealt a 2020 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning to acquire J.T. Miller with the condition that if they miss the 2019-20 playoffs, the pick will automatically become a 2021 first-rounder.
The Lightning then traded Vancouver's pick to the New Jersey Devils along with prospect Nolan Foote to acquire Blake Coleman. Vancouver was in the playoff hunt at the time of the season's pause, and will now need to defeat the Minnesota Wild in a five-game play-in series to reach the postseason. If they lose, the pick acquired by the Devils will transfer to 2021.
Penguins' 1st-round pick to bring in Zucker
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked destined to make a strong playoff push this season. They battled injuries all year long, but were finally near full health when the season paused.