The buildup to the NHL trade deadline is always an eventful time of year for the league's 31 teams. Even if a team doesn't complete any deals, that doesn't mean they didn't try to swing one or two, as there are always plenty of discussions being had.
There are also a ton of rumors circulating around the NHL. While some end up being true and coming to fruition, others don't. But it gives plenty for fans and experts to speculate about until the deadline arrives.
Before this year's trade deadline, numerous notable deals took place. And reports are still coming out about how talks and discussions unfolded.
Here's some of the latest post-deadline buzz from around the NHL.
Canucks Knew Gaudette Wanted Fresh Start
Adam Gaudette's four-year tenure with the Vancouver Canucks came to an end Monday, as the 24-year-old center was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. And it appears it was a move that likely wasn't a surprise to Gaudette.
Gaudette had seven points (four goals and three assists) in 33 games for Vancouver this season. He tested positive for COVID-19 amid the Canucks' outbreak, which has led to them not playing a game since March 24. And according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, it was known before that that Gaudette wanted to head to a new team.
"As his role didn’t grow with the Canucks, the organization knew he wanted a fresh start. So, I think this was coming even before the COVID outbreak," Friedman wrote. "Was he traded because his exposure was at the heart of it? I can’t say that, but I do believe the situation exacerbated tensions."
Chicago may not have been the only team that had interest in Gaudette, per Friedman, as the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators also scouted him earlier in the season. However, the Blackhawks acquired him ahead of the trade deadline, sending forward Matthew Highmore to the Canucks.
Now, Gaudette will look to have success in Chicago after recording 52 points (21 goals and 31 assists) in 153 games over his first four NHL seasons in Vancouver.