Lightning and Maple Leafs among NHL trade deadline winners

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FILE - In this March 20, 2021, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) skates against Carolina Hurricanes center Martin Necas (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-team trade Saturday, April 10, 2021, that also involves the Detroit Red Wings. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning went into the NHL trade deadline without much money to make a move.

As the league's best teams often do, the cash-strapped Lightning found a way to improve their chances of winning with a shrewd deal.

The Buffalo Sabres, meanwhile, had one of the most coveted players on the market and a chance to boost their rebuilding project with a trade.

As one of the franchises in the league that can't seem to get it right, the Sabres failed to get a great return for 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall.

Here's a look at some teams that appeared to win, and lose, in the days and minutes leading up to the trade deadline Monday afternoon:


The Lightning bolstered their blue line and chances to repeat by acquiring defenseman David Savard from Columbus in a three-team trade on Saturday.

Tampa Bay connected with former general manager Steve Yzerman, taking advantage of the Detroit Red Wings' cap space to swing a deal to acquire a solid, 30-year-old defenseman with 20 games of postseason experience the last two years.