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.
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.