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Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Updated: March 12, 10:46 AM ET
Trading day sees most movement since 1980

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In the final 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline, all 30 teams got into the act, making it one of the busiest dealing days in league history.

All but three clubs made deals Tuesday, when 46 players and at least 16 draft picks were swapped in a flurry of 24 trades before the 3 p.m. ET deadline.

The NHL said it was the most number of deals and players moved since at least 1980.

On Monday, eight trades were made, including deals involving New Jersey, Buffalo and Columbus -- the only teams to keep their rosters intact Tuesday.

How much has the NHL trading landscape changed? Here's a look at the numbers over the years:

Trading Deadline Stats Since 1979-80
Season Date No. of trades Players
2002-03 March 11, 2003 *-24 *-46
2001-02 March 19, 2002 17 35
2000-01 March 13, 2001 17 31
1999-00 March 14, 2000 12 23
1998-99 March 23, 1999 21 30
1997-98 March 24, 1998 19 38
1996-97 March 18, 1997 18 35
1995-96 March 20, 1996 13 21
1994-95 April 7, 1995 19 32
1993-94 March 21, 1994 18 35
1992-93 March 22, 1993 9 14
1991-92 March 10, 1992 11 22
1990-91 March 5, 1991 14 33
1989-90 March 6, 1990 10 16
1988-89 March 7, 1989 9 21
1987-88 March 8, 1988 8 12
1986-87 March 10, 1987 5 9
1985-86 March 11, 1986 8 14
1984-85 March 12, 1985 4 7
1983-84 March 6, 1984 2 2
1982-83 March 8, 1983 1 1
1981-82 March 9, 1982 5 11
1980-81 March 10, 1981 12 22
1979-80 March 11, 1980 3 5
* -- NHL record