Should Carlton have traded Bryce Gibbs?
The Blues took a strong stance by holding Gibbs to his contract in the face of what they believed was an unsatisfactory offer from Adelaide. But with the star midfielder turning 28 in March and Carlton still rebuilding its list, maybe Stephen Silvagni should've relented. The Crows' pick 13 with sweeteners on top, reportedly a future third-round pick or potentially a player, seems a reasonable deal – especially when you consider Tom Mitchell left the Swans for pick 14. It's unlikely Gibbs will be in his prime next time Carlton is in flag contention and his currency will only diminish if he does seek a trade back to South Australia again.
Why did the Blues trade their future second-round pick to the Hawks?
Carlton sent a future second-round pick (on-traded from GWS) to Hawthorn and received 48, 66 and 70 in return in a trade that broke the Jaeger O'Meara deadlock. Even if the Giants win the flag next year that second-round pick would become selection 36 and, under the current draft points system, still be worth more (502 points) than Hawthorn's three picks this year combined (421 points).
Have the Hawks coughed up too much for Jaeger O'Meara?
IN: Jaeger O'Meara, 2017 second-round pick received from Carlton (on-traded from GWS).
OUT: First and second-round picks in 2017, picks 23, 36, 48, 66 and 70 in 2016
It's a big price to pay for a 22-year-old midfielder who hasn't played at the highest level for two full seasons. However, before his knee worries, O'Meara looked capable of being one of the competition's top-five players and the Hawks will back their medical team to get him back to his best. Time will tell if Hawthorn's gamble pays off.
Did the Saints win the Trade Period?
St Kilda made some shrewd moves, picking up Jack Steele and Koby Stevens for a song to bolster a promising midfield, luring key defender Nathan Brown via free agency and seizing an opportunity as an increasingly desperate Hawthorn searched for ways to land Jaeger O'Meara. By giving up pick 10, the Saints received 23 and 36 back from Hawthorn and the Hawks' first-round pick in 2017. That's good business. After cashing in on the Hawthorn "fire sale", West Coast and Melbourne would also be extremely satisfied.
Is Port Adelaide still under salary cap pressure?
After failing to offload Hamish Hartlett or Matthew Lobbe, or any players for that matter, it seems the Power's salary cap problems aren't going away. The only business Port Adelaide completed was to swap picks with the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans. That means the Power will take the strong hand they wanted into this year's draft with picks 14, 17, 30 and 31, but they could be back in the same position this time next year looking to move on a player or two on hefty contracts.
Will Collingwood's arrivals help Bucks earn a new contract?
Nathan Buckley believes he needs to reach finals next season to keep his job and the Pies need to deliver after loading up with experience. Daniel Wells is a superb pick up, despite doubts about his body over a three-year deal, but the jury is out on a four-year contract offered to former Dockers forward Chris Mayne and Lynden Dunn's recruitment, aged 29, as an insurance policy in defence. Will Hoskin-Elliott has a bright future, but it remains to be seen if the Pies' additions outweigh the losses of Nathan Brown, Travis Cloke, Jarrod Witts, Marley Williams and Jack Frost and propel them back to finals.
Which Eagle will be rucking to Sam Mitchell in round one?
Nic Naitanui is sidelined and Scott Lycett is racing the clock to be fit early next season. But if the Eagles' No.2 big man doesn't make it in time for round one, journeyman Jonathan Giles and injury-plagued former Cats big man Nathan Vardy could be tag-teaming at centre bounces and palming the ball to star Eagles midfielder Sam Mitchell (as unbelievable as that still sounds). Vardy, 25, was the ideal recruit for West Coast with his ability to also play in attack and offer something longer term compared to stop-gap options Drew Petrie or Will Minson. Now the Eagles just need to get him on the park after four games in two seasons.
Why did Ty Vickery only sign for two years?
It seemed a fait accompli that Ty Vickery would take up a three-year restricted free agency offer reported to be about $1.2 million to leave Punt Rd and when his move to Hawthorn went through the club announced a three-year deal, before quickly revising it down to two years. The AFL has quizzed the Hawks after some industry insiders questioned if the deal was structured to ensure Richmond would be satisfied with the compensation pick it received and, therefore, wouldn't match Hawthorn's offer. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks add a third year to Vickery's contract.
Will a lack of quality youngsters catch up with the Cats?
Geelong's last first-round draft pick was Nakia Cockatoo back in 2014 and after trading for Patrick Dangerfield, Lachie Henderson and Zach Tuohy in recent seasons, the Cats might not have another first-round selection until 2018. Geelong is a destination club for free agents, which helps offset that lack of early picks, but eventually the Cats' lack of quality youngsters coming through the doors might come back to bite them if this group doesn't win a flag.
What now for the leftover players?
Drew Petrie, Chris Dawes, Mitch Brown, Mitch Clark, Michael Barlow, Xavier Richards, Sam Fisher, Dean Towers … the list of players in limbo goes on. Petrie could still be offered a rookie spot by West Coast, as could Fisher at the Saints, Dawes is looking for a new home, ditto Barlow, while Richards had an offer on the table from the Swans before seeking a trade and will continue talks. The delisted free agency period opens on November 1 and some of the above players could be thrown a lifeline.