The homing pigeon. The Carlton mini-Giants. And the big names valued at virtually nothing. Here's what you might have missed in the trade period.
Emma Quayle joined The Age as a cadet journalist in 1999 and has been covering football since 2001. She has won awards from the Australian Football Media Association and AFL Players Association for her feature writing, and specialised for many years in covering junior football and the AFL draft. Emma's two books - The Draft and Nine Lives (the story of former Essendon wingman Adam Ramanauskas' battle with cancer) - were published in 2008 and 2010.
The Western Bulldogs' last-minute push for Brett Deledio came about after it became apparent that the star Tiger could be headed for the already formidable Greater Western Sydney.
Gold Coast believe they "extracted their pound of flesh" from Hawthorn in the Jaeger O'Meara deal which was finally sealed at he eleventh hour.
Richmond looks set to secure Josh Caddy from Geelong while trading star Brett Deledio to the Giants.
Where do you even start, separating all the brave things Jimmy Bartel did in his 15 years at Geelong?
Western Bulldogs Nathan Hrovat will play for North Melbourne next year.
A surprise AFL ruling has opened up the path for Geelong to secure Zach Tuohy from Carlton after the Cats were given unexpected permission to trade another first-round draft pick.
Matthew Boyd will play on with the Western Bulldogs next year.
Hawthorn has described Jordan Lewis as a "contracted and required" player, despite the midfielder's investigation of a possible move to Melbourne.
Western Bulldogs midfielder Koby Stevens has told the club he would like to be traded to St Kilda.