So the 3pm EST NHL trade deadline has passed, and the dust has settled. In what was one of the more anti-climactic deadline’s in recent history (and that really is saying something), you have my condolences if you skipped work for TV coverage of the deadline. If you just skipped school, not so much.
By the time it was all said and done Luongo was still a Canuck, Kiprusoff was still unwilling to go to Toronto and those who bared with the coverage were still bored. In total 17 moves were made before the deadline and 27 players were involved. Most who were expected to be dealt were, and a few that weren’t found new homes. For a look at who came out on top and who didn’t, check out this year’s deadline winners and losers:
Columbus Blue Jackets: After dealing the face of the franchise in Rick Nash to the New York Rangers this summer, they convinced Glen Sather to return the favour by sending a little star power back their way. The Jackets acquired Marian Gaborik and didn’t lose an awful lot in the process. John Moore became expendable with the drafting of Ryan Murray last year, Derick Brassard had failed to meet draft day expectations and Derek Dorsett is injured as of right now. They were also able to get a draft pick out of the much maligned Steve Mason, and pick up Blake Comeau for next to nothing.
Added: Marian Gaborik, Michael Leighton, Blake Comeau, Patrick Killeen
Subtracted: Steve Mason, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, John Moore
New York Rangers: The same team that lost Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets, is still a winner. I guess you could call that blockbuster deal a win-win. The Rangers come out on top because they added some sorely needed depth to an offense that struggles to get any secondary scoring. They also get out from under the final year of Gaborik’s contract and the $7.5M cap hit that comes with it. The moves made by the Rangers kind of bring back that swagger that they lost in the offseason. And by swagger, I mean identity. This injection of depth and size up front has them looking every bit as mean as the team that made it to the conference finals last year.
Added: Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, John Moore, Derek Dorsett
Subtracted: Marian Gaborik
Pittsburgh Penguins: Even though the Penguins did most of their dealing in the weeks leading up to the deadline, I’m gonna let that slide and throw them into the winner's category. Leading up to this year’s deadline arguably the best GM in the NHL Ray Shero was up to his old tricks. In the space of a week he added two former captains, and one of the biggest, meanest defensemen you ever did see. Then on the deadline they add a special teams specialist that can play anywhere in their top 9. I tip my hat to you, Ray Shero.
Added: Jussi Jokinen, Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray
Subtracted: Joe Morrow, Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski
Calgary Flames: I guess better late than never is the motto in cowtown. By starting this rebuild arguably 3 years later than it should have happened Jay Feaster found a way to devalue what would have been some of the best names to hit the trading block around the deadline in recent history. The Flames finally traded Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, but for some bordering on terrible returns. How does Feaster still have his job at this point?
Added: Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski
Subtracted: Jay Bouwmeester, Jarome Iginla, Blake Comeau
Vancouver Canucks: Sure they added Derek Roy on the day before the deadline, but they still have Roberto Luongo and that makes them big time losers. I have to feel for Luongo at this point. He’s an elite goalie and teams won’t touch him with a ten foot pole. That being said, Gillis has had about a year to deal with this and still hasn’t. He also didn’t find this club a checking center or size on the wing. If you really want to nitpick, the Canucks could have used another defenseman too.
Added: Derek Roy
Subtracted: Kevin Connauton
Winnipeg Jets: Due to a series of injuries to key players on opposing teams within their division and a little bit of luck the Jets are currently first in the Southeast. What do they do to gear up for what is likely to be their first playoff appearance since moving back to Winnipeg? Nothing. Unless you count waiver pickup, and perennial 4th liner Mike Santorelli.
Added: Mike Santorelli
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