Trade Deadline Recap: Eastern Conference Winners & Losers

So the trade deadline “month” came and went, with about 40 trades being completed in the last 30 days.  Rather than break down each trade individually, I will go team by team to outline whether they are better off or not heading down the stretch.  First up, the Eastern Conference, where big names came in, while some teams that probably could have used an upgrade did nothing.

 

Two of the biggest trade deadline acquisistions are now facing off on the same team – The Penguins. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 

INBrenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Jussi Jokinen

OUT – Joe Morrow

OVERALL- The Penguins already had arguably the two best players on the planet, and the additions add a lot of depth and leadership.  The biggest question marks  still lie between the pipes, where Marc-Andre Fleury is inconsistent at best, and in terms of the health of Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

MONTREAL CANADIENS

INDavis Drewiske, Jeff Halpern

OUT – none

OVERALL – The Habs made a couple of depth additions, as well as dealing Erik Cole for Michael Ryder just before the trade window.  Halpern was a waiver claim from the Rangers who gives the Habs some grit and faceoff ability that might have been lacking before.

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

 

WINNIPEG JETS

IN – none

OUT – none

OVERALL – A team that was on the slide heading into the trade deadline, the Jets stood pat and did nothing to change their fate.  The Jets could slide right out of the playoffs very quickly.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser

 

BOSTON BRUINS

IN  – Jaromir Jagr, Kaspars Daugavins, Wade Redden

OUTLane MacDermid

OVERALL – While they lost out on Morrow and Iginla, the addition of Jagr solidifies the top 6 and will help the Bruins power play.  Daugavins brings penalty killing ability that the Bruins lost with the injury to Chris Kelly.  Redden gets a chance on a contender, but is a depth move.

WINNER/LOSER? – Both.  They improved for the now, but didn’t get the players they wanted.

 

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

IN – Ryan O’Byrne

OUTDavid Steckel, Mike Brown

OVERALL – They did not address the goaltending needs that they admittedly wanted to.  While losing Steckel and Brown hurts their depth, they are easily replaced from within.  O’Byrne partnered with Liles in Colorado, but isn’t much of an upgrade, if at all, on what they already had.

WINNER/LOSER? - Loser.  Not for who they got, but for who they didn’t.

 

OTTAWA SENATORS

INMatt Kassian, Cory Conacher

OUTBen Bishop, Kaspars Daugavins

OVERALL – The Senators have addressed two needs – toughness and scoring – at the expense of dealing an expendable asset.  As long as Anderson can stay healthy, the goaltending is sound and Conacher brings a potential top 6 forward and instantly becomes the clubs top scorer.

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

 

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

IN – Matt D’Agostini, Steve Sullivan

OUT – none

OVERALL – Sullivan provides a veteran presence and can play a number of different roles.  D’Agostini is a solid player who won’t hurt the club at all.

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

INRyane Clowe, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore

OUTMarian Gaborik, Jeff Halpern

OVERALL – For whatever reason, Gaborik did not shine in the Big Apple, and needed to get shipped out.  The return was bountiful, and they basically stole Clowe, who will thrive with the change of scenery.

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

IN – none

OUT – none

OVERALL – Another team that held firm, but probably should have done something to make a push, especially with the teams around them improving.  The Islanders have made the playoffs in 5 years, and this was a good opportunity to send a message.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

INMartin Erat, Michael Latta

OUT – Filip Forsberg

OVERALL – The hard-charging Capitals are moving in on the playoffs and they resisted the urge to deal pending UFA Mike Ribeiro and brought in Erat, who could thrive in the Caps system.  Giving up a solid prospect in Forsberg will hurt down the line, but didn’t affect the current roster.

WINNER/LOSER? – Winner

 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

INSteve Mason, Adam Hall

OUTMichael Leighton

OVERALL – Bringing in a more expensive backup goalie (who was backing up a goalie the Flyers shipped away in the summer) and adding a depth forward off waiver don’t exactly solve the woes of the Flyers, but injuries and cap space have tied the Flyers’ hands.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser

 

CAROLINA HURRICANES

INMarc-Andre Bergeron

OUT – Jussi Jokinen, Adam Hall

OVERALL – The Joni Pitkanen injury necessitated the acquisition of Bergeron to keep the Carolina D afloat.  Having to keep some of Jokinen’s salary hurts.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser

 

BUFFALO SABRES

IN – prospects Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson

OUT – T.J. Brennan, Robyn Regehr, Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold

OVERALL – The expected fire-sale didn’t materialize, and the Sabres kind of went just half-way.  They got a great return for Pominville from the Wild that will help set up the rebuild.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser for now, but gained lots of assets for the future

 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

IN – Ben Bishop, Adam Hall

OUT – Cory Conacher, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Adam Hall

OVERALL – The Lightning now have two of the tallest goaltenders in the league, in Bishop and Anders Lindback.  Whether either one of them becomes a true #1 goalie remains to be seen, and they have given up a solid rookie point producer.  They traded Bergeron for Hall, and then promplty lost Hall on waivers the next day.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser at the moment, but if Bishop reaches potential, then they win.

 

FLORIDA PANTHERS

INT.J. Brennan

OUTJerred Smithson

OVERALL – The Panthers have issues, and they didn’t do much to address them for now (which didn’t really matter) or for the future.  Their biggest addition will be a high draft pick this summer, which should be top 3 minimum.

WINNER/LOSER? – Loser

 

So, the big winners were the Rangers and Penguins who improved greatly.  The Jets and the Islanders did nothing and that could result in wrecking a promising season by sliding out of the playoff race.

Topics: Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla, Marian Gaborik, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, NHL, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryane Clowe, Trade Deadline

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