Notable NHL Trade Deadline Deals and Grades
Today was the last day for the NHL to make trades, and there were some pretty good trades today that will change the face of the league moving forward going into the playoffs.
The Trades (The Short List)
- The New York Rangers acquired Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 1st round pick, and a conditional 2014 2nd round pick.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames for a unspecified 3rd round pick.
- The Montreal Canadiens acquired Thomas Vanek and a conditional 2014 5th round pick from the New York Islanders for Sebastien Collberg and a conditional 2014 2nd round pick.
- The Minnesota Wild acquire Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres for Torey Mitchell and an unspecified draft pick.
- The Washington Capitals acquire Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 3rd Round pick from the Buffalo Sabres from Rostislav Klesla and Michal Neuvirth
- The Boston Bruins acquire Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick in an unspecified year.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Nick Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers for a 5th round pick in an unspecified year.
- The Dallas Stars acquire Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis
- The Los Angeles Kings acquire Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and a conditional third round pick.
Last night also had the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo and a minor league forward to the Florida Panthers for prospects, goalie Jakob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.
Montreal Canadiens: I love the addition of Thomas Vanek for the Canadiens, they needed a piece to add to that team and they certainly got it. As an added bonus, the Canadiens got a player with decent size and a noted Boston Bruins killer. Combine this with the lack of a huge deal for the Bruins, the Canadiens really made themselves a pretender to a possible contender.
Pittsburgh Penguins: They didn’t make any major moves, but they added Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak adding depth to an already deep line up.
Los Angeles Kings: They added a prime time player in Marion Gaborik, while Gaborik isn’t a defensive minded player, he can be a nice asset in the goal scoring department, which is what the Kings needed to a lesser extent. The Kings look poised for another deep run.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Boy did the Lightning get a steal today in the St. Louis trade. I won’t say that St. Louis isn’t worth Callahan, the real thing for me is the fact that they also picked up a 1st round pick and a conditional second round pick which could move to a first round pick if the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Finals this season.
St Louis Blues: The Blues got themselves on this list because of a move that was made last Friday when they added Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues felt like they needed to upgrade their goaltending, and getting Ryan Miller is a good way to add a stronger structure to the backbone of the team. I think they went from contender to a favorite to win the Western Conference.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins needed to do more, and while I am not down on the Andrej Meszaros deal with a good portion of Bruins fans and Boston media because I think Meszaros is a good player that was tangled in the wrong system. But they failed to get that guy who will be a sure bet for them, and they lost ground on the Canadiens and Penguins today in my opinion.
New York Islanders: The Islanders somehow managed to get very little for their trades recently that will help the team now, sure they managed to scrap together 2 second round picks and a third round pick. But looking at what they traded I feel that they could have and should have gotten more for the pieces they dealt away.
Vancouver Canucks: Look I am not going to bash Shawn Matthias or Jakob Markstrom, those are legitimate returns for the Roberto Luongo trade. However I do have the right to wonder what they’re going to do if they make the playoffs and have two rookie goalies in the mix for starting job.
I have to say in terms of the best NHL Trade Deadline Day team, it has to be the Montreal Canadiens, they added a scorer and size to their roster, a player who can make a big difference for them moving forward. I still do not think that the Canadiens are going to be front runners in the Eastern Conference, I think that the Canadiens are on their way. A defenseman and power forward from where they would ideally be in order to make a strong push for the Stanley Cup. But I can’t help but to like this move from a Canadiens perspective. As a Bruins fan it sucks seeing them add Vanek.
Posted on March 5, 2014, in All Sports, Hockey, National Hockey League and tagged Boston Bruins, buffalo sabres, los angeles kings, Montreal Canadiens, new york islanders, new york rangers, nhl trade deadline, pittsburgh penguins, st louis blues, tampa bay lightning, vancouver canucks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.