Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Winners:

The Lightning were involved in a blockbuster deal acquiring New York Ranger’s captain, Ryan Callahan and picks, for their own captain and longtime Bolt, Martin St. Louis. The Lightning made a smart move by trading the aging St. Louis, even if Callahan decides not to resign in Tampa Bay. They acquired key pieces for the future of their organization with the Ranger’s 1st round pick, and a conditional 2nd round pick that could turn into a 2015 1st rounder if New York makes the Conference Semis. St. Louis has at best two or three years left in this league and it was a smart choice to trade him before his play diminishes as he gets older.

Pittsburgh didn’t do much at the deadline, but the acquisitions they made suit their team perfectly. With Pascal Dupuis, Crosby’s right winger, out for the season, they acquired Lee Stempniak from Calgary, and Marcel Goc from Florida for picks. Stempkniak can definitely take Dupuis’ place on a line with Crosby and Kunitz. He plays a very similar game to Dupuis and is a great rental going into playoffs.

Florida made headlines when they acquired Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. Although they traded a solid center in Shawn Matthias and a young goalie in Jacob Markstrom, they get what they need, a true number one goalie. Shortly after, they traded away Tim Thomas and brought in backup Dan Ellis. But before both of these trades happened, they traded for rising star, Brandon Pirri, from Chicago. All of these acquisitions make sense and it’s a great start to Florida’s rebuilding process. They don’t take on the burden of Luongo’s contract, and get a young center that can only help their team.

As much as I despise them, the Habs did great this deadline. They got Vanek for virtually nothing and added Devan Dubnyk as well. The addition of Dubnyk is not good news for Canadiens fans because it may indicate that Carey Price’s injury is worse than it has been reported to be. However, they should be excited for Thomas Vanek. He could really help their offense and may even lock them in for a Top 3 spot in the Atlantic division.

St. Louis made a dent on the deadline when they acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo for Chris Stewart, a prospect, and picks. The Sabres also acquired Jaroslav Halak but quickly traded him to Washington. The Blues only better their chances at the Stanley Cup after this trade. They acquire no rentals and can only move forward after their upgrade in goaltending and offense.

 

Losers:

New York acquired Marty St. Louis which is great, but they gave up two crucial draft picks in the process. They couldn’t agree to terms with their captain and lost a big chunk of their future with this trade.

Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, the Buffalo Sabres have dug themselves an even deeper whole. They did acquire a 1st round pick from St. Louis, but it’ll probably be a late pick which doesn’t really help their situation. They traded away Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller, their captain Steve Ott, and Jaroslav Halak. They got only worse players in return. They now have Torey Mitchell, Michal Neuvirth, and Chris Stewart with basically all non-first round picks, besides their own.

The Roberto Luongo era has ended in Vancouver. Luongo was dealt to the Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias. The Canucks now have to rely on first time #1 goalie, Eddie Lack to hold the fort leading up to playoffs. Not a smart decision at this point in time by Vancouver.

The Jackets traded three time 40 goal scorer, Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles for Matt Frattin and picks. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Frattin, but bringing in Frattin for Gaborik doesn’t benefit Columbus at all, especially for their playoff push. If they got a 1st round pick or a Gaborik type player, this deal would make more sense, but right now, not the best trade.

~ Justin

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