The deadline has come and gone and as always it’s time to look at the winners and losers after all the dust has settled from deadline day. Before you scroll down, keep in mind: what your team gave up to get the player you want matters. Getting a player your team needed is great, but giving up a top prospect, 1st round picks, a solid young player, or any combination of those is a big time price to pay and factors in to how I view your trade.
Montreal Canadiens– The best team in the NHL got better by adding needed depth without giving up a first round pick, or any substantial prospects. Jeff Petry’s career numbers don’t look great, but anybody would have a hard time putting up good numbers in Edmonton nowadays and he should be an easy enough target to bring back as a free agent at year’s end. The main reason Montreal is a winner is that they got what they needed without overpaying for what could amount to a rental.
Jordan Leopold– The defenseman formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets gets to go home and play for the Minnesota Wild where his family lives. This was the best story of the deadline as his daughter wrote a letter to the Wild to try to get them to bring her daddy home. This is why we love sports today.
Detroit Red Wings– Let’s see, they add a veteran forward with Cup experience in Erik Cole, and Marek Zidlicky for what amounts to a couple of B prospects, a 2nd rounder and conditional picks. A perfect case of getting needs (veteran right handed puck moving defensemen and veteran depth forward) for not much in return. The deal for Zidlicky is already paying dividends. Well played by Ken Holland. Not that that surprises anyone.
New York Islanders– This one comes as a surprise considering the teams dealings in the past. Garth Snow in my book did a good job to sure up the back-up goaltending spot with Michal Neuvirth and some depth forwards for their back-up goalie who wasn’t working (Chad Johnson) a player who wasn’t in their starting line-up (Cory Conacher) and two conditional picks.
Olli Jokinen– Olli is thanking his lucky stars today after being traded again before the deadline. He’s now on his 3rd team this season but you had to feel bad for the guy after he got traded from the best team in the league (Predators) to a dumpster fire (Toronto). Yesterday the Leafs did him a favor and traded him back to a contender in St. Louis. All’s well that ends well.
New York Rangers: Alright Rangers fans go ahead and send your hate mail and burn me in effigy. But if you’re being honest with yourselves, you sold your future for a year and four months of Yandle. That’s fine, and you got to keep Zuccarrello which could have made the deadline worse. But, giving up Duclair, a 1st and 2nd round pick and a young D-man in John Moore, is a STEEP price for a year plus rental.
Los Angeles Kings: The same logic goes for the Kings here. Yes I said they were potential buyers. They certainly bought. But unlike in years past they gave up a ton in return for a player who probably won’t be in L-A long. Getting Sekera helps, but giving up a 1st rounder for what amounts to a three month rental is tough.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins did absolutely nothing to help themselves at the deadline. They were among my expected buyers even before David Krejci went down for the 4-6 weeks. They’re still two points ahead of the Panthers for the last playoff spot in the East but Bruins fans had to be disappointed by the lack of movement on deadline day.
Chad Johnson: The former Isles back-up got traded from a team who will definitely be in the playoffs to the Sabres who are trying their best to position themselves to pick Connor McDavid in June.
Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers traded one of their better players (Jeff Petry) and got terrible value in return. This franchise continues to have issues in trying to restore its former glory.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.