The dust has settled from this year’s trade deadline with a flurry of activity at the eleventh hour that saw numerous trades take place. There were some big names on the move and some even bigger names that thought they might be relocating but instead find themselves in the comfort of their own homes at least for the remainder of this season.
There were winners at this year’s deadline and there were losers. We’ll examine who we feel deserve to be slotted under each category and we’ll start with the winners of this year’s NHL trade deadline.
It’s no surprise that the Pittsburgh Penguins are at the top of the winner’s list. They only went out and acquired veterans Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Douglas Murray. After superstar Sidney Crosby suffers a broken jaw and will miss the rest of the regular season, Ray Shero pulls the trigger on a deal that landed him Jussi Jokinen from the Carolina Hurricanes. Talk about gearing up for a cup run, the Penguins are the epitome of that saying.
The Boston Bruins also have to be considered winners at this year’s deadline. They addressed their need up front for a skilled winger by trading for veteran Jaromir Jagr after losing out on Morrow and Iginla. Peter Chiarelli also acquired Wade Redden to help solidify their blue line. They did all this by surrendering a few prospects and draft picks.
Speaking of the St. Louis Blues, they too were winners at the deadline. They were said to be after a top-four defenseman and they got him in Jay Bouwmeester. Prior to trading with Calgary, the Blues landed Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres. They knew what they needed, went after and got it which then made Wade Redden expendable.
The San Jose Sharks should also be considered victorious based on the moves they made. They parted ways with Douglas Murray last week then go and win five straight games which then prompted them to trade Ryane Clowe to the Rangers. Not to leave themselves vulnerable of being knocked out of a playoff position, they bring in Martin Erat and Scott Hannan from the Nashville Predators along with a plethora of high round draft picks.
Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets had a successful trade deadline day by acquiring former all-star Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers. The Jackets nearly committed fan base suicide when they traded Rich Nash last summer and their stellar play lately that has them within striking distance of a playoff spot has rejuvenated their fans. The organization stated prior to the deadline that they would be buyers, but only if it made sense; AKA, cautiously optimistic. They then pulled in Gaborik another household name for fans to get excited about, providing continued positives surrounding the club.
Agree or disagree with these five winners? Leave your comments below. Check back later today and we’ll examine the five losers of the trade deadline.
Topics: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets, Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Jay Bouwmeester, Jordan Leopold, Marian Gaborik, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks, Scott Hannan, St.Louis Blues, Wade Redden