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Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

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I’ll get to my thoughts on the Wild’s trade deadline in a little bit, but I figured that I would start with some of the NHL’s winners and losers of this trade deadline.

Winners
New York Rangers: The Rangers snagged two big prizes in Derek Morris and Nik Antropov.  Morris should help the team’s blueline, which has struggled for most of the year.  Morris has consistently been approximately .5 point per game producer in his career (just a hair under) and is a physical player as well.  He’s a minute eater, so he should help augment a Rangers blueline that has been very underwhelming this season.  Antropov, on the other hand, has been a chronic underachiever in his career but he has started to come into his own over the past year or so.  He’s big and he’s young and will help give the Rangers depth up the middle.  He should also help take the pressure off of Brandon Dubinksy, who the team hopes can regain his early season form.

Boston Bruins: The Bruins added a cagey veteran in Mark Recchi and a very underrated defenseman in Steve Montador.  Rex was having a resurgent season with the Lightning this season and has more playoff experience than most of the Boston roster combined.  A proven performer, Recchi definitely makes this team harder to play against and gives them a proven playoff contributor as well.  Montador isn’t anything flashy, but has really come into his own over the last two seasons and has supplemented his physical game with a good, solid puck-moving game as well.  He’s been terrific for the Anaheim Ducks this season and there’s no reason to think that he won’t be able to slide right in on Boston’s blueline.

Calgary Flames: The Flames are easily the winners of D-Day in the NHL.  This is a team that was already good and made themselves better by acquiring Jordan Leopold (be honest, a blueline of Leopold, Phaneuf, Regher and Sarich scares you just a little bit) and Olli Jokinen.  Leopold was a huge part of Calgary’s cup run in the ’03-’04 playoffs and has really gotten a raw deal since leaving Calgary.  He’s an extremely talented defenseman and knows the Flames quite well and should be an excellent fit on their blueline.  Jokinen is more of a question mark, as some are questioning his locker room presence.  Re-uniting the Finn with “Iron Mike” Keenan, however, might be the best thing that could happen to him and there are no doubts in my mind that he will be put in his place quite quickly.

Edmonton Oilers: Patrick O’Sullivan would have been prize enough (Gagner, Cogliano and O’Sullivan?  Easily the best young line up in the game right now), but to add Ales Kotalik as well?  Let’s just say that the Oilers just got a lot harder to beat and should be contending for the 5th and 6th seeds as opposed to the 7th and 8th seeds.

Losers
Minnesota Wild: My thoughts on this will be in my next blog, so I’ll forego it for now.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning easily made some of the strangest moves of the day, further cementing their front office’s legacy of running the team like a fantasy hockey team.  Question mark number one.  Trading all of those players for Richard Petiot?  Really?  Question mark number two.  Flipping Steve Eminger for Noah Welch?  Wasn’t Eminger a big piece of the Matt Carle trade?  Question mark number three.  Mark Recchi didn’t find out that he’d been traded until he went on The Fourth Period and read it?  Man…They need to take a good, long look at how they’re running their organization.

Anaheim Ducks: These were some interesting moves.  The Ducks didn’t go into all-out sell mode, but didn’t go into all-out buy mode either, opting to just move role players for role players after acquiring their big prize of Ryan Whitney.  Time will tell how this will work for them, but trading character players like Travis Moen and Kent Huskins could come back to bite them later on.

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