Well the dust as finally settled after another frenzy of a trade deadline. Once again there were winners, losers and some casual swaps this year. Now that we’ve had some time to process the trades, let’s take a look at how some of the teams and players where affected.
Montreal is already riding 2nd in the Atlantic division, has a strong team and is looking to parlay goaltenders Carey Price’s Olympic gold medal into a Stanley Cup win. There only problem? They don’t score many goals. In fact at this time, they have just as many goals as they do goals against. Thus bringing in Thomas Vanek from the Islanders might just be there missing piece of the puzzle. Vanek, a gifted goal scorer might just be the rental player to help Montreal pick up their scoring game. They didn’t have to give up too much to get him and if he ends up resigning in Montreal after this season, Montreal will be a true contender next season and this trade will have really paid off.
Florida has no chance on making the post season this year, but that didn’t stop them from laying down a top trade. They already had a great goaltender in Tim Thomas, but instead of thinking about the present, the Panthers thought of the future and decided to acquire Roberto Luongo. Luongo has been plagued by controversy in Vancouver for some time now and Floridia capitalized on that controversy by obtaining Loungo at rock bottom prices. They now have a premier goalie for the next several years, didin’t put up much to get him and Vancouver will still be paying part of his monster salary. A win for the Panthers and a big move forward in rebuilding their team into future contenders.
St. Louis pulled the trigger on a monster trade bringing in Buffalo cornerstone Ryan Miller. Already in 1st place in the Western conference, St. Louis became a team to be reckoned with by bringing in an elite goaltender to round out their team. This team was already on fire and Miller is going to put them over the top.
Some teams became a bit stronger, some picked up draft picks to improve their future and some teams just filled in the missing gaps that their team needed. Except Vancouver was the only team that fell apart after this trade deadline. Last year Vancouver’s problem was having 2 of the best goalies in the NHL, now their problem is they have none. As well they are still picking up some of the tab on Luongo’s salary. Don’t be surprised if you find Canucks GM Mike Gillis looking for a new job next season.
Tit for Tat
Tampa Bay Lightening and New York Rangers
No-one seems like a winner or a loser in this trade that swapped Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan for each other. Both players are highly skilled forwards and great players and on paper, no one benefits from this trade. The only thing that seems to stand out from this deal is that St. Louis might have had some problems playing for Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay after St. Louis was initially snubbed by him on the Team Canada Olympic roster. This is a morale trade and that’s it.
Of course there where lots of other trades that happened at this years deadline, but these were in my opinion the most important. Now onto the last part of the season. Let’s get these playoffs started!