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How deadline impacts playoff picture

Updated: March 4, 2009, 10:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

And so the dust settled on the 2009 trade deadline.

And with top names like Jay Bouwmeester and Chris Pronger staying put, and top teams like Washington and Detroit standing pat, there is more than a little sense of lunch-bag letdown. But make no mistake, as it does every year, the NHL landscape changed as a result of the 22 deals involving 47 players made before Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

The changes may be felt tomorrow in places like New York, where the Rangers ...

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