Grading the deadline day deals
TORONTO -- It was the trade deadline of the gritty defenseman and the depth forward.
On a day that lacked star drama after top players Dion Phaneuf, Ilya Kovalchuk and Olli Jokinen were dealt before the Olympic roster freeze, there were plenty of "character" deals completed on the day. And, in the end, those are the kinds of deals we may look back on in June and say, "Gee, remember that deal we thought was a nothing deal? Well, it looks pretty sweet now, doesn't it?"
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