How deadline impacts playoff picture
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, but how will all the deals impact each team's playoff chances? We take a look at all 30 teams:
Eastern ConferenceWashington Capitals: Added blue-liners Joe Corvo and Milan Jurcina and forwards Scott Walker and Eric Belanger on Wednesday. GM George McPhee had warned us he wouldn't do anything big but these are nice depth additions, especially the underrated Corvo who should blend in well with the offensive Caps. Walker brings more grit and experience to the lineup. This is the best Caps lineup in franchise history, even if the goaltending situation remains unsettled. Trending: Up.
New Jersey Devils: Added defenseman Martin Skoula on Wednesday and of course star winger Ilya Kovalchuk on Feb. 5. Skoula is a depth move only as the Devils were pretty much done once they made the blockbuster move for Kovalchuk, in the end the biggest pre-trade deadline deal of all this year. Trending: Up.
Ottawa Senators: Added veteran forward Matt Cullen on Feb. 12 and defenseman Andy Sutton on Tuesday. Both rentals are nice additions for the Sens, Cullen giving Ottawa a power-play boost and Sutton size and strength as the five/six blue-liner. Both moves only cost second-round picks and the Sens improved themselves as they battle Buffalo for first in the Northeast. Trending: Up.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Added defenseman Jordan Leopold on Monday and forward Alexei Ponikarovsky on Tuesday. GM Ray Shero does it again. He added Marian Hossa at the deadline in 2008, Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz in 2009 and now a pair of moves that address specific needs. He found another top-six winger to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and added depth on the blue line with Leopold, a good puck-mover. Ready for another Cup run? Perhaps. Trending: Up.
Buffalo Sabres: Added winger Raffi Torres but also moved forward Clarke MacArthur. Are they any better now? Torres has more experience and brings some grit and ability to score to the lineup. But MacArthur is a decent young player. Not sure the Sabres improved too much Wednesday. Trending: Sideways.
Philadelphia Flyers: Did nothing. Michael Leighton has been terrific for the Flyers this year but he's never played a playoff game in his NHL career. The inability to pick up another goalie, even a guy like Martin Biron from the Islanders, is somewhat perplexing given a lineup that otherwise has the potential for a deep run. Trending: Down.
Montreal Canadiens: Acquired forward Dominic Moore on Feb. 11 and dumped forward Matt D'Agostini late on Tuesday night, otherwise did very little. And quite frankly, with a team that's on the bubble to make the playoffs, it wasn't wise for new GM Pierre Gauthier to sacrifice any more picks than the second-rounder he gave up for Moore. Keeping both his goalies for now was the right choice to give the team its best chance of reaching the postseason. Trending: Sideways.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins added defenseman Dennis Seidenberg but traded away defenseman Derek Morris and forward Byron Bitz from their NHL roster. The real need was up front but after inquiring about Alexei Ponikarovsky and Raffi Torres and finding the price too high, the Bruins kept their bullets for the offseason. Fans in Beantown are angry no forward was picked up to help the offensively challenged team but with the Bruins life and death to make the playoffs, GM Peter Chiarelli may have been wise to keep his powder dry and keep his valuable assets for this summer. Trending: Sideways.
New York Rangers: Added forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust on Feb. 2, tough guy Jody Shelley on Feb. 12, defenseman Anders Eriksson and minor league forward Kris Newbury on Wednesday; dealt away Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins on Feb. 2. Picked up Alex Auld on waivers. Again, a bubble team that didn't have the luxury of really paying out young assets for rental players. Trending: Sideways.
Atlanta Thrashers: Added defenseman Johnny Oduya and winger Niclas Bergfors in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade on Feb. 5, rugged winger Evgeny Artyukhin on Tuesday and forward Clarke MacArthur on Wednesday. They also decided to keep UFAs-to-be Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong. For a team that was forced to deal away its franchise player in Kovalchuk, credit GM Don Waddell for deciding to add more bodies (MacArthur is a real nice pickup) and not tank the season with his team still in a playoff chase. Oh, and the Thrashers have more points in the standings than New Jersey since the big trade. Trending: Up.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Acquired young forward Teddy Purcell and a third-rounder on Wednesday for veteran winger Jeff Halpern. Nice long-term move, nothing that helps in the current playoff chase. Trending: Sideways.
New York Islanders: Dumped defenseman Andy Sutton to Ottawa for a second-round pick and that's it. Weren't able to move either Martin Biron or Dwayne Roloson. Biron, UFA July 1, didn't know what to say when reached by ESPN.com via text message Wednesday night. Just can't figure out how the Isles couldn't have picked up whatever draft pick at least for Biron. Trending: Down.
Florida Panthers: Dumped forward Dominic Moore to Montreal on Feb. 11, defenseman Jordan Leopold to Pittsburgh on Monday and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to Boston on Wednesday. In return, Panthers GM Randy Sexton got two second-round picks, some prospects plus NHLer Byron Bitz. A pretty good return, all in all, and the rebuilding is clearly under way. Trending: Sideways.
Carolina Hurricanes: Traded away were defenseman Niclas Wallin on Feb. 7, forward Matt Cullen on Feb. 12, and then defensemen Joe Corvo, Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts and forwards Stephane Yelle and Scott Walker on Wednesday. That's what you call flushing the toilet on a disappointing season. The return was a nice blend of prospects and draft picks. The key now is for Carolina to stop winning as many games as it has been lately and keep its nice draft position for June. Trending: Sideways.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Among those given their walking papers were defenseman Ian White, forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Jason Blake and goalie Vesa Toskala on Jan. 31, winger Alexei Ponikarovsky on Tuesday and forward Lee Stempniak on Wednesday. Obviously the big catch on Jan. 31 was star blue-liner Dion Phaneuf, while prospect forward Luca Caputi, acquired Tuesday, might become a player. Still, lots of work left to be done here. Trending: Sideways.
Western ConferenceSan Jose Sharks: Sharks GM Doug Wilson did his shopping before Wednesday's deadline, acquiring defenseman Niclas Wallin before the Olympic break. Sharks still the top team in the west until someone shows us different. Or until the playoffs. Trending: Sideways.
Chicago Blackhawks: They sniffed around at a goaltending upgrade but stayed put with Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi. Added Kim Johnsson before the Olympic break to bolster already impressive blue line. Trending: Sideways.
Vancouver Canucks: Had the Canucks acquired Peter Stastny instead of his son Yan we would be more optimistic about the Canucks' deadline moves. But they didn't. The Canucks could have used help along the blue line but got none. Trending: Down.
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings wanted a top-six forward and took a run at Ray Whitney and Alexei Ponikarovsky before landing two guys who could work their way into a top-six role in Jeff Halpern and Fredrik Modin. Both bring lots of experience and grit if they can stay healthy. Trending: Up.
Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes made significant upgrades to their roster in the form of Wojtek Wolski, Derek Morris, Lee Stempniak, Petteri Nokelainen and Mathieu Schneider while giving up just one roster player, Peter Mueller. Trending: Up.
Colorado Avalanche: Wojtek Wolski didn't fit the Avs' plans moving forward and so was expendable. And maybe they get something out of Mueller the Yotes couldn't. But hard to see where the Avs are any further ahead today than yesterday. Also added veteran checking forward Stephane Yelle who won a Cup in Denver. Trending: Sideways.
Nashville Predators: GM David Poile ended up keeping defenseman Dan Hamhuis and netminder Dan Ellis even though both are unrestricted free agents and likely gone in July. He also added Denis Grebeshkov to a talented blue line and depth forward Dustin Boyd. Trending: Up.
Detroit Red Wings: The Wings were silent on deadline day as expected, other than one minor league move. Still, healthy as they've been all season and that's bad news for the rest of the conference. Trending: Sideways.
Calgary Flames: The Flames were busy before the Olympic break and then tinkered a bit Wednesday adding veteran defenseman Steve Staios and sending Boyd to Nashville. Also swapped backup netminders with Anaheim, reuniting Miikka Kiprusoff with Vesa Toskala. Trending: Sideways.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks added a top-four defenseman in Lubomir Visnovsky from Edmonton and fiddled around with their backup goaltending and are looking a lot like the Ducks team that charged into the postseason a year ago. Trending: Up.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues were quiet Wednesday which tells you they are going for it. Neither Paul Kariya nor Keith Tkachuk was asked to waive their no-trade clauses. All eyes on the playoffs in St. Louis. Trending: Sideways.
Minnesota Wild: Rookie GM Chuck Fletcher re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky on Tuesday then dealt forward Eric Belanger to Washington. The playoffs aren't likely in the cards this season, but Fletcher has more assets to work with in the offseason. Trending: Sideways.
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets were busy trying to collect picks and prospects moving Fredrik Modin, Raffi Torres and Milan Jurcina. A reminder of just how bad things have gone in Columbus this season. Trending: Down.
Edmonton Oilers: The best thing about the Oilers' day was that GM Steve Tambellini carved about $10 million off the Oilers' bottom line by dealing Grebeshkov on Tuesday and then Visnovsky Staios on Wednesday. Added Ryan Whitney who is a real NHL player. Trending: Down.
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