The excitement of NHL's trade deadline day is over and it is time to look at the aftermath. Which team were winners and which were losers? Lots of stars were moved and some bad decisions were made.
NY Rangers Acquire: Martin St. Louis
Tampa Bay Acquires: Ryan Callahan, 1st Round Pick (2015), Conditional 2nd Round Pick (2014)
We saw this trade coming as Martin St. Louis had requested to only be traded to the Rangers, also considering the fact that Callahan and the Rangers were not able to come to contract agreements.
The Rangers acquired last year's Art Ross Trophy winner, 38-year-old Martin St. Louis. Marty can still play at an elite level, but not for much longer considering his age. That being said the Rangers should hope to win the Stanley Cup within the next couple of years or this trade was for nothing.
On the flip side, Tampa Bay receive Ryan Callahan, a 28-year-old who is a good leader and can bring you more than 50 points a season when healthy. Add in a couple of good draft picks and Tampa Bay couldn't be happier.
Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning
Loser: New York Rangers
Ottawa Acquires: Ales Hemsky
Edmonton Acquires: 5th Round Pick (2014), 3rd Round Pick (2015)
Ales Hemsky, a talented winger in the NHL is going to Ottawa, Edmonton receives draft picks and although Edmonton was planning to move Hemsky, that doesn't make this a good trade.
The Senators receive an upgrade in their roster with acquiring Ales Hemsky, a great playmaker who can rack up the assists and set his teammates up. He has been struggling a bit this year but maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs.
The Edmonton Oilers receive two draft picks and they probably are ecstatic, after all they are the ultimate drafters. This move may open up more playing time for the struggling Nail Yakupov, however, they really don't need these draft picks when they had a player like Hemsky and should have at least gotten more for him than a 3rd and a 5th.
Winner: Ottawa Senators
Loser: Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Acquires: Marian Gaborik
Columbus Acquires: Matt Frattin, 2nd Round Pick (2014 or 2015), Conditional 3rd Round Pick
The LA Kings were already a big contender in the competitive Western Conference, and adding Gaborik makes this team a legitimate threat. One thing LA should worry about is the fact that Gaborik is injury prone, but if he can stay healthy this team is a Stanley Cup contender.
Columbus gets Matt Frattin, a hard working hockey player, along with a couple of draft picks. This is a nice move for the Jackets to help improve their squad in the future as they don't have enough talent to compete in the weaker Eastern Conference. Without Gaborik there is no longer a serious offensive threat on their team. They should hope that the picks they received work out, because they gave up a star for them.
Winner: Los Angeles Kings
Loser: Columbus Blue Jackets
Montreal Acquires: Thomas Vanek, Conditional 5th Round Pick (2014)
NY Islanders Acquire: Sebastien Collberg, Conditional 2nd Round Pick (2014)
The Islanders felt the need to move Vanek, he will likely test the market in free agency this summer and probably wouldn't sign with a team that isn't looking like making the playoffs.
Montreal adds an elite player to their roster that will help them in the playoffs and possibly sign with them depending on how he fits in.
The Islanders had to cut their losses to avoid the risk of getting nothing in return for Vanek. Montreal has the slight edge on this trade because of the possibility of them signing Vanek as well as receiving a conditional 5th round pick.
Winner: Montreal Canadiens
Loser: New York Islanders
Minnesota Acquires: Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick
Buffalo Acquires: Torrey Mitchell, 2nd Round Pick (2014), 2nd Round Pick (2016)
The Minnesota Wild have added to their offensive depth which will help them come playoff time. Moulson is a solid player and can contribute to this team.
The Sabres realize that Moulson, although a good player, will not be a game changer for them. Buffalo is looking ahead to the future and receiving two 2nd round picks will help this team build for the future.
Winner: Buffalo Sabres
Loser: Minnesota Wild
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