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NHL Trade Deadline: Who Won?

John Turnbull

Posted on February 26, 2019 08:58

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The NHL trade deadline came and went this week, a deadline that saw more activity than recent years. Usually the hype far outweighs the event, but this year many of the top contenders made moves to bolster their teams for the Stanley Cup run.

While one team in particular, the Tampa Bay Lightning, adhered to the credo "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" (and why not with the way they're plowing roughshod through the rest of the league), Winnipeg Jets, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, and perhaps most notably, Nashville Predators all made significant trades. Here's a quick breakdown of the significant trades and how the teams may have improved their chances to go deep into the spring.

Winnipeg Jets - Although they only made one notable move, it was for forward Kevin Hayes and they gave little up. The Jets needed a second line center to take the pressure off an aging Bryan Little and to stop their recent skid. This move should increase their overall depth enough to go to the conference final.

Las Vegas Golden Knights - The rich get richer. Last years Stanley Cup finalists aren't content just making the playoffs. They made potentially the best move, acquiring Matt Stone from the house cleaning and perennial cellar dweller Ottawa Senators. Stone and Pacioretty give the Knights a one/two offensive punch they are not known for. If they stay healthy, could go deep again.

Columbus Blue Jackets - Tortorelli has to go deeper into May or he will find himself coaching yet another team next year. Management certainly helped him out by acquiring Adam McQuaid - a bruiser from the Bruins - and Matt Duchene, a soft hands forward from the sad sack sellers, Ottawa. Columbus is now a dark horse favorite.

Dallas Stars - This team flew under the radar to make some sneaky trades that few saw coming, acquiring Mats Zuccarello and Ben Lovejoy. Both of these have an offensive upside that may take pressure of the inconsistent Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. These moves should cement a playoff position.

Nashville Predators - Already a strong team, they made perhaps the most significant moves to take them to the next step; a Stanley Cup on their mantle. With the grit of Wayne Simmonds and the slick hands of Mikael Granlund, they might just do that.

And now to address the elephant in the room, the Edmonton Oilers. Possessing arguably the best player in hockey (certainly the most dynamic), the rest of the team is so lacking in depth that all they do is pass him the puck and hope for the best. But, when he's not in the lineup the rest have to step up. One player in particular, Leon Draisaitl, does just that. He's proven, albeit in a small sample size, that he, too, can carry a team. Imagine the rebuild they would get for McDavid. The peasants would revolt, but hey, they bounced back from the trading of their former demi-god, Wayne Gretzky.

John Turnbull

Posted on February 26, 2019 08:58

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