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PHT List: Rating this year’s trade deadline acquisitions

May 9, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

Antoine Vermette

With just five teams left in the Stanley Cup playoffs — and if New York does the business tonight, that number will drop to four — now’s a good time to look back at the flurry of action on (and leading up to) February’s NHL trade deadline.

Which deals paid off most handsomely? Which didn’t?

The Good

To Phoenix: C Antoine Vermette
To Columbus: 2012 2nd-round pick, 2013 5th-round pick, G Curtis McElhinney (link)

Vermette leads Phoenix in playoff scoring (5G-4A-9PTS — 11th overall) and the Coyotes are in their first ever conference final. This one’s a no-brainer, probably the best deal made.

To Los Angeles: C Jeff Carter
To Columbus: D Jack Johnson, Cond. 1st-round pick (link)

Carter’s numbers hardly jump off the page (1G-3A-4PTS) but Los Angeles’ numbers since acquiring him sure do. Including the playoffs, the Kings are 21-6-3 since the Feb. 23 trade. Oh yeah, they’re also going to their first Western Conference finals since 1993.

To New Jersey: D Marek Zidlicky
To Minnesota: D Kurtis Foster, RW Nick Palmieri, LW Stephane Veilleux, 2012 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

The Devils gave up plenty to land Zidlicky but, like Carter, you can’t argue with the numbers. New Jersey’s 21-11-2 since getting him; Zidlicky leads all Devils in postseason ice-time (24:39) and has six points in 12 games thus far.

To Philadelphia: D Nicklas Grossmann
To Dallas: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

The Flyers really liked Grossmann and inked him to a four-year, $14 million deal. His postseason was abbreviated by a concussion but overall, he was solid on the Flyers blueline.

The Average

To Boston: RW Brian Rolston, D Mike Mottau
To New York Islanders: RW Yannick Riendeau, D Marc Cantin (link)

Rolston put up 15 points in 21 regular season games and started the postseason well, scoring a point in each of the first three games. He faded at the end, probably because he’s 39 years old, but considering they gave up nothing to get him and Mottau, the Bruins did okay.

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Winnipeg: 2013 2nd- and 3rd-round picks (link)

Chicago liked him and he played well, but Oduya didn’t change the ‘Hawks’ fortunes any. They were bounced in the opening round again, and now he’s a UFA that Chicago might not be able to retain.

The Bad

To Philadelphia: D Pavel Kubina
To Tampa Bay: LW Jon Kalinski, 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 4th-round pick (link)

The Flyers realized Kubina was too slow to play regularly. He ended up a frequent healthy scratch.

To Detroit: D Kyle Quincey
To Tampa Bay: 2012 1st-round pick, D Sebastien Piche (link)

Quincey’s minutes decreased to the point where he was barely playing 16 per game in the first round. Detroit’s early exit also means the Lightning now get a pretty decent pick.

To Nashville: C Paul Gaustad, 2012 4th-round pick
To Buffalo: 2012 1st-round pick (link)

David Poile — recently named one of the three GM of the year finalists — dealt away a first-rounder for a guy that was often Nashville’s fourth-line center. In the Phoenix series, Gaustad averaged 10:33 per game.

To San Jose: C Dominic Moore, 2012 7th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To San Jose: C Daniel Winnik, C T.J. Galiardi, 2012 7th-round pick
To Colorado: LW Jamie McGinn (link)

Lumping these in together. Winnik, Galiardi and Moore combined for a measly 12 points in the regular season and one in the playoffs (Galiardi and Moore only dressed for three of the five games.)

Trade we can’t really evaluate yet

To Vancouver: RW Zack Kassian
To Buffalo: C Cody Hodgson (link)

Since this trade wasn’t a prototypical deadline deal — it’s safe to say Vancouver made this one with an eye on the future — it can’t be graded. If you did want to grade it as a trade deadline deal, though, it would be classified as “bad, very very bad” for Vancouver.

The Canucks shipped out an offensively talented player (then proceeded to score eight goals in five games against the Kings) in exchange for Kassian, who was supposed to bring physicality but ended up only playing four of five playoff games (4:51 of ice per) and recording exactly five hits.

Other trades I don’t feel especially compelled to analyze, but feel free to debate them thoroughly in the comments section

To Nashville: RW Andrei Kostitsyn
To Montreal: 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 5th-round pick (link)

To Nashville: D Hal Gill, 2013 5th-round pick
To Montreal: C Blake Geoffrion, LW Robert Slaney, 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To Florida: LW Wojtek Wolski
To New York Rangers: D Mike Vernace, 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: C Samuel Pahlsson
To Columbus: D Taylor Ellinlgton, Two 2012 4th-round picks (link)

To Ottawa: G Ben Bishop
To St. Louis: 2013 2nd-round pick (link)

  1. galuple - May 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    The Andrei Kostitsyn was a clutch move to get Radulov a drinking buddy.

  2. brian32556 - May 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Biggest NON-Acquisition: The Rangers NOT trading the future for Rick Nash!! Hoot Hoo!

  3. aschwartz2011 - May 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    The Lightning were on the right side of 3 of the “bad” trades. Well played Steve, well played.

    • rca26 - May 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      I still have no idea how he tricked Philadelphia into doing the Kubina trade. It’s like Holmgren hadn’t seen him play in years or something.

  4. DTF31 - May 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    If the Canucks acquired Kassian to be physical then I’m surprised. It seemed they didn’t want him to do that considering every time he hit someone or the game was getting physical he got stapled to the bench.

    • salmon90 - May 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Can’t blame him. He got called for charging in Game 1 on a ludicrous call – for taking a ‘run’ at Greene. (Imagine getting called for taking a run at someone…your leading Conn Smythe candidate Dustin Brown would not be quite as effective.)

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      I think they were looking more down the road, kind of retooling. Not like Hodgeson was lighting it up with the sabres.

  5. bcisleman - May 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Granted the Rolston-Mottau deal was addition by subtraction for the Isles, but I wouldn’t say Boston gave up nothing. The players acquired are solid AHLers who may develop into NHLers.

    • bcisleman - May 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Should add that the depth these players provided w/ the Isles AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, CT allowed the Isles to call up quality prospects without greatly impacting the Bridgeport squad.

    • odj810 - May 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      those guys are not NHL players. Not even fourth liners. there 3rd line players in the AHL.

  6. jerryball22 - May 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Where’s John Scott????


  7. oside760 - May 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    kings. nuff said

    • dougyfresh9981 - May 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Before you jump on the Kings bandwagon like everyone else in LA, just wanted to give you a heads up that Kobe doesn’t play for them

      • Doesnotmatter - May 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        no, but Kopi does.

  8. tackledummy1505 - May 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Yet Holmgren was left off of the awards finalist lol. Yet we have an entire new team and we had 10 rookies+ play on our team. Yet where is the love. I wonder how it will go 5 years from now when everyone hits their prime. Not to mention we have 1 of the best rated young goalies in Bobrovski.

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