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2013 Trade Deadline winners and losers

Apr 3, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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The NHL’s general managers resembled college students waiting until the last night to start cramming for a final exam on trade deadline day, stuffing big deals into the last couple hours. In fact, it’s possible this post might be dramatically changed by a late-breaking swap.

Still, with the information we have in front of us, here’s a look at the winners and losers:


Columbus Blue Jackets

For what has to be one of the first times in franchise history, the Blue Jackets were “buyers” during the deadline … and they landed a huge potential difference-maker. For all his warts, Marian Gaborik can be an elite scorer when healthy and happy. They also managed to get rid of Steve Mason, which is a victory in itself.

Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild greatly improved their chances of holding onto the Northwest Division crown by landing Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville. He brought six straight 20+ goal seasons into this condensed campaign, so he could push them closer to contender status.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Many believed that the Pens won the deadline before Wednesday rolled around with Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow added to the mix. With all that size and grit, Pittsburgh decided to inject a little more finesse today by acquiring Jussi Jokinen. Not bad.

Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators

The Cory Conacher-for-Ben Bishop trade is a great example of a deal where both teams won. The Bolts get a big goalie who has put up great numbers this season while the Senators received an intriguing young player for a netminder made redundant by the Craig Anderson/Robin Lehner combo.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks managed to turn Murray, Ryane Clowe and Michal Handzus into a bevvy of picks without blowing up their playoff chances. Dealing a third-round pick for Raffi Torres doesn’t seem wise, but overall, they did very well.

Boston Bruins

They didn’t make huge gains, but Jaromir Jagr can really help their power play and Wade Redden might fill at least some of those offensive defenseman needs.

Calgary Flames

Sure, the Flames probably waited too long to do it, but they probably get the gold medal among the few selling/rebuilding teams with a nice haul of picks for Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester.

(And yes, we understand the inherent irony of associating the Flames with winning.)

St. Louis Blues

Defense has been a problem for the Blues a season after it was a big strength in 2011-12. Adding Bouwmeester (and to a lesser extent, Jordan Leopold) could change that.

James Reimer

No Roberto Luongo trade? That works.


Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider

The Vancouver Canucks got better by adding Derek Roy, but their goalie duo still has to deal with all that awkwardness, whether they display good humor or not.

New York Rangers

In the grand scheme of things, the Rangers traded Gaborik for Clowe. That’s a big step back.

Detroit Red Wings

GM Ken Holland admitted he was aiming for a high-end forward and/or defenseman. That didn’t happen, so Detroit remains a team that is a little thin beyond its big names.

New Jersey Devils

Steve Sullivan isn’t likely to stem the tide for a team that’s hurting without Ilya Kovalchuk.

Anyone who took the day off

You probably could have gotten your fill with a few PHT page refreshes in the last couple hours. Hopefully you at least slept in.

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  1. devilsarethebest - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    What the hell? Redden- Bruins?

  2. jb8383 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Um the devils did make a move, not saying it’s the best one but come one PHT get the facts straight. @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Steve Sullivan traded to NJ for a 7th rounder

    • jb8383 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      *come on

      • jb8383 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        now they updated it…

    • jb8383 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      when they first posted this article it said the devils needed to make a move or 2, they updated after I posted this. but no way to delete. it’s not a great move, but oh well.

  3. illogic87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It’s great to be a Wild fan right now!!!!! :)

    • rsmaggiemae - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      You are kidding I hope… what a terrible trade… I wished the Wild would have traded
      Granland and not Larsson… Granland is just too small for the NHL
      Pominville is a UFA will the Wild be able to keep him at his salary or what he could get on the free market, they will have to dump Heatly at 7 mil a year as his contract is up in 2014.. I am not a fan of Heatly anyway so thats ok with me, but we were told in Minnesota for months by the Wild that they would not give up any of thier high draft picks for players just for a band aid solution… and I think that is what this is just to get into the playoffs..
      Larsson was really getting to be a very good player down in Houston, went there and saw him play with Zucker and Brodin….
      And to top off the trade, two draft picks early round…
      what a terrible trade.. many fans in Minnesota are upset about this trade../
      Vanek would be better as he lives in Stillwater in the off season… so that would have been lodgical…

  4. bensawesomeness - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    as a wings fan, I’m really upset we didn’t make any trades. Boston and Toronto are in our division next year and we don’t have anyone to be able to compete. poorly played

    • redgreentape - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Wings will make that big move in the summer, just like last year. Im getting sick of the “just wait “B.S.

      • 0ffsides - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        2 years in a row and the Wings have done nothing to improve themselves at the deadline. These aren’t the Wings of old where they were always a major player and now they are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs…sad times, sadder times to come.

  5. broadstbully33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    NYR got a very nice haul for gaborik. Brassard is a good player with potential Jon Moore is going to crack a top 4. Not shabby for an oft injured 33 year with a huge cap hit.

    • brainoflindros - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      I totally agree, NYR made out great. Maybe this James O’Brien only knows big names and not the whole picture. Wasn’t he the one that said NYR are struggling because of their depth and lost most of it to Columbus in the Nash trade. Ha…what a joke.

    • blockedshotnyr - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Agree wholeheartedlly, Brassard is young center with upside, at minimum can provide scoring punch and playmaking in the bottom six. Moore is a skilled young defenseman, who has high end wheels and is already playing bottom 6 minutes. As Dorsett is injured, he’s a throw-in right now, but provides grit and needed Prust-esque presence to line-up in future years.

      Aside from the fact that the Rangers “essentially traded” Gaborik for Clowe analysis does not even make sense and is plainly wrong. James fails to recognize that the Rangers are moving Gaborik not only for the return they got, but freedom to lock up their younger, MORE PRODUCTIVE players – Stepan, Hagelin, McDonaugh.

  6. gaborik104life - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    The trade benefited both teams for the Rangers and CBJ. This trade was so much more in depth than scoring. We got depth and we freed cap for the many ufa and rfa coming up that we need to resign in the upcoming years. We were losing him now or over the summer.

  7. tfaltin - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Have to say I disagree with the Rangers assessment. Yes they overpaid for Clowe, but they needed depth and grit back in the lineup and they did that. They also added a young defenseman to an already youthful and talented defensive corps. Don’t confuse Gaborik’s production this year with his name and what he represents. Only thing I would have done differently gotten a better pick, and let the Jackets keep Dorsett.

  8. mobil4life - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Please know what you are talking about before posting this winners and losers article. The Sabres didn’t lose today. They did what they had to do. It was a win and a step in the right direction jackass

    • illogic87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Sounds like you are in denial…

  9. contraryguy - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Kinda disappointed that the Sabres didn’t have a FIRE SALE

  10. gotampabay52 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I am not liking Tampa’s trade I will see it being good when Bishop gets wins for us ugggghhhh Cory is a great player

  11. mpbonaco - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Capitals have made a trade, just yet to be announced. Think you would wait for all trades to be done.

    • govtminion - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      After viewing it, let’s safely put it in the ‘loser’ pile.

  12. mclovinhockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Honestly only time will tell if the rangers or jackets won that deal. Jackets got a good player, rangers got good potential a cap and a cap clear.

  13. gbar22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I wonder if the writers were around back in 08-09 when Columbus made the playoffs and Scott howson made several trades at the deadline bringing in help (buyers) to Columbus among them vermette. Such lazy journalism.

  14. barkar942 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    The Rangers were not losers in the Gaborik deal. This just saved them from having to buy him out of his contract in July.
    And in case anyone hasn’t noticed, there are some pretty good players for the Rangers that are either RFA’s or UFA’s in the next two years that they might need some space for.
    Stephan, Hagelin and McDonagh next season, and then the following year, just a few guys named Callahan, DelZotto, Girardi and , oh yeah, some guy named Lundqvist that they might want to keep.
    Next year, you will see them resign the first three, and guys like Miller and Kreider will be more NHL ready to take the place of many of these rental players they are currently using.

  15. profsudz - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Poor little Gaborik, can’t find a team to “keep him motivated” while he sits on the blue line all game waiting for a pass. Such a bum, BJ fans will rue this day

  16. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Its obvious that Genious Shero gamechanged the trade deadline by scooping up the best talent as usual and beefing up The Franchise.

  17. mathieug79 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Trade deadline WINNERS: NEW YORK RANGERS new acquisition got a total of 8 pts

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