NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
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The NHL trade deadline has come and gone as some teams make the final push towards the playoffs by making some last minute moves. Of course, there are some winners and losers as per usual, so here is my list.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Yes you read that right. The Toronto Maple Leafs are positioned firmly in the winners circle. Nick Foligno adds offense and leadership to the team. He’s a grinder who can play on both ends of the ice and the Leafs didn't have to risk trading some of their young prospects. Despite the fact they did have to say goodbye to this year's first round pick, it's better than trading away Rasmus Sandin or Timothy Liljegren.
The Leafs also got some goalie insurance, acquiring David Rittich. The move makes you wonder about the status of Frederik Andersen who's been sidelined for the last few weeks. Rittich has shown he can win play in net and could take some pressure off of Jack Campbell. Dubas also got Calgary to retain half of Rittich's contract which is a bonus. The Leafs look like big winners and it could do the team wonders if they could compete for Lord Stanley.
The Bruins didn't make tons of moves like the Maple Leafs did, but they didn't need too. Instead they got the biggest fish in the pond. The Bruins acquired Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres. Has Hall been the same Hall we have seen in years past? No. The Sabres and Hall just didn't mesh together. The Bruins needed to add some fire power, so the usual suspects have stepped up but other than their top line the team has struggled to gain secondary scoring.
They also added Curtis Lazar in the deal and only gave up this year's 2nd round pick and winger Anders Bjork. This trade is a big W for Boston.
The Capitals are one of the highest goal scoring teams in the league, and the addition of Anthony Mantha solidifies that even more. He's 26 years old and is on the books for the next few seasons giving the Caps some security. Washington traded Jakob Vrana and a 1st round pick this year. The Capitals are looking for Mantha to go on a tear. The first round pick is a little steeped but that pick will be a low first round pick if anything.
It's a great move for Washington and makes them winners at the deadline.
The Oilers are trailing the Leafs in the North Division, and while both Montreal and Toronto made some moves to better themselves, somehow the Oilers decided to stand pat. While the Oilers needed some more depth Ken Holland looked the other way. you would think that with a guy like Connor McDavid on your side you’d try and win now. It’s yet another deadline where the Oilers brass has left their fans disappointment.
The Leafs made big splashes while the Oilers sat on their hands. Thus making Edmonton a the biggest loser at this year's deadline. It looks like Edmonton is heading home early again this season.
Not sure what to think of this Hall deal. First they ate half of his salary, and then traded him along with Curtis Lazar for basically nothing. Andreas Bjork has only registered 5 points in 30 games. The Sabres will get a 2nd round pick in the deal but it's not enough for a former Hart trophy winner. The Jackets got a first for Foligno, surely the Sabres could have nabbed a 1st rounder.
The Sabres could've added an extra piece or pick but they didn't. They wasted their season and wasted their time at the deadline. They botched this trade and now look like a laughing stock. The Sabres have had a depressing season and they didn't help their cause with this atrocious trade. My hearts with Sabres fans.
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The NHL trade deadline isn't like what it used to be. Growing up it used to be one of the biggest days in the NHL universe. However, that just isn’t the case anymore. Now we sit through 8 hours of gibberish and nickel and dime trades. Only 17 trades happened today, and the name of note moved was Anthony Mantha. It was the lowest amount of trades since the 2000 trade deadline. The hype for NHL deadline day should be over and done with.