The NHL had an exciting week: we saw trades, trades, and oh yea more trades. Goalies were the popular position at the deadline. The Biggest winner at the deadline was the St. Louis Blues and the Biggest loser was the Vancouver Canucks. Our two teams that were up: the Blues and Bruins. Our two teams that are down were the Canucks and Avalanche.
Now onto to the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres 19-36-8: The Sabres were never in the playoff race this season but they had the biggest impact on it. The Sabres traded Ryan Miller and Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halk,draft picks and William Carrier. The Sabres then filled Halak to the Caps. The Sabres then traded Matt Moulson to the Wild for Torrey Mitchell and two second round picks. Moulsen had been acquired for Thomas Vanek earlier this year. The Sabres are officially in rebuilding mode. Let’s hope all of their picks produce productive players from years to come. This was a great deadline for the Sabres.
Trade deadline Winner
29: Edmonton Oilers 22-34-8: The Edmonton Oilers continued their rebuilding process this week. The Oilers added another goalie and subtracted one. The Oilers added Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks for drafts picks. The Oilers were also able to trade Ilya Bryzgalov to Wild for draft pick. The Oilers had signed him for nothing this season. The Oilers then dealt Ales Hemsky to the Edmonton Oilers for a third round and fifth round pick. The Oilers are well on their way to rebuilding again.
Trade deadline Winner
28. Florida Panthers 24-32-7: The Panthers made a splash at the trade deadline. The Panthers acquired the always controversial Roberto Luongo. This is second stint for Luongo in Florida. The Panthers sent Jacob Markstrom, future considerations, and Shawn Matthias for Luongo. The Panthers had the two goalies from the 2011 finals on their roster for a short time. The Panthers traded Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars for Dan Ellis, in a swap of backup goalies. The Panthers resigned Brad Boyes to a two year contract.
Trade deadline Neutral
27. Vancouver Canucks 29-27-10: Going into the Tim Horton Classic, Vancouver had the biggest chip on the trade market in Ryan Kesler. Vancouver decided to hold onto Kesler and trade Roberto Luongo. They traded Luongo after not playing him in the Tim Horton Classic. The Canucks netted Jacob Markstrom, future considerations, and Shawn Matthias. One year ago the Canucks goalies were Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo, now they are Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom. Lack responded to his promotion by getting LIT up in his first start after the trade. The Canucks essentially have given up on this season. Daniel Sedin was also injured in the Tim Horton Classic.
Trade Deadline BIGGEST LOSER
26. Calgary Flames 25-32-7: The Flames COULD have been players at the trade deadline. Instead Calgary made two minors moves. The Flames sent forward Lee Stempniak to the Penguins and Reto Berra to the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick. The Flames failed to trade Mike Cammalleri their biggest trade chip. The Flames are hoping that Cammalleri will resign with the THEM.
Trade deadline: LOSER