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NHL Trade Deadline: Central Division Breakdown

By Colin Likas
Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Tomas Fleischmann (12) warms up prior to the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Tomas Fleischmann (12) warms up prior to the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Final Central Division grades

Chicago Blackhawks: B+. They still need another defenseman, and they were reportedly in on Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis until the end. But if the Canucks wanted anything like what Dallas gave to Calgary for Russell, then we should be glad Bowman didn’t pull the trigger. Other than that, he filled a position of need at top-line left wing, and he surrounded Teuvo with useful forwards, making the Blackhawks’ forward corps among the deepest in the league. He mortgaged the future heavily, but he threw his entire support and confidence behind the team repeating as Stanley Cup champions. That’s deserving of a solid grade.

Dallas Stars: F. Nill made one move, and it hurt his team in the short term and long term. Awful deadline week for the Stars.

St. Louis Blues: B. When the Blues are healthy, they’re going to be a threat, in my honest opinion. Could they have shored up the bottom six? Certainly. But their only position of 100 percent need was at backup goaltender, and they filled it. Now it’s all about health and … well, the fact the Blues are constant headcases come playoff time.

Nashville Predators: C. David Poile must feel confident with his team’s current four-game win streak, because he didn’t do anything to help the current roster. We’ll see how that turns out.

Colorado Avalanche: C. What a weird deadline day for the Avs. They didn’t need Boedker, and while his scoring can help the team, it’s hard to tell if he’s even going to have the puck enough to score consistently. They addressed their defense somewhat, but not in a major way. Still, their biggest issue is probably in goal, and the goaltender market was essentially barren. What’s a team to do, sometimes?

Minnesota Wild: C. Like the Preds, the Wild didn’t really do anything of major note. Jones could help on defense, but I’m not sure they’re necessarily relying on him to provide a huge impact.

Winnipeg Jets: C+. They didn’t really go all-out sell, staying silent after the Ladd deal. It’s interesting, but the return on the Ladd deal was decent enough.

What did you think of the Central Division’s deadline week? Let us know in the comments section.

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