by PuckStopsHere on 04/06/13 at 07:06 PM ET
The NHL trade deadline occurred this week and I have not yet had a chance to write about it. As is my tradition (here is last year) I like to pick one team as having made the biggest long and short term gain and drop. I define the trade deadline as all the deadline deals that lead up to trade deadline day as well as all the trades that occur on deadline day. Here are my picks:
Biggest Short Team Gain - Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins added Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen without giving up a single roster player. This is an attempt for the Penguins to build up their talent pool and depth to make a Stanley Cup run. Time will tell if they succeed. No team made a bigger group of additions then the Penguins. These additions are one future Hall of Famer, two NHL captains and four players with Olympic experience.
Biggest Short Term Drop - Calgary Flames. Gone are longterm captain and best player Jarome Iginla, top defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and Blake Comeau as well. No roster players came back in return. Calgary has clearly decided to rebuild. The problem is that they didn`t obtain any top draft picks of top prospects in return. At best they got a bunch of lottery tickets in draft picks that may not make a difference and a couple college players who may not have NHL futures. At this point they are probably the least talented team in the NHL right now.
Biggest Long Term Gain - Nashville Predators. They obtained Filip Forsberg who was the third forward selected in the 2012 Entry Draft. He was expected to be selected a bit higher in the draft but fell with a run on defencemen. He remains a top prospect but as of yet is not an NHL player. His cost was Martin Erat, who is a solid NHL player, but it is a huge price to pay to obtain a 31 year old with only four goals so far this year. Nashville also gave up Michael Latta in the deal. He has been a second liner in the AHL who has as much likelihood of making the NHL as a good as he does as a legitimate core player. You don`t usually get a chance to trade for a player with the potential of Forsberg for such a low price. This trade could pay dividends for the Predators for years to come.
Biggest Long Term Drop - Washington Capitals. Washington gave up Filip Forsberg in their deal with Nashville. They also made a couple of minor deals that are likely of little significance. Dane Byers was acquired from Edmonton for Garrett Stafford. Joe Rechlicz was acquired from Phoenix for Matthew Clackson. Their major addition Martin Erat is their fifth highest scorer. He is a useful NHL player but he isn`t going to make a significant difference. If the season ended now, Washington would miss the playoffs. This isn`t the kind of team that should trade their 2012 top draft pick for a player in his 30s who will fit in on their second line.
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