by PuckStopsHere on 03/05/09 at 03:52 AM ET
As I have done for a few years (see last year’s summary here) I am posting a quick summary of the trade deadline. I pick the biggest winner and loser both long and short term.
It was an interesting deadline with lots of small deals. Few big name stars moved and as a result few teams gave up significant chunks of their future for a player. It was also interesting for who was not dealt (Jay Bouwmeester).
Biggest Short Term Winner - Calgary Flames Calgary added Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold. Jokinen is signed through the end of next season and Leopold only to the end of this one. They did so while not subtracting any key pieces of their team. Gone are 2nd liner Matthew Lombardi, goon Brandon Prust, Lawrence Nycholat, who they claimed on waivers one day before the deadline, AHLer Ryan Wilson and a couple draft picks. If Calgary wasn’t already a top contender to win the West Conference in the playoffs, they are now. The Flames are hardly the team to beat, but they stand a very good chance at a good playoff run.
Biggest Short Term Loser - Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix subtracted Olli Jokinen, Derek Morris and Daniel Carcillo. They will save some money in the short term, which is important given their poor financial situation. They are a team that fell out of the playoff race, despite a good start, when the off ice financial issues began to take control of their news. Clearly they have given up on this season.
Biggest Long Term Winner - Phoenix Coyotes However, Phoenix has not given up on their future. Adding Matthew Lombardi, Scottie Upshall, Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Prust, Dmitri Kalinin and a first round pick is significant. It is a good group of young players. Some of these players will mature into key pieces for Phoenix in the future. The Coyotes successfully got younger and faster without giving up on having NHL players on their roster. I think that if this team gets their finances settled they could be a team on the rise.
Biggest Long Term Loser - New York Rangers The Rangers are a team that recently fired their coach in an effort to remain in the playoff race. It is doubtful that they will go very far in the playoffs. The addition of free agents to be in Derek Morris and Nik Antropov does little to change that. The assets they gave up in Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, Dmitri Kalinin and their second round pick are far more valuable than the games they will get from Morris or Antropov. No team truly gave up their future for a slim chance to win today. The Rangers didn’t give up any huge assets that will hurt them for years to come, but they were the best example of a team parting with the future and not getting enough back to change their fortunes today.
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