Trade Deadline Thoughts

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What were your overall thoughts on the deadline?

Who do you think were the ‘winners’?

Who do you think were the ‘losers’?

What were you expecting that didn’t happen?


  1. Patrick

    03/05/2014 at 5:51 pm

    Garth Snow did a terrible job today.

    Mike Gillis had 2 high-end goalies last year and now has nothing to show for it.

    Joe Sakic gave up way too much for Reto Berra

    My favorite deal was the Caps getting Penner.

  2. Daddy

    03/05/2014 at 6:06 pm

    Hate the Vanek trade. See him as a rental player. Hate spending two 2nds on a rental.

  3. Joe

    03/05/2014 at 6:07 pm

    I have to think that Philly gets one of the higher grades for not doing what they normally do. They basically traded an injury-proned, high salary cap hit in Meszaros for MacDonald who is under 30 and under 1 mil. as a cap hit. He also plays an average of 23 mins a game against other teams best forwards. Offensively the Flyers have been clicking so there was no need to address that aspect. This was one of the better trade deadline moves, or non-moves, that they have made on recent years.

  4. @christianfigiel

    03/05/2014 at 6:56 pm

    Islanders are the losers of the year never mind the deadline.

    I’d say the winners are both the Rangers and Lightning.

  5. Matthew

    03/05/2014 at 7:30 pm

    Very happy with the Kings getting Gaborik. Realize he hasn’t been performing like his old self, but hopefully he’s reinvigorated in LA playing alongside some world class players.

    Biggest loser = Ducks. Giving up Penner before a playoff push and getting nothing in return (lots of tire kicking) will hurt.

  6. Daddy

    03/05/2014 at 8:19 pm

    The ducks got rid of penner to make room for Robidas, no?

  7. Henry

    03/05/2014 at 9:27 pm

    Obviously the Islanders get one of the worst grades for the day. Not getting nearly enough for what they gave up in total. Gillies and Snow have to be one of the first to GM’s fired before the draft or during the offseason. Waiting for the ducks to make a splash and it never came. Trading away a locker room guy in Penner on one of the best teams in the league is never good for a playoff push. Rangers paid a hefty price for St. Louis, IMO a little to much for a player almost in his 40’s. Besides the MSL deal no real big deal that was not to be expected as the Penguins, Blackhawks, and Bruins stay quiet. No deal came to fruition for Kesler.

  8. hotwings

    03/05/2014 at 10:02 pm

    ducks dont need to make a splash. they are cup ready, best team in the NHL (pretty much)… they gained lots of depth picks… good day to be a ducks fan… adding something crazy like moulsen, vanek, gaborik, etc is not necessary and would have been detrimental. they got robidas… thats all they really needed.

  9. Brad

    03/06/2014 at 8:37 am

    Clear winner is Tampa. Yzerman traded a 37 year old who only has a couple years left for a Grinder that the team desperately needed, because they are all offence, and also got 2 picks. Callahan (28) and the 2nd was a fair deal. That first round pick in 2015, which is reportedly a very good draft, is the cherry on top of that deal. Granted Callahan may not sign in Tampa but I do not see Yzerman letting that happen, but the first was his insurance policy. Gillis loser! Snow loser! The teams they work for are losers by proxy!

  10. Shane

    03/06/2014 at 9:20 am

    Habs are the winner… great rental for low cost.

    Islanders the big loser… trade Moulson for Vanek and then Vanek for very little. Fire Snow now.

  11. Jeff

    03/06/2014 at 9:20 am


    Brad nails it.

    “Gilly” and Snow are the big losers here.

    Yzerman had a disgruntled 38 yr old Star player, who demanded a trade and gave him a list of ONE team in which he would accept a trade.

    Despite NYR knowing this, Yzerman still managed to acquire the NYR captain, and 2 high picks. Amazing. For all the people down on Callahan because of the injury and his contract demands, you watch how much he helps Tampa right now. What they lose in scoring from MSL, they will make up for in all the other areas in which Callahan is so good.

    Love the deadline for Tampa.

  12. Jeff

    03/06/2014 at 9:21 am

    I am Super intrigued by Tim Murray. When was the last time you saw a team make a trade like he did, for a Top Prospect they had targeted.

    I hope we start seeing more of those types of trades in this league.

    It sounds like he offered LAK so much, that they just couldnt say no. And he got the guy he wanted.

    Really interesting trade…

  13. Blues4DaCup

    03/06/2014 at 9:38 am

    Obvious winners to me are the blues and rangers. The lightning are the losers. Trading St Louis is insane!!! LOSE!!

  14. flyers

    03/06/2014 at 9:45 am

    Pretty disappointed in holmgren. Every year he makes a big deal when he doesn’t need too except this year. Would’ve liked him to try and pry evander kane and dustin byfuglien away from the jets. Curious as to what it would take to get them because I’m sick of hartnell playing with giroux and would like a big defenseman. Hopefully he can do something at the draft.

  15. jeff

    03/06/2014 at 9:48 am

    I think Flyers fans should be patient. I love the young talent there.

  16. Flyers

    03/06/2014 at 1:20 pm

    No doubt Jeff. They have a good solid core. But I think they can definitely make up a package for Kane and Buff. Perhaps B. and L. Schenn, a first, a second, and Laughton for both.