Breaking Down The 2014 NHL Trade Deadline

Posted: March 6, 2014 by ericbernsen in NHL, Sports
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This years NHL trade deadline snuck up on us due to the Olympics, but boy it did not disappoint as there were a flurry of big-time trades involving star players and Stanley Cup worthy teams. While the real winners and losers of the deadline won’t be truly known until a few years down the line, there is certainly plenty to analyze when names such as Martin St. Louis, Ryan Miller, and Thomas Vanek have been moved around the league. Let’s take a look at the most notable trades that went down over the past week and analyze how they will affect the playoff-contending squads as the regular season winds down. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Get: Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers Get: Martin St. Louis

This trade may end up being a win for both squads as the Lightning and Rangers essentially swapped superstars in Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan. While this trade might hurt Tampa Bay in the short-term, it was clear that St. Louis wanted out due to his not-so great relationship with team general manager Steve Yzerman. St. Louis is the reigning NHL scoring champion, but that does not change the fact that he is 38 years old. The Lightning should be thrilled that they received a player of Callahan’s caliber in return as well as a couple low-round draft picks. With the move, the Rangers are making it clear that they are looking for a championship in the short-term and St. Louis’s offensive prowess should only aid them in making a run for the Stanley Cup. Both the Rangers and the Lightning have plenty to gain from this deal.

Montreal Canadians Acquire Thomas Vanek 

One team that definitely comes out of this trade deadline as a winner is the Montreal Canadians. The Habs acquired top-line forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders for a second-round draft pick and forward prospect Sebastien Collberg. This is hardly a large sacrifice for a player who will immediately bolster Montreal’s 22nd ranked scoring offense in the NHL. Vanek will significantly help the Canadians in terms of skill/speed/playmaking ability, and an added bonus is that Vanek has dominated the rival Bruins throughout his career. In 53 games, Vanek has scored 30 goals and has had 31 assists vs. Boston…needless to say this potential playoff match-up just got even more interesting.

Los Angeles Kings Deal For Marian Gaborik

The Kings acquired top-winger Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. Los Angeles badly needed offense as the team ranked 27th in the league in scoring, but have been able to balance that out by allowing the fewest goals thanks to goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Kings were able to acquire Gaborik for a decent price, but there has to be some worry regarding his durability issues. But if Gaborik can stay healthy, he could be a game-changer for the Kings as playoff time approaches.

St Louis Blues Acquire Ryan Miller

The Blues are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, and they improved even more after the deadline due to the acquisition of goaltender Ryan Miller. However, they had to pay a high price for Miller as they gave up goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, a prospect, a first-round pick and a third-rounder in the deal. While Miller is not exactly a drastic upgrade over the capable Halak, St. Louis is looking for any edge they can get as they attempt to capitalize on their superb regular season. The Blues have not been to the Stanley Cup since 1970 and they have never won it…they are hoping that this is the year they can make history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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