Who Won the Trade Deadline?
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One Big Thing: Who Won the Trade Deadline?
What’s Happening: It’s true — the NHL trade deadline is just another day, but the moves made before the clock struck 3 p.m. on Monday will impact several team’s present and future. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the 2021 NHL trade deadline and how it will affect the league’s playoff picture.
Winners: The Boston Bruins addressed all three of its needs heading into the deadline, writes Pete Blackburn from CBS Sports. “Secondary scoring, forward depth and defensive depth. They managed to address all three of those things with two separate deals — first, trading for Mike Reilly from Ottawa and, later, landing Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from Buffalo.”
Taylor Hall was traded to the Bruins before the deadline | Bruins Instagram
The Detroit Red Wings also had a successful trade deadline, according to The Hockey News writer Ken Campbell. While Campbell admits that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman lost a budding star in Anthony Mantha — who he traded to Washington — he feels the trade was worthwhile, especially because Mantha didn’t seem to fit in Detroit.
“In exchange for Mantha, Yzerman extracted Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, a first-round pick in 2021 and a second-rounder in 2022. The Red Wings now have 12 picks in the 2021 draft, five of them in the first 64. He has nine roster players who are due to become unrestricted free agents and a ton of cap space for next season. The Red Wings are emerging from salary cap hell and are accumulating assets. The rebuild is going well.”
Losers: It of course depends on who you ask, but Blackburn thinks the Oilers were the most disappointing team at the deadline. “The Oilers, who should be desperate to make some sort of run in the next few years, did nothing outside of picking up a depth defenseman in Dmitry Kulikov.”
Sure, the Oilers have perennial all stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but “you can't be considered a serious contender without depth and the Oilers need serious help behind/alongside those guys. Once again, they've failed to provide any reinforcements and, as such, have set themselves up to inevitably waste another one of McDavid's prime years.”
Another Loss: The Rangers failed to move disgruntled defenseman Tony DeAngelo, meaning the Blueshirts will continue to eat his $4.3 million contract while DeAngelo sits idle on the taxi squad. DeAngelo fell out of favor with the Rangers after a post-game squabble with goaltender Alex Georgiev in January.
Dig Deeper: “Lightning and Maple Leafs among NHL trade deadline winners” Associated Press, Larry Lage
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Which NHL team won the trade deadline?