NHL Deadline Trades: Brian Rolston and the 5 Biggest Deals of the Day

Louis Hamwey@thecriterionmanAnalyst IIIFebruary 27, 2012

NHL Deadline Trades: Brian Rolston and the 5 Biggest Deals of the Day

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    With the trade deadline come and gone, GMs, coaches and fans can all take a moment to breathe and relax knowing that the hysteria is over.

    Rick Nash was the hot name touted over the past few weeks as Columbus was willing to part ways with their star. But in the end no one could afford to give up what was needed to pry the 30-goal average away from the fledgling Blue Jackets.

    This does not, however, mean big moves were not made.

    Here are five of the biggest trades to occur on the day.

Brian Rolston to Boston

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    The New York Islanders brought Brian Rolston in as a veteran compliment to their young squad, but it instead turned out to be just another poor move by Isles management. He never amounted to any of the career averages he had, posting a miserable nine points through 49 games.

    Rolston was traded back to Boston where he spent some of his better years from 1999-2004 in exchange for prospects, forward Yannick Riendeau and defender Marc Cantin.

    From the Isles point of view, it is business as usual as they look toward the future. However, freeing up the cap space could make them active in the offseason free-agent market.

    For the Bruins, it is obvious that this was a short-term gamble that could really go either way. Should Rolston regain his form surrounded by better players, he could be the boost they need to repeat as champs. If he is what he was in New York, then he probably will not even make the playoff roster.

Jamie McGinn to Colorado

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    It is always risky when you deal within your conference against a team you will could be battling for a playoff spot, but San Jose thought it better to have depth than production with a deal that sent McGinn to Colorado for two role players.

    In McGinn’s first full NHL season, the 23 year old is putting up respectable numbers with 12 goals and 12 assists. However, he is currently the third best left winger on the roster and for a team that is looking to compete now, he is not the answer.

    The Sharks get forward T.J. Galiardi and left wing Daniel Winnik, along with the seventh rounder.

    Both Galiardi and Winnik are role players with not much upside other than adding to the roster some semi-reliable play. The depth is more valuable as they head into the home stretch.

    Colorado is in the playoff hunt, but still has a long way to go before being a serious contender. McGinn represents a good solid player that they could begin to form into a go-to guy. He has all the potential to be one, but it will take some time to develop.

John Scott to New York Rangers

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    The Rangers are probably going to come away from today thinking that they had failed to land the big name on their list Rick Nash, but they did land an even bigger player.

    6’7” John Scott became a Ranger from the Chicago Blackhawks who received a 2012 fifth-round pick.

    The implications for this move are not as apparent to the naked eye by just looking at stats. He has only played 29 games this season and only has single point to show for it. However, a frame of that size can do a lot for you in the playoffs.

    The Rangers defense has been excellent this season and Henrik Lundquivst has been by far the best goalie in the league. Teams are going to have to crowd the net to beat them as anything Lundquivst sees, he stops.

    Scott may do nothing more than lean 270 pounds on forwards, moving them out of the crease and wearing them down. But that may be all they need out of the big boy to help them get to the Cup.

John Oduya to Chicago

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    The Blackhawks offloaded Scott to make room for veteran defender John Oduya from Winnipeg.

    Oduya gives the Hawks some much needed depth in the defensive position as Steve Montador and Niklas Hjalmarsson are battling injuries.

    Oduya is not going to become a first liner upon arrival, but there is the potential for some considerable playing time come the postseason. Chicago has already relied too heavily on youngsters Dylan Olsen and Nick Leddy. Both have performed well, but the playoffs are unfamiliar territory that could expose them.

    Oduya himself has playoff experience, mostly with the New Jersey Devils in the mid-2000's.

    With the cost coming at only second- and third-round picks in 2013, it was the right move for now as the Hawks are more concerned with the present than the future.

Cody Hodgson to Buffalo

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    The big move in today in terms of building for the future was done by the Buffalo Sabres, who dealt forward Zack Kassian and defender Marc-Andre Gragnani for Vancouver’s red-hot center Cody Hodgson.

    In his rookie season, the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft has 16 goals and 17 assists on the season and is ninth in plus/minus (+8) on a team loaded with stars.

    It is easy to see why Vancouver would deal him. The third line center was not getting his due playing time, as Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler are not going to give up playing time. Kassian and Gragnani who Vancouver got in return provide more depth in the wing and on the blue line, where the Canucks could really use it.

    Buffalo will walk away from today though happy to welcome their new player. At 22 years old, he has all the potential to be a top center one day and make the Sabres a contender. Most importantly, it shows want-away goalie Ryan Miller that they are doing everything they can to improve so hopefully he will stick around.

What Moves Did You Like?

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    This is a short list of the moves that interested me on this trade deadline day and the ones I see as having the most impact now and in the future.

    However, there are many more that may interest you.

    Do think Carter Ashton will help Toronto's mediocre attack? How about Tom Gildbert being the answer to the Wild's shaky defense?

    Please let me know what you think of these and any others that peaked your interest.

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