The 2012 NHL Trade Deadline has passed, and teams have made moves to bolster line-ups for a playoff run or working on the rebuild. Lets break down some of the transactions that went down before Monday's deadline.
Buffalo Sabres trade Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 to the Nashville Predators for a first-round draft pick in 2012.
Gaustad is the kind of player teams want to add for a playoff run. He is an aggressive, defensive forward who can chip win with 10-12 goals a season.
As an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, he is a rental, but he will be an effective player for the Predators during their playoff run.
The Preds are doing everything they can to show Shea Weber and Ryan Suter they are serious about winning now. Watch-out for the Predators this playoffs.
Boston Bruins trade Marc Cantin and Yannick Riendeau to the New York Islanders for Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau.
Boston adds a rental player for a playoff run in Rolston, who is a pure goal scorer, but age and injuries are catching up with him.
Rolston is on pace for just five goals and 12 points. He will play mostly on the third line and kill penalties, but can be moved up to the top line if Nathan Horton’s concussion keeps him out for too long.
Can Rolston be the Bruins' Mark Recchi from last year’s playoffs? Mottau will give the Bruins depth on the blue line, as he has solid hockey sense and can play any role in the bottom three.
The Islanders continue to add young pieces to their club, but the question New York fans want to know is: When will the rebuild be over and they start contending? Riendeau has a ton of offensive potential but is a big work in progress.
He put up 58 goals and 126 points in the QMJHL three seasons ago but has struggled since bouncing between the AHL and ECHL.
Cantin is a defenseman who scored 10 goals and had 41 points last season with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL, but has bounced between the AHL and ECHL this season.
Winnipeg Jets trade Johnny Oduya to the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round draft pick in 2013 and third-round draft pick in 2013.
Chicago gave up quite a bit for a rental player, but it addresses a need on a team that wants to make some noise in the playoffs.
Oduya can add offense and play a shutdown role, so he brings several elements for the Hawks. He did score 26 and 29 points in back-to-back season with the New Jersey Devils.
The addition of Oduya may push Nick Leddy down the depth chart and reduce his powerplay time for this season. Leddy fans, don’t fret; he is still young and will be an offensive stud, he just needs to play with more consistency.
Columbus Blue Jackets trade Sami Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick and fourth-round draft pick in 2013.
Vancouver added a player who will help dearly come playoff time. Pahlsson is a winner, as he was a key member of the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup team in 2007 and he won an Olympic Gold medal with Sweden in 2006.
Pahlsson also has played quite a lot with the Sedin twins, but don’t expect him to line up with them.
The Canucks are a much better playoff team with this addition, so stack up on Vancouver players for fantasy playoff pool.
San Jose Sharks trade Jamie McGinn, Michael Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly to the Colorado Avalanche for Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi.
San Jose added a depth forward in Daniel Winnik. Winnik can play any forward position in the bottom six and is defensive minded.
He won’t have a big offensive impact with the Sharks, but can be one of those key players who will help a team go deeper in the playoffs, reaching a career-high 26 points twice.
The addition of T.J. Galiardi gives him a fresh start, as he has struggled this season. In the 2009-2010 season Galiardi scored 15 goals and 39 points in 70 games and showed a ton of promise, but suffered a wrist injury the next season and just hasn’t gotten going this season.
He is a versatile player who can play any forward position, kill penalties and score goals. With Logan Couture injured, this could be a big opportunity for Galiardi. He is a decent depth player to add to your fantasy roster for NHL playoffs.
The Avalanche get McGinn, who is a third liner who can put up 30 points a season. McGinn has 12 goals and 24 points this season, and is on pace for 16 goals and 32 points, both of which would be career highs.
He will be a solid checking winger who will be responsible in his own end and has the potential to be a 20 goals and 40 point player down the road.
The other two players going to Colorado, Sgarbossa and Connolly, both are smaller, offensive players with strong upsides. Sgarbossa is lighting it up in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves—he has 41 goals and 84 points in 57 games this season. With 84 points so far this season he has back-to-back season with 80+ points.
Connolly was a point-a-game player with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA with 55 goals and 136 points in 123 games. He has had a solid start to his professional career, with 10 goals and 30 points in 40 games as a rookie with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.
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