After hours and hours of inactivity, the 2012 NHL trade deadline caught fire with mere minutes remaining as several of the most-hyped trade items—and a few unexpected ones, as well—were dealt to contenders around the league.
Vancouver's Cody Hodgson, Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn, Buffalo's Paul Gaustad and Colorado's Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi were among the highlights of players who found new homes Monday, as the day's trade total jumped from eight to 16 in its closing moments.
From the most active traders of the week (Tampa Bay and Nashville) to the clubs that instead decided to lay low (Detroit and Washington), the NHL's most chaotic week of the season certainly brought a variety of both brilliant and stupid deals on the part of the league's 30 general managers.
Which clever clubs made the best moves Monday, and which were left behind by the competition? We'll break down the five smartest moves of the 2012 NHL trade deadline in the coming slides.