The trade deadline in the NHL is a place where teams have landed that last piece for their Stanley Cup run.
Last season, the Los Angeles Kings made a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, acquiring Jeff Carter in exchange for Jack Johnson. This deal worked out for the Kings, as Carter played an instrumental role in the Kings' first Stanley Cup win in 2012.
Other times, some trades will involve draft picks—most of which will turn into players who will have marginal careers. In the case of the Detroit Red Wings, however, they weren't so lucky when they shipped their first-round pick in 2004 to the Washington Capitals for Robert Lang.
While Lang was a good player during his time, the Capitals used that pick to select puck-moving defenseman Mike Green, a vital piece of the team's back end and a high-output offensive defenseman.
So making a trades is always a crapshoot. You never know what you get until those players are out of the league.
But in the case of the Red Wings, they have a had a little luck at the trade deadline and have added pieces that were former All-Stars and vital pieces to cup runs.
Five names in particular stand out from the bunch.
Note: The year in parentheses is to dictate the season the trade was made.