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NHL Trades 2013: The Biggest Dealers of the Season

March 30, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) skates on the ice for pre-game introductions before playing the New York Islanders at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 2, 2013

At 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Apr. 3, the NHL trade deadline will be upon us. At that time, the rosters will all but locked as we hit the final stretch toward the 2013 NHL playoffs.

The question is, who have been the biggest dealers of the season thus far?

We've seen blockbuster trades that have sent mainstays to new homes. We've also seen quiet deals that have significantly improved rosters, whether by way of the addition of youth or All-Star players.

Regardless of how it went down, numerous teams made the most of their opportunities to execute trades.

 

Anaheim Ducks

Key Acquisitions: Ben Lovejoy, D; David Steckel, C; Kyle Wilson, C; Harry Zolnierczyk, LW

Key Losses: Ryan Lasch, RW; Kevin Marshall, D; Dan Sexton, RW

 

The Anaheim Ducks haven't put together the star-studded trade season that others on this list have achieved. With that being said, the Ducks have pulled off three separate trades thus far.

They've landed David Steckel, Kyle Wilson and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Steckel, although inconsistent in terms of production, has been reunited with former coach Bruce Boudreau. The two were together with the Washington Capitals from 2005 to 2011.

Steckel, a center, should provide valuable depth.

Wilson briefly played for Boudreau. He too will provide depth, thus joining Steckel and Zolnierczyk as bottom-line acquisitions that should complement defenseman Ben Lovejoy as quality new players.

Zolnierczyk, an enforcer, could play a role in similar situations.

 

Calgary Flames

Key Acquisitions: 2013 First-Round Draft Choice (x2)

Key Losses: Jay Bouwmeester, D; Jarome Iginla, RW

 

The Calgary Flames have been one of the most active teams in the league when it comes to the NHL trade deadline. They've dealt two All-Stars, including the face of the franchise.

In return, they've landed two first-round draft choices.

On Mar. 28, the Flames traded franchise player Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospects Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski and a first-round draft pick (via NHL.com). This comes after Iginla spent more than 15 years with the Flames.

Iginla had previously vetoed a trade to the Boston Bruins.

On Apr. 1, the Flames traded All-Star defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues (via Yahoo! Sports). In return, they landed Mark Cundari, Reto Berra and a first-round draft choice.

An active trade season, to say the very least.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Key Acquisitions: Jarome Iginla, RW; Brenden Morrow, LW; Douglas Murray, D

Key Losses: Joseph Morrow, D

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are an elite team that is fronted by NHL points leader Sidney Crosby. The Penguins also have top 10 goal scorers Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Pascal Dupuis.

They became significantly stronger with three huge trades.

As previously alluded to, the Penguins acquired right wing Jarome Iginla. Iginla, a six-time All-Star, has 525 career goals and 570 assists.

He's also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, playing alongside Crosby in 2010, and owns 161 power-play goals and 210 power-play assists.

Pittsburgh also acquired left wing Brenden Morrow. Morrow, 34, has accumulated 243 career goals and 285 assists.

That includes 79 power-play goals and 64 power-play assists. Morrow won a 2010 Olympic gold medal with Crosby and Iginla.

Furthermore, the Penguins landed defenseman Douglas Murray, thus rounding out a major crop of impact trades.

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