The 2013 NHL trade deadline actually happened, mostly, prior to deadline day.
This could be the year that we revisit when examining when, exactly, the deadline broke. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, a lot of the big names ended up being shipped out for little more than middling prospects and second-round selections.
All I know is that the draft board for the second round of the 2013 draft is going to be an absolute mess thanks to the last week or two of trades.
It was established quickly that a second-round pick and a depth prospect was the price for rentals such as Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr, and that price point stuck. Not a lot of "hockey" deals here. Just a few teams trying to turn fading assets into picks, while other teams try to turn those fading assets into a Stanley Cup run.
All told, almost every big name on the market was dealt before deadline day, leaving us pundits without much to do besides keep an eye on the Luongo/Kiprusoff-to-the-Toronto Maple Leafs rumors and hope for something mildly unforeseen and surprising.
And did we ever receive a surprise!
The New York Rangers dealing Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets gave everyone something to take about, and the Buffalo Sabres burned off almost every one of their tradeable assets as they prepare for a rebuild.
We saw several teams Cup-up in big ways, solidifying blue lines and bolstering offensive units. We also saw several teams tip their hands a bit on how they felt the rest of 2013 was going to go, as they made trades with the future in mind.