In this shortened season, the NHL trade deadline is as important as ever. A few teams made big-time moves that will help for the rest of the year.
With only about a month to go until the postseason, clubs need to make sure they field the best team possible. If that means parting with young talent or draft picks to acquire top talent, it is worth the cost.
After the Pittsburgh Penguins started things off with a trade for Jarome Iginla, a few other organizations made possibly season-changing moves.
Here is a recap of the latest deals from around the league.
St. Louis Blues Get Jay Bouwmeester
In an effort to solidify the defense, the Blues traded away two prospects and a first-round pick for Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames (via ESPN).
While this was a high cost, this move will make a big difference in St. Louis.
Bouwmeester is not only a strong defender, but he can also handle a big workload at an average of 25:10 minutes on ice per game. He could certainly help improve a squad that ranks 18th in the league in goals allowed per game.
Of course, this might be too little too late for a team that will struggle just to reach the postseason. The Blues entered Tuesday at only one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers and the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Giving up a first-round pick and two young players might be too much for a team unlikely to contend for a title.
Carolina Hurricanes Get Marc-Andre Bergeron
This was not the largest deal of the day, but Carolina still improved by acquiring Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning (via ESPN).
The talented journeyman will join his seventh team in his extended career, but he has been productive at almost every stop.
For a squad that has given up 2.9 goals per game this season, this should be a decent improvement.
Unfortunately, Bergeron has struggled to get any playing time this year with the Lightning. While the Hurricanes are certain to give him a chance, this does not appear to be much of an upgrade.
Boston Bruins Get Jaromir Jagr
It only took two prospects and a draft pick for the Bruins to get one of the top hockey players of his generation (via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN).
While Jaromir Jagr is not as effective at 41 years old as he was in his 20s, he can still provide plenty of offense for Boston.
In 34 games this season, the wing has 14 goals with 12 assists, including six power-play goals. This should help improve a Boston unit that ranks 24th in the league by scoring on only 15.2 percent of power plays.
This will help the Bruins—which already have one of the top defenses in the NHL—compete offensively in the Eastern Conference.
Although Pittsburgh will be hard to catch in the regular season, Boston now has a chance to do some damage in the playoffs.
Vancouver Canucks Get Derek Roy
After the Dallas Stars traded away its leading scorer in Jagr, the Stars sent top assist man Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks (via ESPN).
While the center is less of a scoring threat than he was a few years ago, Roy is still an outstanding distributor. Vancouver lacks natural goal-scorers, so the veteran would certainly help create some much-needed offense.
The problem is that the Chicago Blackhawks seem uncatchable at this point with one of the best offenses and defenses in the league.
Vancouver has the goaltending necessary to make a run in the playoffs, but Roy is unlikely to make enough of a difference to make the squad contenders.