Stock Up or Stock Down for Every NHL Team After the Trade Deadline
Some teams are plotting for the Stanley Cup while others just want to plan for the future.
On trade deadline day, general managers try to outmaneuver each other as they attempt to improve, either in the short term or long term.
Deals prior to the trade deadline can have a huge impact on teams with championship aspirations. The Los Angeles Kings unlocked their dormant offense when they added Jeff Carter last year and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Boston Bruins received complementary help from Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly in 2011 and won the Stanley Cup.
It's not just a matter of adding the best player a general manager can find. It's about finding someone who can mesh quickly with his new teammates and impact team chemistry in a positive manner.
Here's the stock up/stock down report based on each team's activity at today's trade deadline.
All trade information is attributed to TSN.ca unless otherwise indicated.
Anaheim Ducks: Stock Down
What They Did: The Ducks wanted to add secondary scoring who could pick up the slack behind Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. The Ducks added Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for Brandon McMillan. They also brought in Harry Zolnierczyk from the Philadelphia Flyers and David Steckel from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Projected Impact: Lombardi could be a decent role player for the the Ducks. It's not expected that either Zolnierczyk or Steckel will do much. Both are limited in terms of offensive talent and will not give the Ducks anything more than a few shifts per game to relieve their prime players. Steckel is not afraid to throw his body around and play a physical game.
Boston Bruins: Stock Up
What They Did: The Bruins were frustrated early in the trade process as they thought they had reeled in Jarome Iginla from Calgary. However, when the future Hall of Famer nixed the deal and chose Pittsburgh, general manager Peter Chiarelli stuck to his game plan and brought in veteran Jaromir Jagr to upgrade the offense. Moments before the deadline, the Bruins acquired Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues for a 2014 seventh-round pick.
Projected Impact: The 41-year-old Jagr is not going to be a savior in Boston. He doesn't have to be, since the team was a serious contender before the acquisition. However, Jagr can play a key role for the Bruins on their sleepy power play and can give them more scoring depth. Head coach Claude Julien should limit his ice time so fatigue is not a factor. Redden was a former defense partner of Zdeno Chara when the two played in Ottawa, but it seems unlikely that he has much left in the tank.
Buffalo Sabres: Stock Up
What They Did: The Buffalo Sabres know they have to change the nature and character of their team. General manager Darcy Regier traded defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings for two second-round draft picks. Regier also traded center Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild for goalie Matt Hackett and left wing Johan Larsson.
Projected Impact: It may hurt when your team is looking to the future instead of preparing for the playoffs, but Regier made the right moves. Now he has to use his draft picks wisely or the Sabres may have a long stay on the outside looking in at rivals like Boston and Montreal while they battle for division supremacy.
Calgary Flames: Stock Up
What They Did: It may be a couple of years too late, but the Flames finally got the lesson and started the rebuilding process. They treated future Hall of Famer and free agent-to-be Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. The Flames got two first-round picks and another conditional pick in return as well as four players. The Flames traded Blake Comeau to Columbus for a fifth-round pick in 2013.
Projected Impact: Critics were all over Jay Feaster for not getting more from the Penguins for Iginla. However, he is slated to be a free agent this summer and he couldn't have gotten that much more for him. Feaster must make the first-round draft picks pay off quickly if his team is going to get better in the near future.
Carolina Hurricanes: Stock Down
What They Did: After a solid start this season, the Hurricanes have been sinking steadily in the standings. They are tied for 11th and it will be difficult for them to make the playoffs with three-plus weeks to go in the regular season. General manager Jim Rutherford did little at the trade deadline. He traded veteran Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional draft pick.
Projected Impact: Jokinen is a diminishing player who has limited effectiveness at this point in his career. He was placed on waivers before being traded. His departure will have minimal impact on the Hurricanes.
Chicago Blackhawks: Stock Up
What They Did: The Blackhawks are in prime position to win the Presidents' Trophy and make a long run in the postseason. They have a fairly complete team and general manager Stan Bowman did not have a lot to do. They brought in Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks to upgrade their depth.
Projected Impact: The Blackhawks have not fared well in the faceoff circle outside of the work that Jonathan Toews has done. Handzus has won better than 55 percent of his faceoffs, so that should help the Blackhawks in critical, end-of-game situations.
Colorado Avalanche: Stock Down
What They Did: The Avalanche have struggled to gain any traction this season. General manager Greg Sherman had much higher hopes, but the Avs are on the outside looking in. Sherman traded Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto for a fourth-round draft pick, according to TSN.com's Darren Dreger.
Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto for a 4th rounder. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
Projected Impact: Sherman's assessment of his team is correct, but he could have turned on his fanbase and given his locker room a jolt if he could have made one or two decent moves. He should have gotten more for the gritty O'Byrne.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Stock Up
What They Did: The Blue Jackets have had a solid run in the last four weeks and they are within one point of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Team president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen hit the jackpot when they acquired Marian Gaborik minutes before the deadline. The Blue Jackets gave up forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore to get Gaborik. The Blue Jackets also sent goalie Steve Mason to Philadelphia for goalie Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in 2015. The Blue Jackets also acquired forward Blake Comeau from Calgary for a 2013 fifth-round pick.
Projected Impact: It seemed like the Blue Jackets were sitting on the sidelines, but they hit a home run. Gaborik was not getting it done for head coach John Tortorella in New York, and a change of scenery could help. Big win for the Blue Jackets. Comeau gives them additional depth at the forward spot.
Dallas Stars: Stock Down
What They Did: The Dallas Stars went into this season with aspirations of returning to the playoffs. However, Joe Nieuwendyk could see the writing on the wall and he had to go into full fire-sale mode. After making a questionable trade in February when he sent Michael Ryder to Montreal for Erik Cole, Nieuwendyk parted company with Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy.
Projected Impact: The Stars got three young players and two high draft picks for Jagr and Roy. That's a decent haul, but the disappointment is palpable in Dallas. There's significant heat on Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan and Nieuwendyk.
Detroit Red Wings: Stock Down
What They Did: The Detroit Red Wings are no longer a powerhouse team in the NHL and they are in a fight for their lives to make the playoffs. General manager Ken Holland has real needs on the defensive side, but he did not give the Red Wings any legitimate help prior to the trade deadline.
Projected Impact: The Red Wings are just three points ahead of the ninth-place Nashville Predators and a playoff berth is not a certainty. The Red Wings are going to regret not improving their team prior to the deadline.
Edmonton Oilers: Stock Down
What They Did: The Oilers are in contention for a playoff spot, as they have become one of the hottest teams in the league. Edmonton has won four games in a row and is just one point out of eighth place. They added Florida center Jerred Smithson on deadline day, giving up a 2013 fourth-round pick to the Panthers.
Projected Impact: Smithson will provide some veteran leadership and understands defensive play, but this was a bare-bones move and more could have been done to improve this young team’s playoff potential.
Florida Panthers: Stock Down
What They Did: The Panthers are one of the most disappointing teams this season after winning the Southeast Division a year ago. They have been unable to sustain their success. General manager Dale Tallon usually knows how to play the trading game as well as anyone, but injuries have robbed him of his ability to wheel and deal. He traded veteran center Jerred Smithson to Edmonton for a fourth-round draft pick.
Projected Impact: Tallon values draft picks and he may be able to find a grinder with a fourth-round pick or perhaps mine a gem.
Los Angeles Kings: Stock Up
What They Did: The Los Angeles Kings started slowly this season, but they have been coming on and should be in a position to make another postseason run. However, they have had injuries on the blue line, so they acquired hard-hitting defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres, sending the Sabres second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.
Projected Impact: Regehr will help the Kings blue line following injuries to Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. Head coach Darryl Sutter coached Regehr when they were together at Calgary, and Regehr should be able to step in and bring his physical game to Los Angeles and help the Kings out quite a bit.
Minnesota Wild: Stock Up
What They Did: The Minnesota Wild were fairly quiet up until the late going, when they connected with the Buffalo Sabres and acquired veteran center Jason Pominville. The Wild gave up goalie Matt Hackett and left wing Johan Larsson, both of whom are considered solid prospects
Projected Impact: The Wild were in good shape before bringing Pominville on board. He is a solid playmaker and a good passer who should help the offense. Hackett and Larsson may be missed, but you have to give up something to get legitimate talent.
Montreal Canadiens: No Change
What They Did: The Canadiens made their move well in advance of the trade deadline when they sent Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Michael Ryder in February. Ryder is a sniper who has been quite productive for the Canadiens since coming back to Montreal for his second tour of duty.
Projected Impact: Ryder is a sniper who can pick his spot. He played a key role for the Boston Bruins in their 2011 Stanley Cup run and he could do the same for the Canadiens. However, general manager Marc Bergevin did little outside of that to improve the team's playoff chances.
Nashville Predators: Stock Down
What They Did: The Nashville Predators sent Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for Filip Forsberg, the Caps' No. 1 choice in 2012. The Preds also made a minor deal on deadline day when they sent defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional seventh-round pick. The deal is not going to have a big impact on either team.
Projected Impact: The Predators have not been able to sustain their run of solid hockey in the Western Conference this year and it looks like they could miss the playoffs. The Preds have been under the gun since losing Ryan Suter to Minnesota in free agency. General manager David Poile sent Erat to Washington for a potential star in Forsberg.
New Jersey Devils: Stock Up
What They Did: The New Jersey Devils rarely give out any hints as to what they will do prior to the trade deadline, and this year was no different. General manager Lou Lamoriello picked up veteran winger Steve Sullivan moments before the trade deadline.
Projected Impact: The Devils may have limited resources, but they get everything out of the talent they have. It's easy to sell this team short, but it would probably be a mistake based on past history. Sullivan is a gutsy player who will go into the dirty areas and come away with the puck. He's easy to overlook, but he can punish opponents with his excellent shot and timely goals.
New York Islanders: Stock Down
What They Did: The Islanders are making a surprising run at a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are holding down eighth place in the Eastern Conference after beating Winnipeg April 2. However, general manager Garth Snow has not added any moving parts to improve their team.
Projected Impact: It would not have been surprising if the Islanders had sold off an asset like Mark Streit prior to the deadline because he will be a free agent at the end of the season. However, with the Islanders having a great chance to make the postseason for the first time since 2006-07, Snow was not about to move this solid, puck-moving defenseman. Still, it would have been much better if Snow could have found a forward or two to add to the mix.
New York Rangers: Stock Down
What They Did: The Rangers acquired Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks and traded second- and third-round picks this year along with a conditional pick in 2014 for his services. While Clowe is feisty and aggressive, he has not scored a goal this season. The Rangers traded Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.
Projected Impact: Clowe will provide some character and sand paper for a Rangers team that needs toughness; however, he's not going to help provide much firepower. General manager Glen Sather traded away Gaborik for more grit and toughness, but where are the Rangers going to get their goal scoring from? It seems like a troubling move for the Rangers.
Ottawa Senators: Stock Up
What They Did: The Senators were under pressure to sell early on in the season because they got hit with so many injuries. When you lose Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek along with goalie Craig Anderson, it would have been easy for the Sens to go into a full-sell mode. They didn't, but they traded goalie Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay for Cory Conacher moments before the deadline.
Projected Impact: By holding on to Daniel Alfredsson and other top players, the Senators are going to be a playoff team, and they are going to be a tough out for anyone that faces them in the first round. A very smart, tough and disciplined team, Conacher gives them a young player with speed, grit and an opportunistic edge to his game. He can put the puck in the net.
Philadelphia Flyers: Stock Down
What They Did: The Flyers appeared to be in trouble at the start of the season and things have gotten worse as the year has progressed. The Flyers have significant defensive weaknesses and injuries have made a bad situation worse. The Flyers wanted goalie Ben Bishop of Ottawa, but they settled for Steve Mason of Columbus when Bishop was traded to Tampa Bay. The Flyers sent goalie Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in 2015 for Mason.
Projected Impact: Paul Holmgren is a very sharp general manager, but there were no quick fixes this time around. The Flyers don't know whether they still have a chance to contend or whether they have to retool completely. Holmgren won't figure it out until the offseason. The Mason acquisition is not likely to turn the Flyers around.
Phoenix Coyotes: Stock Down
What They Did: The Coyotes sent Steve Sullivan to the Devils for a seventh-round pick in a last-minute deal. They also pedaled notorious goon Raffi Torres to the Sharks for a third-round pick and sent Matthew Lombardi to Anaheim for Brandon McMillan.
Projected Impact: The Coyotes are a team of overachievers on the ice, as evidenced by their playoff showing last year. However, this team has no game plan for the future, as they continue to wander in the desert. While the Torres deal made sense, the Sullivan trade seemed to be a last-second fleecing by New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Stock Up
What They Did: The Penguins are going for it this year. They acquired Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen, Douglas Murray and Jarome Iginla prior to the trade deadline. Morrow is a hard-working forward with character and clutch scoring ability, Murray is a big-bodied and tough defenseman while Iginla is a future Hall of Famer who can fill up the net. Jokinen is known as a shootout specialist, but his skills appear to have diminished.
Projected Impact: The trades looked huge last week when it appeared the Penguins were a juggernaut. They had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in addition to their new acquisitions, so they became the team to beat in the East. Crosby has since broken his jaw and may miss the rest of the regular season. Morrow, Murray and Iginla will help keep the Penguins on track.
St. Louis Blues: Stock Up
What They Did: While the Blues seem to have plenty of excellent defensemen on the roster—Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman—they picked up Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. He was one of the best blueliners available at the trade deadline. The Blues gave up two minor leaguers, a first-round draft pick (2013 or 2014) and another conditional pick. The Blues sent defenseman Wade Redden to the Bruins for a seventh-round pick in 2014.
Projected Impact: The Blues seem to have plenty of other needs besides defense, but that's the direction that they decided to go. Bouwmeester is an excellent puck-carrier and knows how to get the puck out of the defensive zone when his team is under pressure. That could be a key factor in a postseason series.
San Jose Sharks: Stock Up
What They Did: The Sharks have been an up-and-down team this season, and they have gotten themselves back in the playoff mix by winning five consecutive games. With veteran forward Ryane Clowe contributing no goals to this point in the season, they traded him to the Rangers for two picks this year and a conditional pick next year. The Sharks added agitator Raffi Torres from Phoenix for a third-round pick.
Projected Impact: Doug Wilson's team is still in contention and he still managed to accumulate up to three draft picks for a player who can't put the puck in the ocean. That's getting maximum value for a very tiny asset. Torres is sure to get under the opposition's skin during the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Stock Up
What They Did: The Lightning moved exciting rookie Cory Conacher to Ottawa for goalie Ben Bishop. There was quite a bit of interest in veteran Martin St. Louis, but Yzerman said that St. Louis remains an important cog for the future and that he would not trade him.
Projected Impact: The Tampa Bay roster is filled with talented players, so their spot as the 14th-place team is a major disappointment. Bishop appears to be a goalie who will solidify the position for the foreseeable future. Conacher was an exciting player and he should have an excellent future with the Senators.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Stock Up
What They Did: The Toronto Maple Leafs were quiet until the final minutes before the deadline. They acquired defenseman Ryan O'Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick in 2014.
Projected Impact: The Maple Leafs didn't do a lot, but picking up O'Byrne is a good move. He brings toughness and strength to the blue line.
Vancouver Canucks: Stock Up
What They Did: The Canucks have struggled to play consistently this year and have been challenged by the Minnesota Wild. Their biggest need was up front because stellar center Ryan Kesler has only played seven games this season. The Canucks sent defensive prospect Kevin Connauton and a 2013 second-round draft pick to the Dallas Stars for Derek Roy. The Canucks could not complete a deal for goalie Roberto Luongo.
Projected Impact: Roy is a finesse player who is a creative playmaker and superior passer. He can help give the Canucks more consistent scoring. However, Roy is not going to go into the dirty areas to score on rebounds or deflections, and that's what the Canucks probably need more than another slick center. Luongo's presence could be an issue for this team during the postseason.
Washington Capitals: Stock Down
What They Did: The Capitals pulled off a late deal, acquiring winger Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville for Filip Forsberg, the Caps' No. 1 pick last year. The Capitals looked like they were going to be certain sellers for the majority of the season because a poor start had them buried near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. However, Alex Ovechkin has gotten hot and the Capitals have taken advantage of playing in the unimpressive Southeast Division.
Projected Impact: General manager George McPhee brought in additional scoring with the acquisition of Erat. The loss of Forsberg could cause the Caps pain in the years to come. The Caps decided to hold on to high-scoring forward Mike Ribeiro even though he could walk away as a free agent in the offseason.
Winnipeg Jets: Stock Down
What They Did: The Jets have taken advantage of the weak Southeast Division to rise to first place. If they can hold on to that position, they will be the third seed in the Eastern Conference. However, they are only two points ahead of the onrushing Washington Capitals and they have lost four straight games. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff knows his team needs more offense, but he did not make a move.
Projected Impact: The lack of new blood for the Jets could hurt them badly down the stretch. It wasn't expected that the Jets would be a strong playoff contender this year, and their lack of activity at the trade deadline may end up ruining their postseason chances.