NHL Trade Deadline 2013: Breaking Down Biggest Deals

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NHL Trade Deadline 2013: Breaking Down Biggest Deals
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The 2013 NHL trade deadline ends April 3 at 3 p.m. ET, and so far we have seen some big deals. Superstars have moved and it will affect the playoff race in significant ways.

How will each of the biggest deals affect the teams involved? What will the impact be?

We'll break down the biggest deals below. 

 

Derek Roy to Vancouver Canucks

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The Canucks needed a center and they got one when they acquired Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars for a pick and a prospect, via Kevin Allen of USA Today.

Roy is a top-flight offensive center who is also a deft passer. He has only four goals, but has 18 assists. He has a career high of 49 assists, which he reached in 2007-08.

Roy will fit nicely with Mason Raymond, who has nine goals and nine assists this season. Those numbers should go up now that he has Roy passing to him.

Vancouver has a woeful power play that is ranked 29th in the league. Adding Roy will give it a significant boost. It will take some of the load off the Sedin twins to produce on the man advantage. 

Roy has 97 career power-play assists. 

He will also enjoy playing with some top talent in Vancouver and should start scoring some more goals. Overall, this was a good move for the Canucks. They needed a center and they got the best one available. 

 

Jaromir Jagr to Boston Bruins

The Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars for prospects and picks, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. After losing out on Jarome Iginla, the Bruins needed to find some more scoring potential.

They certainly found that in Jagr.

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Despite being 41 years old, Jagr still has the scoring touch. He has 14 goals and 12 assists.

He'll help a Boston team that has the 24th-ranked power play. Jagr has six power-play goals and eight power-play assists. 

Jagr will fit well on a line with countryman David Krejci.

Krejci is very excited to play with the Czech hero, per The Republican's Amanda Bruno via Masslive.com:

He's a big name, especially back home. Never really thought I would have the chance to play with him on a real team other than a National team so it's pretty cool and I'm looking forward to it.

If they can create some home cooking in Boston, then the Bruins will have a good chance to compete with the Penguins.

Adding someone who can score in any situation, like Jagr, is a smart move because it balances out the scoring.

And the Bruins don't have to rely on Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic for goals. While they are good, most of their goals are scored around the net. Jagr can score from anywhere on the ice, which means the Bruins don't always have to play such a hard-nosed style.

Now they can mix up the styles and give defenses more to worry about.

 

Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues acquired Jay Bouwmeester for a first-round pick and prospects from the Calgary Flames, per the Associated Press via ESPN.com

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The Blues needed an upgrade on defense because they give up 2.89 goals per game. Bouwmeester will go a long way toward fixing that.

The hulking 6'4", 215-pound defenseman averages over 25 minutes per game and is a shutdown defender. He has scored six goals and has nine assists this season. He'll also add more skill to the sixth-best power play in the league, where he has five points.

Bouwmeester should shore up the defense and help the Blues make a long playoff run.The Blues are currently holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Adding Bouwmeester will help them solidify a playoff spot and enter the second season on a bit of a roll. 

 

Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh Penguins

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Pittsburgh is loading up for a Cup run.

First, they acquired Brenden Morrow. Next, they acquired the biggest name on the market, Jarome Iginla, for prospects and picks (ESPN).

Iginla is not the same player he was five years ago, but he can still score. He has 10 goals and 13 assists so far this season.

He's the type of gritty player who excels in postseason play. He's willing to do anything for the team. He'll hit, forecheck and drop the gloves. He can play in every situation and adds invaluable leadership to the Penguins locker room. 

Pittsburgh didn't need Iginla—after all, they didn't lose in March—but this trade shows that they're going all in.

Iginla can play on a line with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. He adds incredible scoring depth to a team that can already score against anyone.

The Penguins definitely won the deadline.

Iginla is the type of player that can turn a great team into a championship team. He has that right mix of intangibles that every championship team needs.

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