There was a plethora of late movement in the NHL prior to the trade deadline.
A lot of maneuvering by teams with playoff aspirations. There were surprising moves, such as the Nashville Predators sending Martin Erat to Washington (per Josh Cooper of The Tennessean) and Jason Pominville going from Buffalo to Minnesota (per John Vogl of The Buffalo News).
A year ago, the Rangers were the best team in the Eastern Conference and they made a run at the President's Trophy. The Columbus Blue Jackets were by far the worst team in the NHL.
This year, the Blue Jackets could make the playoffs while the Rangers could miss out.
If the Rangers don't make the playoffs, it may be difficult for Rangers head coach John Tortorella to hold on to his job.