NHL Trade Deadline: How Did the Canucks Do Compared with Other Western Teams?
The lingering goalie situation remains, but overall, how did the Vancouver Canucks do at the trade deadline?
It might surprise the emotional fans calling for general manager Mike Gillis' head over the goalie situation, but the Canucks improved at the trade deadline compared with their competition.
Here are the Western Conference standings as of April 3, complete with all acquisitions made up to and including the trade deadline.
1. Chicago Blackhawks (27-5-3, 57 points)
In: Michal Handzus, Maxime Sauve
Out: 2013 fourth-round pick, Rob Flick
2. Anaheim Ducks (25-7-5, 55 points)
In: Ben Lovejoy, Kyle Wilson, David Steckel, Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Lombardi, future considerations
Out: Dan Sexton, Ryan Lasch, Jay Rosehill, 2014 fifth-round pick, 2014 seventh-round pick, Brandon McMillan, Jeff Deslauriers
3. Minnesota Wild (21-13-2, 44 points)
In: Mike Rupp, Jason Pominville, Jeff Deslauriers, 2014 fourth-round pick, 2014 sixth-round pick, conditional 2014 seventh-round pick,
Out: Darroll Powe, Nick Palmieri, Matt Kassian, Chay Genoway, Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, 2013 first-round pick, 2014 second-round pick
4. Vancouver Canucks (19-11-6, 44 points)
In: Derek Roy
Out: Kevin Connauton, 2013 second-round pick
5. San Jose Sharks (19-11-6, 44 points)
In: Scott Hannan, Raffi Torres, two 2013 second-round picks, 2013 third-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick, two 2014 second-round picks
Out: Douglas Murray, Michal Handzus, Ryane Clowe, 2013 third-round pick, 2013 conditional pick
6. L.A. Kings (20-13-3, 43 points)
In: Keaton Ellerby, Robyn Regehr, conditional 2013 fourth-round pick, 2013 fifth-round pick
Out: Andrei Loktionov, Simon Gagne, 2013 fifth-round pick, 2014 second-round pick, 2015 second-round pick
7. Detroit Red Wings (18-13-5, 41 points)
In: Conditional 2014 seventh-round pick
Out: Kent Huskins
8. Edmonton Oilers (16-13-7, 39 points)
In: Mike Brown, Kale Kessy, Garrett Stafford, Jarred Smithson
Out: Tobias Rieder, Dane Byers, 2013 fourth-round pick, 2014 fourth-round pick
9. St. Louis Blues (18-14-2, 38 points)
In: Jordan Leopold, Jay Bouwmeester, conditional 2014 seventh-round pick, conditional 2015 fourth-round pick
Out: Matt D'Agostini, Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, Wade Redden, conditional 2013 first-round pick, 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fifth-round pick, conditional 2015 seventh-round pick
10. Nashville Predators (15-14-8, 38 points)
In: Joe Piskula, Filip Forsberg, 2013 conditional draft pick
Out: Brian McGrattan, Martin Erat, Michael Latta, Scott Hannan
11. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-14-7, 37 points)
In: Spencer Machacek, Matthew Ford, Marian Gaborik, Blake Comeau, Michael Leighton, 2015 third-round pick, Blake Parlett, Steven Deslisle, Patrick Kaleen
Out: Tomas Kubalik, John Moore, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Steve Mason. 2013 fifth-round pick, 2014 sixth-round pick, future considerations (to Pittsburgh)
12. Phoenix Coyotes (15-15-6, 36 points)
Inc: Tobias Rieder, Matthew Clackson, Brandon McMillan, 2013 third-round pick, 2014 seventh-round pick
Out: Kale Kessy, Joel Rechlicz, Raffi Torres, Matt Lombardi, Steve Sullivan
13. Dallas Stars (16-17-3, 35 points)
In: Erik Cole, Joseph Morrow, Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne, 2013 second-round pick, conditional 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fifth-round pick
Out: Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick
14. Calgary Flames (13-18-4, 30 points)
In: Mike Testuwide, Brian McGrattan, Kenny Agostino, Ben Hanowski, Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, 2013 first-round pick, conditional 2013 first-round pick, 2013 fifth-round pick
Out: Mitch Wahl, Joe Piskula, Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester, Blake Comeau
15. Colorado Avalanche (12-20-4, 28 points)
In: 2014 fourth-round pick
Out: Ryan O'Byrne
So out of the eight teams in playoff position, only the Canucks, Blackhawks and Wild improved. Other teams such as San Jose basically traded assets around, but stayed relatively the same overall.
Of the teams on the bubble for making the playoffs, it seems as if the Predators and Stars are looking to the future while St. Louis and Columbus have gone all in to try and claw their way into the playoffs.
Arguably the best offensive forward that was acquired by a Western Conference team was Derek Roy's pickup by the Canucks, which addressed their deficiencies at center.
The Canucks might not look like they have improved that much if you compare them to the NHL overall, but they compare favourably to the other Western Conference teams they'll be scrapping with in the playoffs. Most of the big names such as Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla went from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.
Taken in context, the Canucks improved relative to most of their competition, and at least stayed even compared with teams that did improve such as Chicago and Minnesota. And Gillis didn't have to break the bank like Minnesota and Columbus did either.
While not a complete success because Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are still in Vancouver, the trade deadline deals worked out in the Canucks' favor this year.
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