The Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here and NHL fans are ready for two months of exciting and intense hockey.
During the season (and especially at the trade deadline), NHL general managers made trades designed to strengthen their teams for the playoffs and ultimately increase their club's chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
Now that the dust has settled and we know who has qualified for the playoffs, we can examine the five trades made during the regular season that will have the biggest impact on this year's playoffs.
The rankings are based on a combination of how important the deal was to the team that made it and how likely that team is to make a long run in the playoffs.
Feel free to comment on the list and add any players you feel I may have missed, but please indicate why your choice belongs on the list based on our criteria.