The NHL's 2014 trade deadline is now history. Unlike recent deadline days, this year's was filled with notable deals involving star players. A couple of significant trades also took place in the days leading up to deadline day. Several of these deals could have a considerable effect upon the current playoff race.
This recent swapping of stars enlivened what was an otherwise quiet NHL trade market. Throughout most of this season, many trades involved second- and third-tier talent. The lowered salary cap was largely to blame. Still, there were a couple of notable moves earlier in the season.
Many fans and pundits tend to view NHL trades in terms of winners and losers. Time will tell how this year's deals pan out. In the meantime, here's a ranking of the five best and five worst deals of this NHL regular season.
Trade details courtesy of NHL.com.