Trade Deadline Reaction: The Teams That Won and Lost Monday’s Deadline

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Trade Deadline Reaction: The Teams That Won and Lost Monday’s Deadline

The Ottawa Senators have had a rough year, and the trade deadline didn't make matters better. (Courtesy of Flickr)

The Ottawa Senators have had a rough year, and the trade deadline didn't make matters better. (Courtesy of Flickr)

The Ottawa Senators have had a rough year, and the trade deadline didn't make matters better. (Courtesy of Flickr)

The Ottawa Senators have had a rough year, and the trade deadline didn't make matters better. (Courtesy of Flickr)


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By Chris Hennessy

Monday’s trade deadline has come and gone with a lot of speculation, players being benched before being traded and, in the end, plenty of implications on the playoff picture. Which teams won the deadline, and which teams lost out on big name players?  

Winners

The Columbus Blue Jackets were a winner, winner, chicken parm dinner. After weeks of speculation that the Jackets would deal impending free agents Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, they did the opposite by acquiring Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingle from Ottawa. Columbus tried to make the most of what has been a disappointing Panarin era.  The addition of Duchene provides strength up the middle that will be important come playoff time, where the Jackets have struggled in years past. They also acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Rangers to bolster their blue line.

Boston Bruins: The addition of Charlie Coyle from Minnesota provides the secondary scoring that the Bruins have desperately needed for two years now. He will help to pick up the slack left by David Pasternak’s injury and will be a welcome addition to the second line when Pasternak comes back. They also added Marcus Johansson at the 3 p.m. deadline from the Devils to bolster the secondary scoring.  With Toronto staying put, Boston improved their chances at overtaking them in the standings and made that potential playoff matchup much more intriguing.

Vegas Golden Knights: The winners of the Mark Stone sweepstakes are most definitely a winner at the deadline. They clearly needed another player to score to compete with the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, and that is what they got in Stone. Another member of the Ottawa Senators is gone.

Losers

New York Islanders: By staying put and not making a single move at the deadline, the first-place New York Islanders are epic losers at this deadline, and this season will be considered a failure when playoff time comes around. This team needed another player to put the puck in the net, and they didn’t get him. With plenty available in Duchene, Panarin, Coyle, Dzingle, Johannsen, Stone and plenty others, the opportunity was there, and new general manager Lou Lamoriello failed.  

Ottawa Senators: Ottawa was one goal away from the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, and now they have no players and are last in the league without a first round pick this season. They traded Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingle to Columbus and got some picks and prospects in return, but nothing compared to what they gave up for Duchene last season. One of the prospects, Erik Brannstrom from Vegas is a great prospect at defense, but they’ll still stink next year. One admirable thing they are doing is trading their impending free agents away for something before they walk for free. Yay?  

Carolina Hurricanes: For a team hovering around the playoff line, standing pat will always come as a surprise. I thought for sure they would ask around for a goaltender or a defenseman. Instead, they only acquired Nino Niederreiter to score more goals, but they need more help than that. Coach Rob Brind’amour has done a great job this season, but this is not the year they are targeting for a playoff run. Look for the Hurricanes to be big players come the offseason to attempt to expedite the process of being a Metropolitan Division power.