Well, Rick Nash is still a Blue Jacket, and no trade on deadline day came near the cache of the Jeff Carter deal. I already covered a few trades earlier, most notably the Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville deal. Now, here are some other notable deals from deadline day.
Nashville made the two biggest moves of the day, as in addition to adding Kostitsyn, they added Paul Gaustad from Buffalo. For Gaustad and a fourth round pick, they gave the Sabres their first round pick this season. Gaustad, another player who is a free agent at the end of the year, is not a big scorer, but he is a good defensive forward and a penalty killer. Granted, goal prevention isn’t Nashville’s problem, but he will still help.
Clearly, the Predators are putting the emphasis on doing something this season due to the looming free agency of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. They didn’t make any huge moves, but they added a few good minor pieces without giving away anything concrete. Meanwhile, the Sabres add a pick for a player that might not be coming back. They couldn’t get rid of any of their bad contracts, but this is a good trade for them all told.
Buffalo made another notable trade, as they gave up forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver for forward Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alex Sulzer. This trade I really like for Buffalo, mostly because of Hodgson. All the players in this trade are relatively young, Sulzer is the oldest at 27, and is also probably the worst player in the trade. However, he could still have some value. Hodgson, however, I think has a bright future. This is his first full season, and he just turned 22, and he has 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games. I think, potentially, he could be a 30 goal scorer in this league. That is something Buffalo needs.
Kassian is also a rookie in his first season, and he just turned 21, and he has three goals and seven points in 27 games. Gragnani has 12 points in 44 games and is a plus-10. He’s probably the second best player in this trade. Vancouver is already loaded, so neither of these guys are likely to contribute much. Hodgson, however, I think can contribute right away for the Sabres.
The only other notable moves were made by Boston, who acquired Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau from the Islanders for a couple of minor prospects, and they got Greg Zanon from Minnesota for Steve Kampfer. None of these guys will likely contribute much, Rolston is clearly on his last legs, but the Bruins are looking to repeat, and these players will help more this year than anything they gave up.
As often seems to be the case, the hype for the NHL trade deadline exceeded the actual event. Nevertheless, the rosters for all the teams in the league are pretty much set for the year. Nashville and Los Angeles did the most at the deadline, while some teams like Washington and Toronto didn’t do much. Now, it is time for these teams to bear down and try and set themselves up for the postseason.