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Eastern Deadline Grades

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New York Rangers

Added: John Scott, Mike Vernace, Casey Wellman, Panthers' 2013 third round pick  

Lost: Wojtek Wolski, Erik Christensen, Rangers' 2012 fifth round pick, Rangers' 2013 seventh round pick

The Rangers were thought to be one of the front-runners for Columbus' star player Rick Nash, but they didn't want to meet the Blue Jackets' steep price tag to get the deal done.  When the dust settled the Blueshirts added a towering depth defender in John Scott and they acquired a pair of players to help their minor-league affiliate in Connecticut. 

Grade: B-


Ottawa Senators

Added: Matt Gilroy, Ben Bishop

Lost: Brian Lee, Senators' 2013 second round pick  

Quite a reversal for the Senators at this year's trade deadline compared to last year when they were selling off glue players .  Ottawa is in the thick of the battle for a playoff spot, so they kept relatively silent on the trade front.  They did pull off one deal on Monday by sending Brian Lee to Tampa Bay in exchange for fellow defenseman Matt Gilroy.  Both players have gone relatively unnoticed in most circles despite the fact that they are playing fairly well this season. Gilroy adds another puck mover to the Senators' blueline and he should get time on the team's third pairing.  They also received minor-league goalie Ben Bishop for a draft pick to help add organizational depth in the crease, which they needed as insurance due to Craig Anderson's hand injury.    

Grade: B


Philadelphia Flyers

Added: Pavel Kubina, Nicklas Grossman, Matt Ford  

Lost: Jon Kalinski, Kevin Marshall, Flyers' second round pick in 2012 or 2013, Flyers' 2013 fourth round pick , Wild's 2013 third round pick, Kings' 2012 second round pick

Philadelphia moved picks and prospects in February before deadline day for a pair of defensemen and a minor-league forward.  Kubina and Grossman were brought in to help shore up a Flyers' defensive corps that has played the majority of the 2011-12 campaign without captain Chris Pronger.  Philadelphia fielded calls from other organizations for James van Riemdsyk, but it should come as no surprise that nothing happened there. 

Grade: B+


Pittsburgh Penguins

Added: N/A

Lost: N/A

The Penguins didn't do anything of note in February when it came to adding or subtracting players from their roster.  They are waiting patiently for a possible return of superstar captain Sidney Crosby.  If he is able to come back before the end of the regular or in the post-season then that would have a greater impact than anything any other team did or could do in the trade market.  However, Pittsburgh probably should've looked harder into obtaining some defensive assistance because of the struggles of some of their key blueliners this year.

Grade: C     


Tampa Bay Lightning

Added: Brian Lee, Keith Aulie, Mike Commodore, Brandon Segal, Jon Kalinski, Detroit's 2012 first round pick, Flyers' second round pick in 2012 or 2013, Flyers' 2013 fourth round pick, Sharks' 2012 second round pick   

Lost: Steve Downie, Pavel Kubina, Dominic Moore, Matt Gilroy, Carter Ashton, Kyle Quincey, Sebastien Piche, Matt Fornataro, Lightning's 2013 seventh round pick (conditional), Lightning's 2012 seventh round pick

The Tampa Bay Lightning were the only true seller this year and general manager Steve Yzerman was busy making moves as a result.  He stockpiled picks and prospects in exchange for some roster players.  Brian Lee and Mike Commodore have a chance to close out the season with the Bolts, but every other move was made with the future in mind and they did pretty well for themselves. 

Grade: B


Toronto Maple Leafs

Added: Carter Ashton, Mark Fraser

Lost: Keith Aulie, Dale Mitchell

Toronto made a couple of trades to bolster their minor-league franchise, but other than that it was a quiet day in Leaf land.  The Buds made it known that Mikhail Grabovski wouldn't be dealt elsewhere on Monday because they are optimistic about re-signing him and General Manager Brian Burke commented that he did not want to deconstruct a club that he just put together.  While some may be disappointed with the decision, it shows that the Toronto GM isn't panicking despite the team's recent funk and the acquisition of former first-round selection Carter Ashton should be viewed as a solid "hockey trade."   

Grade: C+


Washington Capitals

Added: Mike Carman

Lost: Danny Richmond

The Capitals pulled off that AHL deal at the beginning of February and remained silent leading up to the deadline despite rumors surrounding veterans Roman Hamrlik and Mike Knuble.  Washington placed top center Nicklas Backstrom on long-term injured reserve earlier in the day in case a deal presented itself, but nothing ended up happening. 

Grade: C-


Winnipeg Jets

Added: Grant Clitsome, Maxime Macenauer, Blackhawks' 2013 second and third round picks

Lost: Johnny Oduya, Riley Holzapfel

Winnipeg picked defenseman Grant Clitsome off waivers from Columbus on Monday, which made pending unrestricted free agent Johnny Oduya expendable.  He was sent to Chicago for a pair of draft picks and Macenauer was acquired from Anaheim earlier this month in a minor-league transaction.  The Jets didn't have many moves to make going into the deadline, but they did end up with some value when it was all said and done.   

Grade: C+  

Corey Abbott is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him Twitter @CoreAbbott.
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