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Eastern Conference Report Card

Thursday, April 04, 2013


The lockout-shortened season moved the NHL trade deadline back into April and for a while it felt like nobody bothered to remind the league's General Managers. The majority of the 17 trades that occurred on Wednesday didn't start to churn out of the NHL's office until later in the afternoon with the deadline a mere hours away. Despite some big names heading to new destinations 48 hours prior to trade deadline day, we still got some blockbuster moves Wednesday, which included Marian Gaborik heading to Columbus and Jason Pominville going to Minnesota. Here's how the Eastern Conference clubs did on the trade front:

 

Click here to read Ryan Dadoun's Western Conference analysis.

 

Boston Bruins

 Added: Jaromir Jagr, Wade Redden, Rob Flick

Lost: Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne, Maxime Sauve, Conditional draft picks in 2013 (second round) and 2014 (seventh round)

 

The Bruins added Jaromir Jagr in a fairly unheralded move. Jagr has played well for Dallas this season and his expertise with the man advantage should help Boston's 25th ranked power play. They also picked up Wade Redden from St. Louis to bring additional depth and a veteran presence to their back end.

Patrice Bergeron's concussion is certainly disappointing news. The Bruins are expected to promote versatile forward Rich Peverley to the second line in his place and they could always use Jagr, with Tyler Seguin at center, down the road on that combination if they want.

In the end, Boston didn't give up much while improving their club's overall depth. However, not addressing Bergeron's injury directly on Wednesday may hurt them if he's out for the long run.

Grade: B

 

Buffalo Sabres

 Added: Matthew Hackett, Johan Larsson, 2013 first round pick, two 2013 second round picks, 2014 second round pick, 2015 second round pick, Conditional draft pick in 2013 (fifth round)

Lost: Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold, Robyn Regehr, 2014 fourth round pick

 

The Sabres’ lackluster 2013 campaign has put them into rebuild mode. Buffalo shipped out veteran talent, including former captain Jason Pominville, in exchange for prospects and a number of higher tier draft picks. The team entered the trade deadline with the mindset that everyone and anyone could be

had for the right price. Whether that means Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek are safe this summer is unclear.

Buffalo stockpiled a number of selections, which should help them in the future, but the subtraction of Pominville from their top-six group will further cut into the club's thin offensive attack.

Grade: C+

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Added: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Conditional draft pick in 2013 (seventh round)

Lost: Jussi Jokinen, Adam Hall, 2013 seventh round pick

 

The Hurricanes didn't end up trading defenseman Jamie McBain, but they shipped out Jussi Jokinen to Pittsburgh. Jokinen was on waivers last week so he was on borrowed time.

Joni Pitkanen, who is projected to miss the rest of the regular season with a broken left heel bone, and Justin Faulk, who could return just before the campaign ends, are significant holes to fill on the blueline. The Canes didn't come close to patching up those issues, even with the acquisition of Marc-Andre Bergeron. Trying to replace players of that importance is a very difficult task.


Grade: C

 

Florida Panthers

 Added: 2013 fourth round pick

Lost: Jerred Smithson

 

The Panthers may have been more active on the trade front had Stephen Weiss and Kris Versteeg not been sidelined with season-ending injuries. There were only murmurs about potentially dealing Versteeg but Weiss' s name was mentioned often in possible trades throughout the summer and even during the work stoppage. Now, he'll probably leave as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year unless something can be worked out quickly once his wrist is healthier.

Florida had no desire to ship out any of their younger players, which is understandable, and they didn't deal any veterans either aside from faceoff specialist Jarred Smithson, who was sent to Edmonton.

Grade: C

 

Montreal Canadiens

Added: Davis Drewiske

Lost: 2013 fifth round pick

 

The Canadiens have played consistently well throughout the season, so there wasn't any reason to shake up their core. The only move management made was adding defenseman Davis Drewiske from Los Angeles to supply depth to their back end.

Montreal deserves kudos for not over-extending on deadline day even though they were interested in bringing in Ryane Clowe, who eventually chose to go to the Rangers.


Grade: C+

 

New Jersey Devils

Added: Steve Sullivan, Matt D'Agostini, Conditional draft pick in 2015 (seventh round)

Lost: 2013 seventh round pick, Conditional draft pick in 2015 (fifth round)

 

New Jersey brought back former Devils forward Steve Sullivan on Wednesday and they acquired Matt D'Agostini, who has been skating in their top-six group in the place of injured winger Ilya Kovalchuk, from St. Louis on March 22nd.

Both players are capable of slotting up and down the team's lineup, but they probably won't have noteworthy impacts on the fantasy scene.


Grade: C

 

New York Islanders

Added: None

Lost: None

 

The Islanders weren't expected to be players on deadline day. GM Garth Snow made it known beforehand he wasn't interested in trading away prospects and he wanted to re-sign some of the club's key veterans rather than deal them away. New York inked defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to a two-year, $9.5 million extension last week and they are working on getting Mark Streit locked up as well. Starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov is also in their long-term plans.

The Isles did what was expected in terms of avoiding subtractions, but they probably should have considered adding something to their roster in an effort to get themselves into the postseason since they are so close.


Grade: C


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