There is a certain mug's game element to sifting through the winners and losers or teams that achieved what they set out to do by the deadline and those who fell short. But it won't stop us from tackling the assignment.
TEAMS THAT GOT IT DONE
The best team in the NHL added a nice bit of defensive depth in Stephane Robidas, and the Ducks also streamlined their offensive group by sending Dustin Penner to Washington. Robidas is coming off a broken leg, so there is definitely a risk factor involved in this acquisition, but, with Sheldon Souray gone for the season with a wrist injury, Robidas has the chance to be a difference-maker on a club that has definite Stanley Cup aspirations.
The Blues got out ahead of the pack with the blockbuster deal that saw Ryan Miller (undefeated as a Blue) and Steve Ott come over from Buffalo for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart. The move addresses key flaws in the Blues' lineup the past couple of playoff seasons. Does the move make them the favorite to emerge from the West come playoff tournament time? Well, they're a lot closer than they were a week ago.
What's not to like about acquiring an elite, veteran goaltender who will be highly motivated and very happy in Roberto Luongo? Especially given that Vancouver is going to pay a big chunk (15 percent) of Luongo's salary and the team won't be on the hook for salary-cap penalties if Luongo retires before the end of the deal. The Panthers gave up a forward in Shawn Matthias, who has been a disappointment, and Jacob Markstrom, who has simply never lived up to his billing as the franchise goaltender of the future. Throw in the fact that GM Dale Tallon also received two draft picks (a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder) for depth forward Marcel Goc, who was dealt to Pittsburgh; unloaded Tim Thomas to Dallas for Dan Ellis; and signed Brad Boyes to a two-year deal, this was a pretty productive week for the Florida GM.
GM Marc Bergevin managed to land the top rental player on the market in Thomas Vanek without mortgaging too much -- or frankly very much -- of the Canadiens' future. Lots of teams cooled on Vanek, but he's a big body, talented and loves to play against Boston, which may or may not happen in the coming weeks.