Hey, owner Eugene Melnyk can say the Sens are "buyers" as much as he wants, but a glance at the standings and the fact they couldn't even beat the lowly Oilers on Tuesday night suggests the Sens are just not that good. So good for GM Bryan Murray for bolstering his offense with Ales Hemsky, who has shown 20-goal skill with Edmonton but was buried by the Oilers' other high-end offensive talent and became expendable, without breaking the bank. Hemsky, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, played well at the Olympics and has a chance to remake himself with a Sens team looking for an offensive jolt in the arm. Giving up a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick is an acceptable expenditure for a rental player for a team that more often than not doesn't look like a playoff team to begin with.
This is looking like another spring without the playoffs for the Hurricanes, who haven't been to the postseason dance since 2009, but credit GM Jim Rutherford for somehow offloading Tuomo Ruutu, who has two more years left on a contract with a $4.75 annual cap hit, for a conditional third-round pick in 2017 and potentially useful forward Andrei Loktionov. Ruutu has just five goals this season, which makes you wonder just where or how he fits into the New Jersey Devils' lineup.
We actually moved the Wild from the "not so much" list to the winners' list based on the late-afternoon announcement that they acquired Matt Moulson from the Buffalo Sabres. Moulson will add to an offense that will likely face Anaheim, St. Louis or Chicago in the first round of the playoffs -- all of whom will challenge the Wild on both sides of the puck. We're still not sold on the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov as a backup to rookie Darcy Kuemper. Maybe Kuemper is "the man" and it doesn't matter who backs him up when the playoffs start. But if he falters -- and he is a rookie after all -- and the Wild's Plan B is Bryzgalov, sorry, but the confidence factor there is just north of zero. Remember Bryzgalov stumbling his way through the first two rounds of the 2012 playoffs? Flyers owner Ed Snider does, hence the buyout of Bryzgalov's whopper contract. Yes, he cost only a fourth-round pick, but as is often the case in life, you get what you pay for.
With the Red Wings battling all kinds of injuries, we like the idea of Michigan native David Legwand coming home in a way to help shore up the Red Wings' forward group. The Wings gave up a lot in Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round pick that becomes a second if Detroit makes the playoffs. But with Pavel Datsyuk still on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Legwand suddenly becomes an important factor in extending the Wings' formidable playoff streak.