Actually moved the Bruins up and down on this list a couple of times but ultimately settled with a "didn't quite get there" ranking. The top team in the Atlantic Division didn't get the guy it wanted in Andrew MacDonald, who went to Philadelphia on Tuesday. So GM Peter Chiarelli went to Plan B and added Andrej Meszaros, trading a third-round pick to the Flyers in the deal. Meszaros, a member of the Slovak Olympic team, was expendable based on the MacDonald trade but will get a chance to play somewhere in the top six for a Bruins team that should provide a nice fit for him. He won't necessarily replace Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for the season, but he helps fill a hole. The question is whether he fills enough of that hole.
When you give up your starting goaltender in Roberto Luongo (the second in less than a year) for very little, you're going to continue to pay some of Luongo's salary, and you're still on the hook for the penalty when/if Luongo retires before the end of the deal, that's not good. Then when you fail to deal the top player available at the deadline in Ryan Kesler to immediately stunt whatever rebuild is underway in Vancouver, well, that's pretty disappointing. Kesler may still yield a pirates' treasure trove of assets at the draft, but it's been a disappointing and in some ways embarrassing few days for a Vancouver team that is life and death to make the playoffs.
The hits just keep on coming for a team that has mishandled its assets from the moment last season ended. Instead of hitting the home run that he needed to in dealing Thomas Vanek, GM Garth Snow got hit by a pitch. Whatever he was asking and however the asking price was altered during the day, there is a chance the Islanders will have dealt the top rental player on the market for a smallish prospect playing in Sweden. If Montreal makes the playoffs, they'll get a second-round pick but also have to send a fifth back to Montreal. After they traded away a first, a second and Matt Moulson to get Vanek earlier in the season, the move turned out to be a near disaster for the Isles. Credit Snow for getting good value for Andrew MacDonald from Philadelphia (a second, a third and a prospect) but the Vanek return qualifies as a fiasco.
The Kings needed to shore up their offense as they did in 2012, but unlike the Jeff Carter addition then, it's hard to imagine the acquisition of Marian Gaborik on Wednesday will have a similar impact. Gaborik is coming off a broken collarbone, has one goal in his past 13 games, zero on the power play and has scored just six times in his past 31 postseason games (none on the power play). So, remind us again how Gaborik helps?
Not really critical of Jim Nill's deadline plan, just found it puzzling that after trading Robidas, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, the Stars held on to potential UFAs Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler. Then to complicate matters more, they added veteran netminder Thomas from Florida. How does Thomas fit with starter Kari Lehtonen, who has been pretty terrific for a Stars team looking to end a five-year playoff drought? Maybe Lehtonen pumps Thomas' tires or maybe it's the other way around, but it just seems to be a curious mix.