The NHL Trade deadline came and went on Monday at 3 p.m. While Monday itself was rather slow, there were plenty of big deals leading up to it. Where do all the teams stand now that the dust has settled?
If you thought Toronto was bad before...the Maple Leafs made several deals with an eye towards the future as they stockpiled several draft picks. They've done a good job of tearing things down, but it may mean things get ugly for the rest of the season. Calgary also did well with their tear-down job, shipping out players like Kris Russell and Jiri Hudler.
So who got better?
The Blackhawks made multiple additions leading up to the deadline and look poised to defend their title. While everyone in the Metropolitan is staring up at the Caps, the New York Rangers acquired Eric Staal who helped lead Carolina to their surprising Stanley Cup run in 2006.
Pittsburgh has been resurgent after replacing head coach Mike Johnston with Mike Sullivan. Their defense has remained a question mark, however. The addition of the much-maligned Justin Schultz from Edmonton is a gamble that could have major dividends if it pays off. Dallas also found themselves in need of a defensive upgrade and they paid big for Russell.
As for the Caps, they added Mike Weber as depth on their blue line and upgraded their fourth line and penalty kill with the addition of Daniel Winnik. The moves may not be as splashy as what Chicago did, but when you're on top of the NHL standings, you have the luxury of not having to do much to your roster.