Capitals

NHL Power Rankings: Trade deadline winners

Capitals

Once all the dust had settled and all the trades were in after the NHL trade deadline, it was pretty easy to pick out who the biggest winners were.

The Capitals hold the best record in the NHL and they landed the top prize on the market in defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The fact that they were able to get him without trading away a regular piece of their lineup will go a long way towards maintaining the chemistry that has been such a major part of the team's success this season.

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Another big winner is Minnesota. The Wild paid too much to get Martin Hanzal, but he is a very good player and it didn't cost them anything from their very deep prospect pool.

There were other notable moves, such as Jarome Iginla going to Los Angeles and Thomas Vanek getting shipped to Florida. Pittsburgh also bolstered its defensive depth, which they desperately needed.

But how much have these moves shifted the landscape of the NHL? How much better does Shattenkirk make Washington and how much worse does his absence make St. Louis? Is Minnesota now the team to beat in the West? Did Pittsburgh add the final pieces needed to repeat as champs?

Find out where all the teams stand after the trade deadline with this week's NHL Power Rankings.