The following article is a Guest Post. From time to time fightingforstanley.ca will feature the work of other writers with the intention of providing a different perspective on the NHL. In this instance, the following article is from Alex Jackson and it takes a look at the NHL trade-deadline. It’s winners and it’s losers.
The 2014 NHL trade window has just slammed shut. It was a fairly busy window with 20 trades between clubs and 38 players leaving for pastures new. So now the window is closed which teams were winners and who were losers?
Pittsburgh Penguins – Losers
The Metropolitan Division leaders saw centre Marcel Goc arrive from the Florida Panthers and winger Lee Sempniak come in from the Calgary Flames. Not only can you play at the 32Red online casino you can also bet with them in their sports betting section 32Red Bet and these acquisitions have seen the company lengthen the odds on the Penguins for Stanley Cup success, they’re still favourites though.
The Penguins have addressed their weakness in the bottom six, Goc’s a solid three-zone player while Stempniak can play on the third line, providing much needed cover due to Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett both being injured.
However, General Manager Ray Shero will be disappointed that he couldn’t land Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, although he may have been wise to as it would have meant the loss of star defender Derrick Pouliot. And when you consider the Penguins defensive fragilities it is probably for the best. The Pens could have done with more but they are still a solid bet for the Stanley Cup.
Detroit Red Wings – Losers
The 11-time Stanley Cup winners were another side that were unable to pry Kesler away from the Canucks, they also failed to bring in a defenseman that is capable of moving the puck. They did bring in David Legwand from Nashville Predators, in return for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round pick.
Legwand is 33-years-old and his game is declining, how much longer he’ll play for remains to be seen, what is for sure though giving the Preds a third-round pick for the veteran is highly illogical.
St. Louis Blues – Winners
The Blues are one of the hardest teams to play in the NHL and they’ve just become a lot tougher by renting goaltender Ryan Miller and agitator Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres. Granted the duo cost them a lot: goaltender Jaroslav Halak (rental), forward Chris Stewart, a first and third-round pick and a prospect.
But when you take into consideration that Miller is an upgrade on Halak between the posts it could make all the difference come the Play-Offs. With a gritty team, the Blues may reach their first final since 1970 and claim their maiden Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay-Lightening – Winners
General manager Steve Yzerman made a bold move to trade his captain Martin St-Louis, recently back from Sochi, the eight highest scorer in the NHL this season and although it looks like it may hurt short term in the long run it’s a huge deal.
They’ve got rid of a 38-year-old and in return they have got a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick this year, what’s more if the New York Rangers (St Louis’ new club) reach the Stanley Cup final this year, that second-round pick becomes a first-round pick.
So in return for allowing a player with maybe two seasons left in him they can help themselves to some of the most promising talent in the future. Out with the old in with the new has never been more relevant.