Rants & Musings : Another Deadline Comes And Goes

The NHL had itself any crazy deadline that saw some big names move and some big names stay put.

Here is the complete list of transactions from the final 36 before Wednesday afternoon's trade deadline.

Los Angeles Acquires San Jose Acquires
F James Livingston Conditional 7th-Round Pick (2016)
Columbus Acquires Tampa Bay Acquires
F Dana Tyrell F Jonathan Marchessault
D Matt Taormina F Dalton Smith
Pittsburgh Acquires Calgary Acquires
F Lee Stempniak 3rd Round Pick
Anaheim Acquires Ottawa Acquires
F Andre Petersson D Alex Grant
Washington Acquires Buffalo Acquires
G Jaroslav Halak G Michal Neuvirth
3rd Round Pick (2015) D Rostislav Klesla
Minnesota Acquires Buffalo Acquires
F Matt Moulson F Torrey Mitchell
F Cody McCormick 2nd-Round Pick (2014)
2nd-Round Pick (2016)
Montreal Acquires NY Islanders Acquire
F Thomas Vanek F Sebastien Collberg
Conditional 5th Round Pick (2014) Conditional 2nd Round Pick (2014)
Detroit Acquires Nashville Acquires
F David Legwand F Patrick Eaves
F Calle Jarnkrok
3rd Round Pick
Colorado Acquires Calgary Acquires
G Reto Berra 2nd Round Pick (2014)
NY Rangers Acquire Vancouver Acquires
D Raphael Diaz 5th Round Pick
Boston Acquires Philadelphia Acquires
D Andrej Meszaros 3rd Round Pick
Columbus Acquires Edmonton Acquires
D Nick Schultz 5th Round Pick
Dallas Acquires Florida Acquires
G Tim Thomas G Dan Ellis
New Jersey Acquires Carolina Acquires
F Tuomo Ruutu F Andrei Loktionov
Conditional 3rd Round Pick (2017)
Pittsburgh Acquires Florida Acquires
F Marcel Goc 5th Round Pick (2014)
3rd Round Pick (2015)
Los Angeles Acquires Columbus Acquires
F Marian Gaborik F Matt Frattin
2nd Round Pick
Conditional 3rd Round Pick
Montreal Acquires Nashville Acquires
G Devan Dubnyk Future Considerations
Los Angeles Acquires Buffalo Acquires
D Brayden McNabb F Hudson Fasching
F Jonathan Parker D Nicolas Deslauriers
2nd Round Pick (2014)
2nd Round Pick (2015)
Ottawa Acquires Edmonton Acquires
F Ales Hemsky 5th Round Pick (2014)
3rd Round Pick (2015)
NY Rangers Acquire Tampa Bay Acquires
F Martin St. Louis F Ryan Callahan
1st Round Pick (2015)
Conditional 2nd Round Pick (2014)
Phoenix Acquires Washington Acquires
F Martin Erat F Chris Brown
F John Mitchell D Rostislav Klesla
4nd Round Pick (2015)
Chicago Acquires Phoenix Acquires
D David Rundblad 2nd Round Pick (2014)
D Mathieu Brisebois
Florida Acquires Vancouver Acquires
G Roberto Luongo G Jacob Markstrom
F Steven Anthony F Shawn Matthias
Philadelphia Acquires NY Islanders Acquire
D Andrew MacDonald 3rd Round Pick (2014)
2nd Round Pick (2015)
F Matt Mangene
Ottawa Acquires Vancouver Acquires
D Patrick Mullen F Jeff Costello
Anaheim Acquires Dallas Acquires
D Stephane Robidas Conditional 4th Round Pick (2014)
Edmonton Acquires Anaheim Acquires
G Viktor Fasth 5th Round Pick (2014)
3rd Round Pick (2015)
Minnesota Acquires Edmonton Acquires
G Ilya Bryzgalov 4th Round Pick (2014)
Washington Acquires Anaheim Acquires
F Dustin Penner 4th Round Pick (2014)
Montreal Acquires Florida Acquires
D Mike Weaver 5th Round Pick (2015)

As I fully expected, Stan Bowman remained quiet and did not make any major moves because he didn't have to. Bowman does a great job of building a team to win now while always keeping his focus on the future as well. He was not going to risk that future in order to overreact to what other teams do. Bowman added to the defensive depth by giving up a 2nd round pick to the Coyotes for David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois. When this move was made on Tuesday I thought it meant Sheldon Brookbank would get moved on Wednesday but that never came to fruition. The Hawks are currently carrying eight defensemen, so we might see if Rundblad can play wing on the 3rd line. When Bowman traded Brandon Pirri on Sunday, there was a lot of reaction of how "little" of a return the Hawks got back from Florida. Considering guys like Dustin Penner, Ilya Bryzgalov, Stepane Robidas, and Tomas Vanek got traded for less than Pirri, I think Bowman did a pretty good job.

So who won the trade deadline? Only time will tell but I like what the Wild and Ducks did. Minnesota is taking a low risk, high reward gamble on Bryzgalov and Matt Moulson will add to their scoring depth that was so desperately needed. A guy like Robidas is not going to get a fan base excited, but he will be a great fit on a already very good team. I like the Canadiens picking up Vanek for very little. If the Habs do not make the playoffs the picks involved in the trade get sent right back. The Kings added Marian Gaborik who, if he can stay healthy, will add some offense to the Los Angeles lineup. Tim Murray did a great job in Buffalo loading up on draft picks for a team looking to rebuild.

The two biggest losers of the deadline were Garth Snow and Mike Gillis. Snow gave up Moulson, a 1st and 2nd round pick in order to get Vanek early in the season. He then flipped Vanek for a mid level prospect and a conditional 2nd round pick. In less than a year the Canucks have gone from Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider in net to Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom, I fully expect these two boobs sitting next Jay Feaster during TSN's deadline coverage next season.

So the rosters are set for the final run of the regular season as the teams set themselves up to try and win the best trophy in all of sports.  This is better than Christmas!