Anaheim Ducks - All in all the Ducks added two picks and Stephane Robidas for their playoff run and subtracted Viktor Fasth and Dustin Penner from the roster. This team is deep and has a great combination of veteran leadership and exuberant youth. Originally mentioned in Thomas Vanek rumors, Anaheim was right not to overpay for him. Watch out for the Ducks.
Boston Bruins - They were fairly quiet this year, only adding Andrej Meszaros from Philadelphia for a 3rd Rounder and claiming Corey Potter off waivers. Defensive depth was their biggest concern and that's what they found. Much like the Ducks, they have a great mix to their squad.
Buffalo Sabres - Now this was a fire sale. Follow me here: Miller, Ott, Brayden McNabb, Moulson, Jonathan Parker, Jaroslav Halak, Cody McCormick, two 2nd Rounders, one 3rd Rounder out. Chris Stewart, William Carrier, Torrey Mitchell, Cory Conacher, Rostislav Klesla, Michal Neuvirth, Nicolas Deslauriers, Hudson Fasching, one 1st Rounder, two 2nd Rounders and a 3rd Rounder in. This is going to be something to keep an eye on.
Calgary Flames - Brian Burke made it very clear today that while Lee Stempniak, Chris Butler and Mike Cammalleri were available he preferred to keep them. Only Stempniak moved on (to Pittsburgh) for a 3rd Rounder and Colorado overpaid for Reto Berra with a 2nd Rounder. Burke will try to swoon Cammalleri into being a part of the rebuild.
Carolina Hurricanes - They shed the Tuomo Ruutu contract and bring in Andrei Loktionov and a 2017 3rd Round pick. Sitting six points out of the final Wild Card spot, the Canes are going to have to pull it together with their current roster to make a go of it. There is a lot of talent there - it just might happen. By the way, Nathan Gerbe is still one of my favorites in the league.
Chicago Blackhawks - Silent on Deadline Day, the Hawks' previous moves were sending Brandon Pirri to Florida for two picks and acquiring David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix for a 2nd Rounder. They tinkered. That's all you have to do when you're the Hawks. Why mess with it?
Colorado Avalanche - A little over payment to Calgary for goalie Reto Berra described by Joe Sakic as "an insurance policy on Jiggy's back" is the only move they made. This team has a lot of character. If anything, another playoff tested defenseman could have helped, but tough to say if the deal was there for them. Regardless, Roy has his team ready.
Columbus Blue Jackets - I really liked their moves today as they sent Marian Gaborik to LA for Matt Frattin, a 2nd Rounder and a conditional 3rd and added Nick Schultz for just a 5th Rounder. That being the kind of pick up I expected from the Avs. Schultz is an underrated addition and moving on from Gabby's contract may really open things up for 2014-15. Currently clinging to the final Wild Card spot, it would be great to see Columbus make the post season.
Dallas Stars - Stephane Robidas is out and former Cup winner Tim Thomas is in to back up Kari Lehtonen. Another team who will be in a fight to the end, adding Thomas while moving out Dan Ellis will allow them to give Lehtonen a rest a little more frequently. It's up to Benn and Seguin to carry this team.
Detroit Red Wings - Rumored to be hot after Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff, but unwilling to split from its youth, the Winged Wheels plucked David Legwand from Nashville for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jamkrok and a conditional 3rd Rounder. He's a nice replacement for the Stephen Weiss experiment that has gone oh so wrong and filling in minutes for the injured Henrik Zetterberg leading up to their playoff push. I fully expected Olli Jokinen here as well. I'm surprised this was their only move.
Edmonton Oilers - They still leave A LOT to be desired, but I love the decisions they made with their crease. Bryzgalov is gone and Viktor Fasth is in just after they extend Ben Scrivens. They bring in a couple of picks for finally moving on from franchise mainstay Ales Hemsky and get a pick for Nick Schultz. Gagner surprisingly stayed and the Eberle rumors cooled quickly as the day went on. What's the next step for this team? They'll need to continue to build their defense in the offseason.
Florida Panthers - Bringing Roberto Luongo back is enough for their Deadline activity to be a win. He can attract other free agents and he's a local favorite. A couple of picks for Marcel Goc and giving Brad Boyes an extension gave the franchise some flexibility. They can hit the upswing quickly with a few solid moves. Brandon Pirri panning out would be a big help.
LA Kings - Adding Gaborik is a flashy move and will hopefully add scoring punch for the playoffs. What I liked even more was the addition of Brayden McNabb. A big defenseman who moves well for his size and hits like a truck load of bricks. He may not step in right away, most likely next season. This LA blue line is going to be tough for a long time.
Minnesota Wild - Adding Moulson is nice and McCormick will be loved, but what this team did in net is just flat out scary. Halak and Brodeur were out there - who knows what Tim Murray and Lou Lamoriello were asking for, but was it really too much to go spend that they felt Bryzgalov was the answer instead? I hope Backstrom and/or Harding are simply due back sooner than expected.
Montreal Canadiens - Defensive depth (Mike Weaver), goaltending security (Devan Dubnyk) and a goal scorer (Thomas Vanek) all at a relatively low cost: a 5th Rounder, future considerations and a 2nd Rounder and prospect Sebastian Collberg, respectively. A good haul for Marc Bergevin heading into the playoffs. Now that's bargain shopping.
Nashville Predators - A tough deadline call for the Preds as the first ever selection in franchise history was dealt to a rival - David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings. The only good news out of this deadline is that Pekka Rinne has returned. A tough season for Nashville, but this team will rebound next year.
New Jersey Devils - Welp, Lou decided to keep Marty Brodeur around. Whether he didn't get the deal he wanted or if it was a sentimental decision, we'll probably never know. For what feels like the first time in forever, we didn't see Jaromir Jagr get moved. The Devils actually brought in the oft-injured, but valuable Tuomo Ruutu. They're ready to make a go of it.
New York Islanders - What a mess. I don't care how close Charles Wang and Garth Snow are, Snow has to be gone, right? A 2nd and 3rd for Andrew MacDonald wasn't so bad, but Snow will likely never wash the smell of the Thomas Vanek debacle off of him. I feel for Islanders fans. Between Snow and Mike Milbury, how was this franchise ever expected to get ahead?
New York Rangers - It's tough to move your Captain. Getting one in return makes it a little easier, though as Martin St. Louis comes into the mix. They're hoping he can rejuvenate Brad Richards and spark their second line and powerplay units. Raphael Diaz, who only cost them a 5th Rounder, maybe help out on the PP unit as well.
Ottawa Senators - I never believed those Jason Spezza rumors for a minute, but I didn't expect them to land Ales Hemsky. He's likely just a rental and will test free agency in July, but with the team only four points out of the race a guy like Hemsky might be just what the doctor ordered. Keeping leader and team anchor Chris Phillips around a little longer was a good decision.
Philadelphia Flyers - Who took Paul Holmgren's phones out of his office and chained him to his desk? Only two trades for the Flyers around this Deadline as they brought in Andrew MacDonald and swapped out Andrej Meszaros for a 3rd Rounder from Boston. At last they stand pat with two solid hockey deals. The current roster will find a way to stay afloat and stick in the playoff picture.
Phoenix Coyotes - What scares me here is that they were "watching Erat for a long time" and still traded for him. Maybe Mike Ribiero thinks there's something there to click with, but Erat is going to be a risk. Otherwise, a fairly quiet time for 'Yotes fans. Just one point out of the playoff bracket, can they catch and pass Dallas? Just for the record, I anxiously await the arrival of Max Domi in the desert.
Pittsburgh Penguins - They didn't land Ryan Kesler so they got Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak instead. Goc was the better pick up, but still I'm underwhelmed. It doesn't matter though. It's the Pens and they're loaded up front. I did expect a move for a defenseman. We'll see how it plays out without Letang and possibly Paul Martin. Veteran d-men didn't seem to come at too high of a cost throughout the day for them get into the bidding. I think Pittsburgh may regret not adding depth here.
San Jose Sharks - Rumored to be the landing spot for Thomas Vanek as recently as 24 hours ago, the only deal the Sharks made was to send James Livingston to LA for a conditional 7th Rounder. Another team who didn't feel the need to alter their lineup. I can't say I blame them.
St. Louis Blues - The Blues did all of their damage the Friday before the deadline bringing in Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. This team can outscore you, outskate you and put you through the boards. They're a legitimate threat to make a very deep playoff run. They're going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Tampa Bay Lightning - So frustrating to see it all end this way with Martin St. Louis. We'll never know exactly what transpired between St. Louis and GM Steve Yzerman, but give Yzerman credit for making the deal that St. Louis requested. Considering he was put in a tough spot, Yzerman got a hell of a return in Ryan Callahan, a 1st and conditional 2nd. Let's see if Stamkos and Callahan can create a dangerous pairing.
Toronto Maple Leafs - Kadri, Gardiner, Reimer - all in the rumor mill - all still in Toronto. In fact, the Leafs haven't made a move since January. They're hoping to finally stay healthy for a stretch and ride the wave into the post season. The off season will sure be interesting in TO.
Vancouver Canucks - The best thing GM Mike Gillis did was not make a rash decision on Ryan Kesler. He said it was going to take a lot to pry him away and he was right to stick by that demand. He may be worth more at the draft if they really do wish to move him. Missing the playoffs may be the best thing for this franchise so it's best players can have an extra month or two to get healthy.
Washington Capitals - Somehow they found a way to get away from the Martin Erat contract and added intriguing prospect Chris Brown to the mix. Dustin Penner and Jaroslav Halak also came into town as Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla held the door open for them on the way out. Halak may be a huge piece if he can withstand the change in gameplan from a strong defensive game in St. Louis to more of a run and gun look in Washington.
Winnipeg Jets - These guys left me puzzled. I figured at least Olli Jokinen would be out the door. Maybe they just want to see what Paul Maurice can do with this group. They seem to have responded to him. Perhaps they can turn things around with the same players - they just needed a new leader. Goaltending is still an issue, but with the flurry of tenders changing homes in the last week it's not hard to imagine they may find a new starter in the offseason.