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NHL Trade Deadline: The Fallout

The Bruins stood pat in this trade deadline but the Marrian Hossa sweepstakes still took a surprising twist when the Pittsburgh Penguins made the best offer to land the high-impact forward…

Noticeable trades:

  • Atlanta traded forwards Marrian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh for prospect Angelo Esposito, forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen and a first-round pick.

Luc’s take: It’s always interesting to see a team who was barely mentioned as a suitor emerge as the sweepstakes winner. Pittsburgh paid a premium to acquire Marrian Hossa, but that’s not surprising if you look at the price Nashville paid, at the time, to acquire Peter Forsberg. If Pittsburgh is able to re-sign Hossa (he’s an unrestricted free agent [UFA] at the end of the season), they will emerge as the winner of this trade. If not, Atlanta might have the advantage. For now, Pittsburgh got a huge lift and with Crosby and Malkin, and the Pens will be the official “offensive powerhouse” of the Eastern Conference.

  • Tampa Bay traded forward Brad Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist to Dallas for goaltender Mike Smith and forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern.

Luc’s take: Tampa Bay gave a very good young player but had to address their most pressing issue: goaltending. Dallas acquired an excellent player who should make sparks with an experienced player like Mike Modano. In this case, both teams have won the trade…

  • Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Brian Campbell to the San Jose Sharks in exchange of forward Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick.

Luc’s take: San Jose has been looking for that puck-moving defenseman since the beginning of the season. Campbell will help them in that regard but there’s no guarantee that Campbell will re-sign (he’s an UFA at the end of the season) with the team. Bernier is a promising young player who played limited minutes in San Jose but will contribute regularly in Buffalo.

Winners: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Colorado

Losers: Montreal, Ottawa

For a complete recap of the NHL trade deadline, check out TSN’s trade deadline coverage.

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