The NHL trade deadline was like the Fourth of July without fireworks. Because several key players were dealt before Wednesday, this year’s event had few sparklers and big bangs.
Here is our look at the winners and losers, including what happened in the days leading up to deadline day.
1. Washington Capitals: The No. 1 team in the NHL, boasting the league’s best goals-against average and No. 3 offense, added the top prize in the marketplace, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: You knew general manager Jim Rutherford wouldn’t let that stand with no response. The Penguins, who earlier added defenseman Ron Hainsey (Carolina Hurricanes), acquired Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers by way of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two have a combined 1,658 games of NHL experience.
3. Vancouver Canucks: By trading away Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators and Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks, they added two intriguing forward prospects (Jonathan Dahlen from Ottawa and Nikolay Goldobin from San Jose). Plus, a fourth-round pick becomes a…