As the trade deadline has come and gone, we take a look at the winners and losers at the deadline.
Kings came into the deadline in striking distance of the wild card. They began with trading for goalie Ben Bishop, who took the Lightning to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals and a Stanley Cup berth. Bishop will be the other head of the Kings’ two-headed monster at goalie alongside Johnathan Quick. The Kings weren’t done yet, though, as they traded for the Avalanche’s six-time all-star Jarome Iginla only hours before the deadline. These moves will give the Kings a boost heading into their final 22 games of the regular season.
Washington currently sits atop its division as the playoffs near. The Capitals were expected to stay put, however, the opportunity arose and they acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues. The acquisition of Shattenkirk solidified the team’s defense and increased Washington’s odds at the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay Lightning
After two straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, the Tampa Bay Lightning were poised to be contenders for the Stanley Cup again this year. That hasn’t been the case since they lost captain Steven Stamkos early in the year. The trade deadline’s approach poised a real question: Were the Lightning buyers or sellers with the playoffs in reach? Many expected them to be buyers. The opposite occurred as the Lightning were sellers from the beginning. Tampa Bay first shipped Ben Bishop to the Kings in less than a fair trade, however, it wasn’t done yet, as the Lightning sent veteran Brian Boyle away. Only hours before the deadline, they also shipped Valtteri Filppula to the Flyers. These trades could be an indication that maybe the Lightning aren’t as close to making the playoffs as originally thought.
Disappointing isn’t even close to describing how the Stars season has gone. After being the top seed in the Western Conference last year, many people expected the Stars to get better. That didn’t happened as they are well out of the playoff picture barring a miracle. The Stars were expected to be sellers at the deadline, but they have sold more than expected, beginning with the trade of Patrick Eaves. The Stars then sent Johnny Oduya to the Blackhawks with little in return. The moves made were shocking and could come back to hurt the Stars next season.