Well, the trades are now officially over.
The 2014 NHL Trade Deadline proved that no goalie and/or 4th-5th round pick is safe once the deadline creeps closer.
The Rangers made a highly questionable trade that saw them obtain Martin St. Louis and give up their captain in the process.
The Panthers acquired Roberto Luongo to reunite the NHL’s biggest enemies to only end up trading away the other half today.
The Devils made their single move in trading Andrei Loktionov and a draft pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for Ruutu.
The Islanders barely got rid of Vanek but ended up trading him for…well…nothing. They practically gave him away today.
Before the madness kicked in these past two days, Ryan Miller was finally dealt by the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo received quite the package in return.
I can’t exactly pinpoint who the winners are (mainly because so many teams have traded) but I do know that the losers are the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Vancouver Canucks.
Seriously, what are the Canucks doing? Trade away your two starters and get no one that has definitively proven themselves in the NHL. The Islanders and Rangers made questionable trades as well.
Only time will tell to see if the trades that more than half of the teams in the NHL made will pan out in the long run or hurt the team.
For the Devils, they acquired a guy who may have a big salary to deal with but Ruutu has the “in your face” attitude that the Devils need on the fore check right now.