As the 2020 NHL trade deadline came to a close, several teams sent a message to the locker rooms. Some teams dumped salaries while others invested. In this post, we will examine the top three trade deadline winners.
The Bruins are having another successful Stanley Cup run 2020. While losing to the Blues in the Stanley Cup finals success may be in reach. Boston acquired forward Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase from Anaheim. Ritchie provides depth at the fourth line with Chris Wagner and Par Lindholm. Kase if he stays healthy pairs with second_line center David Krejci. Kase provides the scoring touch, while Ritchie adds muscle and flexibility.
If the goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak stay healthy there is no reason the Bruins cannot return to the finals. The Bruins have been holding on to first place in the Atlantic with 94 points. A second Presidents Cup Trophy is a possibility if Tampa cannot catch Boston with 87 points
Winners Tampa Bay
The Lightning has had two multiple long term winning streaks this year. Since Christmas, they have lost only four games. The only other team with multiple winning streaks are the Bruins.
At the deadline, the Lightning signed disgruntled defenseman Zach Bogosian from Buffalo. Bogosian was a steal for 1.5 million. Also, acquired was Barclay Goodrow from San Jose and forward Blake Coleman from New Jersey. Both players are proficient scorers who can help immediately. Both player’s salaries were attractive as Coleman was on the hook for 1.8,000,000 while Goodrow was just under 1,000,000 Tampa is now built for a long Stanley Cup run in 2020. However, as of Monday night veteran Stephen Stamkos has gone down with an injury. His status is not known at this time.
Losers Rangers And Panthers
In my opinion, there were several poor deals in this year’s trade activity. The first team that comes to mind is the Rangers. General Manager Jeff Gorton sent mixed signals to his fans. Signing Forward Chris Kreider to a long term deal is not enough. The Rangers are fighting for a wild card spot in the Atlantic. Just getting Kreider puts more pressure on the current group. Especially with the deep goaltending department, the Rangers have.
Team number two is the Panthers. The Panthers are also in a wild card fight at 4th place in the Atlantic. A long time favorite Vincent Trochek was dealt for prospects. Prospects are a sign that is in a rebuild and not focused on the postseason. Another disappointing team was the Capitals. The Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL this year. Veteran Illya Kovalachuck was the lone acquisition for the first-place Capitals.
As for the rest of the league, Montreal, and the Blackhawks trimmed their payroll. Any hockey fan knows its the hot goaltender that usually wins the Stanley Cup. Last season, Blues netminder Jordan Binnington was a perfect example.
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