The NHL’s annual trade deadline is fast approaching,with fans, bloggers and pundits alike anticipating the possibility of significant moves on deadline day. Here’s a look back at how the notable deals of last season’s trade deadline worked out.
New York Rangers trade Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett and Steve Delisle to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth-round pick in 2014.
At the time this looked like a win for the Blue Jackets, giving up three roster players for a genuine scoring star like Gaborik. As it turns out, the deal was a greater benefit to the Rangers. Brassard and Dorsett became valuable depth players for the Blueshirts. Gaborik, meanwhile, failed to help the Blue Jackets make the playoffs last season, missed most of this season to injury and isn’t expected to be re-signed. There’s speculation he could be on the move by this year’s deadline.
Buffalo Sabres trade Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to the Minnesota Wild for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 2014.
Pominville helped the Wild make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He continues to pay dividends, re-signing a multi-year deal and leading the Wild in scoring. It’ll take several seasons to determine how the return of picks and prospects pan out for the Sabres.
Ottawa Senators trade Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick in 2013.
The Senators were committed to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, forcing them to move Bishop. This trade was the steal of last year’s deadline. Bishop’s become a potential Vezina Trophy candidate this season and a significant reason why the Lightning are in playoff contention. After a promising rookie season, Conacher is struggling through the dreaded sophomore jinx. He could still have a promising future in Ottawa.
Nashville Predators trade Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for Filip Forsberg.
This deal looked bad at the time and doesn’t appear any better now. Erat seems a spent force, whose $4.5- million annual cap hit is preventing the Capitals from bolstering their roster. Forsberg has yet to prove himself at the NHL level but the 19-year-old still has promise.
The Columbus Blue Jackets trade Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a third round pick in 2015.
This move was the second-biggest steal of the 2013 trade deadline. Mason washed out as the Blue Jackets starter, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gambled on him regaining his form in Philadelphia. Mason’s solid play helped the Flyers overcome a horrible start to climb into playoff contention by the Olympic break.
The Carolina Hurricanes trade Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional pick in 2013.
This would be the third-biggest steal of last year’s deadline. Jokinen’s become an invaluable part of the Penguins roster, on pace to reach the 60-point mark for the second time in his career.