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The 2014 iteration of the NHL trade deadline was just a touch more exciting than last season’s. Who was traded last year? The ghost of Tim Thomas from Boston to the Islanders so they could hit the salary floor? I think maybe Erik Cole moved from Montreal to Dallas? Regardless, this season gave us a zillion rumors with big names, and whaddya know, a few of them were even asked to swap jerseys.

One at a time now, here’s some quick reaction to every deal from the last two days, two sentences at a time.

t1-2

A 35-year-old low-pairing defenseman for a pick in a round that becomes a legit NHLer less than 10% of the time. Weaver’s solid enough that you can use him, where maybe Douglas Murray isn’t, so sure, good for Montreal

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t2-2

Ilya’s a wildly unpopular guy in the dressing room – he’s now hit Anaheim, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Minnesota – and he’s a fairly middling goaltender. If the Wild were looking for a solution in net, I’m not so sure they made a great call.

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t3-2

I love this move for the Oilers (and the Ducks had a crowded crease, so good for them too). Fasth has shown in the past that he has the potential to be an NHL starter, and with Scrivens there as well, they’ve basically done what Tampa did with success – grab a couple guys who just need a chance to start, and let the best man win.

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t5-2

I don’t entirely get why Dallas made this move, unless they intended to bring a quality defender back. The Ducks got a quality player here, and being that their team is pretty darn solid already, filling in holes like this is the right plan at the deadline.

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t6-2

The Sens get an older minor leaguer, and the Canucks get a 23-year-old well below a point-per-game in college. NHL fans, this deal does not concern you.

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t7-2

The Islanders used up every possible drop of contribution from Andrew MacDonald without having to pay him, then turned him into to two decent picks. Philadelphia gets a skilled d-man with good vision who might surprise them if they don’t ask him to play as much as he did in Long Island.

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t8-2

The Canucks managed to get a decent back-up with upside, a big, daily NHLer, and freedom from Luongo’s silly contract (which was the biggest gain for them). The Florida Panthers get one of the league’s best goalies, sooo, I’m gonna go ahead and say both sides did fine for themselves

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t9-2

David Rundblad’s actually been a pretty unlucky player over his years to date in the NHL. The Coyotes get a second, which ain’t bad, but I think the Blackhawks see something in Rundblad and believe they can unlock his potential.

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t10-2

Erat looked pretty decent in the Olympics, and has been ragingly unlucky this season (as attested by his goals-to-shots ratio), so the Coyotes may have picked up a pretty sneakily good player – they’re good at buying low. They’re also moving out all their d-men, and Klesla’s not bad, so it’ll be interesting to see what their big picture plan is.

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t31-2

I have to believe the Ducks planned to do something bigger on deadline day (bring in a high-scoring forward), because ditching your top-line right-winger who’s had playoff success in the past while heading into the post-season for any other reason is bizarre. This is now two sentences.

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t11-2

Considering how hamstrung Steve Yzerman was – disgruntled player who only wants to go to one team and won’t resign when his deal’s up in 2015 – I think he did fine in looking towards the future (he’s got Drouin in his back pocket too). On the other side, the Rangers went from middling, struggling contender to one of the best teams in the East, instantly.

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t12-2

I’m a little surprised a more legitimate Stanley Cup contender didn’t make a move to grab Hemsky, who just seems to need a better situation to really succeed. Be that as it may, the Oilers squandered his value, gave him crap for years, and moved him for picks that likely won’t amount to much, soo…pretty Oiler-y deal all around.

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t13-2

Buffalo picked up a 6’2: 18-year-old that’s threatening a point-per-game in a tough college hockey division, which is preeetty decent. And, in turn, the Kings get a guy who’s a little farther along in his development, and is putting up decent numbers in the AHL at 6’4″.

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t14-2

Oh god Carey Price’s injury is bad isn’t it. Oh god.

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t15-2

The Kings clearly needed to add goal scoring, and they managed to add a goal scoring name, but I’m not sure Gaborik is the player he used to be. Columbus is close to making playoffs, so I’m surprised they moved a guy who’d help them get there.

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t16-2

Love this trade for the Penguins. Shores up their depth at a reasonable price – almost reminds of them grabbing Jussi Jokinen for a small cost last year.

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t17-2

The Devils needed to add some offense, and Ruutu is actually a pretty decent player, but man, is he making too much money. Loktionov apparently wasn’t happy in New Jersey – I could see him being better in Carolina.

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t18-2

The Oilers have been bad for awhile now. Every player that’s been there for a chunk of that time that gets shipped out gives them a chance to try someone, anyone else…which is a positive.

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t20-2

Dallas has traded a younger, probably less capable back-up for the experienced Tim Thomas, which seems to indicate they’re serious about playoffs this year. I doubt this move effects either team too much – both Lehtonen and Luongo play a ton.

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t21-2

Boston didn’t exactly knock it out of the park on deadline day. Adding Meszaros and Potter doesn’t solidify many d-corps, let alone theirs.

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t30-2

While the return on Moulson isn’t exactly stunning, there were a lot of big fish available, and that hurt values. The Wild are immediately better for adding his scoring touch.

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t25-2

The Isles got greedy and tried to pit everyone against each other. There were too many other options, and as a result, the Canadiens stole a star for the price of a mid-to-low pair defenseman.

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t26-2

Nice pick-up for the Red Wings. They’ve got more than their share of shifty talent, nice to compliment that with a north-south guy.

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t27-2

Sure why not. Maybe Berra takes over for the aging Giguere next year.

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t28-2

I like this trade for the Sabres. Like the Lightning did with Bishop/Lindback, and like the Canucks (Lack/Markstrom) and Oilers (Scrivens/Fasth) are doing, grab as many goalies who haven’t had a shot and could be starters as possible, and give ‘em a chance to prove themselves.

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t29-2

Between Goc and Stempniak, the Pens added some quality depth today. They’ve now got a decent stable of legit NHLers surrounding their world-beating superstars.

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As of 5:00 eastern time, that’s all we’ve seen come up so far folks. Hopefully your team is better than yesterday!