Some random thoughts on the NHL trade deadline:
- League parity has brought sanity to the NHL Trade Deadline. We're not seeing crazy, outrageous deals like we used to. Teams are valuing their prospects and draft picks more. The haves and have-nots are closer to each other than ever before.
- The one outrageous deal in my mind was Vegas trading a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Tomas Tatar and his expensive contract. Tatar is a good player, but he won't make the shockingly good Knights that much better. Three years from now the Knights will regret this trade
- Over the span of a few days of the trade deadline, the New York Rangers started their rebuild and are already ahead of Buffalo and Vancouver, both of whom have been rebuilding for years now.
- I did like the Brendan Liepsic gamble by the Canucks. If all works out it won't be a home run, but a base hit. Still, the Canucks gave up nothing.
- The Thomas Vanek trade does not look as good for Vancouver. I do not doubt that that was the only deal the Canucks had, and after getting nothing for Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis a couple of years ago, I guess the optics demanded the Canucks do something. There was very little time for landing more for Vanek. The Canucks had to wait for Rick Nash, Evander Kane and Patrick Maroon to move first, and the last two moved just minutes before the deadline, too.
- The Lightning and Rangers stole the show with the blockbuster. Both teams are going to be very happy with the transaction - a rarity in looking back on trades.
- Winnipeg made an aggressive move to land Paul Stastny, who is an excellent fit there. The Jets are a team to be taken very seriously in the West, though Nashville is still number one in my books.
- The Canadian media played up the Erik Karlsson trade possibilities very highly, but it was never likely he was going to be traded in season. Maybe this summer though.