The dust has settled with only a few AHL trades still trickling in, the hype seemed to be worth it as most teams got involved (with a few exceptions) here are my biggest winners and losers from this years deadline
BIGGEST WINNER TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Yeah I know giving up a late first for Goodrow was a reach but he is signed for beyond this year, is a big boy who plays the body, Blake coleman does the same and will probably finish around 30 goals for the year, Bogosian has lost a step but is a bruiser and nasty essentially all three are playoff types that this club desperately needed along with offseason addition Maroon they will be hard to play against in April, May and probably June
BIGGEST LOSER TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Other than one eye raising deal after another where they added or subtracted borderline AHL forwards interchangeably they didn't do much of anything. Rumored to be dealing Barrie or Kapanen or adding desperately needed blueine help they more or less did nothing.
SECOND WINNER CAROLINA HURRICANES Yes they gave up four players for Trocheck but he filled a massive glaring hole at center, and with the defense beat up they added the two top defenders available in Sjkei and Vatanen. Chips all pushed in.
SECOND LOSER COLUMBUS BLUEJACKETS It appeared they had Athanasiou wrapped up before the Oilers snuck in at the 11th hour. Instead the team who is ravaged by injuries and defections but still somehow in the mix in desperate need of help only managed to trade Milano for Shore, a nothing deal.
THIRD WINNER EDMONTON OILERS They traded two 2nds, a 4th and a 5th but added Athanasiou, Green and Ennis to a team in need of confidence. AA and his blazing speed should fit nicely with McDavid.
FOURTH WINNER(TIE) KINGS AND DEVILS Both went full on rebuild, Toffoli, ColemanForbort, Martinez, Simmonds, Vatanen and more were moved out by the two teams for futures, both teams have decided to go full on rebuild and aggressively set about doing it.
THIRD LOSER ISLANDERS look, I love Pageau, I really do, a favorite underrated player but at a cost of a first, a second and a fourth they overpaid, THEN they spent most of the afternoon screwing around with the whole Parise thing only for Lou to back out at the last minute.
That is mine, others I thought of were Calgary who was sneaky under the radar improving the blueline towards the end, Buffalo who couldn't get out their own way and decide if they were sellers or buyers.