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Eastern Conference Winners & Losers At The NHL Trade Deadline

The Eastern Conference has been the better of two divisions over the last few years. And looking at the division now with the Tampa Bay Lightning already at the 100 points 62 games into the season, the Eastern Conference has the biggest fish in the sea right now. Which means all the other contending teams have to go out and improve to make themselves compete vs Tampa Bay.

Winners: 

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets: No argument here. The Blue Jackets only have 3 draft picks this draft but they acquire a top-30 NHL player(Matt Duchene), an up and coming forward (Ryan Dzingel) who will need no time to adjust to the NHL as he has proven to be a top-six guy. In addition they add Keith Kinkaid who has had a rough season in New Jersey this year but a lot of that is due to the players in front of him. Never hurts to add a back up goalie. Finally, Adam McQuaid, depth is big in the playoffs and so is physicality and size. The playoffs are a different game and it gets more physical and guys like McQuaid who can kill a penalty and play the number six/seven role on Columbus is a perfect fit. In all honesty, with the way the Penguins and Capitals have looked this season, the Blue Jackets now have a legitimate shot at the Conference finals. As long as the Islanders do not upset them and Sergei Bobrovsky comes to play.
  2. Boston Bruins: The Bruins are well aware that they are not the top-dog in the East anymore. They have to make their roster especially their front end just as good if not better than Tampa Bay and Toronto. They did exactly that by adding Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. Johansson now slots in at line two with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk and Coyle is a third line center. Depth down the middle and on the wing is big. Johansson is not the biggest playoff performer but he is finally getting healthy and could hit his stride here for Boston.
  3. Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres back end is really their biggest concern they lack consistency and depth there is no denying that. Their offense can definitely be more consistent too but the Sabres are losing games 5-4 too often. With the addition of Brandon Montour it really helps bolster this blue line for a possible playoff push but also further down the road. Montour provide his worth at the NHL level last season and has 25 points this season already on pace to surpass his 32 points last season.

Losers: 

  1. Florida Panthers: They are out of a playoff spot perhaps but they needed to do something in my opinion, maybe they are waiting for the off-season but the Panthers have Mike Hoffman, Alexsander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadanov on the front end they should be a better team. Adding some depth up front or a goalie would have been smart but the Panthers again stay still and do not improve and miss the playoffs.
  2. Washington Capitals: Coming off a Stanley Cup and all you add is Carl Hagelin is not going to cut it. Sure, Hagelin has playoff experience and adds some depth but the Capitals have been a disaster on the back end, they needed add some defensive depth and not doing so really hurts them. I don’t think we see this team play the same way they did last playoffs come this playoff run. For sure losers by adding just a bottom-six forward.
  3. Carolina Hurricanes: Currently in a playoff spot, have not made the playoffs in nine years, so much talk about re-location. Give the fans something to look forward too maybe a playoff series that is? Not just the hopes of a playoff spot. The Hurricanes have so much cap room too that they are just not using or waiting to spend on Aho. They did Nino Niederreiter but they need a little more fire power on the front end. A guy like Kevin Fiala could of helped, Tanner Pearson, Derick Brassard, Marcus Johansson. I don’t know for a team that is playing well and has a chance to sneak in and make the playoffs to do nothing is not great. They may have been bounced in the first round but at least making the playoffs gets the fans excited and puts the Hurricanes some what back on the map.
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New Jersey Devils F Marcus Johansson Is A Name To Watch At The Trade Deadline

It has been a bit of a rough stretch in New Jersey for the once hopeful and highly sought out forward. But Johansson played just 29 games last season due to injuries and has missed 12 games this season. Johansson spent 6.5 years in Washington where he recorded five 40+ point seasons and never really lived up to that expectation in New Jersey. Now as the Devils go from a playoff team to a re-tooling situation, Johansson is one of those players that has not been spoken about much this trade deadline. He is a UFA (unrestricted free agent) at the end of this year, on a 4.8 million dollar deal and probably will not get much more than that due to his lack of production/presence in New Jersey. Plus he is 28-years-old and definitely a player that can be very valuable on a contending playoff team.

Although the price for Johansson may not be as much as Ray Shero and Devils fans except they can still receive a 2nd round pick and prospect for Johansson, or possibly a borderline top-four defenseman and pick. The price will vary depending on how desperate a team is.

Johansson is showing his worth more now as he continues to stay healthy and produce. In his last 11 games he has 5 goals and 5 assists, and in his last 25 games he has 8 goals and 9 assists. Johansson has 25 points in 46 games (11G, 14A, 9PPP, 94 SOG). He is not a name we have heard thrown around much but Ray Shero is at a cross road, re-sign the unpredictable and injury prone forward or trade him to a contending team to at least get something in return. I would have to guess if Johansson does not get traded this deadline he will not re-sign in New Jersey. Shero is not the type of GM to wait until the last second to make a deal either. I would not be surprised to see Johansson’s name thrown around more so over the next 3-4 days.