Thursday, March 09, 2006

Quick Overview of Deadline Deals

After today's trade deadline, here is a quick attempt to put things into perspective.

Team that made the biggest improvement for this season: Edmonton Oilers They added Dwayne Roloson and Sergei Samsonov losing only Marty Reasoner off their roster.

Team that weakened itself the most for this season: Pittsburgh Penguins Obviously, the Penguins are rebuilding. They gave up Mark Recchi and Ric Jackman, adding nobody who can fill a frontline role this year.

Team that made the biggest improvement long term: Minnesota Wild They added talented (but sometimes defensively suspect) Martin Skoula. They added a very good prospect defenceman in Shawn Belle. They picked up a first round draft pick. They do give up Willie Mitchell and free agent to be Dwayne Roloson, but this will likely pay big dividends in the future when their additions mature.

Team that weakened itself the most long term: Edmonton Oilers Gone are Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and their first and second draft picks. All for a couple rentals.

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