Winners and Losers

With the Pittsburgh Penguins adding veteran skill and leadership in captains Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames only days before the gruesome, season-ending injury to captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have my vote for the runaway winners of the trade deadline sweepstakes. Tampa Bay did alright as well, acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from Ottawa in
exchange for center Cory Conacher. Bishop’s debut with the Bolts was a career –high, 45 save night marking his third career shutout. His save percentage currently ranks 2 nd in the NHL, so time will tell if he can help pull the Lightning, who are currently four points out of top spot in the South East Division, into the playoffs. Other winners include Columbus, currently one point out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, who added superstar Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers to make a final
push and the Rangers, currently in eighth in the Eastern Conference, who may have lost Gaborik but added Derrick Brassard, Ryan Clowe and John Moore, and each scored in their debut. Finally, the trade deadline losers would have to be the Vancouver Canucks who are stuck with goalie Roberto Luongo’s contract for another TEN years and the Boston Bruins who thought they had Iginla in the bag until the phone stopped ringing at midnight. Sure, they got Jagr from Dallas, but at age 41 will he have the same impact as Iginla might have?