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Who won and who lost leading up to Trade Deadline Day?

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TSN.ca Staff
2/28/2011 11:30:24 PM
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Following the 2011 trade deadline day that saw 16 trades involving 35 players and 12 draft picks, the NHL on TSN Insiders gave a quick snap shot of who they thought were some of the winners and losers from around the league.

Pierre McGuire

I think two winners on this day could end up playing each other, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. 

For the Capitals, they pick up a perfect second line centre in Jason Arnott, a very good defencemen in Dennis Wideman and they also picked up Marco Sturm off waivers. Arnott is a Stanley Cup winner and he's also a guy that can help them on their power play, which is only ranked 25th in the league. 

The Penguins were huge, picking up James Neal and Matt Niskanen, they did a lot of  really good things before the deadline.

The New York Rangers were a loser on the day.  They weren't able to get Brad Richards which they were really counting on and goaltender Martin Biron broke his collarbone in practice, that's a double whammy.

Darren Dreger

It's tough to identify one loser but the Montreal Canadiens didn't address their primary need.  Pierre Gauthier plugged some holes defensively prior to the deadline bringing in Paul Mara and Brent Sopel but if you look at the bigger picture they wanted some help up front and they didn't get that player.  Defensively they are a stronger group because of injuries and whatnot but offensively they needed a winger and they didn't fill that need.

I like what the Florida Panthers did because for them it's about building for the future.  They moved out seven NHL players and we know that Dale Tallon covets draft picks more than most general managers, he's got a first, two seconds and four thirds and counting heading into June.  

Bob McKenzie

One of the deadline winners is the Boston Bruins, based on picking up Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly.  Watching them play Vancouver, it looked like a potential Stanley Cup preview.

Jason Arnott (Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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