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Three winners and three losers from the 2017 NHL trade deadline 

The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Quite frankly, it was pretty boring this year. No big or surprising names were moved. However, there was certainly enough action to determine winners or losers of the past few days. 

Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are practically out of playoff contention at this point, but they had a solid trade deadline nonetheless. They acquired a good defensive prospect, Erik Cernak, and a few picks from Los Angeles in exchange for Ben Bishop, a player who was not coming back next year. They also got a second rounder and a good depth player, Byron Froese, in exchange for Brian Boyle. 

Steve Yzerman’s biggest pair of moves were preparations for the upcoming expansion draft. First, he dealt Valtteri Filppula and a fourth to Philadelphia for Mark Streit. Filppula has a no-movement clause, therefore Tampa Bay would have been required to protect him for the upcoming expansion draft. That is no longer an issue for them, plus Philadelphia does not have to worry about losing anyone significant up front. 

Yzerman then flipped Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth round pick, which is not a bad return for an aging defender especially with this market. 

Although on the surface it may not look like much, Tampa Bay had a great trade deadline day. 

Loser: New Jersey Devils

The Devils had a number of assets to sell on Wednesday and the days leading up to it, but they came out with virtually nothing to show for it. 

Shero started off earlier than most, trading Vernon Fiddler to Nashville a few weeks prior to the deadline for a fourth round pick. Not a bad deal, but certainly nothing to write home about. 

Today, however, was a disaster for New Jersey. They traded Kyle Quincey to Columbus for tough guy Dalton Prout, which is basically a wash. They also only got a sixth rounder for P-A Parenteau. 

The Devils were unable to move Mike Cammalleri and Keith Kinkaid amongst others as well. 

Winner: Vancouver Canucks

Although he has had some questionable moves in the past, Jim Benning was beyond successful at this year’s trade deadline. 

He turned Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, two aging forwards on close to expiring deals, into elite prospects Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin. 

Dahlen, originally a Senators pick, is tearing it up in Sweden currently and put on a great showing at the World Juniors. Currently, he is out producing Filip Forsberg when he was the same age in the same league. 

Goldobin was a first round pick a few years back for San Jose and is almost a point-per-game in the AHL this year. He is expected to play an immediate role in Vancouver. 

Benning’s past has not been great — but there is no denying that he did fantastic work this week. 

Loser: New York Islanders 

The Islanders came into the deadline with a lot of chatter, but wound up exiting with nothing. They were the only team not to make a trade this NHL season. 

Even if Garth Snow didn’t land Matt Duchene, it was expected that he would add a player to help a bubble team make the playoffs. There were multiple names, like Jordan Eberle, Anthony Duclair, and Tyler Ennis, thrown around but nothing came to fruition. 

Garth Snow failed to act this trade deadline and New York’s playoff hopes are looking dim because of it. 

Winner: Washington Capitals

Washington went for quality over quantity this trade deadline. They acquired big fish Kevin Shattenkirk from St. Louis prior to the deadline in exchange for Zach Sanford, a first round pick, and a conditional second round pick. 

The Capitals understand that their window to win is now. Shattenkirk likely won’t stay with Washington next season, so it is imperative that they go for it all this year. 

The move to get Shattenkirk was to bolster their defense, but keeping him away from Pittsburgh and New York may also have been on MacLellan’s mind. The fact that he was able to get Shattenkirk without giving up Vrana or Bowey is an immediate with for Washington. 

Loser: Montreal Canadiens 

The Canadiens were certainly the busiest team this trade deadline, but that does not mean that they made out the best. Marc Bergevin opted to go for size and grit instead of skill. 

Montreal wound up bringing in five players: Jordie Benn, Andreas Martinsen, Steve Ott, Dwight King, and Brandon Davidson. 

The Davidson trade was good because it for Desharnais off the books. However, other than that it doesn’t look too great. Montreal needed skill and they failed to add that. 

On to the playoff march we go. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles