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NHL trade deadline recap: The lesser deals

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OK. I've talked about the big trades of the deadline. Now, here's a handful of other deals that went down which I feel are notable to some degree.

First, one deal from Tuesday. The Coyotes got Martin Erat (and John Mitchell) from the Capitals for Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla, and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Erat was a bust for the Caps, but maybe he can do something for Phoenix as they fight for a playoff spot. Washington... got something. Erat isn't an expiring deal, either, so that's got value.

The Senators traded away a 2014 fifth-rounder and a 2015 third-rounder to Edmonton for Ales Hemsky. Hemsky is pretty good still, at least offensively. Edmonton got something, but not a lot. They really didn't do a ton on the trade block this year. I mean, I'm not one of the guys who thought they should be trading away one of their good forwards, and they have sort of solved their goaltending, or at least addressed it. Still, rebuilding teams need assets.

The Habs got Devan Dubnyk from Nashville for "future considerations." Hey, Dubnyk was a Predator apparently. The Devils got Tuomo Ruutu, who has had a poor year, from Carolina for Andrei Loktionov, who has had a bad career, and a 2017 conditional third-rounder. Well, maybe Ruutu will pick up his play for Jersey.

The Stars and Panthers swapped goalies, as Dallas got Tim Thomas for Dan Ellis. Thomas is the better goalie, so score one for the Stars. Raphael Diaz was traded to the Rangers for a 2015 fifth-rounder. I like that for the Rangers. They had a good trade deadline. The Avalanche picked up goalie Reto Berra for a 2014 second-rounder. I guess Colorado was hoping to get a backup to take over for J.S. Giguere? It's a nice get for Calgary, though.

Busy, busy Buffalo picked up Jaroslav Halak from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller deal. Now, they've sent him to Washington, along with a third-rounder, for Michal Neuvirth and the aforementioned Klesla. Of all of Buffalo's deals, this one I like the least. I mean, Halak wasn't going to stick around in Buffalo, probably. They got something for him. However, I'm not that big on Neuvirth. Still, maybe he can be a good backup for them. That's not nothing. As for the Caps, their goaltending has been a problem, and they really want to make the playoffs. So this deal definitely makes sense for them. Even if they still have three goalies.

Lastly, the Red Wings got David Legwand, a local product, from Nashville for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok, and a 2014 third-round pick. This is notable because Legwand is Mr. Predator. He was their first ever pick, and he played his entire career with them. Until now. He's still a good player, and the Red Wings didn't give away a ton to get him. Eaves was an afterthought for Detroit, and there are a dozen players thought of more highly than Jarnkrok in their pipeline. I don't know the condition of the pick, but if it is contingent on the Wings making the playoffs, I don't think Nashville will get it. Pavel Datsyuk is out three weeks. This team won't make the postseason.

So, that's it. The trade deadline is over. It was the most intriguing one in recent memory. Nothing huge, but some good stuff definitely. Buffalo did really well. I think the Rangers did well too. Now, let us settle in for the homestretch.

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