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Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals Of 2013

Trade Deadline has come and gone, thankfully.  On one hand, I should be happy that Tambellini didn’t fart up the team by trading a defenceman for a lesser defenceman.  On the other hand, this team is supposedly contending for the playoffs, a little help?

Here are my top five deals.  Your mileage may vary.

1) COLUMBUS acquires Marian Gaborik for three players and a pick from the Rangers

Holy jumping crows.  If you don’t know who Jarmo Kekalainen is yet, do yourself the justice and find out. Columbus trades Derek DorsettJohn MooreDerick Brassard and a sixth round pick to the Rangers for Marian Gaborik.  Gaborik had to waive his no trade clause to go to Columbus.  Think he would’ve done that two years ago?  Last year?  The Blue Jackets are real, my friend.  Gaborik is a huuuuge push for the Blue Jackets who are battling with the Oilers for a playoff spot in the West.

2) BUFFALO acquires Matt Hackett (G) Johan Larsson (F), a first round pick in 2013 and a second round pick in 2014 from Minnesota for Jason Pominville.

I’m not a big fan of rebuilds (hint, hint), but if you’re Buffalo, you’re happy about getting two legit prospects and two picks.  Would be more excited about Larsson, who’s 20 years old and has hit 37 points with the Houston Aeros.  As for Pominville, the Wild get big piece for their playoff push, but the Sabres got more for Pominville than Calgary got for Iginla.  Quality for quality.

3) NASHVILLE acquires Filip Forsberg from Washington for Martin Erat and Michael Latta

What the hell are the Caps doing?  They just traded their 2012 first round pick to the Caps for a 31 year old Martin Erat? Erat will help in the immediate,  but I can’t understand why the Caps would trade their first round pick for it.  At two points away from the division lead, Washington still has a chance to make a go of it.  Still, Nashville made out like a bandit here.

4) OTTAWA acquires Cory Conacher and a fourth round pick from the Lightning for Ben Bishop

Tampa lightens the crease in Ottawa, but give up Cory Conacher in the process.  In 35 games, the 23 year old Conacher has 24 points in his rookie campaign.  Tampa gets better in goal, but Conacher is a tall drink of water on an injury riddled Ottawa team.

5) PITTSBURGH acquires Jussi Jokinen for a seventh round pick from Carolina

The NHL passed on Jokinen when he hit the waiver wire a couple of weeks ago, but the Penguins got him for almost nothing today. With Sidney Crosby out with a broken jaw, Jokinen will come help shore up the bottom of the forwards while the top move up a line.  Jokinen scored 46 points last season, and his stock will likely rise as a member of a potent Pittsburgh team.

Honourable Mention: Columbus trading Steve Mason to the Flyers for Michael Leighton and a third round pick. Get that Kekalainen guy on line one.

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