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The trade deadline is now behind us, and while the day started off slow, the crush at the end of the day provided hokey fans with plenty to talk about.

Below is THN's analysis of all the deals around the trade deadline, completel with instant reactions from Twitter.

For a full list of all trades from this season, check out THN.com's Trade Tracker.


To Washington: Martin Erat, Michael Latta
To Nashville: Filip Forsberg

THN's Take: Martin Erat has Alex Ovechkin to thank for his trade to the Washington Capitals because there's no way the Capitals make this trade if Ovechkin doesn't find his game and get the Capitals back into the playoff mix. They're paying a steep price for Erat, in the form of highly touted prospect Filip Forsberg, and they're taking on Erat's $4.5 million ticket each of the next two seasons. It will be interesting to see where Erat fits in with the Capitals. He's a right winger and that's a position where the Capitals already have Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward. This is the second time, meanwhile, that the Predators have traded for a Forsberg at the deadline. This one, however, has decidedly opposite intentions. Filip Forsberg is young and talented and one day might be able to fill the constant scoring void the Predators have, but he's not close to playing in the NHL yet. In fact, he's playing this season in the Allsvenskan, which is one step below the top pro league in Sweden. -KC

 


To New Jersey: Steve Sullivan
To Phoenix: Seventh round pick

THN's Take: For Steve Sullivan, it will likely end up where it all began with the New Jersey Devils. Sullivan gives the Devils some depth on the wing and he can still score if he's placed in the right role. The Devils won't be expecting miracles from the 'Timmins Tornado,' but he's already been a Devil and is a respected veteran, so he should be able to make the move to New Jersey fairly seamlessly. -KC


To Boston: Wade Redden
To St. Louis: 2014 seventh round pick

THN's Take: With the Blues acquiring Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester earlier this week, that didn't leave much room for veteran Wade Redden. Rescued from the minors after being bought out by the New York Rangers, Redden returns to the Eastern Conference in a depth role with the Bruins. As was the case with St. Louis, Redden will likely be in and out of the lineup as needs dictate and he gives the Bruins a solid veteran presence on the blueline for the stretch drive and the playoffs. -KC


To Anaheim: Matt Lombardi
To Phoenix: Brandon McMillan

THN's Take: The surprising Anaheim Ducks have been looking for depth down the middle and after acquiring Dave Steckel from the Toronto Maple Leafs, they got more help in that area with the acquisition of Matthew Lombardi, a good-skating center who can move up and down the lineup. In return, the Phoenix Coyotes got Brandon McMillan, a 23-year-old left winger who has spent the past three seasons moving up and down between the Ducks and their minor league affiliate. -KC


To Toronto: Ryan O'Byrne
To Colorado: Fourth round pick
THN's Take:
Toronto has a plethora of blueliners, but O'Byrne brings size, snarl and simplicity. A defensive defenseman who will fill the top-four role Mike Komisarek held before his ineffectiveness earned him a ticket to the minors, O'Byrne will give the team some much-needed experience on the backend, too. The Leafs are still pretty young on the blueline and O'Byrne will be a strong voice with a recent long playoff run (Montreal in 2009) on his resume. For a fourth round pick, this is a nice, no-fuss acquisition. -RK
 


To San Jose: Raffi Torres
To Phoenix: Third round pick
THN's Take:
The rehabilitated Raffi Torres was on pace for 31 points over an 82-game schedule this season, which is pretty much in line with his usual production. After trading Ryane Clowe to the Rangers earlier in the week, San Jose GM Doug Wilson needed to acquire a power winger to replace him and did that in the well-travelled Torres. And with all the draft picks the Sharks have accumulated over the past little while, they could afford to give up a third round draft choice. -KC
 


To Minnesota: Jason Pominville, 2014 fourth round pick
To Buffalo: Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett
, 2013 first round pick, 2014 second round pick
THN's Take: Buffalo was a clear seller this year and in dealing its captain, the Sabres made a big statement as to where they are right now. Having said that, GM Darcy Regier got an excellent return for Pominville. Matt Hackett is a talented goaltender who could give the Sabres starts right away, though he will probably head to AHL Rochester for now. Johan Larsson was one of Minnesota's most intriguing prospects, a two-way forward in the Sammy Pahlsson mold who was also a great leader for Sweden's international teams, particularly at the world juniors a few years ago. He too can help right away if need be. For the Wild, Pominville brings a great all-around game and obviously another character guy for a team gelling at the right time. Minnesota is duelling Vancouver for a Northwest Division title and Pominville is a big gun to add to an attack already looking nice with players such as Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and backender Ryan Suter. This is a team looking for playoff success and Pominville helps that cause. -RK

POLL: Who wins?


To Columbus: Blake Comeau
To Calgary: Fifth round pick

THN's Take: The Blue Jackets moved out three players to acquire Marian Gaborik, so we can only assume the reason they dealt for Blake Comeau was they needed some warm bodies in their lineup with NHL experience. Comeau once had the potential to be a 20-goal, 40-point guy when he played for the New York Islanders, but he's a fourth-liner now regardless of the roster. Getting a fifth-round pick for him might have been the best trade the Calgary Flames made at the deadline. -KC


To Columbus: Marian Gaborik
To NY Rangers: Derrick Brassard, John Moore, Derek Dorsett, third round pick

THN's Take: Over the past six seasons, Marian Gaborik has alternated spectacular seasons with poor ones and he's currently mired in the latter. That did not stop the Columbus Blue Jackets from trading for him and his $7.5 million cap hit for next season in exchange for three expendable roster players in Derrick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore. We're not sure anyone has ever waived his no-trade clause to go to Columbus, and the fact that Gaborik did illustrates how mightily he struggled with the Rangers this season. The Blue Jackets suddenly find themselves in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference and hope Gaborik's speed and skill could put them over the hump. But he'll have to be a far better player than the one who has two goals in his past 22 games. And just so we have this straight: The Rangers are last in offence in the NHL, so they traded Marian Gaborik and acquired Ryane Clowe? -KC


To Philadelphia: Steve Mason
To Columbus: Michael Leighton, third round pick

THN's Take: What can be said about the ongoing soap opera that is the Philadelphia Flyers crease? In acquiring Steve Mason from Columbus - the team that has seen former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky turn into a netminding star this season - the Flyers are setting themselves up for the inevitable buyout of Ilya Bryzgalov in the summer. Mason has struggled since his Calder Trophy winning rookie campaign in 2009 and Philadelphia doesn't seem to be the most nurturing environment for a player in his situation, but they'll give him a shot. Columbus gets a backup for Bobrovsky in Michael Leighton and a third round pick to restock the coffers. If anything, the Jackets have officially given the vote of confidence that Bobrovsky is 'The Man' and will continue to be for years to come. -RK


To Tampa Bay: Ben Bishop
To Ottawa: Cory Conacher, fourth round pick
THN's Take:
If Ben Bishop doesn't pan out with the Lightning, we'll be convinced that Tampa has indeed become Philadelphia south. In his bid to finally solve the Lightning's goaltending problems, GM Steve Yzerman traded for the 6-foot-7 Bishop in exchange for the 5-foot-8 Cory Conacher. But have the Lightning really answered their problems in goal? People certainly thought that over the summer when they acquired Anders Lindback. At the time, Lindback had played all of 38 NHL games. Well, guess what. Bishop has only played 36. Conacher, on the other hand, was in the running for rookie-of-the-year honors through the first half of the season, but has cooled off considerably since then. Conacher plays much bigger than his stature and has a lot of promise, but it's basically a trade of one unknown quantity for another. -KC


To Pittsburgh: Jussi Jokinen
To Carolina: Conditional draft pick

THN's Take: Nobody wanted Jokinen and his salary when Carolina waived the Finnish forward last week, but that was before Sidney Crosby broke his jaw. Now the shootout specialist and center looks a little more tempting and that's why the Penguins pulled the trigger on a deal that didn't cost them a roster player or even a prospect. Once Sid the Kid returns, Jokinen will be a depth player on a loaded team, but in the meantime, the former Cane provides skill and scoring up front. After all, Jokinen is only a few seasons removed from a 30-goal campaign and he frequently tallies at least that many assists each year. Plus, the Canes will retain some of his salary. -RK


To Edmonton: Jerred Smithson
To Florida: Fourth round pick

THN's Take: With the Edmonton Oilers so tantalizingly close to a playoff spot, they felt Jerred Smithson would put them over the top. Well, not really, but he does provide the Oilers with a hometown boy who can win faceoffs and play with some much-needed grit. The Oilers have plenty of top-shelf offensive talent. What they need is some sandpaper and leadership and Smithson supplies them with that. Nice of the Panthers to deal Smithson when he was on his way to the hospital with his wife for the birth of their child. -KC


To San Jose: Scott Hannan
To Nashville: Conditional seventh round pick

THN's Take: Sharks GM Doug Wilson claimed a few days ago that he would be both a buyer and a seller at the deadline and though his acquisition of Hannan makes that true, it sure looks like San Jose is resigned to the fact this will not be their year. Hannan was playing decent minutes in Nashville, including a lot on the penalty kill. On the negative side, the Preds have one of the worst PK units in the NHL and he's a minus-11 on a team full of plusses. Hannan is an impending free agent, a familiar face and a warm body, so for a conditional late-rounder, it's hard to find fault with this deal. But with Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray already shipped out, the optics look poor for San Jose's confidence in this season. -RK


To NY Rangers: Ryane Clowe
To San Jose: Second round pick, third round pick, conditional 2014 second round pick
THN's Take: It's been a nightmare season for the Rangers, who somehow have the worst offense in the league after acquiring Rick Nash last summer. How are they trying to improve this shortcoming at the deadline? By adding Ryane Clowe and his zero goals of course. After a few years of increasing point totals, Clowe peaked two years ago with 24 goals and 62 points and took a 17 point dip the following year. This further decline is a bad omen for the 30-year-old. He does bring a 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame and a propensity for assists, which the Rangers hope will spark some of their snipers. The Sharks pick up a few assets for a player with an expiring contract. The condition on the 2014 second round pick is if the Rangers don't re-sign Clowe or win at least two playoff rounds, the Sharks will receive a 2014 fifth-rounder instead.  -RB

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