By Gillon Gross

Winners

New York Rangers: Two trades transpired between the New York Rangers in the 2013 trade deadline, including the biggest of them all. The Rangers traded Marion Gaborik for Derek Dorsett, Derrick Brassard, John Moore, and a sixth rounder. This move is all about cap. Young guns Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, and Derek Stepan are all free agents after this season. In an ideal situation, The Rangers sign all three of them. Maybe even Ryane Clowe. Ranger fans will have trouble saying goodbye to their long time superstar, but in the offseason they would’ve had more trouble saying goodbye to some of the best young players in the league if they had not made this deal. The three additions The Rangers have received are solid all around players that will not disappoint in John Tortorella’s system. The second move looks like this: The Rangers traded a fifth, and two second round draft picks for San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. I wouldn’t consider this a “smart” move by The Rangers. Ryane Clowe may only end up playing 15 games for The Rangers this season. In the offseason his contract will expire. No three picks are worth 14 games…Except these three picks! The Rangers are now in a position where it is time to stop worrying about youth and picks. They have built up the best young core in the league. It’s worth giving up draft picks for extra pieces. Ryane Clowe proved he can be a difference maker scoring two goals and adding an assist in his Ranger debut Wednesday night. Two good moves for The New York Rangers.

Pittsburgh Penguins: The first place Penguins decided to go Rambo this trade deadline. In three trades, they gave up a grand total of four picks and three prospects for Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray. They also added Jussi Jokinen for depth while Crosby is out. Ray Shero has catapulted his team into the team to beat in the National Hockey League. For much more on The Pens trade deadline, read my article “If You Ain’t First You’re Last.”

Minnesota Wild: Although they gave up two prospects and a first round pick, Wild fans are going to like Jason Pominville. The Wild are starting to look like an elite team. Many organizations in the league would love to say their team features Zach Parise, Danny Heatly, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter, and Nicklas Backstrom. The Wild are on their way to a playoff run. Jason Pominville is going to help.

Ottawa Senators: They gave up Ben Bishop, a marginal goaltender at best. They received Cory Conacher, a 23 year old forward who already has nine goals in 35 games. The young stud has 30 goal potential. The Senators will happily take it.

Boston Bruins: The Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr and Wade Redden, pretty easily. They gave up a conditional seventh round pick, and a second round pick. They also give up two unknown prospects. With Jagr, they will surely get a player who can improve Boston’s struggling power play. Don’t under look Jagr’s ability. At age 41 the man is still elite. You can ask the players who play with him on the ice. Wade Redden is another experienced piece to throw out there on the blue line. We all know how important an experienced defense is when it comes time for the playoffs.

Buffalo Sabres: Sabres got a lot in return for Jason Pominville. Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett have good upside and a first round pick is always promising. It’s good The Sabres know that it’s time to rebuild.

Losers

Luongo and Schneider: Luongo will not be playing much down the stretch. He now must accept his role as a backup, although he is a top 15 goaltender in the league. Schneider would like to focus on a playoff run for now. Instead he feels the pressure of having a world class goaltender watching him from the bench. The situation is just simply distracting. For those of you wondering why Vancouver can’t deal Luongo, I’ll give you one word: Contract.

Tampa Bay Lightning: I understand they needed a goaltending upgrade, but GM Steve Yzerman has taken this too far. Ben Bishop has shown he can be a descent goaltender in the league. He has shown nothing more than that. The Lightning give up a young player in Cory Conacher. Conacher, 23, has a visible ability to put the puck in the net. I think The Lightning will regret this one in the future.

Washington Capitals: The Capitals refuse to rebuild. They insist on improving their team even if it means giving up young prospects. This trade deadline, The Caps gave up the fourth overall pick in the draft last year, Filip Forsberg. They received Martin Erat. The Caps need to learn their place There is no excuse for giving up young players like Forsberg for a 31 year old player like Erat.

Columbus Blue Jackets: I don’t have a problem with The Jackets desire to get a star to anchor their younger players as they mature. I just don’t feel like they have targeted the right one. Gaborik, 31, has underwent major surgery in his knees, and his hips. On top of the frequent injuries, Gaborik is painfully streaky. When he is not scoring, he is a liability. The defensive, and physical parts of his game are non-existent. Gaborik is aging quickly, and his game is faltering. The Jackets may be disappointed in the long term.

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