Daily Herald
NHL trade deadline winners and losers
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 3/5/2010 12:00 AM

Winners

1. Washington: Defenseman Joe Corvo will boost the power play, and Scott Walker and Eric Belanger bring grit to a Capitals team already loaded with offensive firepower.

2. Phoenix: Getting Wojtek Wolski and his big offensive upside from Colorado could be huge. Derek Morris and Mathieu Schneider should help on defense for this Western Conference dark horse.

3. Anaheim: Give GM Bob Murray credit for getting two solid defensemen in the underrated Lubomir Visnovski from the Oilers for Ryan Whitney and Aaron Ward from Carolina. The Ducks aren't throwing in the towel.

4. Pittsburgh: Alex Ponikarovsky could blossom into an even better scorer in the Penguins' system, especially if he plays with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Defenseman Jordan Leopold wasn't a bad pickup either.

5. Los Angeles: The Kings became an even tougher matchup for potential first-round playoff opponents such as the Blackhawks by adding winger Fredrik Modin and center Jeff Halpern.

Losers

1. Boston: The Bruins, with the worst offense in the league, failed to get the scorer they needed so badly. It could cost them a spot in the playoffs.

2. Philadelphia: The Flyers decided against acquiring a goaltender and will live and die with Michael Leighton down the stretch.

3. Edmonton: No team needed to shake things up more than the Oilers, who failed to move many of their unproductive players with big contracts. The Oilers are praying to win the draft lottery.

4. Vancouver: The Canucks were looking for veteran defensive help but came away from the deadline only with Andrew Alberts and Nathan Paetsch. They had better hope Willie Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa get healthy soon.

5. Blackhawks: Did the Hawks need to bring in a better goaltender than Cristobal Huet or Antti Niemi? Only time will tell. Maybe GM Stan Bowman will prove everyone wrong.