The annual NHL Trade Deadline came and went on March 5th and the local teams were all active at or near the deadline.
Let’s take a look at what the Devils, Rangers, Islanders and Flyers did at the deadline.
The Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew McDonald from the New York Islanders while also sending defenseman Andrej Mezaros to the Boston Bruins.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
The Islanders tried their best to undo a poor trade from earlier in the season which saw them acquire Thomas Vanek at a steep price which included Matt Moulson and a 1st round pick. Vanek made it clear he did not want to sign a contract with the Islanders beyond this season so they opted to trade him before losing him for nothing. Vanek goes to Montreal for a 2nd round pick.
NEW YORK RANGERS
In typical Broadway fashion the Rangers made the biggest splash in the trade pool when they acquired star forward Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay. He’s one of the top scorers in the league but at age 38, he came at the steep price of Ryan Callahan, a 1st round pick and a conditional 2nd round pick. The Rangers gave up quite a bit in this deal and are hoping St Louis is enough to push the team deep into the playoffs if not to a championship this year. The Rangers also added depth defenseman Raphael Diaz from Vancouver as a team can never have too many healthy defensemen come playoff time.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
While it is true they acquired Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina in exchange for Andrei Loktionov, perhaps the biggest news of the day is a trade the Devils did NOT make and that is one involving all-world goaltender Martin Brodeur. Heading towards the end of his time with the Devils, it was thought Brodeur may be moved to a contender as insurance for a long playoff run but apparently there were no offers that satisfied the Devils as fair return.
As a result of the deals made recently, the Flyers, Rangers and Devils all look to make the playoffs this year as the race is super tight right now and the Islanders acquired draft picks to help feed their farm system some more talent.
In what is likely to be Martin Brodeur’s final game as a New Jersey Devil, and possibly in his career, the Devils vs Bruins on April 13 at the Prudential Center is heating up to be one of the hottest tickets in team history. Fans who want to say thank you and goodbye to one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game and by far the greatest NJ Devil ever may find tickets at SelectATicket.com at all price levels and seating options but demand for this game will outweight supply soon enough.