Western Conference Deadline Report (Part 1)

The NHL trading period is now over and teams have either added pieces for a playoff run or a rebuild. Lets take a look at how teams did with their February trades, including the NHL Trade Deadline. The playoff grade deals with how the addition will impact a playoff run, while the fantasy grade deals with offensive addition and long term potential.

ANAHEIM DUCKS – The Ducks acquired Joel Perrault, Brad Winchester, Dan Ellis, Jarkko Ruutu and Francois Beauchemin; giving them some depth and grit for their third and fourth lines. Anaheim is currently in a dogfight to make playoffs and these additions will help them push for a playoff spot. PLAYOFF GRADE: B FANTASY GRADE: D

CALGARY FLAMES – Jay Feaster finally made his first move as the new GM of the Calgary Flames and it was bringing in a player he is very familiar with in Fredrik Modin. The Flames didn’t want to mess with their chemistry and Modin is a great team player that brings a Cup ring to the dressing room. Modin’s offensive days are long gone though. If the Flames miss playoffs many will look at the trade deadline and wonder why Feaster didn’t trade off assets to get younger and add some draft picks. PLAYOFF GRADE: C+ FANTASY GRADE: D

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – The Hawks traded for Chris Campoli, Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak in February. Campoli struggled in Ottawa and should get a fresh start in Chicago. He is a puck moving defenseman who has yet to show the same scoring levels of his rookie season. Campoli will have to fight for powerplay time though so don’t expect an increase in point production. Frolik has been given the nickname ‘Baby Jagr’ and is a proven 20-plus goal scorer. He has the potential to be an impact, scoring winger.  PLAYOFF GRADE: C FANTASY GRADE: B

COLORADO AVALANCHE – The Avalanche made an early splash in trading for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and Brian Elliott. Johnson is on pace for his third 30-point season but also on pace for career low points. The Avalanche will give Johnson a ton of ice time and every opportunity to prove he can be an elite defenseman. Colorado is hoping they can re-sign Elliott and that he will show that last season was no fluke, when he recorded 29 wins and five shutouts. PLAYOFF GRADE: Will miss playoffs FANTASY GRADE: B+

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – The Blue Jackets traded away their first round draft pick form 2000 for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto. Upshall is a gritty, agitator who is capable of scoring 20 goals a season. Lepisto could be the key player here as Columbus is hoping he can develop into an offensive defenseman. Lepisto is a strong puck-moving blueliner who showed he can score in the AHL but has yet to match those numbers in the NHL. PLAYOFF GRADE: D+ FANTASY GRADE: C+

DALLAS STARS – The Stars added Alex Goligoski to their back end. Goligoski is in his third season and has already scored career high in goals and will beat his highest point total again. Goligoski is a big upgrade for the Dallas power play and his stats will show that going into the future. Perhaps the biggest move is the deals that don’t happen as the Stars kept Brad Richards. If Dallas makes the playoffs it was the right move however much like the Flames, if the Stars miss the playoffs they also would have missed an opportunity to move Richards for something instead of losing him for nothing as a free agent this off-season. PLAYOFF GRADE: B- FANTASY GRADE: B+

DETROIT RED WINGS – The Red Wings have made no trades this season and when your second in the conference can you blame them? Detroit is an organization that many try to model theirs after which is evident by making the playoffs every season since the 1989-90 season. Over that span they have been to the finals six times and won four Stanley Cups. The Red Wings are expected to go deep in the playoffs. PLAYOFF GRADE: n/a FANTASY GRADE: n/a

EDMONTON OILERS – The Oilers traded away their leading goal scorer and will let their young guns take the lead of their team. Edmonton added Colton Teubert who is a big, nasty defenseman who has decent offensive instincts. Teubert has the potential to be a lesser version of Chris Pronger. The Oilers also add another first round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as they continue their rebuild the right way. PLAYOFF GRADE: Will miss playoffs FANTASY GRADE: A-

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