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NHL Trade Breakdown: Capitals, Canucks, and Kings Score at Deadline

Jason Arnott heads to Washington to help the Capitals finally make a deep run in the NHL playoffs. Jason Arnott heads to Washington to help the Capitals finally make a deep run in the NHL playoffs.

Trade deadline day in the NHL ain’t what it used to be. In the past, it seemed like almost every team was making significant moves on that day, but lately the trend has been for big moves to take place over the course of about a week leading up to the deadline. But the art of the last second deal hasn’t flatlined yet as the Washington Capitals, L.A. Kings, and Vancouver Canucks proved on Monday. Here’s a breakdown of what the moves mean for Jason Arnott, Dustin Penner, Dennis Wideman and Chris Higgins, their new teams, their old teams, and the NHL playoff picture.

In Washington, the Caps picked up a couple of veterans who will give the team a boost come playoff time. Jason Arnott may be getting a little long in the tooth, but he can still contribute, and his gritty veteran presence will go a long way on and off the ice. He’s also the kind of player who can increase his impact come post-season time.

The Capitals also landed Dennis Wideman, a guy who can eat a lot of minutes on the blueline and make plays as well. Last year, Wideman notched nearly a point-per-game pace in the playoffs with Boston, proving he’s another player who can elevate his play in big time situations.

Leaving the Capitals is David Steckel, who heads to New Jersey along with a second round pick in 2012. Steckel is a decent fourth liner still trying to make his way in the show. For Wideman, the Caps give up a third round pick and Jake Hauswirth, an ECHL prospect still a long way from reaching the NHL. For the Capitals, trade deadline day meant getting more talented and more experienced in time for the playoffs.

In Los Angeles, the Kings picked up Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers, who needed to unload the overpaid power forward while they build their young team up. For the Kings, on the other hand, Penner is a better fit. He carries a hefty price tag, but he’s a big player who can put the puck in the net. After a couple of subpar seasons in Edmonton, Penner seems back on track last year and this year. He immediately makes the Kings a more dangerous team.

The Oilers get Colin Teubert, who was the King’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2008 draft, along with a first round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional third rounder next year. It makes perfect sense for the Oilers, who are a terrible team filled with promise. As soon as all their prospects mature, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. It’s a model the NHL is familiar with - the Kings, Capitals, and Pittsburgh Penguins all built themselves up from the cellar with early draft picks and the acquisition of prospects.

Up north, the Vancouver Canucks also made a couple of key moves, adding forwards Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre from the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks respectively. Lapierre adds some grit and peskiness, while Higgins brings a scoring touch to the league leading ‘Nucks. Vancouver also picked up minor leaguer MacGreger Sharp, and gave up a couple of minor league prospects themselves in Joel Perrault and Evan Oberg, plus a couple of third round picks. It was a successful day for the Canucks, who add to their lineup without compromising their current roster. Perfect for a top team looking to go deep in the NHL playoffs and finally land the Stanley Cup in 2011.

 

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