An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Jim Matheson offers grades for each team that took part in trade deadline activity and says it was a better day for buyers than for sellers. Hard to argue with that assessment considering how little money prime scorers with expiring contracts fetched on the market.
• Eric Duhatschek agrees with Matheson’s assessment, saying that there won’t be any cases of buyer’s remorse when the league’s general managers wake up this morning.
• Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin went from being burned in effigy to being elected mayor of Fickleville after his deadline-beating deal that brought Thomas Vanek to Montreal.
• It’s pretty clear that Garth Snow is no Rumpelsiltskin after he failed in his efforts to spin Vanek into gold, but the Islanders GM is well situated for success a few months down the road when the draft rolls around. That, however, begs the question: Should Snow be the one who is allowed to call the shots in June?
• Rory Boylen lists the Canadiens, the Kings, the Rangers, the Capitals and the Senators as his five winners of deadline day.
• Adam Proteau takes issue with Boylen’s acclaim for Washington, saying that its acquisitions don’t make the team a sure thing for the playoffs, let alone a contender.