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Deadline winners and losers (cont.)

Posted: Wednesday February 28, 2007 4:04PM; Updated: Wednesday February 28, 2007 5:28PM
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LOSERS

Anaheim Ducks
The Cavalry So Long
LW Brad May
D Shane O'Brien
G Michael Wall
Analysis
While the rest of the West bulked up in an historic arms race, the Ducks gave up a dependable blueliner and added a depth forward. For a team that was desperate for an infusion of gritty scoring talent for the second line, this was two steps back.
Final Tally
The Ducks still have more than enough talent to claw their way to the Finals, but if they fall short, GM Brian Burke will hear a lot of criticism about his deadline approach.
Edmonton Oilers
The Cavalry So Long
LW Robert Nilsson
LW Ryan Smyth
D Marc-Andre Bergeron
Analysis
The inability to sign Smyth, an impending UFA, forced GM Kevin Lowe to trade the face of the franchise at the last minute. The package (a 2007 first-rounder, Nilsson and prospect Ryan O'Marra was decent for a rental, but unspectacular. Lowe better do something very special this summer with the money that otherwise would have gone to Smyth.
Final Tally
This wasn't just a white flag for the season -- it was a blow to the heart of the franchise. A bad, bad day for Oilers fans.
Ottawa Senators
The Cavalry So Long
LW Oleg Saprykin
no roster players
Analysis
Instead of paying the price for the playoff-hardened winger everyone knew they needed, GM John Muckler settled for a flashy but inconsistent fourth-liner.
Final Tally
With the East there for the taking, there was no reason not to ante up for Gary Roberts or even Martin Gelinas. This was a missed opportunity.
Buffalo Sabres
The Cavalry So Long
C Dainius Zubrus
D Mikko Lehtonen
G Ty Conklin
G Martin Biron
C Jiri Novotny
Analysis
Zubrus is a big body who can play any forward position, but his offense was inflated by playing with Alexander Ovechkin. And after holding him for all this time, was clearing cap space really the best GM Darcy Regier could do with Biron? A more capable defender than Lehtonen or a less frightening option in net than Conklin would have been a good start.
Final Tally
The Sabres look different but not much better.
Montreal Canadiens
The Cavalry So Long
G Michael Leighton
D Josh Gorges
D Craig Rivet
Analysis
Struggling to hold onto a playoff berth while top goalie Cristobal Huet is sidelined with an injury, GM Bob Gainey needed to acquire a reliable stopper like Ed Belfour or Curtis Joseph to staunch the bleeding. Leighton, who flopped in Philly, was not the answer.
Final Tally
Despite a soft-touch schedule, the Habs appear destined to miss the playoffs.
Boston Bruins
The Cavalry So Long
D Aaron Ward
D Dennis Wideman
D Andrew Ference
RW Chuck Kobasew
RW Brandon Bochenski
D Paul Mara
C Brad Boyes
D Brad Stuart
C Wayne Primeau
D Milan Jurcina
Analysis
The Stuart deal was about maximizing return on two UFAs-to-be. Ference has impressed; Kobasew should join the second line once he returns from injury. Bochenski is paying dividends but has shown spurts of greatness before tailing off. Ward is an older. more dependable defender than Mara. The Wideman/Boyes swap saw two struggling sophs switch sides. The Blues got the higher-end prospect. With Boyes starting to play better, GM Peter Chiarelli might have done better holding that asset until the draft.
Final Tally
They're younger, cheaper and signed beyond this year, but are these Bruins really any better than before the moves? Hard to see how.
New York Rangers
The Cavalry So Long
C Sean Avery
D Paul Mara
LW Pascal Dupuis
D Aaron Ward
Jason Krog
RW Jason Ward
Analysis
Avery made an immediate impact with feisty play, injecting spark in a soft squad. Ward for Mara is a downgrade on the blueline. GM Glen Sather's best decision was shipping Dupuis to Atlanta for prospect RW Alex Bourret -- a Mark Recchi starter kit -- and a third-round pick.
Final Tally
Long-term, the Rangers may be better off, but it's too little, too late to salvage this season
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Cavalry So Long
C Yanic Perreault
D Brendan Bell
Analysis
No team generates more rumors this time of year, so when the Leafs don't make a splash, it seems like a disappointment. But their failure wasn't marked by the inability to snag a warrior like former Leaf Gary Roberts. It's that the East is up for grabs more than at any time in recent memory and GM John Ferguson Jr. chose to hold on to his cards. His one acquisition, Perreault, will help on the draw, but he's too slow and too much of a defensive liability to make much of an impact down the stretch.
Final Tally
The Leafs are too close to falling out of playoff contention to essentially sit on their hands. If they miss out, Tuesday's squandered opportunities will hang over their heads all summer.
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