The deadline and the standings
What follows is a look at the standings with teams ranked based on the point pace they're on, with the right hand column indicating the relative improvement (or step back) of the teams' roster based on moves made the past two days.
I'm including Peter Forsberg and Vinny Prospal in this table.
>>> indicates a team was made considerably stronger
<<< indicates a team was made considerably weaker
The point being here is that teams near the top are likely to be buyers, Stanley Cup contenders looking to solidify their position, and those at the bottom are prepping for next season.
In the west, no one in playoff position took a step back, although quite a few teams stood pat. In the east, Montreal and Buffalo sold off fairly key cogs for various reasons.
On paper, Washington and Colorado should be the teams to watch for, but it doesn't always work out that way.
Labels: trade deadline