The trade deadline has come and gone, which means one thing. The playoff push is officially on. So here is my thoughts on a few of the moves that I loved.
- Washington Capitals acquire Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues. I love this move for the Caps. Look Shattenkirk is what he is, a great offensive defensemen. He can quarterback a power play as well as anyone in the NHL. Adding another threat to that Washington power play that already has Alex Ovechkin, and Niklas Backstrom is really unfair. The front office clearly believes that Shattenkirk can be the difference in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
- Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brian Boyle is not a flashy name. He’s no Auston Matthews but Boyle will make a big impact on this team. First, the fourth line center has been a revolving door for the Maple Leafs all season. Players like Frederik Gauthier, and Ben Smith have not done a good enough job. What Boyle brings is a solid two way player who is good in the face-off dot. And not to mention he has played in 100 playoff games. He has been to two Stanley Cup Finals. Having a guy like that who has been there around some young guys can really be a big help down the stretch for the Maple Leafs.
- Calgary Flames acquire Curtis Lazar from the Ottawa Senators. I bet no one expected this move to be here but I really thought this was an underrated move by the Flames. Curtis Lazar is a young center who is getting a fresh chance with a young team on a playoff push. A few years ago he was a first round pick of Ottawa, but never quite lived up to expectations. He was having a tough year in Ottawa, it all started when he missed training camp with mononucleosis. It looked like he never quite gained the trust of Head Coach, Gil Boucher. I think Lazar can be a solid center behind the likes of Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund, and Sam Bennett.