Here is a review of NHL Trade deadlines going back to 2007. There are often deals made that help teams get to the Stanley Cup finals. Sure the deadline has failed to live up to the hype more often than not, there are still a number of impactful and significant deals that are made.
This was a dull trade deadline day. Not many deals of significance.
*Edmonton got a 1st and a 3rd (with Colton Teubert) for Dustin Penner. Nice haul.
*Vancouver sent a 3rd round pick and a guy for Max Lapierre, then sent almost the same deal to Florida for Chris Higgins. Both guys played key roles in getting Vancouver to the Stanley Cup finals.
Not much of consequence happened at the 2010 trade deadline. There were a large number of minor deals that few will ever remember and whose effects are already forgotten or will never be felt. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks acquired Nick Boynton, but he would only go on to play 3 playoff games. Not a single first round pick changed hands.
*Lubomir Visnovsky was shipped from Edmonton to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney, a trade the Ducks have won largely due to injury.
*The Lightning traded Jeff Halpern to LA for Ted Purcell and a 3rd round pick, which was a terrible trade for the Kings. The 3rd rounder looks like a write-off, but Purcell was a great acquisition. Halpern had 2 PTS in 22 GP in a Kings jersey, Purcell has scored over 100 PTS in a Lightning jersey.
This year there were many more substantial moves than 2010. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup, and picked up Bill Guerin
*Calgary traded a 1st round pick and Brandon Prust to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen and a 3rd round pick.
*Ottawa traded Antoine Vermette to Columbus for Pascal LeClaire and a 2nd round pick. Pascal went on to play 51 sub par games with Ottawa, where Vermette has scored 150 PTS for the Blue Jackets. Ottawa's best hope is that the pick, goaltender Robin Lehrner pans out.
*Philly traded Scottie Upshall and a 2nd round pick to Phoenix for Dan Carcillo, a trade that has never made much sense.
*The Leafs traded Antropov to New York for some draft picks, but the jury is still out on that one.
*Edmonton traded Erik Cole and a 5th round pick to Carolina for Patrick O'Sullivan and a 3rd round pick. Sully scored 40 PTS in 92 GP as an Oiler, where Cole scored 82 PTS in 139 GP for Carolina.
*Marian Hossa was traded from Atlanta to Pittsburgh for Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, and a 1st round pick that turned into Dalton Leveille (who is in his 4th year of college, drafted out of tier II junior). This did not hurt Pittsburgh as much as it could have, because Esposito looks like a bust, and Armstrong and Christensen are 3rd liners. Pittsburgh made it to the finals.
*San Jose sent a 1st and Steve Bernier for Brian Campbell. The pick turned into Tyler Ennis. Bernier never developed into much more than a 4th line player. It was a great 1st round for Buffalo scoring Ennis and Tyler Myers.
*Brad Richards traded to Dallas for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, and goaltender Mike Smith. Smith never developed into the long term solution that the team had hoped for and are still struggling with today. Jokinen was by far the best player the Lightning acquired in the deal, and they shipped him off to Carolina the next year. Jussi has scored 157 PTS in 230 GP for the Hurricanes.
*Detroit added Brad Stuart for a late 2nd round pick and won the Stanley Cup.
*Pittsburgh added Hall Gill from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2nd and a 4th. Pittsburgh made it to the finals.
*Chicago traded Tuomo Ruutu for Andrew Ladd, which would help them win a cup in 2 years.
*Anaheim added Brad May and won the Stanley Cup.
*Montreal got Gorges and a pick that became Max Paccorietty to San Jose for Craig Rivet.
*Dennis Wideman went to Boston and Brad Boyes went to St.Louis.
*The rest of the trades included some big names, but none of the deals had any real significance.