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NHL trade deadline awards

By John Vogl

After a day to catch my breath following all the craziness in Sabreland, we’re back with our inaugural "Trade Deadline Trophy Show." The envelopes, please …

Andre the Giant Award (biggest deal)

The Rangers traded right wing Ryan Callahan, a conditional pick in the 2014 draft and their first-round pick in 2015 to Tampa Bay for right wing Martin St. Louis.

To have one team in a playoff race trade its captain is crazy. For two teams to do it? With each other no less? That’s as big as they come.

Bob Corkum Cup (worst deal)

The Islanders traded left wing Thomas Vanek and a conditional pick in 2014 to Montreal for right wing Sebastian Collberg and a conditional pick in 2014.

Add in the deal with the Sabres to get Vanek, and New York GM Garth Snow traded Matt Moulson, Vanek, a first-round pick and a second-round pick for Collberg, who is an undersized prospect who hasn’t proved he can score. Good times!

Irv Weinstein Award (best local move)

Calgary traded right wing Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a third-round pick in 2014.

West Seneca’s Stempniak has spent nine seasons in the NHL but has skated in just 11 playoff games. He and the Penguins should play more than that this spring alone.

Clara Barton Cup (most helpful)

Dallas traded goalie Dan Ellis to Florida for goalie Tim Thomas.

The Stars are a bubble team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Every point matters, and Thomas will get more wins for Dallas than Ellis would have.

Bray Wyatt Award (most intriguing)

Columbus traded right wing Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles for right wing Matt Frattin, a second-round pick in 2014 or 2015 and a conditional draft pick.

Gaborik has been hurt or unproductive for the better part of two seasons. Before that, he was a 40-goal scorer. If he returns to form, the Kings may get another crown.


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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