The NHL trade deadline came and went Wednesday, leaving some teams looking to next season and others looking at the final playoff spots hoping they’re in contention for the Stanley Cup.
Franchises were forced to make the tough decision to buy, sell or not make any deals at the deadline and then rely on hope and hard work to make their decisions viable.
Kevin Shattenkirk is a 23rd-ranked defenseman in his seventh year in the league. With the St. Louis Blues this season, he was second on the team in points and led the team in assists and power-play points. On Feb. 27, his time with the Blues came to an end.
Shattenkirk was traded to the league-leading Washington Capitals for Zach Sanford, a first-round draft pick and a conditional second-round draft pick.
Washington is currently in pursuit of its second straight Presidents’ Trophy and its first ever Stanley Cup championship.
The Los Angeles Kings were buyers at the trade deadline despite currently ranking fifth in the Pacific Division, ninth in the Western Conference and 19th overall in the NHL.
The Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak and a seventh-round pick.
Bishop was an All-Star in 2016 and a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. Bishop will now be playing on the same team as goalie Jonathan Quick, who is a two-time All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, two-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic silver medalist.
The Kings also traded for Jarome Iginla from the last-place Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick.
Other teams that got involved at the deadline were the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers acquired Thomas Vanek from the Detroit Wings for Dylan Mcllrath and a conditional third-round pick.
The New York Rangers picked up Brendan Smith, giving the Red Wings a third-round pick in the upcoming draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.
The Vancouver Canucks traded forward Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Jonathan Dahlen.
The trade deadline this year provided multiple teams with the possibility for playoff runs, and other teams with draft picks for the possibility of playoff runs in years to come. All fans can do now is wait and see how the regular season plays out.