New Jersey Devils: Winners
Devils management decided they needed a defensman and, with decisive swiftness, they went out and acquired one in the week before the deadline. New Jersey was able to get Marek Zidlicky from the Wild for pending-restricted-free-agent forward Nick Palmieri, bottom-pairing defenseman Kurtis Foster, minor league forward Stephane Veilleux, a second-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick. The second-rounder was the most valuable asset the Devils sacrificed. Zidlicky, a 35-year-old veteran, will play valuable minutes for New Jersey down the stretch, and carries just one more year on his contract with a cap hit of $4 million.
New York Islanders: Winners
Realistically, the Islanders' playoff chances fall between slim and none. Dumping veteran left wing Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau to the Bruins for a pair of low-end prospects was a no-brainer. General manager Garth Snow reportedly fielded offers for winger P.A. Parenteau, who is having a su...