As 2011 draws to a close, I thought it worthwhile to look back on the notable trades of this year and see how they’ve worked out so far.
Granted, it’s still too early to fully gauge how most of these trades could pan out, while some are easy to determine the success or failure of the deal. Still, the early reviews can provide some insight into determining which club “won” each deal.
The following are listed in the order in which they occurred throughout the year.
- The NY Islanders trade G Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for minor leaguer Ty Wishart.
In the short term, this worked out well for the Lightning. Roloson provided steady veteran goaltending over the second half of the season, and backstopped them to the Eastern Conference Final. This season, however, it appears age has finally caught up with the 42-year-old, as he’s lost the starter’s job to backup Mathieu Garon.
- The Anaheim Ducks trade RW Joffrey Lupul, D Jake Gardiner and conditional fourth round pick ...