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Canadiens among winners, Lindstrom and Brewer among losers at NHL trade deadline

03/03/2015 07:00 EST | Updated 05/03/2015 05:59 EDT
NHL teams made 24 deals involving 43 players and 20 draft picks on Monday before the trade deadline. Here are the winners and losers of the day:

MONTREAL CANADIENS: WINNERS

In giving up just draft picks and prospects to get defenceman Jeff Petry and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, the Habs stocked their depth for a playoff run. GM Marc Bergevin let the price fall on Petry before giving up a second-round pick and a conditional fifth.

CALGARY FLAMES: LOSERS

This has nothing to do with trading Curtis Glencross on Sunday and Sven Baertschi on Monday and everything to do with losing captain Mark Giordano for the season with a torn biceps tendon. The Flames' playoff hopes took a huge hit because he's irreplaceable.

JORDYN LEOPOLD: WINNER

This is a win for human decency. Jordan Leopold's 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn, wrote a letter in January pleading for her father to be traded from Columbus to Minnesota, where his family is living. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Minnesota's Chuck Fletcher made it happen.

EDMONTON OILERS: LOSERS

With only defenceman Jeff Petry really on the market, Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish hoped he could get as much as Carolina got from Los Angeles for Andrej Sekera. He didn't, and so the Oilers' retooling project won't have the benefit of another first-round pick.

OLLI JOKINEN: WINNER

Traded from the NHL-best Nashville Predators to the Toronto Maple Leafs in mid-February, the 36-year-old centre gets to go back to the playoffs after being sent to the St. Louis Blues on deadline day. Jokinen has just six games of playoff experience in his career.

JOAKIM LINDSTROM AND ERIC BREWER: LOSERS

Dealt to the Maple Leafs from the Blues and Anaheim Ducks, respectively, Lindstrom and Brewer go from playoff-bound teams to one that's out of it and still falling. Lindstrom and Brewer are unrestricted free agents, so they were contract casualties.

ARIZONA COYOTES: WINNERS

The march to the future continued with defenceman Zbynek Michalek going to the Blues with a conditional third-round pick for prospect Maxim Letunov. In the big picture, Arizona stocked itself well by dealing Michalek, Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette.

BOB MURRAY: LOSER

Murray made out well by getting defencemen James Wisniewski, Simon Despres and Korbinian Holzer, but the Ducks GM was ticked off about Ben Lovejoy finding out on Twitter he was traded to Pittsburgh. Murray wasn't happy he didn't get a chance to tell Lovejoy himself.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: WINNER

Every team in a playoff spot or within six points made at least one significant trade within a week of the deadline. There's no clear-cut favourite to win the Stanley Cup, so a plethora of moves should only make the road to the final more competitive.

PLAYING OUT THE STRING: LOSER

As the Coyotes sold off their remaining parts, the Buffalo Sabres did the same and acquired one of the weakest backup goalies in the league (Chad Johnson) from the New York Islanders for Michal Neuvirth. The Connor McDavid derby is really on down the stretch.

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