March 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

Ted Kulfan: NHL Insider

Deadline deals nothing special for most NHL teams

Goaltender Tuukka Rask stops a shot in the Bruins’ 1-0 victory over the Senators on Tuesday. It was Boston’s sixth consecutive victory. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

What a dud. That was the feeling around the NHL when Monday's trade deadline came and went with barely a hiccup.

Sure, there were some exceptions — Washington getting center Jason Arnott and Los Angeles acquiring Dustin Penner. But for the most part, deals leading up to the deadline made the traditional trade deadline rather boring.

Some teams improved while others took a hit. Here's a look at the winners and losers.

First, the winners …

Bruins: The way they're playing shows getting puck-moving defenseman Tomas Kaberle and grinding forward Chris Kelly was a job well done by GM Peter Chiarelli.

Kings: Getting Penner, a burly 6-foot-4 forward — and not losing anyone — is good.

Capitals: Arnott cost them effective fourth-liner Dave Steckel. But the Capitals also got offensive defenseman Dennis Wideman, who can help out Mike Green (concussion).

Predators: Mike Fisher fits into their hard-working style. And his wife, Carrie Underwood, is glad to have him home.

Ducks: Francois Beauchemin is a tough defenseman, just what the Ducks needed.

Senators: Nice selling by GM Bryan Murray. He acquired six draft picks, five for June, and dumped about $9 million.

Sabres: Acquiring Brad Boyes, a decent scorer, was a sign by new ownership money isn't an issue.

… and the losers.

Islanders: They had two good pieces to trade, checking forward Zenon Konopka and defenseman Radek Martinek, and GM Garth Snow failed to trade either.

Blue Jackets: Scottie Upshall provides grit, but they needed offense.

Devils: Considering how well they've been playing, was trading Arnott a good idea?Panthers: GM Dale Tallon is reconstructing the organization, but stripped it by trading several useful players for picks.

Oilers: The market for forward Ales Hemsky may never have been higher. The Oilers should have gotten something for their rebuilding project.

Wild: On the brink of the playoffs, they needed to do something … and didn't.

Revenge factor

There's one trade people will monitor the next few seasons.

St. Louis sent defenseman Erik Johnson , the No. 1 pick in 2006, to Colorado (along with forward Jay McClement and a conditional draft pick) for forward Chris Stewart , defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional pick.

"When you get into that position, you go, 'Is there somebody out there we can get and really enhance a different need on our club, knowing that we can get something without killing us back there?'" Blues president John Davidson told the Post-Dispatch. "You look at needs, and we need a power forward and scoring. We'll see where it goes. There are no guarantees."

Johnson was shocked by the trade and appears motivated to make the Blues pay.

"I want to make them regret trading Erik Johnson," Johnson said. "There's no doubt about that, and I say that with the utmost respect in the world for them. … At the end of the day, I want them to be kicking themselves for trading me."

Winning ticket

Missing: A lost 50-50 ticket worth $76,307.

The winner of the raffle at the Heritage Classic on Feb. 20 in Calgary hasn't claimed the prize.

"The ticket number is still posted on our website," Natasha Guillot , Calgary Flames Foundation executive director, told the Calgary Sun.

By the numbers

16 -- Trades made on Monday's deadline, the fewest since 2000

31 -- Trades made on the trade deadline last year

51 -- Players and picks moved Monday (80 last year)

Never too early

A look at the playoff matchups if the season ended today:

West

SeedTeamSeedTeam
1Vancouvervs.8Los Angeles
2Detroitvs.7Chicago
3San Josevs.6Dallas
4Phoenixvs.5Calgary

East

SeedTeamSeedTeam
1Philadelphiavs.8Carolina
2Tampa Bayvs.7N.Y. Rangers
3Bostonvs.6Montreal
4Pittsburghvs.5Washington

Quotable

"I thought we were in Hawaii on vacation but there is no team there."

-- Jacques Lemaire, New Jersey coach, criticizing his team's practice in Dallas, where it won 1-0

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