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The NHL trade deadline is Monday afternoon. While it usually degenerates into a ongoing waiting game to see which fourth-liner with an expiring contract gets traded to a contender, there have been some absolute blockbusters pulled off around the deadline.
Some trades that, in fact, led to championship seasons.
Here are Nick Cotsonika and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the five best deadline deals in NHL history.
What’s your favorite NHL trade deadline blockbuster?
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Cody McLeod did as agitators and enforcers do on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
The Colorado Avalanche forward trash-talked his opponents. He crashed the net, pushing the puck and Devan Dubnyk’s pad over the goal line for a controversial Avalanche tally. And at the end of the game, he got a little wacky.
With four seconds left in the game, and the Wild en route to a 3-1 win, coach Patrick Roy put McLeod on the ice. He bulldozed Mikael Granlund off the faceoff, and then engaged Charlie Coyle – of the two career fights – as he dropped the gloves and went after the Minnesota forward.
On his way to the dressing room, McLeod jawed with the Minnesota bench, sparking a few contentious moments between the Wild and Avs players. (Gabriel Landeskog was given a 10-minute misconduct for shouting at the Wild players, and trying to engage them physically.)
McLeod was hit with a fighting major, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a misconduct penalty. Please note: He was not given an instigator penalty, which would have carried an automatic suspension.
There are rules in place to prevent what McLeod did, but you need the refs to actually call it.
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No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues
Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201.
No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0.
No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes
McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3.
Did You Know? Martin Erat scored on Tuukka Rask, which means Terminix will give him free extermination services for life.
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The Minnesota Wild’s 3-1 win at the Colorado Avalanche was a gloriously contentious affair.
On the ice, you had Cody McLeod running his mouth at Mikko Koivu and pretty much jumping Charlie Coyle at the end of the game, nearly sparking a brawl at the benches as he got a misconduct.
Meanwhile, there was some misconduct in the stands, as was evidenced by this fan-shot video of a fight between Wild fans and Avs fans in the lower bowl (which was also witnessed by Star Tribune beat writer Michael Russo). Watch the video here:
Stacey, an Avs season-ticket holder, shot this video that shows a woman in a brown jacket she claims was a Wild fan popping an Avalanche fan in the back of the head. That started a major disturbance in the crowd, leading to some ejections and some real ugliness.
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There was a showdown this weekend between No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth and No. 8-ranked Nebraska-Omaha in NCHC men’s hockey. They battled to a 1-1 draw in consecutive games, with the Mavericks prevailing in the shootout on both nights.
But thanks to Jake Randolph, they did it in spectacular fashion on Saturday.
Randolph pulled out the famous “Forsberg” move in the shootout, baffling freshman goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo with a nasty bit of trickery. He skated in, cut left, brought the puck back to his right and then tucked it into an open net.
Kaskisuo attempted to reach back over with his glove, but unfortunately the rest of his body was traveling in the opposite direction.
Randolph, 20, was born in Duluth, incidentally.
This isn’t the first time he’s pulled this move. While playing for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, he did this in 2012:
Informal poll: Sick of “the Forsberg?” Independent of being sick of the shootout? Or is it always awesome to see the goalie deked out of his skates?
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The Chicago Blackhawks were probably going to acquire Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes even before the injury to Patrick Kane, but it became a necessity when the star winger went down.
So they made the deal on Saturday night, and paid the price to snag the prized trade deadline center.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported that the Blackhawks traded their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and highly-regarded defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck for Vermette, an unrestricted free agent.
Yep, another first-rounder changing hands for a prized rental, as the Los Angeles Kings did in grabbing Andrej Sekera from Carolina. That’s how high the prices already are under less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline.
Yes, even with Kane’s injury. This is the last ride for this core, with players like Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya likely looking at their last ride with Chicago. This can be a championship team. Or, at the very least, one that advances deep enough to potentially get Kane back. Hence Vermette and Kimmo Timonen arrive.
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Dustin Penner runs a pretty funny Twitter feed.
He has an acerbic wit, and cracks jokes at the expense of ex-teammates and trolls. He also asked President Obama is he had a place he could crash for a while when Penner was traded to the Washington Capitals.
Alas, every comedian has their blind spot, and apparently Penner’s is making demeaning jokes about women, and then trying to rationalize it.
Like the time he called a 19-year-old driving a nice car a “prostitute.” That didn’t go over well.
Then on Saturday night, Penner, currently a free agent, made a joke about rape.
And it didn’t go over well.
Is it always consensual if she's your girlfriend? Asking for my gf...& shortly arriving police
I came up with the joke with my gf U idiots freaking out about this.
And an immaterial one, as Penner then doubles-down:
The Florida Panthers have acquired both Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr in the last few days, which means it’s entirely possible they’re using a copy of EA Sports NHL ’96 to generate trades. (“TRADE ACCEPTED!”)
Heatley was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with a third-round pick to the Panthers for forward Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday.
Heatley had been toiling in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals since December, recently having gone 15 games without a goal. The Panthers say the 34-year-old who recorded back-to-back 50-goal seasons from 2005-2007 is expected to report to AHL San Antonio.
Fleischmann, 30, was expected to be dealt at the trade deadline because he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has seven goals and 21 assists in 52 games, skating to a plus-12. Fleischmann was a drag on possession this season.
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Why did your team win the Stanley Cup? “Secondary scoring.”
Why did your team lose in the playoffs? “A lack of secondary scoring.”
Different album, same song. We hear it every year. Which is why the availability of a player like Mats Zuccarello at the trade deadline is pretty darn intriguing: He could be a vital piece for another contending team, and could be the player the New York Rangers lament dealing away due to economics if their offense stalls.
Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports it “looks more likely that Rangers F Mats Zuccarello will be traded than re-signed. Teams have been told he's available.” That because talks on a long-term deal have broken down, per the NY Post.
He’s fifth on the team in scoring at 35 points in 58 games, with a plus-16. He’s an essential part of the team’s top six, and a player that can generate goals on his own. He also drives possession with a 54.4 percent Corsi Close, which is the best for all Rangers forwards with over 20 games played.
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Andrew Sobotka remembers the power of the Stanley Cup.
He remembers hockey’s Holy Grail rolling down the streets of Chicago in the 2010 Pride Parade. He remembers watching people who might not otherwise attend a LGBT event lighting up when the float caught their eyes.
“Everyone who is a Chicagoan was happy to have the Cup there,” said Sobotka, then president of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, “and it continued the conversation about LGBT athletes.”
The Stanley Cup was featured in the parade because the Chicago Blackhawks won it that season, and because defenseman Brent Sopel believed it would be an important way to honor a friend and his dedication to the LGBT movement.
Sopel, who retired from hockey on Friday after 18 seasons as a pro, had been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers after the season but returned to Chicago in June 2010 for the parade. He wore his Hawks sweater with a shamrock over his heart, inscribed with the initials “BB” for the late Brendan Burke.
It was the first time a professional sports trophy from the “big four” had appeared in a Pride Parade.
“It hasn’t happened since,” said Sobotka.
The ultimate goal, however, is to just to be seen as hockey players.