The 24 trades made Monday that moved 43 players in the hours before the
The price of doing business was hefty — Tampa Bay gave Philadelphia first- and third-round draft picks for
"Every year it just goes up and up and up," said Ducks General Manager Bob Murray, among the most active executives with four trades that reshaped his defense with muscle, size and power-play oomph. "I remember when it was a single asset for a player. And you got them for third-, fourth-round picks and stuff. Now it's the first and seconds and a prospect on top of it."
"Everybody knows that if you can get into the playoffs you've got a great opportunity to win. Teams are going for it," he said.
"I've always said it. I think it's one of the most overrated areas in the building process," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told The Times' Lisa Dillman.
Among the noteworthy deals Monday, Minnesota nabbed winger
Montreal, seeking size on defense, got rental defenseman
Yandle's defensive game is dubious, but his value as a power-play catalyst attracted the Rangers, who lost to the Kings in last season's
"I think the New York Rangers got better for sure," said Murray, who had kept an eye on Yandle but thought the
Also better are the
And the best trade of all was …
She thanked them and signed her name, with a smiley face.
On Monday, the Blue Jackets traded Leopold to Minnesota for defenseman
Murray was angry that