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NHL trading deadline much ado about hardly anything

NHL trading deadline much ado about hardly anything

The 24 trades made Monday that moved 43 players in the hours before the NHL trading deadline were more strategic than splashy, nothing that justified the hype that has grown around this annual day of reckoning and nothing that will immediately transform a franchise.

The price of doing business was hefty — Tampa Bay gave Philadelphia first- and third-round draft picks for Braydon Coburn, a middling defenseman on a bad team — but several teams turned assets into potential postseason depth, led by Detroit, Montreal and the Ducks. Others, like Arizona and Buffalo, conceded the season and looked to the future by collecting prospects and draft picks.

"Every year...