The Best Deadline-Day Pickup in Each of the Past 10 NHL Seasons

February 16th, 2015 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
The NHL trade deadline is much anticipated by front offices and fans because it offers a reset on the season. Early bets that didn't work and injuries that impact depth can be addressed, usually in exchange for draft picks or prospects.

There are a few teams each season with a legitimate chance to win the Stanley Cup, and those teams will be most active at the deadline. Why do they do it? Winning it all doesn't present itself every season, and general managers who don't pull the trigger and address roster issues are perceived as being weak or lacking vision.

Here are the best deadline pickups over the last decade and their immediate results for the acquiring teams.

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