With Monday’s NHL trade deadline gone, hockey bettors are left to determine which teams have improved and which have not. As we look toward the home stretch of the regular season, let’s analyze some of the winners and losers from trade deadline day.
Most Improved Teams
Boston Bruins: Taylor Hall is now a member of the Bruins after being rumored to have been close to signing with Boston before the season. This is the best-case scenario for the team and the player. The Bruins have had trouble producing at five-on-five. So has Hall, who is about as snakebitten as any player in recent memory. The Bruins are dealing with a bevy of injuries on defense and in the crease. But goaltender Tuukka Rask is close to returning, as is defenseman Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins probably won’t win the East, but they can plausibly return to their early-season form in time for a deep playoff run.
New York Islanders: With the addition of Kyle Palmieri, and to a lesser extent Travis Zajac, the Islanders have improved on both sides of the puck. Palmieri is one of the most consistent goal scorers in the league, and even at 35, Zajac is very good defensively. Both fit into the Islanders’ system perfectly. The additions make up for the loss of forward in Anders Lee to a season-ending injury. The Islanders are the best team in the East, but the gap isn't as wide as it was a week ago.