This article is part of our From the Press Box series.
While trade deadline day itself was not full of big names on the move, the run-up to this period did see some solid moves made by contending teams. Let's take a look at them and review the pending UFA list in light of those transactions – and others that did not happen.
Topping the list of UFAs who didn't move is of course Steven Stamkos, whose situation has been highly publicized all season long. Publicly, he has stated his desire to be in Tampa and win a Stanley cup there. It seems a given that the Lightning will be in the postseason as one of the strongest clubs in the Eastern Conference. Tampa GM Steve Yzerman was not involved in any deals in recent days and has been idle in that regard for much of this season – but no fewer than 15 of Tampa's current roster of 23 players will see their existing contracts expire between this season and next year.
Yzerman has clearly made the decision that he believes in this group and wants to give them every opportunity to go for the Cup now; he'll deal with the consequences later. The Stamkos situation will be the key to determining the fates of many teammates – if he goes, there may be enough money to satisfy a number of other in-house contract situations.
The Bruins made a couple moves that are typical of clubs building up their rosters ahead of the postseason. They added winger Lee Stempniak