This article is part of our The One-Timer series.
Four weeks, 36 trades, plenty of material to analyze. All the movement may leave your head spinning, but it's important to make sense of this from the perspectives of real-life and fantasy hockey. Fortunately, this column will help clear things up.
A few contenders added to their arsenal for the stretch drive, while others kept quiet. Some struggling sides acquired valuable future assets, and others opted against a major shakeup. And a couple of high-profile players found new homes, while some want-a-ways didn't get their wish.
Let's take a look at a few who immediately benefited from the recent swap meet and who will suffer. To evaluate this, all deals completed since the start of February have been considered…
Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Bolts' last-minute grab of Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller turned out to be the marquee move of the deadline, where they didn't lose any of their blue-chip prospects (although Brett Howden ranked fairly high and Libor Hajek excelled at the last WJC) or important rostered D-men (i.e. Mikhail Sergachev). Vladislav Namestnikov performed well in a prominent role, but Tampa will be able to reshuffle their lines and continue their quest for the Cup.
Loser: Vladislav Namestnikov
Going from the top line beside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov to a young forward core like the Rangers may prove beneficial in the future, but it's not going to help Namestnikov's immediate point potential. Regardless if he plays at center or on the wing, the 25-year old Russian