Now that the Dustin (Penner) has settled at the 2014 NHL trade deadline, we can sift through the 20 trades involving 38 players and 22 draft picks (some conditional) and figure out who did themselves the most good heading into the regular-season homestretch and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Here are the top five Stanley Cup contenders coming out of the trade deadline.
1. Chicago Blackhawks.
The defending champions only made what amounts to a depth move in acquiring defenceman David Rundblad, 23, from the Phoenix Coyotes, a former first-round pick who is now with his fourth organization. By comparision, in the days leading up to last year's deadline, Bowman added centre Michal Handzus, who was an effective player for the 'Hawks in the post-season run. Did the 'Hawks have to do much? Could they do much? The 'Hawks are capped out (according to Capgeek.com, they have the least room of any team in the league), so they couldn't add without subtracting. They pretty much return their roster that won the franchise's second Cup in four years.