In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup due partially to shrewdly picking up sniper Jeff Carter at the NHL trade deadline.
Two years earlier, the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted hockey’s glistening Holy Grail by, well, pretty much doing little to nothing at the NHL trade deadline.
The moral of this story: Just because you pick up a big name at hockey’s annual swap meet doesn’t always mean it will be chiseled into Lord Stanley’s battered mug three months later.
For every star like Carter who paves the way to a title, there are foot-soldier pickups such as Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley who were just as important in the Bruins’ Cup run of 2011.
So what will it be this year? Will Jarome Iginla (Penguins), Jay Bouwmeester (Blues), Jaromir Jagr (Bruins) or Derek Roy (Canucks) be the key trade deadline addition that sparks their new team to a title? Or will it be a seemingly pedestrian role player who becomes the spark?