In the end, Martin Brodeur is still a goalie for the New Jersey Devils, Ryan Kesler remains a center for the Vancouver Canucks, Mike Cammalleri is still with the Calgary Flames, and Paul Stastny will be sticking around with the Colorado Avalanche for the time being. Four of the biggest names discussed in rumors over the past several days did not get dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
But Brodeur, Kesler, Cammalleri and Stastny can form their own little fraternity, because everyone else involved in the rampant rumors that dominated hockey discussions over the past several days did get traded. Twenty-five teams were involved in 20 trades featuring 26 NHL players, 12 prospects or minor-leaguers and 23 draft picks in one of the most entertaining trade-deadline days in recent history.
The biggest trade of the day was one of the first and the most shocking when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, their first-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional second-round pick this year that will become a first-round pick if New York makes it to the Eastern Conference Final.
The trade was a stunner on many levels.