"If you look, we’ve done three deals where we’ve added three good pieces," said B's GM Peter Chiarelli. "There has been some subtraction, but we felt that the net benefit was very positive.
"There wasn’t anything that, when you look back in hindsight after doing the three deals that I was saying, 'Wow that would be a good one to do.' No, there wasn’t anything like that.
"We wanted to do our deals in advance enough that the players could join the team, be part of that Western swing, and they had to be the right players," added Chiarelli. "And we felt that we accomplished both, timing wise and player personnel wise."
Those three players, Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly
and Rich Peverley
have already contributed on the ice, and have already been accepted into the tight-knit B's locker room.
Now, that locker room knows exactly how it will look going forward.
"Yeah I think it’s always a relief for teams after the trade deadline," said Julien on Tuesday afternoon. "There are just a lot of guys sitting on pins and needles not knowing where they’re going to end up by the end of the [trade deadline].
"Right now, our team feels pretty good about where they are...and guys are pretty happy being here.
"They feel we have a team that has an opportunity here to do well and they want to be part of it."
Chiarelli likes what he sees on the ice.
"The games out West; I thought the Calgary and Vancouver games really showed how important the additions are on a number of different fronts," said the B's GM. "I think you saw the skill from Peverley, scoring or not scoring. You saw the versatility from Peverley and Kelly on the face-offs and the forecheck.
"And of course Kaberle I think has just really changed the dynamic of our back."
The general manager likes what is beginning to happen in the locker room, as well, and he looks for both aspects of the team -- off and on the ice -- to come together.
"What we’ve set out to accomplish by adding those players, I feel that we’ve accomplished it," he said. "The chemistry now has to fall into place, and the drive to the playoffs have to fall into place. And then success in the playoffs.
"But we felt it was a real good first step, and I was happy we were able to do it when we did.
"I thought that was important," he said.