Trade Deadline impact on playoff races examined on NHL @TheRink podcast

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The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline has passed, and the impact the moves made before 3 p.m. ET Monday will have on the races for the Stanley Cup Playoffs was the focus of the latest episode of the “NHL @TheRink” podcast.

Co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke opened by discussing what they believe was the biggest trade Monday, the Washington Capitals acquiring forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings for forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Rosen and Roarke each said it was an overpay by the Capitals, but they see the upside of Mantha playing in a middle-six role on a better team in Washington than he was on in Detroit.

They continued to analyze the rest of the trades in the MassMutual East Division, including the Pittsburgh Penguins getting center Jeff Carter and the Boston Bruins acquiring left wing Taylor Hall. They tried to answer the question if any of these moves impacted their thoughts on the hierarchy of the division.

In the Scotia North Division, Rosen and Roarke each particularly liked the moves made by the Toronto Maple Leafs and questioned why the Edmonton Oilers didn’t address their secondary scoring issues.

Rosen wondered why the Arizona Coyotes didn’t do anything to help their case of making the playoffs in the Honda West Division and the co-hosts wondered if the Florida Panthers did enough to improve their chances of winning a postseason series against either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Carolina Hurricanes in the Discover Central Division.

The podcast is free, and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms. It is also available on NHL.com/multimedia/podcasts and the NHL app.

Listen: New episode of NHL @TheRink

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