Winners and losers from the NHL Trade Deadline

We are now in the homestretch folks.
Brian MacLellan, Washington Capitals
Brian MacLellan, Washington Capitals / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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The Washington Capitals trade deadline is in the books and there's a big hockey game tonight. Let's look at the winners and losers of the trade deadline.

Winners

George McPhee, Washington Capitals
George McPhee, Washington Capitals / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

George McPhee: They're going for it in Vegas and he added a 20 goal scorer in Anthony Mantha. While the fan favorite (sort of ish) leaves DC, no one can argue that Mantha's 20 goal season before departure was a success story in the Spencer Carbery era

Brian MacLellan: The Caps didn't quite fleece Vegas or even get fleeced by them. The Kuznetsov to Carolna trade is too early to tell but any time you stack up on draft capital it's a good thing. And the Caps will be very busy the next three summers with the amount of picks they acquired. Extending Rasmus Sandin for five seasons is also a win for both player and franchise.

Losers

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Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

Evgeny Kuznetsov: It's too early too tell but I just don't see the Evgeny Kuznetsov situation working in Raleigh. If the Hurricanes were to get bounced those Caniac fans won't be too happy. Going to a division rival is fun in a sense but will it work is the real question.

Joel Edmundson: This is another big swing on breaking ball pitch by the Toronto Maple Leafs. They swung and missed last year as GMBM fleeced them into acquiring young defenseman Rasmus Sandin. I just don't see a veteran defenseman in Joel Edmundson working out in Toronto.

The Caps are down but they aren't out. It doesn't get easier for them. The Edmonton Oilers lurk tonight on both Tru TV and TNT. If you're a streamer it's on MAX too. Puck drop over on the east coast is a litle after 10 p.m. as part of the national TV doubleheader.

Tomorrow it's the Seattle Kraken and it's another late night game.

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