Anaheim's Despres proves smaller deadline deals can have major impact

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CHICAGO -- It’s a reality that has played out spring after spring at the United Center during the playoffs: The biggest trades at the deadline aren’t always the ones that make the biggest impact.

Sometimes it’s a minor trade that pays off in a major way, like when Chicago general manager Stan Bowman acquired Johnny Oduya from the Jets for a second- and third-round pick in 2012. That one is still paying off.

Sometimes it’s a major trade that has a minor impact, like when Ryan Miller’s time with the Blues fizzled out in Chicago, ending with a 5-1 loss at the United Center.

It played out again on Thursday.