NHL Daily Links - March 7 

March, 7, 2014
Not surprisingly, the story that dominated headlines around the league Thursday had little to do with Wednesday's trade deadline. But then, most were caught a little off guard when the NHL announced it would shrink its penalty against the New Jersey Devils for circumventing the collective bargaining agreement when signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. In a nutshell, the Devils are entitled to keep a 2014 first-round draft pick (30th overall), and the fine has been cut in half. Get the full story here.

Otherwise, post-trade deadline assessments and premature report cards made the rounds Thursday and early Friday. In-house, several general managers from around the league anonymously gave ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun their take of which teams came out on top once Wednesday's trade deadline hit. And ESPN Insider Neil Greenberg takes a more analytic view of which clubs capitalized on the best trade bargains.

• Word has it defenseman Alexander Edler was this close to becoming a member of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. But the dominoes apparently didn’t fall as anticipated. As outlined by the Boston Globe, the Bruins were said to be waiting on the Pittsburgh Penguins to forge a deal -- presumably for forward Ryan Kesler -- with the Vancouver Canucks. Once that went through, the Bruins then would have struck a deal with the Canucks for Edler. But it didn’t work out that way. And here we are.