Commentary

Trade deadline playoff ramifications

What the deals, or no deals, mean for the Rangers, Capitals and Predators

Updated: February 29, 2012, 4:18 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Henrik Lundqvist Bob DeChiara/US PresswireHaving Henrik Lundqvist in net allowed the Rangers to stand firm at the trade deadline.

The trade deadline went out not with a bang, but a whimper. Not one top-six forward, top-pair blueliner nor a single netminder was moved. Rick Nash stayed in Columbus. Ryan Suter stayed in Nashville. All told, just 16 trades involving 32 players and 11 draft picks were made. With more inaction than action, how has the playoff race changed?

Can the New York Rangers compete for a Cup without Nash? Can the Washington Capitals make the playoffs after standing pat? How much did the Nashville Predators help themselves? Let's take a look at the numbers and find out.

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.