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  • NHL Trade Deadline 2015: Which Central Division Team Improved the Most?


    Minnesota Wild

    We know what happened with these, but in case you've paid zero attention to the Wild, Devan Dubnyk has performed to a level that, you know, just saved the season. Big deal, right? With strong goaltending, the Wild have finally been able to be more like the team we saw earlier in this season. Sean Bergenheim is solid scoring depth that, even with only two Wild games under his belt, appears to have made a positive impact already.

    Nashville Predators

    Nashville went all-in on their potential President's Trophy-winning season, acquiring two rentals were highly desired in the trade market. Franson (2 points since the trade) and Santorelli (scoreless in NSH) haven't made quite the mark Predators fans were hoping, but the improvements made to an already-excellent defensive corps, and shoring up their depth down the middle can't be ignored.

    St. Louis Blues

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Chicago made a couple of aggressive, interesting moves. A healthy Kimmo Timonen should be able to help their blue line, and it helps that the CHI defensive corps is deep enough so they shouldn't have to rely on the 39-year-old defenseman. But Timonen has yet to play a game this season, making this a gamble. Much more of a sure thing is Antoine Vermette, who should help to fill in the hole that Patrick Kane's injury left in the Top-6, though obviously, there's no replacing Patrick Kane. Vermette is a solid two-way center that wins faceoffs. It's very possible he will fit in on a really good team and out-perform the numbers he posted in Arizona. Andrew Desjardins should help them up front as the injuries to start to mount up.

    Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets swung for the fence when they decided to trade Evander Kane, and considering they had to eventually trade him, the early returns on this deal indicate it was a fine trade. Tyler Myers has done well with a change of scenery so far, getting 6 points in 8 games while logging 23 minutes a night. Stafford, Tlusty, and Stempniak are there to try to make up for the impact on offense left by the absence of Kane and Mathieu Perrault. They're not as good, but they should offset it somewhat.

    So, have at it, Wild fans, who improved their team the most during Trade Deadline season?

    *Unless you're the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, or Timberwolves

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