GMs made deadline moves with playoffs in mind

Updated: March 10, 2006, 1:38 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Any time you hear "Brendan Witt" and "sweepstakes" in the same sentence you know, with all due respect to Mr. Witt, you're not talking a red-letter day in the history of the NHL's trade deadline swap meet.

Not that there weren't deals made. In fact, a record 25 trades were made between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday. The 40 players dealt ranks as the second-highest single-day player movement in the history of the trade deadline.

But on a day that saw no fewer than 18 defensemen ...

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