GMs made deadline moves with playoffs in mind
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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