Crashing the Crease: Trade Deadline Fallout
Crashing the Crease: Trade Deadline Fallout

This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.

The NHL trade deadline passed at 3PM ET on Wednesday, but not before multiple goaltenders changed teams. Here are the biggest winners and losers from this past week's flurry of moves:

Sunday's Ben Bishop for Peter Budaj trade between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles was a rare lose-lose proposition for both netminders. Bishop had been seeing the majority of action in net for the Lightning, but is now projected to serve as the backup to Jonathan Quick, who finally returned from a long-term groin injury Saturday. Quick has gone 1-0-1 for a Kings team trying to claw its way into the playoffs, and blocks Bishop as long as he doesn't suffer a setback. The real winner of this deal is Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tampa Bay made this deal to get assets for a player that was going to leave in free agency while simultaneously paving the way for the 22-year-old Russian to finally assume the starting role for good after signing a three-year extension this past offseason. While Budaj greatly exceeded expectations in Quick's absence, his new team will have no qualms with turning its goalie of the future into the starter of the present over a 34-year-old who had just one NHL appearance in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons combined.

Career AHLer Joe Cannata is now Colorado's property after being traded by the Capitals on Wednesday. The 2009 sixth-rounder doesn't have an NHL appearance to his name, and is unlikely to get one this season even with the

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