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Who's Hot, Who's Not: Deadline drama

Winners and losers of this year's trade deadline grace our lists, among others.

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The Hot:

1. Coyotes' future

In the process of dealing Keith Yandle, Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek, the Coyotes added a handful of both prospects and picks. The future is looking more and more promising for the Yotes as the rebuild gets rolling after some doubted that GM Don Maloney would ever go "all in" on the reset.

2. Tank battle 2015

While some teams race for an overrated berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Yotes join the Oilers and Sabres in a race to the bottom, a race to land either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Both players have been described as potential franchise-transforming talents, and by virtue of the NHL's lottery system, the team with the lowest point total in the standings at the end of the season will be guaranteed a chance to draft one of them.

3. Ex-Yotes playoff bound

Its certainly sad for most fans to see key players leave Arizona, but in from a hockey standpoint, Yands, Vermy and Z headed to greener pastures. Yandle and the Rangers are poised to take a wide-open East, Vermette started his first game at 2C with a perennial playoff threat Blackhawks team, and Michalek joins the stacked St. Louis Blues who have the roster necessary to make a deep run.

4. Sam Gagner

One of the only genuine offensive talents left on the Coyotes active roster, Gagner got hot during last Thursday's game against the New York Rangers, scoring two power play goals in the tilt. Look for Gagner to be one of the few goal-scoring threats for the Coyotes for the remainder of the season.

5. Melker Karlsson magic

Watch the San Jose Sharks' Melker "Don't call me Erik" Karlsson score a fantastic goal while face-down on the ice:


The Not-so-Hot

1. Coyotes' present

Stocking up for the future means sacrificing what you currently possess, and in the Coyotes' case, that wasn't much. The current lineup features a slew of young and developing defensemen, a crew of forwards who have amassed a meager 65 total NHL goals as a group and a goalie who continues to search for the 2011-12 version of himself. Yet somehow the Sabres are still worse. Mind-blowing.

2. Still streaking

The squad listed above suffered their tenth defeat in a row last night to the Anaheim Ducks. With games against the Canucks, Canadiens, Predators and Blackhawks coming up, its hard to see this ugly streak ending anytime soon.

3. The Edmonton Oilers

While they are involved in the McEichel sweepstakes, the Oilers have proven, at least in their case, that top draft picks do not guarantee future success. Their deadline activity was uninspiring, as they got only a second round pick in return for Jeff Petry, who was just coming into his own as a defenseman.

4. Toronto Media

After trade rumors swirled around teammate Dion Phaneuf, in addition to an embarrassing tweet that ended up on TSN's TradeCentre, Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel reamed the Toronto media for its treatment of his captain. "Is it his fault we're losing? No," Kessel stated. "Did he build this team? No."

5. Florida goalie chaos

After witnessing both of their goalies go down last night in a game against the Leafs, the Florida Panthers were forced to consider who their third "goaltender" might be, should neither of the other be able to return. Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were both candidates, as was goalie coach Robb Tallas, but Al Montoya ultimately played through a possible groin pull. The Panthers only suffered a narrow 3-2 loss, despite their misfortune between the pipes.