It's impossible to judge trade deadline acquisitions immediately. Lord knows it's a tempting thing to do. You have a new toy to play with and you want to find out right then and there if you're going to love it forever or hate it for life.
Trade deadline pieces are talked about like just that -- chess pieces -- but they are in fact, you know, people. They take time getting acclimated to new environments and don't always start off spitting hot fire. That said, there have been quite a few players acquired this week who have done just that. Let's look at them.
*By now, you're likely well aware of the impact trades had on the Rangers Wednesday night. They beat up the Penguins, 6-1, on national television at Madison Square Garden. Half of the goals came out of players that had been in New York a day or less. Newly gotten Ryane Clowe, who had not scored a single goal this season, potted two (and added an assist), including a power play tally late in the second period. That's some kinda luck right there. Even Derick Brassard -- also from the Gaborik deal -- got in three assists in his first game. The sugar on top was John Moore, a defenseman who also arrived earlier in the evening for Gaborik, beating Tomas Vokoun midway through the third to make it 6-1.
*We'll talk about the other half of the deal he was involved in shortly, but Lane MacDermid made a nice debut for the Dallas Stars. The former Bruins prospect netted a goal late in the Stars' 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
*MacDermid, of course, was acquired for Jaromir Jagr, who scored the game-winning goal in the Bruins' 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. It was hardly a classic Jagr finish, as it was merely the result of an errant pass re-directing off of Jagr's skate and past Martin Brodeur. It was the only goal the Bruins needed. Fun fact: the first time Jaromir Jagr ever scored on Marty Brodeur? April 8, 1994.
*Though Craig Anderson is going to return for them, I somehow feel like the Ottawa Senators are going to regret letting go of Ben Bishop. Sure, Cory Conacher and a fourth-rounder is a decent return, but Bishop (along with Robin Lehner) helped keep this team in a playoff race. He's looking to do the same for the Lightning, and kept them within four points of first in the Southeast Division (and the often undeserving playoff spot that it brings) with a 5-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Bishop was tested an absurd 45 times in his first start for Tampa, but stopped every single shot. Tampa tied Carolina in the standings for the first time in a while with the win, and you have to wonder if the Lightning now have better goaltending than the Canes with Cam Ward out and Ben Bishop in Tampa.
*And finally, man, good for Marian Gaborik. Often relegated to John Tortorella's doghouse and often the easiest player to take out Rangers fans' frustration on, he immediately produced for the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. Gaborik got the game-winning goal in the third period to give the Jackets a huge victory over Nashville. Columbus somehow stays within one point of a playoff spot with the win. They have the same number of points as the Rangers.