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The winners and losers of the 2015 NHL trade deadline

The Coyotes solidified their future while the Rangers muddied theirs.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NHL trade deadline was obviously a seller's market, and once general managers realized that fact the trades began flying back and forth for about two days.

For some fans, it was awesome. For others, it was both terrifying and depressing. Luckily we're here to help you figure out which feelings should apply to you. Here are our winners and losers of the 2015 NHL trade deadline.

Winner: Arizona Coyotes

GM Don Maloney turned a handful of valuable assets into one heck of a haul for the future of the Coyotes. Vermette, Yandle and Michalek were all solid players who weren't going to contribute when Arizona's rebuild was complete. It only made sense to trade them now, and you can't deny Maloney took full advantage of the seller's market. Moore helps now, while Duclair, Dahlbeck and Letunov are all highly regarded prospects who will go along nicely with fellow bluechips Max Domi, Brendan Perlini and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. In one deadline, Maloney ensured the future of the Coyotes is incredibly bright.

Loser: Jaromir Jagr

Of course, Jagr is only a loser if he cares more about winning a Stanley Cup than making money. The jury is still out on that. But if a Cup is his goal, playing with the Florida Panthers this season probably won't get him there.

Winner: Today's New York Rangers

Glen Sather went all-in on winning the Stanley Cup right now. Keith Yandle makes an already sturdy blueline even more formidable, especially since he can be used in a specifically offensive role. Sheppard, Summers and Klingberg help fill out a roster clearly primed for a deep playoff run. But these moves come at a cost, as we'll touch on later.

Loser: Tomorrow's New York Rangers

Going all-in has consequences, as Rangers fans might learn a few years from now. Giving up Anthony Duclair plus a 2015 second-rounder and a 2016 first-rounder for Keith Yandle might open the Stanley Cup window now, but it makes the future bleak. The Rangers will go four years without drafting in the first round now, something that can set a franchise back years. If they win a Cup, it was worth it. If not, Sather might be out of a job.

Winner: Dave Nonis

For a guy who many thought was running his last deadline as Toronto's GM, Nonis pulled off the most surprising good deal of the trade deadline by shipping away David Clarkson. Even if the Blue Jackets approached him with a deal first, getting out from under Clarkson's awful contract was a huge step forward for a franchise toiling under poor management decisions. If Nathan Horton somehow returns and contributes, the deal gets even better.

Winner: Sabres fans

You know people in Buffalo are just giddy about their team's future after the 2015 trade deadline. Tim Murray shed some big contracts and deadweight in Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford while acquiring a potential pillar for the Sabres to build around in Evander Kane. Buffalo managed to straddle the line between sellers and buyers while still tanking and bolstering their future. Bravo.

Loser: Pittsburgh Penguins

They make this category simply by trading Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy. It made no sense. Despres is younger, has more upside and Pittsburgh has already been down the Lovejoy road once. I don’t get it. I just don’t.

Winner: Steve Yzerman

The man is quickly becoming one of the most skilled GMs in the league. In two moves on deadline day, Yzerman helped the Lightning's playoff push this year (trading for Braydon Coburn) and solidified their future by trading Brett Connolly for two second-round picks. Tampa Bay sneakily came out as one of the biggest winners at the deadline.

Loser: Flyers fans

The deadline wasn't a fun one at times for hockey fans in Philly. Fan favorite Kimmo Timonen didn't even get to suit up again for the Flyers before he was traded to Chicago. And then one of Philadelphia's better defenseman got traded to Tampa Bay for another bruiser in Radko Gudas. Sure, the picks they got could help the franchise. But that's never a sure thing, and watching Timonen leave wasn't easy.

Winner: Sven Baertschi

Baertschi has toiled in the Flames' system for a few years now but hasn't been able to make the jump to the NHL for good. It's clear his confidence has waned, but now he'll get a fresh start in Vancouver. It could do wonders for his career and psyche.

Loser: St. Louis' goalie problems

Sure, Zbynek Michalek can help the blueline and Robert Bortuzzo can punch people away from the net. But that doesn't change the fact that Brian Elliott and Jake Allen haven't done anything to prove goaltending won't be an issue come playoff time. St. Louis seems to acquire defensemen every year. Why not try a shot at Michal Neuvirth? At some point Doug Armstrong is going to have to solve this issue.

Loser: Edmonton Oilers

Remember when Edmonton couldn't afford to keep good players? Now they can, but they just trade them instead. Jeff Petry will do well in Montreal, while the Oilers turn back to tanking like a caffeine addict turning back to the Red Bulls at the grocery store.

Winner: The tank wars

It is so on. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are most likely going to go to either Arizona or Buffalo after both teams shed every valuable piece they had at the deadline. The Sabres and Coyotes went all-in on tanking for the top picks, and their dedication is admirable. Of course, if the Oilers or Leafs win the Tank Wars then we're all losers.