I'll keep updating this as the MSM analyzes our trade deadline activity.
Bob McKenzie: Nashville is a winner. They got Denis Grebeshkov from the Oilers, and it paid immediate dividends. They picked up Dustin Boyd, who for me is an NHL forward. They're trying to battle for an NHL playoff spot and that certainly helps. What they didn't do was they did not tradeDan Hamhuis. That is an important consideration for the Preds. They could have traded him, there was a market for him, but they decided to hang on to him because they want to make a push to make the playoffs and with Grebeshkov, Hamhuis and Boyd in the lineup, the Preds are a much better team than they were a few days ago.
Greg Wyshynski: Flipped a second-round pick for defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, who improves an already solid blue line and who's up for a new contract as an RFA after the season. Acquired hard-working forwardDustin Boyd from the Calgary Flames. Dan Hamhuis was coveted by several teams, but the Preds never pulled the trigger. It makes them better in the short term.GRADE: B+
Scott Burnside : Depth player for the Preds. Boyd has 19 points in 60 games for the Flames this season. Grade: D
Kevin Allen: (Ranked as the 10th best trade deadline performance) They picked up defenseman Denis Grebeshkov from Edmonton for a second-round pick. He gives the Predators a fairly skilled player to play as the team's No. 5 or No. 6 defensemen. Even though the Predators will likely lose Dan Hamhuis to free agency, GM David Poile didn't trade him. What that means is Nashville will have a noteworthy defense in the stretch run and playoffs.
ESPN.com: GM David Poile ended up keeping defenseman Dan Hamhuis and netminder Dan Ellis even though both are unrestricted free agents and likely gone in July. He also added Denis Grebeshkov to a talented blue line and depth forward Dustin Boyd.Trending: Up.
The Hockey News: The way it’s going for Nashville, their first round playoff matchup is likely to be against one of the West’s better teams: San Jose, Chicago or Vancouver. While the first two have some effective sandpaper players on their third and fourth lines – guys crucial to long playoff grinds – Vancouver is lacking in that department. This deal will provide Nashville with a necessary toughness on the depth lines to matchup with or outmatch these teams.
The Preds will likely replace the soft Marcel Goc on the third line with the more-gritty Dustin Boyd. This is purely a move made with an eye towards a tough first round matchup. Good, cheap addition by the Preds to address a minor, but important part of a post-season roster. Winner: Nashville. -