C Derick Brassard/LW Ryan Clowe/D John Moore, New York Rangers: All three played a big part in New York’s 6-1 demolishing of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Brassard and Moore were acquired in a deal that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus, and Clowe was snagged from San Jose in exchange for two second-round picks. Brassard had a goal and three assists, Clowe had a goal and two helpers, and Moore notched a goal as the Rangers racked up their highest single-game goal total for the 2013 season. Speaking of Gaborik….
RW Marian Gaborik, Columbus Blue Jackets: the former high-priced free agent and 40-goal scorer was finally sent packing from the Big Apple, and it snapped him right out of his funk. His last 22 games with the Rangers, he scored only two goals. His first game with the Blue Jackets, he gets an assist and scores the game-winning goal.
G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning: goalie-desperate Tampa Bay sent promising young forward Cory Conacher to Ottawa for Bishop, who immediately got the start for the Lightning. Tampa Bay didn’t have to wait long to be rewarded for their investment in Bishop- he stopped 45 shots in a 5-0 win over division rival Carolina.
RW Jaromir Jagr, Boston Bruins: He got a standing ovation from the fans in Boston, and rewarded them with the only goal in a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. And he was responsible for a nice parting gift to Dallas, who sent him to Boston in exchange for a pick and two prospects, one of whom is….
LW Lane MacDermid, Dallas Stars: One of a slew of young players Dallas acquired in the days leading up to the deadline, but the only one who got playing time with the big club. The power forward notched a goal on his first shot as a Dallas Star, even if his effort was in vain as his new team fell 5-2 to Anaheim on Wednesday night.
C Derek Roy, Vancouver Canucks: One of the many forward Dallas sent packing, Roy had a solid debut for his new team. He notched an assist during the Canucks 4-0 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers.