On deadline day, the team here at Hockey Prospectus all contributed our best and worst trades of the past month.
Here was my opinion on the deal that sent Alex Goligoski to Dallas in exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen:
"As much as I hate to criticize Joe Nieuwendyk, he gets my vote for worst deal of the past month. The swap of James Neal and Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski was definitely in Pittsburgh's favor but wasn't too lopsided from a GVT perspective. The reason I disliked the trade was the fit for the organization. Neal was playing on the top line for Dallas at the age of 23 and is on pace for a GVT over 10 this season. For those who like counting stats, he's scored 20 goals for three straight years. He's a guaranteed top six forward. Meanwhile Goligoski was facing third pairing competition in Pittsburgh. The trade definitely saved Dallas some cap room. However, unless they use it to keep Brad Richards, they traded the wrong top line forward."
Given that it's a deal with the ability to shape a top contender for the next several years, it seemed ripe for a deeper look.
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