It wasn't as big a trade deadline day as we're used to, but there were still 16 deals that went down in the NHL before 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

So who did the most to improve their team this time around?

For some, the most logical choice is to pick the team who landed the biggest player. In this case, the L.A. Kings won in that regard, getting Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Colten Teubert, a first-round pick in 2011, and a conditional second-round pick in 2012.

But the case can be made that the Oilers were the ones who came out with the better hand in that deal, loading the already promising up-and-comers with more picks and another top prospect. Edmonton also swapped minor-league defenceman with Colorado, getting Kevin Montgomery for Shawn Belle.

And how about those Vancouver Canucks, who added some depth up front by nabbing Christopher Higgins and Maxim Lapierre in separate deals?

Washington has possibly added a crucial piece to its puzzling lack of playoff success, getting veteran forward Jason Arnott from New Jersey for David Steckel and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. The Caps also added Dennis Wideman from the Panthers for Jake Hauswirth and a third-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Speaking of Florida, the Panthers were one of the most active teams on deadline day, as their perennial rebuild continues. Florida moved Higgins to Vancouver (for defenceman Evan Oberg and a third-rounder in 2013), Bryan Allen to Carolina (for Sergei Samsonov), Wideman to the Caps, and Radek Dvorak to Atlanta (getting Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller).

Ottawa moved out a defender, but it wasn't the one everybody was expecting. The Sens sent Chris Campoli along with a conditional seventh-round pick in 2013 to Chicago for Ryan Potulny and a second-rounder in 2011.

Veteran Senator Chris Phillips, long the centre of trade speculation, is staying put, agreeing to a three-year, $9.25 million US contract extension late Sunday night. Ottawa also picked up goalie Curtis McElhinney on waivers.

The Flames added veteran Fredrik Modin to their roster from Atlanta for a seventh-round pick and Brett Carson off waivers, while Toronto, who moved out several players in the weeks prior to the deadline, stayed mostly quiet Monday, sending rarely-used John Mitchell to the New York Rangers. Same for the Habs, who sent minor-league prospect Brett Festerling to Atlanta for goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

We've heard from all the experts. Now we want to hear from you. Who came out the best after the 2011 NHL trade deadline was settled, and what do you think of all the moves?

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