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The worst trade deadline ever

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08:19 AM ET 03.21 | My, my, how times have changed. People actually greatly misunderstand what the NHL trading deadline means any more. Once upon a time, teams used it to bolster their lineups for the stretch drive and beyond, in the hopes that there was a Butch Goring out there that could help them get over the top and win a Stanley Cup. Nowadays, the trading deadline is all about providing content for cable sports shows and newspaper websites. Dozens of trades occur annually and rarely do of them have any tangible bearing on the outcome of the playoffs. And this year, it'll be worse than ever. Q: Worse than ever because? A: Because, in a 48-game season, so many teams consider themselves genuinely in the hunt for a playoff spot.

The Globe and Mail

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March 21, 2013  08:33 AM ET

how would that make it worse than ever? If everybody considers themselves a contender then you have fewer sellers. We'll see what happens in the market, but I expect it to be pretty quiet.

March 21, 2013  08:33 AM ET

All 3 times the Pens won a cup they made deadline trades that got them over the hump and played major parts in ther cup wins. Of course they made some deadline trades in years they failed to win a cup too, so maybe it's a wash.

But it's hardly a useless deadline unlike the NFL trade deadline where hardly anybody ever changes teams.

March 21, 2013  08:33 AM ET

and why am I not surprised that this article would be from the globe?

March 21, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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All 3 times the Pens won a cup they made deadline trades that got them over the hump and played major parts in ther cup wins. Of course they made some deadline trades in years they failed to win a cup too, so maybe it's a wash. But it's hardly a useless deadline unlike the NFL trade deadline where hardly anybody ever changes teams.

exactly. Guys like Iggy and Morrow might not be what they once were...but these guys are definitely in play and they can definitely make a big difference.

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March 21, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Hal Gill was a HUGE add for them in 08.

well, he is a pretty big guy.

March 21, 2013  08:53 AM ET

The worst news station ever

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March 21, 2013  09:01 AM ET

I imagine there will be a few moves, not many, like a D-man here, and maybe a depth forward there, but I doubt (and I say this with trepidation) there will be many, if any, blockbuster trades before the deadline.

I may be proven wrong, but this year is different, because (cue the cliche) it's a sprint instead of the normal marathon. However. I just don't see it.

March 21, 2013  09:11 AM ET

The Stars should be fielding calls... as sellers.









Their done.

March 21, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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The Stars should be fielding calls... as sellers. Their done.

Damn - So mad my grammar has gone to hell also.

March 21, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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Damn - So mad my grammar has gone to hell also.

Chalk it up to being frustrated by the Stars, perhaps?

March 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Stars should be fielding calls... as sellers. Their done.

It's ok Otis my Flyers are right their with you ;)

March 21, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Chalk it up to being frustrated by the Stars, perhaps?

After blowing their 7th game with a two goal lead...



Yeah - just a bit.

March 21, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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It's ok Otis my Flyers are right their with you ;)

We're all mired in "averageness" - aren't we?

March 21, 2013  09:34 AM ET

I feel with such a deep draft this year, we will see alot of trading going on. Teams that are 8th seeds that need to keep the home crowd happy (Jets) will make deals. Look at the players that will or may be on the move. Bouwmeester,Boyes,Boyle,Cammalleri,Iginla,Lunogo,Ribeiro,Perry,Gonchar,Mor row. The blackhawks are looking for a center. Dogs and Cats playing in the streets together.... Boring trade deadline, I think Not

March 21, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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We're all mired in "averageness" - aren't we?

I would be happy with "averageness" that would mean you are the 8 seed right?

March 21, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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After blowing their 7th game with a two goal lead... Yeah - just a bit.

Cannot say that I blame you one bit there...

March 21, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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The Stars should be fielding calls... as sellers. Their done.

alot of talk about Derek Roy being on the trade-block

March 21, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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We're all mired in "averageness" - aren't we?

I'm not! :-) GO HABS!!!

 
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