The Trade deadline is closing in and the trade talks are heating up, at least they are within the media.
Hockey analysts, bloggers and the like are ‘chomping at the bit’ for a trade. In the past few years, trade deadline day has been somewhat of a bust. Many of the big trades are often made well in advance of deadline day. But even those trades aren’t happening this year. Anything substantial would be welcome at this point.
First team managers have to decide whether they are going to buy, sell or just stay the course. Then, if they are in the market for a trade, they must decide who they want to deal on, who they can afford to lose, and who would get them the biggest return. Most buyers are playoff contenders and those teams moving towards a rebuild are likely to be sellers. Some teams are still sitting on the fence; because although they may currently out of a playoff spot, they are still in the mix.
For a change, most of the Canadian teams may find themselves buyers at the trade deadline; but then again, with so many teams in a tight, the playoff picture can change at any time. I think the leafs may stay the course and just be content to give the current team some playoff experience. Although we can expect to see some trading from them during the draft in June. However, if the deal is right they could make a trade for a defenseman, but it won’t be a rental. All eyes are on the market. Who will make the first big move?