Why Trade Deadline ’16 Will Flop

Okay, listen – I’m just as much of a hockey fan as the next person is. (Except I’m not familiar with the prospects, so don’t ask me about them.) I’ve gotten up early on most trade deadlines to see all of the magic go down. I was once on a school bus getting Twitter updates through TSN’s experts. That’s how crazy I’ve been when it comes to this.

But for 2016, I might make a vow: I’m probably going to say no to the idea of either watching or following along to the trade coverage. This is usually the part of the story where I say that “it’s not you; it’s me”, but in all honesty… It’s not me that’s the problem. It’s everyone else that’s the problem. Because, let’s face it, why bother showing up to the party when it’s been mostly lackluster over the past few years?

Maybe there’ll be this one huge trade around the last hour before time’s up, with Drouin involved (if Yzerman’s decided to get in contact with teams). And if it’s not Drouin, it’s probably going to be this off-the-wall trade that I don’t think anyone expected. But besides that one stick that blew up in the pack of dynamite, expect there to be plenty of fizzles.

What might happen? Let’s see some possible other scenarios:

Perhaps Montreal sells the farm for hitting that brick wall lately.
Washington as buyers? Highly unlikely, unless it’s for someone minor.

(There’s a lot more, but I’m not going into each team’s needs right now.)

But let’s be honest for a minute. After the Phaneuf to Ottawa trade on Tuesday, I see one or two more huge trades happening before the end of the month. I won’t plop any more Nostradamus predictions on you – my idea of Drouin is probably going to be it here – but I have a sinking feeling that it’s going to be kind of quiet. Now watch me be wrong.

So if you see me on social media on deadline day, point me in another direction. Is work calling me for a scheduled shift at all?

4 thoughts on “Why Trade Deadline ’16 Will Flop

  1. I think we’ll see Drouin traded for sure, although Yzerman really could just let him sit out a while, he holds all the cards.

    Montreal aren’t going to trade anyone major, they’d be foolish to do so. They’re not a fantastic roster, but they’ve got some very nice peaces, and losing your best player will hurt anyone, just perhaps…not this much.

    Toronto will likely loose a few contracts too, which is basically the point of their entire season; get draft picks at all costs.

    As for moves, do we see the Wild do something? Maybe the Jets trade Ladd, or even Trouba? I wouldn’t be shocked to see Stamkos dealt away for a pick and a few prospects or even a pick and a 3/4 D-man.

    • I agree – Montreal’s not trading a huge name, but I have a feeling that if they continue to sink, they’ll have to deal one or two guys. But they need to make a move if they want to make a run.

      As for Drouin – if he’s not dealt, I’m going to be surprised. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

      • That’s the thing, I think the front office knows they’re not making the playoffs this season. They’ll continue to say they’re gonna do something, but if they miss they could find themselves falling into a very nice first round pick.

      • Well, they traded Weise to Chicago today. And I believe someone stated that with the exception of Price and Subban, everyone else is okay to talk about. Seems like something’s up.

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