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?