2012Feb 29

NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Not much happened!

By SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri

Monday, February 27 marked one of the most exciting times of the year for hockey fans, Trade Deadline Day. It is the day hockey fans wait for every year. It is a day that all of @LU_SPAD wishes was a national holiday! Will a star player be traded to their team? Will the trade deadline be a bust, or will it produce blockbuster moves? Hockey fans across North America sit and hold their breathe as General Managers from all 30 National Hockey League teams take phone calls and send text messages. This years deadline looked to be promising with many big name, star players, like Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, and Dustin Brown to name a few, circling the rumour mill.

The deadline appeared to start a couple days early, with a huge trade taking place for the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jeff Carter. Carter was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in return for defense man Jack Johnson and L.A.’s first round draft pick in 2013. Once this trade took place it appeared to many that this years deadline would be an exciting one. This was certainly not the case. A mere 15 trades were made on Monday, one less than in 2011, and 16 less than in 2010. The Vancouver Canucks were the Canadian team who made the most impact on deadline day. After losing in the Stanley Cup Finals of last years playoffs, the Canucks added grit, and depth to this year’s roster acquiring Zach Kassian from the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres received the highly touted Cody Hodgson in return and the experts are calling it a great trade from both sides. With the 6’4” 230lbs Kassian headed to Vancouver, look for the Canucks to make another Stanley Cup run come April.

Although some may call the 2012 deadline a bust, it was very similar to last year. The reason for this? Well with the playoff race being so tight around deadline time, teams are unsure of whether or not they are a buyer or a seller. Teams are hesitant to give up assets because they could still be in the playoff race come April, and that player may assist them in getting there. Perhaps former coach, and NHL on TSN hockey analyst Marc Crawford summed up this year’s deadline with this tweet, “Trade Center 2012. Too many buyers too few sellers. No bargains and deals hard to complete. At least we saw return of the pure Hockey Trades”.

It looks like we will have to wait 364 more days to see what next year’s deadline has in store. And will it ever become an @LU_SPAD Holiday?




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