NHL Trade Deadline 2014: Analyzing Lessons Learned After Flurry of Major Deals

March 6th, 2014 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

What your'e hearing is the faint sound of every NHL 14 game owner hitting the reset button on their franchise and starting over.

Following a cascade of deals that washed over the NHL over the past week-plus, the league is left almost unrecognizable from even All-Star break rosters.

Scuffling franchises (Hi, Sabres and Islanders) have started gutting their rosters and stockpiling assets for their next run, while contenders (Hi, Penguins and Canadiens) have lines that now resemble the NHL version of the Monstars.

It was all fun and games and craziness—the exact type of deadline bonanza often promised but rarely required in other leagues. The NBA's prohibitive collective bargaining agreement has dampened a once-robust February sweeps period, while MLB teams have gotten infinitely smarter about locking up their talented young players with long-term contracts.

That leaves the NHL as the last true vestige of the wild, wild trade period. (The NFL, unfortunately, seems committed to creating a system whereby players never get traded and deals that do get consummated typically look lopsided in hindsight.)  ...

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