NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, News and Analysis

February 25th, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The 2012 NHL trade deadline is almost upon us and as such teams have started to wheel and deal.

Pundits have said that they expect this year’s deadline to be a rather slow one, as most teams have publicly stated that they plan to hold onto the stars that other NHL teams may covet.  That’s all well and good, but would you really expect them to say anything else? 

If David Poile or Lou Lamoriello were going to move Ryan Suter or Zach Parise, do you think they would openly advertise those moves? It would be silly to do so.

The trade deadline is always a gamble, but sometimes, teams strike gold. In fact, since 1980, 11 teams that made moves at the trade deadline went on to capture the Stanley Cup at the end of that season.

The most recent example being the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who brought in Bill Guerin at the deadline, giving their team an experienced player that could boost their offense. Guerin would go on to score seven goals and 15 points during the playoffs that year.

Sometimes the trade deadline is used to stockpile draft picks, something that Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman se ...

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