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What's your reaction to NHL trade deadline day?
Mon, February 25, 2008

Aside from a December deal that saw Anaheim move Andy McDonald to St. Louis for Doug Weight in a salary-cap related move, the four-player transaction between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes mercifully gave hockey fans a trade that actually had some serious news value.

The question is, will Monday's deal kickstart more moves between now and the Feb. 26 trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

Will the NHL trade deadline be very busy?



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I hate the leafs...i hate leaf nation, and i hate toronto, your hockey team stinks almost as bad as your city, the garbage on your streets is horryfing, no wonder the rats are so friggen healthy and fat...great graffiti artists in toronto though what a waste of talant, both on your streets and on your hodckey team...did i mention i hated toronto!!!! You NFL supporting turncoats...
jimf, 2008-02-25 11:50:02

Yeah, it focuses on the Leafs because you people are talking about it! Why don't yoou talk about the other teams then? which one of them are winning? they are not from the east that's for sure...
Peter, 2008-02-25 07:34:30

There won’t be that many block-buster deals! It’s all hype! Not too many deals will result in teams acquiring players that will win them a Stanley Cup. History proves that. As an example, last year the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up Peter Forsberg. What did that get them? Nada!

By the way, what part of "No trade Clause" do the NHL Gm's not understand? By asking them to waive their "No trade clause" you are essentially telling a player that his value is no longer good for you. That he is not wanted any more. This is a very callous way to treat a loyal hard working performer. This is also complete disregard for the loyal fans that lose a favourite player. The fans always seem to come last in the NHL equation.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-02-24 17:53:06

Don’t know who will be traded, but the number of potential buyers is far greater, both east and west, than those likely to be sellers. Based upon the point percentages thus far, and with the East cut-off looking to be 90, each of Ottawa, NJ, Pittsburgh and Montreal are certain to grab one of the Top 8 spots (Montreal, currently playing at a .595 clip, would have to drop to.below 395 the rest of the way to finish with less than 90, and that number is even lower for the other three). Boston is less certain, but they too would have to drop from their current .574 to something less than .476 over their remaining games to fall below 90.

The Rangers (now at .556) cannot fall below .526 from this point on, while Buffalo, now at.548, needs to improve ever so slightly to .550.. The Flyers (.540) and Islanders (.532) would need to step up their pace to .575 and .605. So, out of that bunch, only the Isles would appear to be a real long-shot to make the Top 8, and therefore become a seller.

The winner of the South East, of course, gets in regardless of their point total, but who that’ll be probably won’t be determined until the last game, and whoever does emerge will likely do so with around 86 points, with all the rest missing the playoffs. Carolina, now at a .530 clip, only needs to play the rest of the way at .500 to make 86. For the rest it becomes increasingly difficult: Washington .508 to .575; Atlanta .492 to .632; Florida .492 to .638, and Tampa .460 to .725. The Leafs, now at .484 and needing to play .825 over their remaining games to reach 90, will be joined as sellers by Atlanta, Florida, and Tampa for certain, and likely Washington as well.

In the West, where the cut-off will likely be 92 points, the certainties re Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, Anaheim, and San Jose, each of whom would have to drop off dramatically in order to fall out of the Top 8. It’s almost the same for Calgary and Vancouver, both now at .581 and needing to fall below .500 the rest of the way in order to miss out. Nashville, now at .563, needs to finish at a .556 pace to make it. For Colorado (.548), St. Louis (.541) and Phoenix (.540), 8th is still a possibility, but they would need to improve to .600, .619 and .625 from now to the end to make it. All three are prbably thinking that way, so that leaves as sellers in the West only Columbus, Chicago, Edmonton and L.A. who, respectively, must finish at .654, .667, .825 and 1.000 to qualify.
George O'Leary, 2008-02-24 14:54:11

Yet another thread focuses on the Maple Leafs lol. Sometimes Im amazed the other Canadian teams even get mentioned, you know, the ones that are actually WINNING.
Norbit, 2008-02-24 02:41:37

I actually just saw this on another fourm, he does have a good reason to stay in toronto, he is the all time points leader there, it makes sense he wants to retire there.
RJ, 2008-02-22 12:17:27

Don't underestimate the influence of player agents. They are after all, the ones that negotiated the clauses in the first place.

Players don't make decisions without consulting their agents first.
Todd, 2008-02-21 17:33:03

Trade Matts Sundin for TORONTOS future and then get him back as a free agent .But tell him this is probably his only chance for a stanley cup ring.
robert hill, 2008-02-21 16:33:08

Come on, people. You actually believe that speculation (report quoted "sources" --- trust me, 90% of the time "sources" are unreliable) that Philly would deal Carter for Kaberle? With Forsberg all but out of the picture, the Flyers would never deal their top young forward. They got Modry for a mere draft pick --- that says it all. Don't be duped by speculation, especially from Toronto media.
Ben TO, 2008-02-21 15:30:23

Popsicle boob, Why wouldn't they want to stay in Toronto? Where else would the likes of Kaberle, Sundin, McCabe and Tucker get the type of salary that Toronto is paying them. No where. Who's the bone head now? first Jimmy, then Norbit, now the Popsicle boy. idiots.
Pete, 2008-02-21 15:17:06

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