It’s either one of the most exciting days of the year for hockey fans or an on-ice version of Much Ado About Nothing. NHL trade deadline day (or Deadline Day if you earn your cheque in network promotions) has the potential to be a “make or break” mile marker for teams in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. It’s also an opportunity for rebuilding teams like the Edmonton Oilers to cash in on attractive assets and stock the cupboards for future seasons.
Fan interest has skyrocketed in recent years. So much so that Canadian networks commit the entire day (with all hands on deck) to addressing rumours and analyzing moves…or a lack thereof. We welcomed two of Edmonton’s most “in the know” broadcasters to Monday’s BT. Click on the video link below to hear what Sportsnet’s Gene Principe and 630CHED’s Dan Tencer had to offer up first thing in the morning.
It wouldn’t be fair for me to ask those two to make a prediction without making a couple of my own. On the record, I believe…
- Brad Richards will not be moved out of Dallas. His concussion is too much of an asterisk, the biggest suitors (LA included) could stand in the way of the Stars making the playoffs and it sends the wrong message to fans in Texas who may not be patient enough to stick around if they sense a foundation-rattling implosion of the team’s current roster.
- Evgeni Nabokov will be moved from the New York Islanders. GM Garth Snow, though fully within the rules, made a negative league-wide impression when he scooped the veteran goalie from the Detroit Red Wings as he passed through re-entry waivers earlier this year. Nabokov refused to report to the league’s biggest joke and has been suspended ever since. The question is, would a veteran GM like the Wings’ Ken Holland actually pay what a clown like Snow might ask for in return? If the Isles’ asking price isn’t out of this world, the former All Star could suit up for a contender by week’s end.
- The Calgary Flames will find a way to add secondary scoring before day’s end. GM Jay Feaster set the table by placing slumping sniper Nik Hagman on waivers earlier this month. This will be an interesting team to watch, as the Flames don’t have a lot of assets to ship out in exchange and realistically could miss playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. My money says Feaster goes for it, riding the momentum his team has shown for the past 25 games.
Tune into BT Tuesday morning at 7:10 for a full deadline day recap and an updated look at the BT hockey pool standings. Until then, best of luck in your plans to be productive between hitting “refresh” on www.sportsnet.ca!