photo via blackhawks.nhl.com
Remember when the trade deadline was something to look forward to? It was an unofficial Canadian holiday that decimated attention spans in workplaces and classrooms across the country. A day in march you could actually look forward to. Weeks of build up and insider reports. So much hype! For what?
To see trades involving players you’ve never heard of, being dealt for sixth, seventh round picks or future considerations. Thrilling. The deadline is becoming an increasingly tedious and disappointing day on the NHL calendar.
It was like watching paint dry, except Pierre McGuire was there to remind you that yes, someone in broadcasting is still offering him money to annoy you.
Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin weren’t going anywhere. That isn’t very shocking. Eric Staal, Andrew Ladd, the big names on the trade block, were dealt in the days leading up to the deadline. Leaving us with only roster moves, trades being done to move salaries or prepare for some other moves on draft day.
The Blackhawks Stan Bowman grabbed seven players, all days before the deadline. Gearing up for a 4th run at the cup in 6 years, a win would solidify the Blackhawks as a dynasty. Bowman is either some kind of wizard or he was born with a horseshoe up his ass. I think it’s hereditary, perhaps he got it from his dad.
Are the days of significant rental players shipping off to playoff contenders over? Will we never get to see someone like Marian Hossa or a James Neal go to the Penguins?
This year was devoid of any joy, any excitement.
GMs are no longer waiting until the last minute, or even the actual deadline day to make their moves. I hope this doesn’t become a trend.