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2010 NHL Entry Draft: An anticlimactic weekend on the trade front

Jun 26, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

We were promised a crazy weekend.

Heck, I was sure of it.

After a few weeks of buildup, as team officials were sure there was going to be a flurry of activity leading up to the draft, all we got was a Keith Ballard trade and Dan Hamhuis’ negotiating rights moved to Pittsburgh.

I’d say last year was crazier. Easily.

Teams needed to make salary cap room and they were needing to make trades for positions of need, before a stale free agency class hit the market on July 1. The stars were aligned, and instead there was nothing but disappointment.

When the media hit the draft floor yesterday, immediately the throng started to analyze every conversation witnessed between team officials. The tweets started to fly, as we tried to breakdown every whisper witnessed between general managers.

Perhaps they were just catching up, because the trades never happened.

There’s still a chance that we see some trades this week before free agency starts, but at this point I’m not holding my breath. The teams are just asking for too much, and with free agency looming they’d rather just take their chances with the open market.

  1. DK - Jun 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Perhaps this will be the norm in the post-lockout, salary cap NHL. Teams now have to wait until after the free agency rush to see where their roster stands, then pursue trades afterward (September/training camp time?) in order to get their cap situation in order/address roster holes. Sure makes for less interesting draft days for us hockey freaks, huh?

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