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Playing games on deadline day — unfair?

Feb 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

There are five games on tonight’s NHL schedule, all of them involving teams that could be highly involved in today’s trade dealings.

The Rangers, believed to be the lead contenders to land Rick Nash, host New Jersey at Madison Square Garden. So what if Brandon Dubinsky gets traded? Pretty sure Nash won’t make it to New York in time to replace him.

Nashville, reportedly still looking to add players after acquiring Andrei Kostitsyn, host Los Angeles, another team that could be active today.

Edmonton, Anaheim, Winnipeg, Colorado and Calgary are all playing, and each of them could be without roster players after the 3 p.m. deadline expires.

Not to mention, today is a massively stressful and distracting day for players.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter weighed in on the issue last week, as per LA Kings Insider.

“It’s hard to believe that, on the trade-deadline day, you’ve got to play games,” he said.

“It’s really unfair to players, coaches. It’s really not fair to anybody. Sometimes there’s nothing better, but usually there’s nothing worse than being traded. … There’s a grace period, where your roster opens up and you have extra players and all that stuff, so how do you do it on that day, when you’re playing? You could have a 40-man roster, but you can’t have what you want.”

Anyway, just something to chew on as we wait for things to get a little busier.

  1. govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t entirely disagree with him, but I’m curious if he’d have said anything if the Kings played tomorrow instead- or if this is simply because he feels like his team is being picked on.

    • wingsdjy - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      I doubt he feels like his team is picked on. I’m sure if you look over the last decade of schedules, there’s been an even mix of who plays on the trade deadline. If I had a stat-boy on staff, I’d actually look into this, but for now I’ll just make the assumption.

      • govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Oh I fully agree- I just mean for this year. If the Kings played tomorrow instead of today, would Sutter have said a word about this? Or is it because he’s having to deal with it today that he’s speaking up?

  2. protek67 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Does anyone else think Darryl Sutter looks like (Robert Englund) Freddie Kruger in this picture? He could star in Nightmare on Elm Street 25

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Sutter makes a good point. As a player how do you focus on tonight’s game when you might be dealt, especially if your name is plastered all over the hockey media outlets? Even if you’re not being traded, another guy on your team might be and there’s at least one name on each team that’s tossed about in trade rumors. I wonder how that all affects team chemistry, even if most of these rumors and speculations are just media bluster and ploys for click-counts (wink-wink).

  4. comeonnowguys - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    They should schedule no games on deadline day, and a full slate the next day.

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