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NHL GMs: This year’s trade deadline’s ‘so different’

Mar 21, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

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The NHL trade deadline is less than two weeks away. Will we see be names like Jarome Iginla dealt, a flurry of trades in general, or are we in for a relatively uneventful deadline day?

It’s hard to say because we’ve never really been in a scenario like this before.

“We have a totally different year than we’ve ever had,” Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told the “We’re going to have more teams in the race, and so I would suspect that you’re going to pay a premium for players because so many teams are looking for them and these races are going to have a lot of teams in them right until the end.”

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would agree with that assessment.

“It’s been so different because everyone is in it and everyone is looking to add,” Chiarelli said. “There are a few teams that aren’t looking to add, but I would say most of them are still in the race.”

When you mix a short season with how close teams are to each other in terms of overall skill thanks to the salary cap, you end up in a situation where almost every team feels like they still got a shot of making the playoffs. Just 10 points separates fourth and last place in the Western Conference.

At the same time, the gap could widen over the next two weeks. Additionally, there are reasons to believe there might be more action over the next two weeks than some would predict.

“It just seems this is the one year too that teams have that extra cap space,” Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero pointed out in an interview. “Where a team like us in the last couple of years really didn’t have any cap space and maybe moving forward with the cap going down, we might not have that in the future.”

In fact, nearly every team has more than enough cap space available going into the deadline, based on capgeek’s numbers. Will that unique level of flexibility prove to be the difference? Or will nothing make up for how tight the standings have been?

We’ll find out soon.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    mic check

  2. trbowman - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    It’s going to be a bore.

    In typical Flames fashion they’ll win just enough games before the 3rd to stay “in it” only to ultimately finish in 9th or 10th, so I guarantee Iggy isn’t going anywhere.

    • nunan - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      I wouldn’t be surprised. BUT, unlike years past, he is heading for UFA status so if he’s considering signing somewhere else after this season, Feaster will feel pressure to trade him for something instead of losing him for nothing. Then again, if they make a run at the playoffs this year, maybe Iginla would want to stay with the Flames.

  3. bensawesomeness - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I’d imagine it’s really going to be boring this year. Everyone feels like they can make it in, so why give anything away?

    I’m all for parody, i think it’s the best league in the world because of the parody, but the shortened season screwed us all over this year (again)

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      “Parody” as in hilarity or “parity” as in equality?

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        yeah. my bad

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Did anyone hear any trade rumors about Ryan Miller?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      No but we can make some up. It wouldn’t be any different than what the media does anyway.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Just ask Eklund 😀

  5. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    We want iggy!! Come win a cup with us.

    • nhloon - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Seriously could be a possibility, but with Cheapo Chiarelli (must admit he works the cap well), it’s a veteran pipe dream

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      I fear that could turn out like a sequel to the Kaberle trade (ultra expensive, nearly zero gain). If it ends with The Cup, okay.

  6. travishenryskid - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    First off, I disagree that it’s tighter this year than other years because only playing within the conference makes it more difficult to climb. There are no out of conference games where you can make up points. Also, they say that it’s closer than ever every year because of the loser point. It’s just the way it is now, and another reason to go to the 3-2-1 point format.

    Second, I don’t think it will be that quiet, especially in Buffalo, who are clearly sellers. Leopold, Regher and Hecht will all be traded. Pominville, Vanek and Miller should all be shopped actively, although they may be moved in the off-season. There shouldn’t be a single safe player on that roster, and Darcy Regier should have the busiest day of his 15 year career.

  7. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Wonder where Clowe will end up. He has not been playing and Wilson has been talking with teams about him. Thats the only interesting thing ( for me personally ) happening before the trade deadline.

  8. bcisleman - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    A team like Calgary in need of a rebuild might be a big seller. Apart from that, I think you will only see teams making moves that have long term value. For instance, the Islanders need a goalie who seems likely to be the goaltender of the future. Right now, their goalie prospects are struggling. If Ben Bishop becomes available, Garth Snow might be wise to pursue him. Also been noise about a Gaborik-Boyle trade. Both teams are struggling offensively, the NYR need help on their PP and Gaborik needs a change of scenery.

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