by Patrick Hoffman on 02/24/11 at 05:58 PM ET
Over at RLD Hockey today, I blog about how teams in the National Hockey League need to be careful not to mortgage their future at the trade deadline.
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Posted By Patrick Hoffman
For many of us puckheads, the NHL trading deadline is an exciting time. For some of you, your club may be one or two solid players away from going from a solid playoff team to a Stanley Cup contender. For others, it is all about your team rebuilding for the future and, sometimes, gutting the team (see: Ottawa).
With this in mind, it is time remind fans to be patient with their respective teams during the deadline and to think about the future of their club. For example, do you want to give up one of your best prospects, a few picks and/or one of your better players for someone that is just going to be on your roster for a couple months?
Too often, teams will risk it all and forget that in today’s NHL, you need to keep the cupboard occupied with talent. Prior to the lockout, there was a team that would always give up prospects and draft picks and would often leave their cupboard empty: the New York Rangers.
The Rangers gave up players like Manny Malholtra, Marc Savard, Fedor Tyutin, Tony Amonte, Doug Weight, Sergei Zubov, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Marchant, among others. Yes, the loss of Amonte led to the team eventually ending their 54-year Cup drought in 1994; but there is no execuse for giving up on the others.
Another example was Atlanta trading away top prospect Braydon Coburn to Philadelphia for Alexei Zhitnik. Last I checked, that trade didn’t work out for the Thrashers.
Every team in the National Hockey League wants to win a Stanley Cup. There is no doubt about that but at what risk during the trading deadline?
Let’s look at the Detroit Red Wings. They are a contender every single season and could probably always use one or two more players at the deadline to give them an even better edge and yet, you never see them make many moves involving their prospects or better younger players.
This is why the Red Wings are successful every season. Their cupboard is always filled with young talent who are ready to step in and contribute to the team’s system.
With all of this in mind, one would hope that all the teams in the NHL are thinking the same thing: while winning the Cup is a fantastic dream and goal to have, do you really want to give your team’s future for it?
Just something to ponder as the trade deadline nears.
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