by Patrick Hoffman on 02/28/12 at 02:00 PM ET
This is exactly what the NHL should consider doing when it comes to its trade deadline day.
No, I am not talking about having no rumors or trades on this particular day in the season. Instead, I am talking about having NO practices and games on this peculiar day.
To me, this would make the most sense for the players. For starters, this is a day where a LOT must be going through a player’s mind.
As such, going through a practice on the day of the trade deadline must be extremely daunting and even nerve-racking. It has to be extremely tough for the player to concentrate knowing that he might not be with his current team in the next few hours and might be off to a team in a much different situation than the one he is currently on.
Secondly, it gives players time to pack, leave, and get at least somewhat settled at their new destination. When a player gets traded, they become extremely busy on that particular day.
The said player has to pack-up all of their equipment, get it in a car, get it on a plane, pick it up at the destination airport and then get it it to his new team’s facility whether that it is the practice rink or the team’s arena. If you ask me, that is one heck of a crazy day for the traded player.
Lastly, you have to remember that players are humans too. Being traded is more than likely extremely emotional so the traded player should have the day to spend at least a little bit of time saying goodbye to his now former teammates, coaching staff and even management.
This is something that the NHL should at least think about going forward as the players are the most important part of the league and make it go on a nightly basis.
What do you folks think?
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