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from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
Overhyped and over-covered? Perhaps. But, very clearly, there is an appetite for construction (and re-construction) in hockey fandom.
But what about those puck zealots not fortunate enough to have TV or Internet access midday, mid-week? You know, the Joes and Josephines working 9-to-5 who actually have to focus on their employment? Or the scores of students in school, champing to know what the Oilers got for Erik Cole.
On D-day in our Toronto office, we went down to the coffee shop and saw 15 guys craning their necks, trying to glimpse at the lone monitor in order to glean what had transpired at the deadline….
A Sunday afternoon in early March is perfect timing from a hockey fan’s perspective: the NFL is done, MLB is still early in spring training and the weather remains typically crummy in most of the hockey world, meaning the majority of us are indoors anyhow.
And the NHL schedule on Sundays is often light – or could be tailored accordingly – so the deadline wouldn’t have to conflict with a heavy slate of games.
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.
Yesterday was different. Why?
To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.
The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts
So how was your day? Happy, scratching your head or just want to hit the couch and relax a bit?
A big thanks goes out to Alanah for her great work today and even Bill(IwoCPO) chipped in with early morning updates.
Tonight we relax with limited posting in the KK Hockey section, then get back right at it tomorrow morning.
Thanks to all of you for visiting KK today and in the past. I will have some visitor numbers for you sometime tomorrow.
For a handy list of all the transactions done today, The Score set up a transaction tracker that’s been updated quickly and accurately all day long. To scroll through today’s deals, check it out here.
Alternately, Sportsnet’s Trade Tracker page is also a handy reference.
For more details on all the day’s transactions together on one post, the deadline liveblog at ESPN will take you through all the transactions, minute-by-minute.
Here we sit, waiting for the trades to begin.
Will it be a slow day, maybe fewer trades then what you expect? Will a name that comes out of nowhere be moved?
What is on your mind or have you heard any rumors you wish to share?
Feel free to comment below.
added 8:49am, Jay Onrait of TSN always does a great trade deadline day blog and he started a little after 8:00am this morning. Make sure to check it out throughout the day.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
My mind thinks ahead to around 6 p.m. tomorrow. How will I feel, will I be burned out or maybe wanting more of this trade deadline madness? The answer comes quickly, get this over with, quickly! I want the attention turned back to the game on the ice, enough of all these trade scenarios and dreams.
You see, no matter what trades are made, what GM’s and coaches say about their recent acquisitions, the game still has to be played on the ice. Only one team will skate off with the Stanley Cup and all the other teams will be left questioning the moves they made or did not make.
I am also thinking about the most important part of our game - the NHL players. I can only imagine a few are contemplating their future and are hoping the deadline passes and for the most part, they stay with their current team. All the trade talk has to be draining on them and even though they say it isn’t a problem, deep down they know there is the possibility they may have to pack up and move on.
What are you plans for the trade deadline? Skipping school or work, maybe not but still keeping an eye on all the action?
What websites will you be visiting and what radio/TV stations will you be monitoring?
Let me know your plans and provide links if you’d like, you just may be helping out your fellow hockey fan!
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
Ah, but do not fret. There are dozens of other players, from the stars to the grunts, whose futures are unpredictable as the NHL Trade Deadline arrives. Leahy and I have taken a gander at 30 such players, breaking down their contract status, where they could be headed, why they might be traded and why they may end up staying put.
Read it now, before reality ruins everything ...
from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL is poised to keep more than $120 million in player escrow money at the end of this season, sources familiar with the league’s projections say.
The anticipated escrow return will be the largest ever made to the NHL and could deliver more than $4 million to each club’s bottom line at a time when the economy has softened and many have seen declines in single-game receipts.
It will be the second time since the league passed its current collective-bargaining agreement in 2005 that the NHL has kept a portion of the escrow money.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid subscripition link to KK…
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,
You have just two days left to come up with your excuse to call in sick Wednesday. Here’s a tip: develop the early symptoms of a sore throat Monday, just to plant a seed with the boss. If still you look fresh and healthy when you leave the office Tuesday, it will be too obvious. C’mon, this is textbook trade deadline strategy!
Those of you who implement your plan successfully will spend the day on the couch in your boxers, with half a Cheeto hanging from your chin, getting exciting about seventh defencemen being traded for fifth-round draft picks, and occasionally drifting off into a fantasy that your Sens will get Zdeno Chara back. For Martin Gerber, straight up.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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