Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/27/14 at 10:42 AM ET
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis, an executive known for working the phones and aggressively trying to improve his roster, explained to Hockey Central why this season has proved so difficult to acquire an impact player.
“Most [GMs] have tried to be active, but it’s really difficult to make a trade right now. A lot of teams are either in LTI [long-term injury situations] or they're against the cap.” ...
The other trade-hindering factor, according to Nonis, is Sochi.
“No one knows what’s going to happen coming out of the Olympics," Nonis says. "You'd like to think no one's going to get injured in Sochi, but that's not the case. There's going to people that come back that aren't ready to play."
Most deals available now involve fringe players, guys toiling the minors or ones who aren't regularly in the lineup.
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