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Prices Still High A Week Before The Trade Deadline

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Over the last five NHL trade deadlines, there has been an average of 13 trades of significance in the month leading up to Deadline Day.

Just one week away from TradeCentre, there have been exactly two this season. Eric Staal is scheduled to make his debut on Monday night for Montreal after his March 26 trade from Buffalo for third and fifth-round picks. The Rangers dealt Brendan Lemieux the next day to Los Angeles for a fourth-round pick.

That’s it.

There is no shortage of limiting factors: the flat salary cap; that a shortened schedule reduces an acquisition’s impact; that nearly half the NHL is operating in long-term injured reserve; diminished financial incentive to win an extra playoff round with arena capacity restrictions; tightened internal team budgets; a looming Expansion Draft.

Then there is the list of firm buyers, which seems to be way down compared to a typical season.

Given all that, market prices for players have not yet seemed to adapt to those factors.

“Teams would like me to pay full freight, essentially normal historical trade deadline prices, for what amounts to a half tank of gas,” one GM said last week.

continued, includes Trade Bait board...

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You still get them for the playoffs and you still get the cup at the end.  How many regular season gamea youre getting out of them is a moot point.

Posted by ThatGuy on 04/05/21 at 08:54 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Sounds like all those GMs don’t want their names on the Stanley Cup.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/05/21 at 11:38 PM ET

d ca's avatar

The GM quoted seems to think that it should swing to a buyers market because the list of sellers outweighs the list of buyers. When it will always be individual player and specific team need dependent.

IF, for example, Colorado announces that Gabriel Landeskog told them he’s not re-signing because his wife wants to be close to her stage 3 parent (again a far-fetched hypothetical) you wouldn’t say the prices is too high while watching the 1st rounders offered. So it is player dependent and that’s the conundrum.

Teams with cap space AND the ability to take on money may well become intermediaries which will drive up the prices.

Will team’s settle for less at 2:59pm on April 12th—-I think so.

Posted by d ca on 04/06/21 at 12:07 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

“Teams would like me to pay full freight, essentially normal historical trade deadline prices, for what amounts to a half tank of gas,” one GM said last week.

I guess the Stanley Cup doesn’t really count this year

Posted by TreKronor on 04/06/21 at 09:13 AM ET


One thing I do like about Detroit’s flexibility is they don’t HAVE to to move any of these players. Yes, I prefer they did move them and take their chances at re-signing them in the summer or finding a replacement. However, if the price isn’t right, I’m not too worried because first crack at re-signing the likes of Glendening, Bernier and Staal isn’t the worst thing.

Players who I would look to move almost regardless of price are Helm (I can’t take his inability to finish any longer), Ryan (I question if he’ll have anything left in tank next season), Gagne (should probably retire this summer) and Neilsson/Filpula (Detroit will even throw in a few pizzas).

Posted by evileye on 04/06/21 at 09:58 AM ET

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