Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/14/14 at 02:33 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
In some ways, there are two trade deadlines this season.
There's the real trade deadline, March 5 at 3 p.m. ET, but there's also the pre-trade deadline Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET: that's when a trade freeze goes into effect for the Olympic break and doesn't thaw until 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 23.
That leaves 10 days after the Olympics for teams to get their shopping done. The question is whether some clubs are going to want to make their move before Sochi instead.
That's just what Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford did in 2005-06, acquiring veteran center Doug Weight before the Torino Olympics break in order to beat out the other teams lining up to bid on the prized rental player after the Games. Weight was a solid addition to a team that would end up winning the Stanley Cup.
"I think teams would like to do what we did with Weight, he was the No. 1 targeted guy that year and we jumped in early," Rutherford told ESPN.com Tuesday. "But with teams being so tight under the cap this year, it's probably going to make it more difficult. Because the players those teams want to pick up this year, they're going to need the other team to eat up a bit of cap space to fit them in. If they can do it, most teams would like to [make their move before the Olympic break]."
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