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Trade Talk

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Sports is supposed to be about fun, and part of that pleasure is the wheeling and dealing.

There are far too many faceless and nameless ‘insiders,’ but trade speculation makes life around the NHL a little more interesting.

It looks like we can expect more deals than we’ve seen in recent seasons because of the changes in rules with the new collective bargaining agreement. Clubs are allowed to retain salary in deals that send players elsewhere.

Plus we have the combination of a shortened season, which necessitates the need to act faster.

As one GM said: “There are more teams looking to do things now than what you’d have (so early) in an 82-game season. I think there’s more urgency, teams feel the need to get something done.”

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