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Chris Wassel Gives Us His Trade Deadline Thoughts

Chris Wassel, owner of The Hockey Program web site and podcast and a fantasy hockey expert, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the upcoming NHL trade deadline:

PH: What are some of your general thoughts on the trades that have been made so far prior to the NHL trade deadline? Which deal do you think was the best? Why?
CW: Last year was expected. This year one had the feeling there would be some significant dealings. However, there have been 18 trades made since February 9th. That is a very high number and suggests that many pundits underestimated this market as many did think there would be less sellers and buyers.

The problem in today’s NHL is that there are only a few teams that are true sellers. Other teams are tinkering for various needs and some for a shot at the playoffs. With the rumors flying around the way they are, there is a sense that this is so far from over and that there may be one more big one left, maybe two.

One has to admire what Boston and Pittsburgh have done, win or lose here. They have gone about it different ways but Boston is going for it in acquiring Tomas Kaberle. Yes they did give up the likes of Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler but they went for it. GM Peter Chiarelli is not messing around. Also, Rich Peverley fits right into the Boston system and can do something Wheeler could not and that is score fairly consistently without being an albatross on the other end. Yes Wheeler has more talent but sometimes that does not translate. Just as Erik Johnson sometime.

One of the most merciful moves may have been Jamie Langenbrunner getting dealt to Dallas as well. The Devils have responded amazingly since. The Wojtek Wolski move has paid off for the Rangers but with the injury to Marc Staal and some uncertainties, they now have work to do in acquiring a defenseman. Ottawa has also made out pretty well in its “firesale” acquiring picks and Craig Anderson. That will be a move that should eventually pay off long term. Anderson is not a bad goalie like his numbers suggest this year. Colorado just hit the panic button.

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