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by Paul on 01/30/12 at 01:45 PM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
It’s time for the NHL’s general managers to start playing the trading game.
The question is when to pull the trigger: now or closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
“Right now there are different teams trying to make a trade, but the problem is there are only two or three teams that are even willing to make a trade for a draft choice or prospect, meaning they don’t think they are going to make the playoffs,” Nashville GM David Poile told NHL.com. “What I want now versus what I can later are two different things because of the parity you have in the NHL.
“Certainly if you wait until the last day, the max players should be available.”
Poile’s point is noted, but Calgary GM Jay Feaster told NHL.com that if he had waited until closer to the trade deadline to work on the Mike Cammalleri for Rene Bourque deal he’s not sure he would have ever done it.
“If we’re not solidly in a playoff position or if we think there are too many teams to jump over we’re not going to be in a buyer’s mode,” Feaster said. “We’re not in a playoff position right now and we still need to win to get there, so that’s why you do it now. Let’s go get Cammy and get that spark we need. We can get hot and put ourselves in a spot.”
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