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Should the NHL Go “Silent” on Trade Deadline Day?

This is exactly what the NHL should consider doing when it comes to its trade deadline day.

No, I am not talking about having no rumors or trades on this particular day in the season. Instead, I am talking about having NO practices and games on this peculiar day.

To me, this would make the most sense for the players. For starters, this is a day where a LOT must be going through a player’s mind.

As such, going through a practice on the day of the trade deadline must be extremely daunting and even nerve-racking. It has to be extremely tough for the player to concentrate knowing that he might not be with his current team in the next few hours and might be off to a team in a much different situation than the one he is currently on.

Secondly, it gives players time to pack, leave, and get at least somewhat settled at their new destination. When a player gets traded, they become extremely busy on that particular day.

The said player has to pack-up all of their equipment, get it in a car, get it on a plane, pick it up at the destination airport and then get it it to his new team’s facility whether that it is the practice rink or the team’s arena. If you ask me, that is one heck of a crazy day for the traded player.

Lastly, you have to remember that players are humans too. Being traded is more than likely extremely emotional so the traded player should have the day to spend at least a little bit of time saying goodbye to his now former teammates, coaching staff and even management.

This is something that the NHL should at least think about going forward as the players are the most important part of the league and make it go on a nightly basis.

What do you folks think?

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Da lil Guy's avatar

On the other hand, is it any better if the player stays home?

Are clubs going to tell players to be waiting by the phone just in case? At least if they go to the rink, there’s an opportunity to focus on something else - and if they are traded, club executives know where to find them and they have an opportunity to say their farewells. If traded, they would presumably have to come pack up their gear regardless.

The day will be nerve-racking regardless of where it’s spent, and leaving them home for a day wouldn’t help those traded in the weeks leading up to the deadline. Stressful yes, but the possibility of a trade is a fact of life for an NHL player.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/28/12 at 03:09 PM ET

Puck's avatar

Oh, the humanity! Those poor wretches, with their CBA mandated league minimum salary of $525,000 per season and average salary of around $2 million. How will they cope and sleep at night wondering what the future holds? Imagine the indignity of a job transfer and having to pack over night and move to a new location then be expected to perform without saying goodbye to your old coworkers. What a world, LOL!

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 02/28/12 at 03:13 PM ET


Players get traded almost every day of the year. What makes the deadline any different? If a guy gets traded a day earlier should both teams involved not have to play as well?  Seeing how lackluster yesterday’s deadline was, let’s not make it even more anti-climatic.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/28/12 at 03:25 PM ET

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