Somebody. Anybody. Make some trades.
Hockey fans are anxiously waiting for even a trickle of trade activity in the National Hockey League, but it’s been gravely disappointing on that front for awhile.
“I have to tell you, I think there’s teams that really want to do something,” explained Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Monday radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. “I think Tampa Bay really wants to do something. I think L.A. really wants to do something to get some scoring. I think Chicago really wants to do something to add a scorer on Toews’ wing.
“But the problem, as somebody said to me on the weekend, is there’s really only two teams that have said that they’re out of it… Colorado and Arizona. And their asks are high. When you don’t have a lot of suppliers, the price is high. So that’s kind of where we are right now.
“A lot of teams are having their scouting meetings at this time, and I think that opens up a lot more conversation. But right now I’ve been told the biggest problem is the prices are high and there aren’t a lot of sellers. That’s kind of where they are. But there are teams out there, and I just mentioned a couple of them, that would really like to do something.”
Scan the standings and you’ll see the parity to which Friedman alludes halfway through the 2016-17 NHL campaign. The Western Conference Wild Card race is airtight, and the battle for the final two playoff spots in the Atlantic Division is shaping up to be fairly intense. Given the strength of the Metro thus far, a Top 3 spot in the Atlantic may be the only path for teams in the Atlantic to see postseason action this spring.
TSN’s Darren Dreger indicated Friday on Buffalo’s WGR 550 that “it’s fairly active in terms of the general managers making their calls,” but he didn’t get the sense anything was brewing on the trade front at that time.
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