With 3pm looming March 4th there has been little or no movement on the trade front. 1 Minor deal yesterday but other then that it has been quiet...perhaps too quiet. Today and yesterday there were a lot of players that were put on waivers. This will give teams the chance to bury some cap money in the AHL and free them up financially to pull the trigger on a deal. This may allow for more player- for-player deals then just players for draft picks.
What do teams on the cusp do, St. Louis and L.A. both potentially could make the playoffs but is that worth grabbing a player only to get pounded by San Jose or Detroit in the first round or get 1 last solid draft and stockpile prospects that you can move in the summer for perhaps an established point producer or 1-2 defenceman...guess we will know in a few hours!
More in hockey then any other sport deadline day has become a beast upon itself, buyers sellers and those who choose to stand pat. there seems to be a lot more teams this year that could be potential buyers but the leagues are so tight that it is tough for GM to decide to unload or load up. It looks like there will be the potential for more minor deals and role players being moved, I wouldn’t expect too many big name players being moved.
The hometown Senators are sellers for the first time in recent memory and it is up to Bryan Murray to shop some players who may fit into long term plans and try to get back some prospects to help out the depth in Binghamton, bolster the team going forward and or stockpile some all important draft picks in this salary cap system that they are in. Just a few rumored to go are Chris Neil, Filip Kuba, Christoph Schubert and again this year Antoine Vermette.
We will have to keep an eye on the ticker and stay on top of the happenings as teams begin to make their moves.