Do we put too much stock in trade deadline deals?

Do we put too much stock in trade deadline deals?
March 6, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Trenni Kusnierek and Gary Tanguay discuss whether too much emphasis is place on these deadline deals.


The Bruins' acquisiton of defenseman Andrej Meszaros was met with a collective yawn from some B's fans and complaints from others that it wasn't a big enough move to make them a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

On Arbella Early Edition, after hearing Bruins president Cam Neely say the team missed out on a bigger deal, Trenni Kusnierek and Gary Tanguay discuss whether too much stock is put in these deadline deals.

"Am I the only one having flashbacks to Jarome Iginla?" Kusnierek asked, recalling that the B's missed out of Iginla at the deadline last year before he wound up in Pittsburgh. The Bruins got the last laugh, of course, by 1) beating the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals and 2) signing Iginla as a free agent in the offseason.

"You have to win now when you have players who are a little bit older," Kusnierek said, referring specifically to Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, 37. "You have to go for it."

Tanguay said the impact of deadline deals are mostly overblown.

"Trade deadlines are for people to complain," he said. "Especially now that we live in the fantasy [sports] world."

Kusnierek said she would agree, except for baseball. "How about 2008 when the Sox traded Manny Ramirez to the the Dodgers?"

That trade fueled the Dodgers run to the playoffs. Deadline deals in the other sports? Not so much.