Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: Deals get real?
Things are truly beginning to kick up on the trade rumors as desperate teams cling to their playoff hopes and teams that are out of it look for trades that can help them click the reset button. All eyes are on the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes as the two organizations already out of the running for the playoffs and Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata could be had by the highest bidders.
The trick for the general managers in the desperate buyer’s club is to figure out if their playoff hopes are based on anything real and if the high prices sought well ahead of the March 1 trade deadline are worth paying. For some teams it might be worth the stretch to get into the playoffs, but for others it would be straight madness to deal young assets for something that could get a struggling team over the hump this season.
It’s all part of the cat-and-mouse game around the NHL trade deadline, but it’s also the kind of misguided moves and inactivity that get owners to clean house at the management level when the regular-season carousel eventually stops. It should be interesting as it always is around the hockey world when stuff starts getting real.