Every year there is a lot of hype around the trade deadline as it is the final chance for teams to solidify their rosters before the stretch drive to the postseason. Unfortunately, most years the deadline fails to live up to fans’ expectations as parity in the NHL makes it difficult for most teams to go all-in as buyers or seller. Furthermore, there are countless examples of teams in the past making a splash only for their efforts to ultimately fall short when it matters most. All said, the deadline is a good reminder that all trades are in essence teams gambling on what will happen in the future.
On the other hand, in many trades there are considerations far more interesting than the involved players themselves. For example, a buying team acquiring a player essentially hurts the available ice time and opportunity of at least one other player. And on the seller’s side whenever a player is sent packing there is now a void in the lineup that has to be filled by others in the organization which creates new opportunities. The fallout from these trades will have a great impact on the production of many players down the stretch and in head-to-head playoff rounds.
Today we will examine eight teams from the Eastern Conference. Which is a buyer and which is a seller? What are the needs of the buying squads and who might suffer as a result of any acquisitions? Who are the sellers trying to unload and which players within the organization have a chance to benefit? As you will see, some teams will have a more interesting deadline day than others.
Boston Bruins – BUYER
The Bruins are in an interesting spot. Despite a lot of negativity around the team including the firing of coach Claude Julien the team is in a playoff spot in the weak Atlantic division. While the Bruins may not do much they do have needs that can be addressed without breaking the bank. Up front they can use some help as Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes have not been good on the wing. Any addition would hurt the prospects of these two as well as Austin Czarnik, a rookie who has shown some promise.
Without a stable backup available, Tuukka Rask has played a lot of hockey. The Bruins clearly need an upgrade behind Rask and could be in the market for one on deadline day. This would further hurt Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre, a pair of prospects looking to make the jump to the NHL. Both are getting old as prospects and are running out of time to prove themselves. Subban could actually be used as trade bait to help the roste