UPDATE: It was indeed an uneventful deadline day. You can find a complete list of the day’s trades here.EARLIER: Typically, the NHL trade deadline brings non-stop action from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 p.m. as playoff contenders look to add the pieces that could put them over the top and cellar dwellers sell off as many assets as possible.
It’s a pattern we’ve grown used to over the last decade, but today’s deadline could be very different. Most experts say that today’s activity won’t approach the 20-30 deals we’ve seen in recent years.
Part of that is because we’ve already seen several significant trades well in advance of the deadline, and part of it is because there are less sellers than usual. The standings in both conferences are unusually tight for this late in the season, and as a result, few teams are prepared to give up impact players.
While it’s possible that Dallas could move Brad Richards and shake up deadline day, it sounds like it’s far more likely that we’ll see about a dozen marginal moves, a dull day in comparison to years past.
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