NHL News and Trade Rumors Part 2
Just in case you missed the first part of this series; NHL news and trade rumors. We are now going to look at a couple of trades which were both beneficial to each team involved. This is something which can be very difficult when dealing with trades in the NHL. In this article I will not discuss whether or not a particular trade was good for the Bruins or not but instead, look at how the trade affected each team involved.
The first trade took place between the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets. The Blues acquired the rights to two defencemen; Drew Stafford from the Jets and Adam Pardy from the Jets. In return the Blues received three first round picks from the Jets.
This was a great move for both the Jets and the Blues. It was an obvious need for the Blues to add a top six defenceman to their blue line. With the fourth overall pick that they received they can get a first or second overall pick. They could also get a player in the first round that they do not have the money to offer.
The Jets also took advantage of the St. Louis’ need for a top-four winger. However, this move wasn’t as obvious for the Blues. They got a player with potential and an NHL contract at a fairly low cost. It also means that they can find better players later on in the draft.
In this second part of this series we will look at the Dallas Stars and the Los Angeles Kings. We will focus on how the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues each got in way over their heads. We will also cover the third way in between; Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals.
This is an exciting time for those who are in the NHL; NHL news and trade rumors. As long as your team is good it can afford to lose players for nothing. However, if you are looking for a serious roster overhaul, you should be careful in what you give up. Remember that NHL players are grown men that want to play with some of the best players in the world and make sure you are giving them the best opportunity to succeed. If you are trying to squeeze out a win then it is better to play it safe with young players then to try and make a star out of them when they are only in their mid twenties.
This is a league where your best chance to get a player of significance is through the draft. A player who you get in the later rounds is less likely to become a star, however, they are still valuable players and can help you win games. By staying a little out of the spotlight and letting the big names dominate, you are giving yourself the best chance of being able to find those valuable late round gems.
So, what did we learn from this series of NHL news and trade rumors? Well, we learned that NHL teams do get the best players when they can give away nothing in return. We also learned that many players on teams who do not make the playoffs always seem to be able to find a willing new team.