Occasionally we'll feature guest posts at Puck Drunk Love. This article was penned by Michael Pina and offers a look at the trade deadline and how a guy like Jarome Iginla may give a team that extra edge in their pursuit of the Cup.
Every year, in every one of North America’s four major professional sports, the much anticipated trade deadline holds more season-altering potential than any other event. It’s a date that allows organizations to make self-aware statements on where it is they stand, and how you might expect them to perform down the season’s homestretch and into the playoffs.
Is Team X looking to fill a weakness or cash out on a strength? Are they comfortably standing pat or desperately scrambling? Are they more interested in making short term decisions to save their respective jobs as highly paid decision-makers at the cost of meaningful issues rising from the muck at some point in the future?
In hockey, we’ve seen several major deals take place before the trade deadline in recent years, and often times at least one will have a significant impact on the postseason—teams that feel they’re on the cusp of making Stanley Cup playoff noise aggressively acquiring what they see as the necessary piece(s).no comments