The rumor mills are churning with murmurings of player trades that may or may not occur between NHL teams before the trade deadline hits on March 5, 2014 at 3 p.m. I’m sure we have all heard the trade rumors about our captain Ryan Callahan, and are anxious to see if Dan Girardi will resign with the Rangers; but some may be wondering what is the trade deadline and how does it work?
The trade deadline is actually exactly what it sounds like-a deadline set by the National Hockey League each year after which all hockey team’s rosters freeze until the end of the season. Any player may be traded before the trade deadline hits, but the most common trades occur between teams with players that will become Unrestricted Free Agents, players who can leave a team and sign with whichever team they can make a deal with, or players that may not be performing up to standards that General Manager’s want. Trades can occur for multiple reasons. Some teams trade players because they know that they won’t make playoff’s that year and want to change-up their team roster. Other teams may want to rebuild their team with younger players, or add players with more experience to their team to help them win the Stanley Cup. Players can still be traded after the NHL deadline passes, however they are not allowed to play in Stanley Cup playoff games.
It is important for teams with players that will become Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the season to make sure that they either resign their players or make trades before the deadline hits to secure a player rather than allow him to walk away with nothing in return. Some players will resign at the end of the season if they aren’t traded before the deadline and no other teams show an interest in picking them up after they have become a UFA, but that is a dangerous game to play. The worst thing that can happen to a team is losing a star player with nothing in return.
Trade deadline talks go on all day with every team, and rumors spread like wildfire. If any of you have been on twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen the mass tweets about rumors regarding player trades, and interviews with sports commentators are all over the radio with speculation as to who is going where and why, but nothing is certain until it’s officially announced. It can be an exciting seven days leading up to the deadline, but it can also be incredibly stressful too!
That’s all I’ve got for you now folks! We are in the final 24 hour stretch before the New York Rangers take the ice again to play the Chicago Blackhawks! Even though there are tons of wild rumors going around, lets all stick together and support our team to another victory! Keep warm, Stay safe, and LETS GO RANGERS!