Is the trade deadline overhyped?

Besides Sean Avery, no one who was traded at the deadline has made much of an impact.

Peter Forsberg has only 2 goals in 16 games with the Pred’s.
Guerin only has 1 assist in 16 games with the Sharks, and it looks like you could put anyone with Thornton right now they’ll get 8 goals in 16 games.

Tkachuk has 14 points in 17 games which is pretty good, but is still not worth what Atlanta gave up.

So why even get these players? Maybe¬†1 out of 10 impact players who are aquired actally play like impact players. Sean Avery is not an impact player, and has been by far the best pickup at the deadline, so why get a star when you could get someone who can help your team just as much and won’t cost you your entire future.

23 Responses to Is the trade deadline overhyped?

  1. ferron says:

     It all has to do with who's available that year,this year "Souray" should of been traded and there is no excuses why "Bob" didn't trade him,and this is one of the only year where there was only awfull playas available at the deadline (including Avery). Remember Last year didn't Carolina went and got and couple vets witch without those key playas I don't think they would have won the cup.

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Tkachuk and Zhitnik have both done VERY well, and have dragged Atlanta into the playoffs.

  3. baltic_thunder says:

    Man, did you fall off the turnip truck or what? This was the earliest and busiest trade deadline of alltime. Roberts and Avery were awesome acquisitions. Tkachuk's acquisition raised the bar throughout the League and the jury is still out on that one. He has played superbly yet the team as a whole slipped. Guerin has been far from a disappointment in San Jose. Zubrus has been his worth in gold in Buffalo. Vancouver did right with Smolinski. Ottawa knows that they could and should have done better. Of all the none contenders, St-Louis did the best by acquiring Boyes. Maybe it's some other League that you are following.

  4. wheresthesoda says:

    the bergeron pick-up for the islanders was a good deal

  5. NHLman says:

    In terms of the number of transactions no, but in terms of the caliber of players it usually is. I put the Ryan Smyth trade as the worst trade this season, never having watched him much since he played in the Western Conference, I only knew what I heard, but having seen him play I don't think he is worth $5 million a year. And that is what the Isles are going to have to give him to retain him, if not the Isles will have given up a lot for nothing.

  6. rojoke says:

    You're forgetting the fact that the deadline was moved back a few weeks this season, at the end of February instead of mid-March.  If the deadline had remained where it was, you would have had more teams knowing they were out of the race and willing to unload their UFAs as rentals.  The quality wasn't there because there were GMs, like Gainey, who believed they were still good enough for a playoff run.

    And what is the deal with "Souray" and "Bob"?  Why the quotes around the names?  Is it supposed to imply your disappointment or animosity towards them?  And there is an excuse why Souray wasn't dealt.  Gainey believed they needed him down the stretch, and couldn't get equal value for him in a trade.  If Gainey had given him away for picks, and the team missed the playoffs by two points, fans would be equally as pissed at him, wondering why Bob didn't keep him.

  7. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Gary Roberts was a very good pickup… he doesnt play like a 40 year old and understands what it takes to win in the playoffs. He also did put up some points in the time he was here.

  8. PSU_Penguin says:

    Ditto, Roberts is the scariest old man in hockey.

  9. polastem says:

    Do you think the Islanders would've made the playoffs without Smyth, and Bergeron? Come on buddy. You're saying that Tkachuk wasn't worth it qith his 14 in 17? Are you on crack? Those are great numbers considering he hasn't spent muich time with the team and is still trying to find chemistry, apparently he found some. Avery was the best pick up? Are you kidding me? This article is horrible, it lacks intelligence, and it sounds like you wanted to find something to be upset at cause you had nothing else to talk about. Go get a hobby or something.

  10. hockeycrunch44 says:

    did you forget guerin got a hat-trick? plus the 5 other goals he got? sorry, thought id throw that in there since you have no idea what your talking about and no "REAL" facts to back it up, and if really watched hockey, you should know that its not always how much points the player puts on the score sheets, but when he scores, and what her brings to the locker room. Im not just saying that since im a San Jose fan, im saying that because im a fan of hockey. For example look @ Doug Wieght last season with the Caines…not the worlds best player, but helped the caines raise the cup.

  11. dcz28 says:

    I think Kyle Calder has been a great addition to the Wings getting 14 points in 19 games while playing well defensively and playing hard every shift and i hope the Wings find a way to keep this guy at a lower salary.

  12. NyIsles39 says:

    are you kidding me!!!!!! the leadership that ryan smyth brought to the islanders was priceless. he was one of the main reasons the islanders made it with his play on ths ice and off the ice. he kept this team believing and played a handful of games hurt towards the end. his 15 pts in 18 games werent that bad either.

    you cant put a price on that

  13. strumtrelescent says:

    Not only has Guerin scored 8 goals as a shark, but he's been slightly injured.  So 9 points in 16 games while being injured. In additoin he's provided toughness and veteran leadership.

    Also noone has mentioned Crag Rivet who really brought some experience to the defense and helped enable Nabokov to make an amazing run heading into the playoffs.
  14. I_hate_LA says:

    Guerin is a *****

  15. I_hate_LA says:

    I meant Guerin is a f-u-c-k-i-n-g c-u-n-t

  16. Mr_Canuck says:

    Guy, thank you for acknowledging the Brad Boyes trade.. I STILL HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THE B'S WERE THINKING.. Boyes is gonna be a solid player.. i'm surprised more teams weren't after him…

  17. jrl2282 says:

    no intelligence went into this article. this was a busy trade deadline. a lot of key players were moved and helped teams get into the playoffs. the jury is still out on all of the trades because these players are acquired to produce in the playoffs anyway.

  18. Polecat says:

    Peter Forsberg has 15 points in 17 games.  That's almost a point per game if my math is right.  Forsberg has never scored more than thirty goals in a season his whole career.  It's what he does in the playoffs that makes him so coveted. 61G/101A=162P in 139 career playoff games is just plain rediculous! Your assessement of Forsberg is terribly wrong.  I really don't think you have clue.  Do your homework next time. 

  19. OKFlyer says:

    Yes Forsberg has only 2 goals probably because he sets them up for his teamates better than anyone and in the playoffs he is amazing thats why he was a good pickup i just hope philly gets him back in the offseason

  20. BieksaForMVP says:

    I'm not saying he hasn't been good, but i'm just saying is getting someone like Guerin going make that big a of a difference? Is it worth giving up your future for (not neccesery that deal, but most other one's) 

  21. strumtrelescent says:

    Wow, good point.

  22. Sjostrom says:

    Well let's wait and see.  If the Wings get to the late rounds Bertuzzi will have made an impact, most likely (and hopefully not a criminal impact).  Roberts has already made an impact, this year and beyond; with his Yoda-like teachings to the youngsters and showing the younger-older players (Malone types) the way of their type.
    Foppa is a playoff player.  It amazes me that people forget this.  Let's not say anything about him until the playoff run is over, lest he make us look foolish.

    I'd say several guys have, and could make impacts on their respective teams before the season ends.

  23. habsoverserver says:

    there is no way montreal would have made the playoffs without those brilliant deadline acquisitions by their savvy management. 

    oh wait, are we talking about the 1971 deadline or the 2007 deadline?

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