Thursday, March 21, 2013

NHL GMs Address Trade Deadline

According to Dan Rosen at NHL.com, most NHL General Managers are still trying to figure out what their position will be as the trade deadline approaches on April 3.  There is much more uncertainty this season, due to the compressed schedule caused by the lockout.  So many teams are still in possible contention for the playoffs that there aren't as many "sellers" out there, even considering unrestricted free agents.  Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli spoke to this a bit in Rosen's article:
"It's been that different so far," Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com at the GM meeting here. "Everything is compressed, so will the flurry be compressed? Will there be a flurry? I don't know. It's been so different because everyone is in it and everyone is looking to add. There are a few teams that aren't looking to add, but I would say most of them are still in the race."
There seem to be plenty of "buyers" out there.  Some GMs have confirmed that they are looking to acquire talent, while all but a few have indicated they will not look to make additions via trades.  The Carolina Hurricanes are one team that will be looking to add, in their case a defenseman.  Per NHL.com, regarding Carolina's GM, Jim Rutherford:
Rutherford is one of them on the prowl. He said he's been looking for a defenseman to bolster his depth for most of the season and his calls to other GMs have increased because he's still trying to acquire one.
 Nashville Predator's GM David Poile also indicated his team was looking to acquire.  On the flip side, teams such as Buffalo and Philadelphia will not be acquiring, and in fact, may look to jettison veterans for picks or prospects.


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