If you buy at the NHL Trade Deadline, you're probably gonna have a bad time

Evan Presement
March 13 2017 09:00AM

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Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The good teams bought, the bad teams sold, and the teams in the middle, well, did a bit of both. 

Each and every year, fans and media try to decipher who won the deadline, as well as the days and weeks leading up to it. This season, the general consensus was that the Vancouver Canucks came out on top. Of course, the Canucks were sellers, something that seems to be a common theme when talking about teams who win the trade deadline. Why is that? 

Well, for one, prices in-season tend to be inflated, which lends itself well to a sellers market. Another reason is that the majority of players traded to ‘buyers’ seem to be those in the final years of their contracts, which shortens the window for evaluation. 

You rarely ever hear about a ‘buyer’ getting a great deal on a player, let alone winning deadline day. That got me thinking — are we not giving credit to the ‘buyers’ because of the amount they gave up, or because the player they acquired just never seems to work out? 

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The Nation Notebook: Vasilevskiy Hitting His Stride, Ovechkin's Scoring Woes, and Ekblad's Concussion

Christian Pagnani
March 13 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.

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Watch the Game Episode 30: Freestylin' with Mike Fail

Watch The Game Podcast
March 11 2017 12:12PM

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Sam has Mike Fail on the podcast to talk about VANHAC, the Flames, awards and changes to the NHL trade deadline. They also just talk about whatever the hell they want. 

It's a good one, get into it.

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The Nation Notebook: NHL Drops Expansion Draft Ball, Salary Cap To Rise, 'Bye-Week' Questioned

Cam Lewis
March 10 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.

Wednesday morning's NHL general manager meetings provided us with a wealth of interesting news about the landscape of the league moving forward. The league doesn't have plans to make a spectacle of the Vegas expansion draft, the salary cap could rise next season, and the bye-week is being reconsidered, but without an Olympic break in mind. 

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Saying Goodbye To Alex Burrows, The Most Underrated And Controversial Player In Canucks History

Cam Lewis
March 09 2017 04:00PM

The Canucks pulled off a heist last week when they acquired Jonathan Dahlen from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alex Burrows. The benefits of that transaction for the Canucks have been discussed ad nauseam across the blogosphere since then, which will likely continue for the forseeable future. Alex Burrows, on the other hand, has yet to receive a proper send-off from this particular corner of the internet. So, today we look back on Alex Burrows, and his unforgettable tenure with the Vancouver Canucks. 

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