Monday, November 05, 2007

Those pesky transaction fees

A GM on trying to make a trade: "It's tough to do. Unless you can make a dollar-for-dollar deal, there's not really any use trying to do anything. I spoke with about 15 teams last week and everybody is in the same situation. You don't even hear many rumours anymore."
Apparently Brian Burke's looking to bring back what was an old standby prior to this CBA: Trades that involve teams eating some of the salary they are shipping out.

I don't have a problem with that, especially not if it's only $500,000 as is apparently on the table. There has been woefully little movement so far this season, which is a tough situation for teams looking to improve after slow starts.

Anyone looking to deal for a big ticket goaltender, for one, would have a heckuva time freeing up that kind of cap space and still keeping their club together, so maybe a half million worth of wiggle room is enough to ease the burden?


At 2:46 a.m., November 05, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Maybe if Burke hadn't run his team into the sewer, he wouldn't be in the situation of needing to make a trade.

At 10:00 a.m., November 05, 2007, Blogger Adam C said...

Burke's problem is he's got a huge chunk of salary sitting on the sidelines, dithering over retirement. I've lost my sympathy for those guys; in the salary cap era, they are actively hurting their team by refusing to decide. Or else, they've already promised Burke that they're coming back eventually and everyone's keeping it secret, which would be very insulting.

At 10:09 a.m., November 05, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

What's wrong with a lack of player movement during the season? I only see this as an idea that's for the "good" of the league if it's a player that's been waived purely for cap space concerns. Basically, a player gets waived first, and then such a deal can proceed.

If there's something the NHL needed less of, it's mid-season trades. Quite frankly, injuries are the only thing since the new CBA was crafted that keeps an onus on developing and retaining your own talent (other than, you know, team building and continuity).

At 3:50 p.m., November 05, 2007, Anonymous chelischalkoutlines said...

Does it matter? Not until "Lou" finds the loophole....


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