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."
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?