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s18 - The Trade Deadline [WB9]

2021-06-20

New York Islanders

June 20, 2021

WB#9

Trade Deadline the Rest of the Story

When I was a youngster there was nothing more fun than collecting NHL player hockey cards. Getting together with your friends as we looked through each others doubles to try and work out a trade, you would look through your buddy'd stack, flipping them through your fingers, saying " got it, got it don't got it" and you would put the don"t got it aside,and he would do the same. At the end you would usually find holes in your card collection you could fill and like wise going the other way. For hockey fans all over the world, this is a ritual and a passage into becoming a true hockey fan. Trading in a Sim league is a lot like that tradition, gone is the got it, got it, don't got and in comes the " need it, need it, don't need it.

As the hours to the deadline were ticking away, I entered into a conversation with the Scouts Gm, as we went back and forth for probably about four hours, trying to find some sort of common ground to make a trade. The thing about trade talks is that even if they are fruitless on any given day, the talks themselves tell you a lot about a Gm. Is he reasonable, does he have to win every trade by a landslide, is he fishing or bait and switching. On this particular day we did not find common ground to make a deal, we were in fact both looking for simliar type deals from each other, with neither of us willing to surrender much in the way of youth. But the conversations were respectful and I enjoyed the process of getting to know him. I believe in the future, he and I can do business and I believe it will be a win win deal, where both parties walk away happy with the deal. Talks are just talks, if you take a little time, you can find a solid trade partner, if not that day but in the future.

Win win trades are really what its all about, because it is a bridge not burned, I made a trade with St Louis I think he got good value. He had a 77 OV goalie, Hurme languishing on his farm team, I was in desparate need of a back up goalie, I have talked about this in other articles. Instead of trying to fleece me, he turned a farm goalie on a one year deal, into two third round picks, I think thats good business, for St Louis and for the Islanders. Don't know who those thirds will turn out to be, but Hurme has elevated our back up goaltending to a respectable level, a nice trade for St Louis worked out for me too.

Sometimes Gm's are looking to dump salary, to a team that has room, I moved Selanne for that exact reason, and obtained Martin Erat, cheaper and younger. But make no mistake Selanne is a sniper du jour and that was a good get and a good job as the playoffs neared. I later would try and sign Erat, who had no interest in remaining on the Islanders, so I moved him to yet another team, which was looking to unload salary, and from that landed Pahlsson. That was also a good trade by that team, that worked for me as well. Funny how things roll around until all three Gm's were satisfied.

With just minutes left in the deadline, I entered into talks with Dan in Buffalo, he wanted Alexei Yashin a good prize, signed for three years 79 overall, at that time Captian of the Islanders. To make the cash work he sent Jason Allison, who was apending UFA, and winger JP Dumont. I liked his thinking as he landed a for sure elite player for a much lesser winger and a possible UFA, who would be demanding to get paid, that was some good Gming. I accepted because Dumont was signed and even if Allison decided not to stay in New York, he was an upgrade at center for me, as I was trying to make the playoffs. If he just gave me a boost in a tight race, it would be worth it and create cap space for free agency. Dan found the right seller and I found the right buyer.

As a side note to close out this article, I will add this, since retooling the Islanders, with solid back up goalie, a solid topline center, two solid middle six fowards, the Slanders have responded. As of this article date, the Islanders have gone from playing less than .500 hockey to 7-3 in their last 10 and are in the playoffs at this time with nine games to go. Got it, got it, don't got worked just like it did when I was a kid, as everyone was in a win win situation.

...out for this week...peace

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