I get nervous around the trade deadline. I see prospects I’ve come to follow and embrace linked by other fans for players to be rented for a season. I took joy after seeing Mike Fisher was acquired only for draft picks. He’s been well worth it, and the investment has paid off both on the ice and in the community.
It’s worse this year. The running trend with the previous few cup winners has been depth, and toughness. Guys like Matt Halischuk and Nick Spaling have been bringing the toughness since their days as Kitchener Rangers. Being coached by Trotz is only natural for their style. Trading them, or guys like Hornqvist is not on my agenda anytime soon. Not even for precious Bobby Ryan. There are other targets that will cost much less that would be ideal fits for Nashville.